Tuesday, February 09, 2021

Trust your dog

Especially when he doesn't trust someone.

How can dogs recognize bad people?

Dogs use their previous experience to understand if someone is unreliable.

The experiment was conducted with 34 Dogs and was divided into three parts. In the first part, dog owners pointed them towards food with containers and dogs ran towards it. In the second part, the owners pointed towards containers without food and tricked Dogs into running towards it. In the third part, it was discovered that Dogs would not follow the pointing hands. They used their judgment from previous experience to judge if the person was unreliable.

Science behind Dogs sensing bad people.

Dogs have highly evolved sixth sense and are also very receptive to intricacies of human behavior. When a person has bad intentions or is about to do something bad, his heart rate increases and there is a rush of certain chemicals like adrenaline that makes the person sweat more than usual. Since Dogs have a very keen sense of smell and they are hyper-alert every moment, they can pick up on these scents and changes in behavior within seconds and react to them. The Dog’s instincts are very sharp and they are more vigilant as they live totally in the present moment, they can sense danger and bad vibes, they react either by becoming fearful or become hyper-aggressive in their demeanor.

I always trust a dog person more than someone who isn't. I mean, if you don't like optimistic creatures who are happy, glad to see you, and won't even hesitate to throw themselves in between you and potential danger, I have to seriously question what is wrong with you.

Spacebunny is clearly the exact opposite of a bad person. She had THREE dogs on the couch with her this morning, which is one more than will actually fit. But somehow, they made it work. Of course, if a Rhodesian Ridgeback decides that there is totally space for her in the seven square inches of available space, it's virtually impossible to convince her otherwise.



Blogger Cederq February 09, 2021 2:09 PM  

Even my little ankle biter has shown to get between me and a mugger. I call her my 10 pound rottweiler. A Chihuahua bitch I inherited from my ex-wife. Best trade I ever made.

Blogger Br'er Shaygetz February 09, 2021 2:10 PM  

I miss dogs...alas, everyone...and I mean everyone allergic to them. At least the ones I'm surrounded with at work love their scritches from me, and there's a brainless rabbit hound who waits for me at the end of my drive...

Blogger Ingot9455 February 09, 2021 2:10 PM  

That's probably how I won over the parents of my spouse upon first ginger meeting. As soon as I sat down I was dogpiled in daschunds.

Blogger February 09, 2021 2:20 PM  

"Of course, if a Rhodesian Ridgeback decides that there is totally space for her in the seven square inches of available space, it's virtually impossible to convince her otherwise."


Blogger Crunchy Cachalot February 09, 2021 2:25 PM  

Why is "Dog" capitalized throughout?

Blogger Nostromo February 09, 2021 2:25 PM  

My best friend is a beautiful woman who has been abused by several men. She decided she could trust me because not only did her Shih tsu walk over to me and start licking my hand, but hecallowedcme to pick him up, something she swears only she had ever done. He tries to bite everyone else. You getthe seal of approval from the dog, you're golden.

Blogger Superposed February 09, 2021 2:26 PM  

Agreed. If a male is nervous around Dogs I pay attention.
When the Dog is nervous around a male I make a judgement.
I tell my Wife if the Dog doesn't like someone there is a reason.
Ive been around Dogs I dont know that give me pause but I try to be fearless as I
know they feed on it and Im a friend of most if not all Dogs. Simple truths to live by.

Blogger Dan February 09, 2021 2:31 PM  

My great pyr barked at everyone that ran past our property... all the same. Until one guy started running by and he flipped out. Totally different (aggressive) posture and angrier bark. We call that guy the pedophile now.

Blogger MichaelJMaier February 09, 2021 2:32 PM  

Funny how some dogs just hate everybody. My buddy's mom has a pack of Dachshunds and just one is always hostile, one loves me and the rest are in the middle.

Blogger Pipeman February 09, 2021 2:35 PM  

We have a Rhoddie. Smartest, kindest and best behaved dog out of the 10 various ones we’ve owned, which includes two Airedales. But at 130 lbs, don’t mess with his pack (i.e. my family).

Blogger nyan February 09, 2021 2:36 PM  

I keep my old #GamerGate identities for legacy reasons, but one of the less-expected consequences of ethics in games journalism was that it turned me from a cat person into a dog person. Our blessed host has the sense of it.

Blogger sammibandit February 09, 2021 2:39 PM  

We used to play this game with my friend's GS. We'd put our arms in his mouth crosswise to show that he trusted us and we trusted him. We were about 5. We used to have so much fun digging in the dirt under the deck with him.

I never got to have a close relationship with a dog--mine died when I was 4. So the closest I got was with Whiskey. Or with the barn dog. We'd take the barn dog to the cow pasture and she'd chase calves like she was a puppy despite being an old timer. Then mama cow would come down and lay with us on the grass while we drank beer. Oh, I never saw that old barn dog have a much fun as she did chasing calves. She was a GR.

Blogger Ken Prescott February 09, 2021 2:40 PM  

Right after I graduated boot camp and went home on leave, I decided to take an afternoon bike ride.

There was a St. Bernard on our block named Bruno.

Bruno thought he was a puppy.

And he recognized me on my bike, and he hadn't seen me for three months. So, he bounded out of his yard just as I was turning into my driveway, bowls me onto my front lawn, and proceeded to slobber all over me to say "Welcome home!"

I remember that moment mostly because the daughter of Bruno's master decided I'd gotten really buff at boot camp AND Bruno liked me, it was a twofer.

Never went anywhere, but it was a fun ten days.

Blogger Ken Prescott February 09, 2021 2:40 PM  

Right after I graduated boot camp and went home on leave, I decided to take an afternoon bike ride.

There was a St. Bernard on our block named Bruno.

Bruno thought he was a puppy.

And he recognized me on my bike, and he hadn't seen me for three months. So, he bounded out of his yard just as I was turning into my driveway, bowls me onto my front lawn, and proceeded to slobber all over me to say "Welcome home!"

I remember that moment mostly because the daughter of Bruno's master decided I'd gotten really buff at boot camp AND Bruno liked me, it was a twofer.

Never went anywhere, but it was a fun ten days.

Blogger Canadian Warlord February 09, 2021 2:43 PM  

Grew up with dogs - it's almost like new dogs you meet have checked your references. They just know which people are theirs.

Blogger jsmalone1 February 09, 2021 2:44 PM  

My father had a large retirement/ hobby cattle ranch in north Arkansas. When visiting I would always drive his tractor with a bush hog on back. Great relaxing work. A stray, 3 legged, Australian cattle dog showed up in the barn one day. It was mad at the world and probably for good reason. Anyway, as I left to go to the ranch my Dad said don't look at the dog-- I was sure he was joking or something?? I got on the tractor, started it and when I drove out of the barn this dog jumped on top of the rear tire fender. This fender is about 5 foot 8 inches off the ground and Right next to the driver, me, you can almost rest your elbow on the fender. Startled, I of course looked at the dog, about 14 inches away, face to face. He growled and showed his teeth. Remembering only now what my father had said, I looked away. The growling stopped. I bush hogged for almost 5 hours, the dog stayed on the fender the entire time but every time I looked his was, same response, crazy. He was on the right-hand fender. I only made left turns after I figured out the protocol. A couple of years later the dog just disappeared. But that's my only bad dog story and once figured out, not so bad.

Blogger Lorel February 09, 2021 2:45 PM  

When I was a child, the only time our dog didn't like someone and wouldn't let them out of their car was the guy who came to look at my parent's car that they had for sale. His check bounced. Lesson learned, my dog doesn't like you, I don't like you!

Blogger Dire Badger February 09, 2021 2:50 PM  

I am not a dog person, (Too lazy to want to walk one every morning) but I can definitely see how they can note nasty people and those with bad intentions... Because you can sense jerks even WITHOUT doglike senses. Some folks just instantly rub you bad even if you cannot put your finger on exactly why, and there is almost always something terribly wrong with them.

I guess you could say they smell fear, but I think it's also that they can smell people that enjoy being around them, as every dog I have ever met has been friendly, and I like them.

I met Hadden Clark (The Rockville Rocket) back in the 90's and could tell instantly that there was something horribly wrong with him even though he ACTED kinda normal. Wind up getting into a fist fight with the wretch and then chasing him all over Bethesda with the intention of killing the SOB just before I joined the Navy...And a year later, while I was in DEP waiting to be shipped out, I saw a news program about him murdering a woman and two kids, and maybe being a serial killer (of women and children, he acted like a coward towards men able to defend themselves)

Dogs hated him.

Blogger Brian S February 09, 2021 2:51 PM  

Some SJW PHD is pushing a new "indoor dogs are white supremacy" racket

Blogger Doom February 09, 2021 2:51 PM  

Generally I agree. However, when a dog doesn't like me? I wonder about the owners. There is a chance the critter has had a bad experience with a look-alike, and my size can terrify some animals. I am slightly larger than an average black bear. So, I get that. But generally, dogs and even cats almost natively like me, and back at them. As with most children. Hmm... the dog of the people that recently didn't like me, their child doesn't like me either. Odd, that.

Well, half feral wolf mixes and I do not get along at all. Oddly, full wild animals are fine, unless one of us... both of us... are hungry. Fair is fair.

Blogger Canada78Bear February 09, 2021 2:53 PM  

You're a dog person when other dogs seem to want to stay with you vs their owner.
Amusing to watch.

There was a documentary about dogs that covered this and visual cues from human faces seem to be a large part.
It also covered Russian experiments with breeding foxes to find how many generations to get full domestication and how many for those that almost attack humans on sight. I seem to remember them showing it in 10. Good watch.

Blogger Wood-burning_Bear February 09, 2021 2:57 PM  

10 lbs!? That’s huge for a Chihuahua. That’s the Lord of all Chihuahua’s right there.

Blogger stevo February 09, 2021 2:58 PM  

I was never into dogs until I got a big one. He's a total pain in the ass but I know he's got my back.

Blogger Curlytop February 09, 2021 3:02 PM  

This is a family slogan: "if my dog doesn't like you, we don't like you." No other proof is needed to receive a ban from our property.

Blogger zen2go February 09, 2021 3:03 PM  

The same reason we capitalize God.

Blogger Warunicorn February 09, 2021 3:06 PM  

I just love dogs generally. Especially big dogs. I remember being at a local pet store and I while I was in line at checkout, I felt a gentle nudge on my back. Before I could turn around, a guy in back in me says, "Don't panic when you turn around."

When I turned, I was practically face-to-face with the biggest dog I've ever seen. Very sweet, too. I gave her a great big hug. I want to say she was a Ridgeback since she had all the color and markings but she would've been the first one I've ever seen in person. All I know is you could've put a saddle on the cutie and no one would be the wiser. lol

Blogger Crunchy Cachalot February 09, 2021 3:09 PM  

You're a dog person when other dogs seem to want to stay with you vs their owner.

I'm not even really a pet person, but other people's pets love me. Must be pheromones or sumthin', though I wish my SIL's idiot Great Dane loved me a lot less.

Blogger Elder Son February 09, 2021 3:10 PM  

It's true. Long story so won't get into it, but had a negro knock on my door that tried to extort money from me. My Labrador went ape-shit before I even answered the door. Otherwise, he wants to be everyone's friend. Except for cats. He hates cats for some reason. That old boy is going on to 15 now, and Junior dog still knows his place... don't mess with the old man.

My wife made this doggy gif last summer:

Blogger The Homeless IT Guy February 09, 2021 3:11 PM  

It's deeper than just olfactory. anyone whom has been around good dogs will tell you its a 6th and 7th sense. Their sensor packages operate in dimensions humans are not aware of

Blogger Angela February 09, 2021 3:15 PM  

I miss my dog. Well, he was my uncle's dog but my uncle was in Iraq and nobody else wanted to deal with a high strung german shepherd so he was mine for the duration of his deployment. That was the best dog I ever almost had.

Blogger Mr. Naron February 09, 2021 3:17 PM  

We had to put down one of ours this week. She had lost all limb function, and the vet had agreed it was her time. Then on the morning of the appointment, I sat her out on the patio to get some sun for the last time. She got up and walked to her favorite hunting spot on the other side of the yard. I was thrilled. But after that, she wouldn't eat or drink, and her breath was extremely labored. So we went ahead with the appointment. I guess she just had one more hunt in her.

Blogger SemiSpook37 February 09, 2021 3:18 PM  

My wife had a Newfoundland mix (not sure if it was with a Labrador or something of similar size) when we first met; technically she was the wife's, but it really was my FIL's dog. I'll never forget the last time I saw that big old mass of black fur. She had been suffering from pancreatitis, and we came by my wife's folks' place to say goodbye. Giving her scratches and pets, only to be pawed at for more after I stopped. I guess it was her way of telling me I was okay for taking care of her human. Highest compliment I've ever received.

Blogger Karen took the Kids February 09, 2021 3:20 PM  

Getting the keys to our first home was the happiest day because we knew we would be able to finally get a dog. Nothing beats kids faces seeing a new companion running towards them. There is no animal that comes close.

Blogger Silent Draco February 09, 2021 3:21 PM  

7 square inches? Pfft. RRs are the only breed that can/cannot chase Schrodinger's Cat around the box.

Good stories here. Got a better idea why I got clipped by about a dozen retrievers and German Shepherds in the past year. Too busy saying "HI!" to consider their momentum. The crashes took a couple years off my knees, but worth it - good dog!

Blogger VFM Bear February 09, 2021 3:22 PM  

So you can judge a book by its cover.

Blogger Emmett Fitz-Hume February 09, 2021 3:26 PM  

Growing up, we had a German Shepard named Thor. Thor was very large for a GSD at 135 lbs . but he had a very gentle nature. He was not aggressive and rarely barked. I guess when a GSD is that large, he doesn't need to bark. Anyway, only time he ever reacted negatively was to a neighbor three doors down.

The neighbor came down to our house to complain about something my sister did. My mother asked the woman to come inside and have a seat on the couch while they discussed my hellion of a sister.

Thor came into the room and as soon as he saw her, his head went down while his hind quarters did the same, accentuating how high his shoulders were. I'd never seen it before and all I could say was it looked to my 14 year old eyes like 'battle mode'. He switched to battle mode and stared at this neighbor for 45 uncomfortable minutes. Wouldn't take his eyes off her. This same woman later went off the rails and tried to stab her sister a year later. She was institutionalized and when she was let out, she tried to run her own mother over with a car.

We just thought she was odd, maybe a little standoffish. Thor knew immediately. When Thor was going to be put to sleep at 13 years old, the neighborhood kids all came around to say goodbye to him before my dad drove him to the vet. We still miss Thor.

Blogger Cederq February 09, 2021 3:29 PM  

"10 lbs!? That’s huge for a Chihuahua. That’s the Lord of all Chihuahua’s right there." Not fat (vet concurs) Just a big boned girl, pure Chihuahua.

Blogger tuberman February 09, 2021 3:35 PM  

I had some great pets growing up, including one dog that absolutely knew who was untrustworthy. He nipped a guy in the rump who I despised. He had a daughter that I had my first major crush on... I actually adored her, and she deserved it. He was a bridge too far, as a potential father-in-law. I regret not having the active courage to finding a way past that awful guy. I had a close friendship with her brother as a child, and that guy destroyed our friendship, and later helped to destroy his son. I was just a kid, and couldn't believe he could be that destructive. Our dog immediately knew he was bad and nipped him good, then growled until he left our house. His wife was a good person though, and I kept in touch with her until way into my 30's. She was a dutiful wife and put up with his bad side.

Blogger Krymneth February 09, 2021 3:35 PM  

I will be completely unsurprised that when we get to heaven, we find out that as a reward for Dog's loyalty to Man, Dog has been granted the ability to see a smidge directly into the spiritual plane and see who's got demons riding them.

I mean, it's obviously not all dogs, as some people mention dogs who just hate everyone... but a properly raised and loved dog... yeah, I have lots of questions if such a dog just instantly hates you.

Blogger 1st Missouri Cavalry February 09, 2021 3:37 PM  

Dogs were in many ways selected for their ability to obey human commands and read our emotions, whether it be smell, sight, hearing our tone of voice or some combination of the three.

They are aware of our emotional changes as soon as we are in my experience. Working breeds seem less people focused than others.

I have an Anatolian Shepherd and she's fiercely loyal, judgmental and wary of all strangers. She's a quick and accurate judge of character in my experience. I think she can smell it.

Blogger Pathfinderlight February 09, 2021 3:41 PM  

Boomers decided dogs were worthless to s ience, so they liked to experiment with cats instead, who they lauded for being independent minded and intelligent. Having experienced both animals myself, that was when I figured out something was horribly wrong with boomer science.

Blogger Jazz The Boxer February 09, 2021 3:43 PM  

My Boxer didn't like an old neighbour. The guy was friendly.... until he wasn't. I ended up moving because it was preferable to going to gaol because that's where it was headed

Blogger Cappuccinobear February 09, 2021 3:44 PM  

God will treat those well who treat the lowest among us well. GOD=DOG DOG=GOD? When I see how truly innocent and good hearted my dogs are, sometimes I wonder if they're part of God himself as projected into this realm. Just to, you know, check up on us and see how we treat them.

Blogger Dave W. February 09, 2021 3:45 PM  

As I read this, my black lab/pittie mix is imitating a lumbar pillow and resting her big chin on my back. She has to stay where she can keep an eye on me.

Blogger A Beautiful Saturday Morning February 09, 2021 3:48 PM  

I didn't grow up with dogs but I had a small poodle during my first marriage. He was so smart and I just understand dogs now. I live in a walkable city and I thoroughly enjoy the dogs in the neighborhood. They seem to pick up on my joy and return it in kind. Very sweet. I like cats too :)

Blogger Noah B. February 09, 2021 3:54 PM  

Some creep tried to kidnap my wife when she was about 10 years old and her dog helped save her life. He drove up to her and tried to convince her to get in his van to help him find his lost puppy, and needless to say no normal adult does that. But her cocker spaniel went nuts, growling and trying to bite the guy, even though it was normally a very friendly dog. She said she probably wouldn't have gotten in the van anyway but her dog's reaction completely convinced her not to. Of course he might have tried to grab her if her dog hadn't been there.

Blogger Reader February 09, 2021 3:57 PM  

Dogs are simply amazing, wonderful creatures. My brother has three Rottweilers. Two years ago I first met the brother and sister as itty bitty puppies, newly weened from their mother. I may have handled them two or three times back then. Two years later, a few months ago, I go visit my brother at his shop. The female Rottweiler is also there. She is fully grown now and I haven't seen her at all except those couple of times back when she was a puppy. She stands up on her hind legs, puts her front paws on my shoulder and starts kissing my face. Mind you, she is a very protective, very fierce animal, and never does that to any stranger. She actually remembered me from those few times I visited her as a puppy. That's just incredible to me. There will always be such wonderful stories about dogs because dogs will always be awesome.

Blogger tuberman February 09, 2021 4:01 PM  

I was living in an apartment, and a Hispanic guy directly across from me had a female Black Lab. She came up to me friendly as can be, and he said, "She doesn't like anyone much on first sight." I said, "Happens often with me, but not always. Perhaps she likes my coffee's smell?" I was carrying some primo coffee, and poured some, cooled into a small container, and sure enough, she loved it.

Blogger Newscaper312 February 09, 2021 4:02 PM  

We have a 6yo 30lb Boston Terrier, first dog we ever had, bought as a puppy. Both wife and I had a dog in the family growing up, but in my case yard dogs, Dalmatians, so not really civilized. Adopted stray cats a couple times, of course zero maintenance.
Dog definitely more if a responsibility, but the close relationship so worth it.
We haven't socialized her enough w other people and animals so she tends to like few people.

Few years ago she finally started noticing things on the TV. She'll usually ignore the people, but any animal: dog, cat, horse, MGM lion, even a trigger fish, she's off the couch growling.

Hell, she hates the Charmin Bears.

Smart dog.

Blogger Haus frau February 09, 2021 4:04 PM  

I do schutzhund and one of the things you see over and over is that dogs are emotional vampires. They sucks up whatever emotional state their handler is experiencing and then reflect it back out. It is fascinating to watch. They pick up on things at such an elemental level its impossible for them to lie.
It is high entertainment watching a dog work through problem solving. I had a German shepherd who did not want to recall to a heel position from a bark and hold. He wanted to be as close to that bite sleeve as he could get. I called him back from the other end of the room. He stopped barking, looked at me, looked around, saw a martial arts torso dummy nearby and did a focused heel on that dummy because it was closer to the helper with the sleeve than i was. He was a rascall.

Blogger wgmeisheid February 09, 2021 4:05 PM  

When I met my wife she was a cat person, never had a dog, didn't want one. Too bad, I came with one. Life changes. We still have a cat, but she is now firmly a dog person and has loved the last four dogs we have had with a fierce love. She can't imagine life without a dog in the house. It was well worth all the work to convert her.

Blogger Theproductofafineeduction February 09, 2021 4:09 PM  


Why wouldn't it be? After all, Dog is the Semordnilap of God in English and, as someone who has had both feline and canine pets, deservedly so I might add.

Blogger RA February 09, 2021 4:11 PM  

In recent years, part of my living has involved working in people's homes. Clients often tell me their dogs usually don't like strangers, but they like me. I have found this really helpful when in the home of someone who is vulnerable as they often trust their dogs' judgment of character more than they trust their own.

Another example of the difference my return to the Church made: dogs' attitudes toward me improved considerably enough for me to notice. Francis of Assisi I am not, I am closer to the tax collector in the back, but there really is something to this.

Blogger Charles February 09, 2021 4:15 PM  


Have you ever had difficulty with the ridgeback being protective when you or Spacebuuny needed to discipline your kids or raise your voices? Any advice for how the train a ridgeback to be protective of the family from extra-family threats but not from intra-family activity?

Blogger Daniel February 09, 2021 4:23 PM  

Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a bit spatially retarded. They are the sort who think it is feasible to dig a two-stadia long tunnel overnight.

Blogger Feather Blade February 09, 2021 4:30 PM  

And I bet that every dog in that experiment was properly socialized, well-trained, and well-mannered.

Unlike dogs that one has to, for example, yell and swear at before they recognize you as mostly harmless.

Blogger Nemesis The Warlock February 09, 2021 4:46 PM  

Gammas just can't catch a break, I almost feel sorry for them, almost.

Blogger Crew February 09, 2021 4:50 PM  

I once lived near a family who had a Newfoundland. It was a big dog, and when I went for walks I would always greet the dog and scratch his head.

Then one day, for some reason, I breezed right past him without paying him any attention.

After that he was pissed with me and was not interested in being scratched or going near me.

Blogger Bammin February 09, 2021 4:52 PM  

Ah, yes those ridgebacks are nothing but paws and legs in your face, in shared-couch situations.

Blogger Balazs Varga February 09, 2021 4:53 PM  

Trust in your canine. It knows better than to trust minorities.

Blogger lynnjynh9315 February 09, 2021 4:54 PM  

Dog bit my two year-old sister. Nearly took her eye out. Took stitches.

I put the slug in the damn thing's head myself.

The way it way it turned so suddenly from nice to nasty. I haven't ever trusted one since.

Blogger King Coyote's Canoe February 09, 2021 4:57 PM  

I always said my heeler/catahoula mix could smell fear; can't say I'm surprised to learn just how literal that observation was.

He set sail to the great beyond a couple of weeks ago at 15 years old. (He cried loudly in the middle of the night until I made it over to where he lay on his side. He quieted as I pet him, moved his head to look at me and took a deep breath, like he always did. I kissed his forehead and went back to bed. He moved not thereafter. I'm so thankful for that moment.) He was the most reliable individual I've ever known, and I come from reliable stock. Dogs are gifts from God.

Blogger LeMage February 09, 2021 5:09 PM  

Having been petless for the past five years (recently got a kitten, Bix Beidercat) friends had been urging me to get a dog.

My standard reply was, "If I want some big, dumb animal slobbering all over me and sniffing at my crotch, I'll get a girlfriend."

Blogger tdcommenter February 09, 2021 5:10 PM  

@11 Nyan, what brought about that change?

Blogger Avalanche February 09, 2021 5:19 PM  

@5 "Why is "Dog" capitalized throughout?"

Sign of love and respect of course! What, are you NOT a dog-person?! Grrrrrr.

Blogger theartistformerlyknownasgeorge February 09, 2021 5:20 PM  

The ony two critiques of Trump from the lamestream media that gave me pause when sussing him out were that he didn't drink any alcohol and didn't have a dog.

Saw an interview he did with Rosanne Barr from the 90's where they both admitted to being germaphobes, which explains the dog thing.

Blogger Revelation Means Hope February 09, 2021 5:23 PM  

Warning!: The English grammar and punctuation in the linked article may lead to a lowering of your functional IQ and lead to you questioning the rights of midwits to write online articles.

That said, love the articles that confirm what we suspect based on life observations.

Dogs rock.

Blogger The Pitchfork Rebel February 09, 2021 5:26 PM  


It's worse than that. Treating them humanely is the usual litany of contrived leftist offenses.

I was bitten by a German Shepherd as a teenager while delivering newspapers, he was never aggressive, but one day he nuzzled my knee and suddenly sunk his teeth in-after that I just avoided dogs. My parents or I probably could have insisted the dog be put down, but we figured he was merely being overprotective of the customer's early grade school kids.

When I got married to a complete unrepentant dog lover, I figured we'd just agree to disagree, but her brother had this big goofy black lab who wouldn't leave me alone in a good way. He was a damn dumb dog, getting sprayed in the mouth wasn't enough warning about skunks, went after another one a few months later-but somehow he kind got past my post bite trauma.

Look on the bright side. Of course if I was a minority, I'd be pissed. This was essentially Michael Vick's defense.

Blogger Vlad the Impaler February 09, 2021 5:30 PM  

My girlfriend has a chihuahua that she adores. However, when she gets drunk (which is quite often), her chihuahua gets scared of her and always comes to me for comfort. The chihuahua follows me around and basically begs to be held by me. I’ve tried telling my girlfriend this is one of the many reasons she needs to stop drinking but to no avail. She has a problem, her dog knows it and I just need to leave her already. Tried playing savior but it hasn’t worked. Should have just realized it from the start when I saw her chihuahua trembling the first time I experienced my girlfriend getting drunk. Dogs know people

Blogger captainofthegate February 09, 2021 5:49 PM  

Our Shitzu Bear, was put in a jaw headlock by a pair of nasty pure white staff bull terriers last week.I had to punch the dog hard in the head about 5 blows before it let go. Happy ending. I was a dog to our dog. Weird.

Blogger Doktor Jeep February 09, 2021 5:55 PM  

I used to have a ridgeback but not any more :-(

Blogger Shane Bradman February 09, 2021 6:00 PM  

Dog people like responsibility and loyalty. Cat people like neither. I do not trust cat people on a fundamental level because I know, from reason and from experience, that they're simply less mentally stable and less capable of making good decisions.

Blogger Beau February 09, 2021 6:02 PM  

Lady was a geriatric German Shepherd mutt mix with arthritis. Lady guarded the front door of the Salvation Army adult rehabilitation center. She hobbled along sniffing the men and their families. She could tell when someone came to the door with bad intentions. Lady's bark alerted the residence manager to come look. She also loved to worship. When the chapel full of men were singing and praising God with all our hearts, Lady would join in with a joyous howl to sing along. I miss Lady.

Blogger RadixMalorum February 09, 2021 6:13 PM  

So that’s the reason feminists end up cat ladies. Stereotypes are true.

Blogger The Last Roman February 09, 2021 6:20 PM  

I was just telling my woman that I don't like a certain individual primarily because he hates dogs.

Blogger Unknown February 09, 2021 6:30 PM  

I never understood the "dogs are slaves" argument.
I would never treat my dogs like i treat my niggers.

Blogger wahsatchmo February 09, 2021 6:30 PM  

My best quality as a human is that dogs love me. I have had people warn me about their dogs, "Oh be careful, he/she doesn't like men/strangers" and in 30 seconds the dog is my best buddy.

It's not your dog, ma'am/sir, it's just you.

Blogger Unknown February 09, 2021 6:36 PM  

Our schnoodle Maddie Mae never barked or snarled but growled once in a while. My Bride teaches piano out of our home, 6-8 students a week now, used to teach 25-30 a week. Maddie knew the dog lover families. She would meet them at the door, every half hour! She also knew the "others"! wouldn't get up and go to the door. We had recitals every summer in our back yard and she would avoid all the "others", carefully walking around to greet her friends. Maddie had favorites, and would jump up on the piano bench to sit with them. She had her vice's, Cheeto's and peanut butter. She loved our grandchildren (Yes, I'm a boomer(1957)). She died in my arms this past July, after 13 1/2 years of pure joy. The out pouring of love from current and past students was amazing, cards, flowers, texts and yes(my wife) FB. I find I miss her more as I type.
Thanks VD for your obedience to the truth! Proverbs 3:5-7
In God We Trust, all others we E-Verify!

Blogger Unknown February 09, 2021 6:45 PM  

Ah, so when a lady starts to say all men are dogs because of something you do, it really means you are on the right track... : DDD

Blogger David February 09, 2021 6:51 PM  

I have a 10 lb chihuahua bitch! She adopted me and my wife after someone dumped her in our neighborhood. She's quite picky about people and in my observation she's very accurate. She does not like non-dog people.

Blogger RedJack February 09, 2021 7:01 PM  

I have voted for people because of my dog.

I have a terrier. A brown ball of no fear and prey drive.

Candidate walked up to my door and knocked. My monster charged through the door, and begged to be petted. Said I would vote one who my dog instinctively liked.

On the flip side, no dog of mine has ever trusted my uncle or his son. Their instincts are correct.

Blogger NedFlinders February 09, 2021 7:30 PM  

72. Shane BradmanFebruary 09, 2021 6:00 PM
Dog people like responsibility and loyalty. Cat people like neither. I do not trust cat people on a fundamental level because I know, from reason and from experience, that they're simply less mentally stable and less capable of making good decisions.
People persistently exposed to cat feces lose their sanity.

"Latent toxoplasmosis in humans has been associated with serious neurological disorders, including schizophrenia, intermittent explosive (rage) disorder and suicide, but has never been shown to be a direct cause."

If you've ever wondered about the crazy cat lady "stereotype".

Blogger Boo Boo the Fool, Esquire February 09, 2021 7:31 PM  

I always viewed pets as a weakness of character. They're an emotional crutch and they relentlessly sap social time away from other human beings who need it (just like Hollywood movies). They're dirty and don't belong in the house, they defecate everywhere even when trained, they destroy property, they're not family members they're tools. Even though they become your little buddy, you feed them to reward behavior not to make them happy. Like Solomon said, a man's spirit ascends and an animal's spirit goes into the ground.

All this pet-as-family stuff began right when kids started getting taught in schools that the earth is round. It's from the same spirit that says grow a sterile lawn instead of a garden. It's more anti-family than anyone will ever recognize. The idea of funerals for pets is retarded. Dogs don't go to heaven, how ridiculous a concept. Let go and start loving a person the way you love that dog. You think dogs smell bad behavior? Maybe the dog is keeping you from learning your own bad behavior.

And then there's the Dog Pill. It's all true, I've seen it. I ain't competing with Fido.

Blogger Russ February 09, 2021 7:34 PM  

My dog, a little Lab mix, cares about two things- chasing balls and keeping cats/squirrels out of the yard. Every once in a while she take an interest in a person. 99/100 she wants to be petted. 1/100 she HATES the person and I take notice.

Blogger Brant Thacker February 09, 2021 7:44 PM  

My 90 lbs Rhodesian is exactly the same way. We have 4 dogs and if the 1 sq ft bed for our little dog is the only bed open, he’ll curl up in it. He’s always looking for the most comfortable spot.

Blogger Ozymandius February 09, 2021 8:05 PM  

Serious respect for your level of dog training. Shutzhund is very high level.

Blogger Diogenes February 09, 2021 8:11 PM  

@84 Fool is is a good descriptor. If there's no dogs, then it's obviously not heaven. As for dogs on Earth, I'd rather have a dog at my back than someone who says stuff like you just did.

Blogger Doom February 09, 2021 8:35 PM  

Shane Bradman wrote:Dog people like responsibility and loyalty. Cat people like neither. I do not trust cat people on a fundamental level because I know, from reason and from experience, that they're simply less mentally stable and less capable of making good decisions.

Not so much. I have cats because I am quite ill, can't handle daily walks and the attention a dog requires. Though... if a case goes through in my order, since I have been doing better, I... really want a german shepherd or maybe a duck herding type dog, to teach.

I truly enjoy them both. Well, and ducks, rabbits, and others if I had the room and ability to attend them.

Blogger Unknown February 09, 2021 8:37 PM  

My bride and myself have been rescuing man's best friend for 20 yrs. Your pets are as smart or dumb as you are...treat them well, and they will serve you well.

War Paint

Blogger Jeremy V February 09, 2021 8:54 PM  

My wife brought home what she thought was an abused Chiuahua-little dog looked more like the thing that lived on Jabba’s tail but she was a good girl; Maggie the Ferocious Beast

Blogger Bigger Bunyip February 09, 2021 9:14 PM  

Just with people there are smart dogs and stupid dogs, well mannered dogs and annoying dogs. They aren't all virtuous or astute. Our dog is my beta, my lieutenant, but when I'm not around assumes alpha status, to the annoyance of my wife. The dog loves my wife.

Blogger Attila99 February 09, 2021 9:14 PM  

Attila is my second Ridgeback. Absolutely loves dogs but people not so much. Takes weeks to gain his trust. Really hates beaners and brothers which doesn't bother me. Nobody will enter my house without one of us letting them in. Hard to believe he is a big pussy.

Blogger CoolHand February 09, 2021 9:37 PM  

The Chad Dogfriend VS The Virgin Catshit Parasite Zombie

Blogger Paul February 09, 2021 9:51 PM  

Boo Boo the Fool, Esquire wrote:Like Solomon said, a man's spirit ascends and an animal's spirit goes into the ground.

Solomon didn't say that, he asked it as a question rhetorically.

"21 Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?"

The answer is God because only God knows and did not

Moreover, in the sentences immediately before that Solomon says:

"18 I also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they may see that they are like the animals. 19 Surely the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same breath[c]; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything is meaningless. 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return."

He wasn't stating that men ascend and animals descend; whether animals have an afterlife of their own or not was not the point he was addressing.

He was saying "Who Knows?" Solomon didn't know and neither do you.

Blogger Paul February 09, 2021 10:23 PM  


One additional thing since you're so fond of the Old Testament and what it has to say about pets, here's a much more relevant excerpt on King David's opinion on the matter, and he was a far greater man of God than his son ever was.

"12 The Lord sent Nathan to David. When he came to him, he said, “There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had a very large number of sheep and cattle, 3 but the poor man had nothing except one little ewe lamb he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up with him and his children. It shared his food, drank from his cup and even slept in his arms. It was like a daughter to him.

4 “Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man refrained from taking one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare a meal for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the ewe lamb that belonged to the poor man and prepared it for the one who had come to him.”

5 David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die! 6 He must pay for that lamb four times over, because he did such a thing and had no pity.”

That happens to be an analogy God told Nathan to give to David as well.

Blogger Reader February 09, 2021 10:26 PM  

I follow Matthew Posa's youtube channel where he goes camping with his dogs. He's a pleasant fellow and his campout videos are nothing fancy but they are entertaining and down to earth, a nice change in this upside down world. In one video, Matt pretends to be drowning. When his collie, Monty, notices that Matt is struggling in the water, he lets out a frantic yelp and goes running into the water to save him. There can be no doubt how much Monty loves his master.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd February 09, 2021 10:27 PM  

Vlad the Impaler wrote:She has a problem, her dog knows it and I just need to leave her already.
You're not married? Get while the gettin's good! Take the poor dog, if you can.

Blogger RobertDWood February 09, 2021 11:11 PM  

+1. This is a great comment.

Blogger Reader February 09, 2021 11:33 PM  

Spacebunny on the couch with three dogs reminds me of what I heard once about that old Boomer band, Three Dog Night. The name refers to a night so cold that it takes three dogs in bed with you just to keep you warm! Ha. I have no idea if it's true.

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira February 09, 2021 11:57 PM  

If you look at my dog and smile, he gets excited. If you say "Hi" and wave your hand, he comes running with his tail-wagging. He's a pretty good judge of character.

Blogger Laconic February 10, 2021 12:04 AM  

As a woodsmen who has spent countless hours on deer trails close to human trails I have some experience with this.
What i have to contribute and have told people many times is this;
There are 2 kinds of dog owners.
One who pays attention to what his dog does
The other ignores and pulls dogs attention away.
The ones who pay attention to their dogs (usually have more aware dogs btw) almost always spot me. Im talking like 99%. I'm sure they see more wildlife during their walks.

The other owners who rip their dogs away from investigating me 100 percent of the time have no idea i am there.

Pay attention to your dogs, if he stops and look left, you do the same...if not you might be unintentionally stopping your dog from alerting you to potential danger ; bears , coyotes, wolves, cougars ,humans etc.

Blogger Shimshon February 10, 2021 12:16 AM  

We have two GSD's. We got the first just over two years ago. Both neglected. A now 8yo female and 2yo male from her last litter. They are beautiful animals and get complements all the time. It was not my choice, but I guess you could say it was not something I would have an argument with my wife over. A retired breeder and a male from her last litter a couple years. They are great dogs.

My wife is a bit fearless, and she really likes dogs.

We live near a city of 50K, but our little enclave is surrounded by farmland. For some reason dogs end up wandering around here. Some are also abandoned, as our village apparently has a reputation of being softies for abandoned pets. When that happens, she tries to help them find homes (which has happened), or more typically, have the animal control services pick them up, something the abondoners won't do themselves, I guess.

Several times she has rescued large dogs that scare most everyone else around us, taken them to the vet she knows to have their chips read, and returned them to their owners.

One man cried tears of joy after being reunited with Max after he went missing three weeks earlier. His son, an enormous man of about 20 with Down's Syndrome and a very prominent scar across his chest, was practically bedridden the entire time he was missing. The dog was happy too. Max the GSD was nearly twice the size of our two combined. It really was quite emotional. I still have a picture.

Just a few weeks ago, while my son was walking our dogs, Julie, sidled up to him and followed him home. No idea how she ended up here, but her owner too was grateful for the reunion. Even offered to pay for the food we gave her (we declined).

Blogger furor kek tonicus ( LeMoron James loves knife murder ) February 10, 2021 2:29 AM  

84. Boo Boo the Fool, Esquire February 09, 2021 7:31 PM
I always viewed pets as a weakness of character.

the Dog Thread version of "i hate foosball".

Blogger Dan in Georgia February 10, 2021 2:35 AM  

You must be a mailman.

Blogger Harambe February 10, 2021 2:42 AM  

Daniel wrote:Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a bit spatially retarded.

I'm gonna quote this and not say anything. Those who know will know.

Blogger map February 10, 2021 3:34 AM  


Just out of curiosity, what is that "ridged back" on the Rhodesian? Is that a defect or flaw in the breeding that leads to health problems down the line?

Blogger Dire Badger February 10, 2021 5:20 AM  

Do not trust people that do not hate animals.

If they cannot be social with an animal that they are superior to, They cannot be social to humans, and are not worth keeping in your community.

Blogger Dire Badger February 10, 2021 5:25 AM  

Harambe wrote:Daniel wrote:Rhodesian Ridgebacks are a bit spatially retarded.

I'm gonna quote this and not say anything. Those who know will know.

My friend had a ridge who was convinced he could make a 90 degree turn on a hardwood floor at 15 MPH and fit out of the plastic front door every time it was open.

He believed this for 13 years despite all the evidence to the contrary.

Every time we'd game there and open the front door for air from the top (screened) portion of the safety door, every few hours we'd hear "skitskit skitskit skitskit skitskit shoopskit shoopskit shoopskit BOOM! *bark!*"

Every damned weekend.
It'd be irritating if it wasn't so hilarious.

Blogger Dire Badger February 10, 2021 5:37 AM  

Boo Boo the Fool, Esquire wrote:I always viewed pets as a weakness of character.

That's because Gammas relentlessly project their own flaws onto others. The fact that you cannot empathize with anything that is not you, points to a serious character flaw that should probably be addressed or taken as a sign that you might need to start accepting a little pain to become a better man.

Or you should start hunting people down and slaughtering them and taking trophies. Either way you'd probably be a happier person.

Blogger Miguel Pereira February 10, 2021 6:15 AM  

Dogs also seem to be alert to demonic presence.

Blogger Zeroh Tollrants February 10, 2021 8:02 AM  

You're best friends with a woman?

Blogger Newscaper312 February 10, 2021 8:45 AM  

Our priest said
Of course there is no Dog Heaven.
But it is presumptuous to say that God wont allow them to be with us, if only because *we* are there. He does love us after all.

Blogger Anon February 10, 2021 8:52 AM  

The booze aversion is probably because his brother was an alcoholic. When my own brother saw what alcohol did to his best friend he wouldn’t so much as touch a beer for several years.

Blogger wgmeisheid February 10, 2021 1:04 PM  

Bigger Bunyip wrote:Our dog is my beta, my lieutenant, but when I'm not around assumes alpha status, to the annoyance of my wife. The dog loves my wife.
He is probably taking his cue from you, loving your wife that is...

Blogger sammibandit February 10, 2021 2:06 PM  

I really enjoyed reading the dog stories so far. This is definitely a post where I'm glad we have comments.

On behalf of cat owners please accept our apologies for off topic posting and evangelizing. Cats as a general rule choose their owners so owners don't generally go out of our way to sing the praises of cats. Those who do are weird to us as well.

Blogger Latigo3 February 10, 2021 2:10 PM  

That is the truth. One of the first things that we did when we bought our home several years back was get a dog. My kids and I picked the pup that walked all over his siblings to greet us. Have enjoyed every minute of it since.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare February 10, 2021 4:16 PM  

"...Of course, if a Rhodesian Ridgeback decides that there is totally space for her in the seven square inches of available space, it's virtually impossible to convince her otherwise."

Switch that to "totally plenty of room on your lap, and obviously no weight limit" and you're talking about Giant Schnauzers! God I love those big bearded lunks.

More on topic, my mom still tells the story of when our (sweet as custard, and dangerous as the same food item) Golden retriever stopped in his tracks on their run, and wouldn't go on until she'd crossed to the other side of the street. He let her cross back over when they got to the point where they always turned around to come back, and he didn't have a problem at the same spot on the way back. Presumably the threat was gone.

Dogs learn from experience, but I'm quite sure they have other, less easily quantified, senses to tell them when a person or situation is dangerous.

Blogger OvergrownHobbit February 10, 2021 5:03 PM  

Cats as a general rule choose their owners so owners don't generally go out of our way to sing the praises of cats.

Depends on the cat. Some are quite dog-like.

Joking aside, living in a mixed household with both is sweet: There are delightful parts of dog nature that only come out with ponies, goats, and yes... Cats.

Blogger MrNiceguy February 10, 2021 9:26 PM  

I love threads like this. I've never been a dog person, don't know that I ever will be. Fifteen years ago, I probably would have sounded like the gamma Fool, but stories like these have helped me at least understand dog people.

That said, anyone who uses the phrases "Dog Mom" or "Fur Babies" needs to be fed to a pack of rabid Chihuahuas. Not gonna budge on that one.

Blogger JamesB.BKK February 10, 2021 9:51 PM  

I like a spunky dog. But not a yapper.

Blogger Unknown February 10, 2021 10:16 PM  

I am forced to do this:
True love???
Lock your wife in the trunk of your car for half an hour.
Lock your dog in the trunk of your car for half an hour.
After you let them out:
Which one was happy to see you, and content to just spend time with you now??

Blogger Anonoly February 10, 2021 10:24 PM  

Makes me want a dog.

Blogger sammibandit February 10, 2021 10:31 PM  

Heh. Have I got a dog-cat story for you if you don't mind. We had a wonderful cat that we domesticated from feral. Red as we called him was abandoned out in the country as so many are and we paid for his badly needed surgery or he would have died in the Alberta winter. Truly an alpha, as soon as he left the safety of the abandoned school bus he lived in, the female cats and their kittens moved in. He must have kept so many strays away from his school bus.

We think he was a pet at sometime because he knew all the house sounds when we took him home and he was the most people loving guy. Completely at home during a family party visiting with all the relatives he was always the life of the party.

He just hated other cats. Drove him completely wild--like psycho eyes, attacking with his hind legs in addition to his front legs wild. I've never seen a house cat attack like a big cat as Red could. I've never seen eyes that prey-driven. Alpha all around.

But here's what made him a special cat. He would greet you at your car and escort you to the front door. He must have learned our engine sounds for each car owner because without fail he'd be there on the passenger side waiting as you exited your car. He wouldn't come inside with you but he made sure you made it.

Cats like Red are the exception, not the rule.

Blogger Bibliotheca Servare February 11, 2021 12:37 AM  

Anyone who thinks pets are evidence of "weakness of character" is probably possessed by a demon, or just a deeply, deeply sick human being.

I'll pray for you, "Boo Boo the Fool, Esquire", and I'll pray for those around you, for protection and relief from the darkness that grips you.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd February 11, 2021 12:06 PM  

Newscaper312 wrote:Our priest said

Of course there is no Dog Heaven.

But it is presumptuous to say that God wont allow them to be with us, if only because *we* are there. He does love us after all.

Adam sinned and fell, not Fido. Dogs are not sinners, and don't need salvation, unlike us. If there is an eternal, spirit part of a dog, it will not be separated from God for eternity.

Blogger Akulkis February 11, 2021 3:39 PM  

>> Switch that to "totally plenty of room on your lap, and obviously no weight limit" and you're talking about Giant Schnauzers! God I love those big bearded lunks.

Ditto for Rottweilers.

And when you try to push them away, they go completely limp... So when trying to get a bit of space, it's like trying to push away an encroaching sandbag -- if you don't flip it all the way over, as soon as you let go, it just rolls back to right where it was before you tried to move it.

Blogger Richard Martel February 12, 2021 12:48 PM  

I never realized Vox had dogs. One is a Rhodesian Ridgeback, anyone know what the others are?

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