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  •  Great Pyrenees (5+ / 0-)

    I live in the downtown area of a medium sized city. Nothing like  living in the " hood" or whatever, I'm sure,  but when I first moved here, friends and family thought I was nuts.There was a perception that it was a really dangerous place to live.

    I have only felt like I might have been in danger one time. I don't think I had my alarm system at the time. In the wee hours of the morning, someone knocked at the door. Without thinking and half asleep, I opened the door.  A car was pulled up very close to my house (I live in an alley, there is no sidewalk) with one guy standing at the corner of the car and another guy standing at the door. I asked what they wanted and the guy at the door leaned toward the screen and asked me if I wanted to get high. I said "No, Thank You". Really, I said that! and shut the door. The whole time I was at the door, my Great Pyrenees was beside me standing on her hind legs and acting like she wanted to tear through the screen and do serious damage. I don't know if  they meant trouble or if they just had the wrong house, but I feel like my dog might have saved me. I realize that a person bent on something evil would just shoot the dog, but I think most of the time criminals don't want to draw attention.

    My Pyrenees died with bone cancer. I now have a Shepherd mix (German Shepherd mix, I think, but people have asked if she is a Malinois or Teuveren, so maybe she has one of those breeds in the mix). She is smaller, but more aggressive than the Pyrenees. She tore the screen trying to get to the mail carrier.

    •  Yes, I am not sure about the diarist's (1+ / 0-)
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      suggestion that dogs are a non-violent form of defense.

      If any stranger managed to get into my house with my 5 dogs (meth-heads aren't known for being that sensible), I can tell you what would happen would be anything but non-violent.

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