Since I am still such a novice when it comes to the maltese breed, can someone help me out. I am just now realizing that when SeRi is with strangers or at a stranger's house, she tinkles if someone tries to pick her up. When we went to visit my daughter over the 3 day weekend, my daughter tried to carry her several times and each and every time she would tinkle . . and when I am not in my daughter's condo, she somehow manages to get herself squeezed in tight corners like she was hiding . .but at home where she is most comfortable, oh boy, you will find her everywhere and anywhere running if I let her . . .I would love to hear any advise on how to get rid of this fear of strangers. . . :w00t: oh I am not sure if this helps, but if I take her in a carrier when I ran errands, she does not seem to mind if anyone would come up to pet her . . .