reply to post by James1982
One of our "throw aways" was a Shepard Husky mix named Sinbad (St. Sinbad).
At the time, my son was involved in a gang
(Yes we were good parents, suburban, did everything by the book, this kid has always been a pain in the
arse since before birth).
Anyway, this untrained throw away (92 pounds/big boy) was lounging on the couch.
A knock at the door, my husband went to answer it. Sinbad lunged down the stairs ahead of my husband and placed himself between my husband and this
young man and for the first and only time I saw this sweet, gentle, loving dog bare his 2 inch teeth and let out a growl that would have made Hulk
Hogan poop his pants.
I believe Sinbad (St. Sinbad) smelled a gun pure and simple.
The kid was going to ask to see my son but after taking a look at Sinbad, who clearly was telling this kid, you take one, just one inch of a step
closer to my pack and you are history - the kid left real quick.
Sinbad, never trained, never ever aggressive, went back upstairs and laid at my husband's feet - gentle as ever.
He knew, he smelled something, he knew something was up and was ready to defend us.
My sweet big gentle giant.
A "throw away" dog is usually very grateful - they know you saved them and they will give their life without question to safeguard yours.
You can always take a "throw away" "kill shelter" dog to a training class. You can teach a old dog new tricks - it may take a little work and yes,
like humans, some dogs are dumber - but I've lucked out - all my dogs except Pudgy who is buried in the back yard (ran out the door when the mailman
came, chased and caught a car) were smart.
My death row doggies were really smart. And very protective of us.
Need a guard dog - again go to a pound. They usually kill the biggest ones first.
When we got Sinbad he was 7 - we had him for only 5-6 years. He had heartworm which costs us $400.00 upfront.
Now, if he had gone to the pound, at 92 pounds, 7 years old and with heartworm - he would have been put on death row immediately and he was a saint.
A truly wonderful dog. (He's also in my bottom drawer and will be buried with us). Max the second pug with him lived to 12 and was a "breeder dog"
loveable but he didn't have the thinking ability Sinbad had. Sinbad was really smart and wise.
And to anyone reading this that uses a dog for dog fighting or abuses any animal - may your soul rot in eternal hell
edit on 11-3-2011 by ofhumandescent because: spelling