posted on Oct, 24 2012 @ 01:23 PM
Keep the dog with you. For the reasons mentioned by posters above, plus one main reason:
Your sanity, companionship, peace-of-mind in the moments of down-time during a potentially harrowing period of your life.
As your OP title suggest, they don;t call these wonderful animals "man's best friend" for nothing.
They'll never judge you, criticize, second-guess, or abandon you.
They can see and hear things much better then you can -and let you get some needed shut-eye now and then.
They can keep you warm if a fire is not practical or safe.
Bottom line: in most situations (but not all), I'd say the benefits greatly outweigh the risks.
Top on my list is this: Weeks or months into a survival campaign, when the SHTF and the world has gone to hell, you're going to feel moments of
depression, stress, maybe panic attacks, desperation, loss, loneliness, etc. It is times like this, when I may feel lost, alone, and approaching
hopelessness, that I'll notice my adoring companion gazing into my eyes, instantly ready to play, protect, run, rest, or just contemplate. He (or
she) is right there with me. For me. I and I am for him (or her) as well... My dog will give me hope, keep me going, encourage me to press on, -to
Disclaimer: I breed and keep pure-white German Shepherds, bred for large size, temperament, high intelligence. I know white is not the best color -
but I can camo them if needed, and in the meantime, they are beautiful, strong, fiercely loyal, and crazy-smart. [but I would take any well-trained
breed with me on survival - with the exception of one of those tiny lapper/yapper types...]
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p.s. There's a good reason why all police departments, military, search-and-rescue teams, etc. around the world use these dogs...