This is a discussion on The Best All Around Dog within the General Talk forums, part of the General Discussion category; The wife and I have always had dogs, decades of dogs. All were/are rescues. From the pound, from the side of the road - what ...
The wife and I have always had dogs, decades of dogs. All were/are rescues. From the pound, from the side of the road - what we call ditch dogs.
Rescued dogs make some of the most loyal companions.
We have had as many as 8 at one time, now we are holding the line at 5.
A chocolate lab who was "dumped" as a puppy, a black lab from an impossible home situation, a boxer who was a ditch dog that came within inches of being run over by a fully loaded log truck right in front of my wife, a border collie/hound mix from Death Row, and a long haired possible chow/hound mix also from Death Row.
Are any ferocious attack or guard dogs? No. But they are all very attuned to something inside the perimeter. The FNG's go off over the wild rabbits or the occasional armadillo, but the others teach them to only alert to bigger things.
And that is precisely their job, alert the Big Dog (me) when something's not right.
The chickens are pretty good about raising a ruckus when danger is about, also.
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Labs are highly recommended. Just make sure they arent stuck in a small yard or house. They need to get out and run/walk often..
They are loyal, and will protect.
rice paddy daddy 's pack his job is to alert the big dogs when something isn't right and he's good at that job.
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Diitos to Redneck on the cazy chewawas bonding with one person. We had a bunch not too long back. None of them liked me..lol. But loved my wife and Mama in Law. It did not seem fair. I got bit a lot.
Forgot to mention about ol' Cody, the co-dependent co-therapist dog. He hated UPS trucks and drivers. For some reason they just drove him nuts, barking and snarling and puffed up to where he looked like 200 pounds of I'm-gonna-eat-you-alive-right now. I think it was the shorts.
The big Rot was very prejudicial against dark skin folks. Not sure what caused that. He was black himself. Nearly tore off the storm door trying to get to a pesky paper hanger one time. The guy must have been looking for something to steal.