[lit-ideas] Re: Can't have a gun? Get a dog

  • From: "Phil Enns" <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Jun 2006 21:11:37 -0400

Paul Stone wrote:

"If you ever see a well behaved pit-bull terrier or a rotty, chances are
their owners DID kick their ass when they were younger, but still big."

We had a Rott/Shepherd mix that had come from a bad home.  The dog was
at its best when it felt that I was in control of the situation.  I
didn't have to kick its ass, and I am pretty sure that would have made
things worse, only make it clear that I was in charge of whatever
situation we were in.

This dog was excellent with our oldest daughter.  Katie would get a book
and plonk herself down between the front paws of the dog.  Imagine an
80lb Rott lying down and still towering over a toddler reading a book to
him.  The dog had a remarkable amount of patience for the curiosity of a
toddler.  When he tired of the abuse, he would slowly get up and hide in
another room.  I don't know if it is the breed or just this dog, but I
can't imagine a better mix of protection and family pet.


Phil Enns
Toronto, ON

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