My neighbor at the hermitage encouraged me to take Laudie-Dog up to the rectory in Andrews. It’s time to renew her shots. Propitious timing! She was great on the ride up through the ultra-super-curvy roads, anticipating curves, leaning this way and that. She never put her head out the window once: Laudie-Dog the Race Car Dog.
The second we got to the rectory I started taking her around the neighborhood and introducing her to all the neighbors and the neighbors’ dogs:
- Franky, a Basset Hound, across the street (steady)
- Pyro, a smallish Terrier (terror!) of some kind, to my right (adrenaline and loud)
- Buddy, a Pit-Lab-Terrier mix (HUGE), across the street to the right (friendly)
- Gary, a Chihuahua, who makes the rounds (shy, or not, depending)
I’m convinced Laudie-Dog won’t get beat up, though there might be some growling if need be with Pyro (the fire dog) next door, though he stays in the neighbor’s house pretty much 24/7 and only gets out on a leash. Laudie-Dog is used to the mountain ridges. My only fear is that some of the crowd which zips by on the street out front (a circumvention of the traffic lights in town) might not care if they hit her or not. It’s a major drug route from the back ridges. But all the other dogs survived. They often just lie right in the middle of the road and make everyone stop and go around them. So, O.K.
Pope Francis might not see any use for animals whatsoever, but I must say that Laudie-Dog, who won’t defend herself, defended me when the need arose, at the hermitage. She had no hesitation whatsoever, even if frightened, to get right in the face of bears and panthers and wolves and all manner of scariness, successfully. We’re both still alive. She’s the perfect watchdog, totally friendly with anyone with good intentions. But dogs can sense aggression and danger, and react accordingly. I think she would likely tear any robber to shreds. GOOD LAUDIE!
I think that I’ll have to put her on a diet. Too heavy for her own good. Perhaps I should do the same. Anyway, as you know, there are:
- guide dogs
- hearing dogs
- mobility dogs
- seizure alert/response dogs
- psychiatric service dogs
- autism dogs
- therapy dogs
- emotional support dogs
- PTSD dogs (these are incredible dogs)
- protection dogs
- riot control dogs
- bite dogs
- pursuit dogs
- first in SWAT dogs
- fire dogs
- drug dogs
- cadaver dogs
- search and rescue dogs
- herding dogs (shepherds!)
- duck dogs
- bear dogs (transmitter dogs-many around here)
- watch dogs
- “rescue” dogs of all types and sizes
- Did I miss any?
Dogs, I contend, are a help to mankind. Man’s best friend.
Cats are… cats.