Yes - this is really getting interesting. Can't wait for the next installment. I was thinking you should get 2 dogs anyway - that will even up the odds with the dingos, and then the size of the dogs won't be such a concern.
Wow Mary Beth, You are a Sweetie !! And you are right, I have travelled with two Shepherds and it is the way to go.. My 10 year old Alpha Male has health problems, "Cody" (Dakota) and can't work anymore, and my 7 year old Bitch "Tonka" Wonkan Tonka (Buffalo Girl) has gone worthless. I made a few mistakes with her, spayed too early maybe, and She got bleeding gums unbeknowns to me had gotten into a rat poison cube, and She is just a lazy hang around.. She will always head home when she can.. It is one of those, OR She has the saying in Australia "Why have a dog and bark to" and she might just be letting the Alpha do all the work.
There is a chance She will rise to the occasion when Cody passes on, and She might become Alpha and Pack Leader until my male pup grows up.. The male litter mate is coming this weekend, and Sunday I will go part way back with them to see the female I have pick of the litter on. I will travel with two again, but this is more for breeding a great working dog line...
Incidently, Mary Beth, my Great Grandfather came from your area in South Dakota, "Lakota" Sioux, as there is no "D" in the Sioux language. I am about 1/64th I guess, only got the nose, and a love of horses, guns, wolves, and whiskey..
Out on the Last Frontier of Australia doing Dancing with Wolves as best I can...
Here is a Link, if successful, of a Pup, 120 lbs of natural Sable in his second session of PPD training... His mother is who I am getting the female from, both me and my Breeder are signed up for a female from what will be her last litter. No wild dogs or dingos are going to want a piece of this:
Secrets To Remember - YouTube