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Old 12-08-2014, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Admins, please move this if needed. Or delete if inappropriate.

Rosie is 10 months old, and she has quite the bark. She is our little (well, not so little) alarm that something is not right. At night, she wakes us with barking while looking out on of the front windows. I check it out, its usually nothing I can see, but maybe there's a possum or something.

Recently in the news, US Navy SEALS attempted to free two hostages in Yemen, but, if the news reports are correct, the terrorists/hostage takers/bad guys were alerted to the presence of the SEALS by a barking dog from 100 or more yards. A firefight the SEALS were not anticipating at that range ensued. Don't get me wrong, I wish that dog wasn't there and the mission a success - it wasn't - both hostages were shot by the terrorists.

However, it brings home the point that at night or day, our little girl is alert and will let me know if something seems amiss. These are uncertain times we live in, and I for one, appreciate the forewarning that Rosie gives us, if even 30 seconds in the dark of night, to take action that I would otherwise be snoozing through. And her bark says, 'I'm pretty big - do you really want to come in here?' even when we are away.

Bark away Rosie.
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I'm confused. Do you expect Navy Seals to storm your house?
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Hopefully not.
But where I live is certainly not crime free. I thought this was clear but perhaps not.
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Maybe you should move your hostages.
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You're probably right,

A possum, raccoon or a stupid cat teasing Rosie because they know they can.
Take her out in the morning and let her smell around, maybe you'll see where the
animal has been wandering around. Look around for tracks....
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Those squirrels are crafty. They're taking notes on the best way to storm the castle and hog tie the dog. Don't be fooled for a second. They're passing the notes to the SEALS.

Reality - if your dog is barking at everything in the middle of the night, you may want to get her out socializing more. A dog who barks at the squirrels or possums in the yard at night will eventually cause you to reach the point, you no longer acknowledge the bark because it's directed at nothing real important. Her barking when it's not legitimately necessary just becomes obnoxious. A dog who barks at everything, IME, is not one you can trust to bark when you'll really need them to.
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Hopefully not.
But where I live is certainly not crime free. I thought this was clear but perhaps not.
I knew what you meant, believe me. I have lived in some high-crime areas, too, and was always happy to have at least two 4-legged alarm systems alerting to odd sights/sounds. In one neighborhood that went through a crack-selling period, our house was the only one that was never broken into, and we were 3 women and two kids living there at the time.

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My house was broken into this summer. It was a neighbor who was looking for something quick to sell to buy drugs. He knew Rafi and therefore had no trouble getting into the house. His grandfather is the former chief of police here and his brother and sister in law are both cops. His mom used to be a cop.

So my point is that if you are truly worried about someone breaking into your house, buy an alarm system.
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Maybe you should move your hostages.
Sometimes now I think we're the hostages, the dogs are our captors--"You'd better take me out right now or I'm going to chew on this couch cushion!" The main culprit is a little Czech on 4 legs.

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