Hello everyone. We just got our beagle Doug, in March. I had to put my ten year old female Jack Russell to sleep in April. It was sad, but we have made good progress with Doug since her passing.
Yesterday I had a scary encounter with a man on a walk. Everything is fine, won't get into the whole long story but basically he used the excuse of wanting to pet Doug to get closer to me. Anyways, Doug was so upset this person wanted to pet him that by the time I got a "bad feeling" about this guy, Doug was spinning and trying to flee. One could say he knew the guy was up to no good but Doug is often scared of being pet and will react like this if forced. I do NOT force him, that's where the scary part comes in as the guy moved forward and very close to me, fast.
So basically Doug is a sweet gentle soul and would rather flee, even if it means ditching me. lol
I don't mind at all, and I love his sweet gentle nature. However, when I had my Jack Russell, we had been in one situation and she actually really helped by getting someone coming at us to back off because of her obscene racket and her teeth. She wasn't a tiny Jack, 28 pound Parson's. Not that she could have really ever helped me, but she always made a stand in weird situations, made a TON of noise, would have bitten the crap out of someone if it was needed and always watched over me, while being friendly in normal situations, not biting people etc. Just a protective, yet intuitive dog. Not aggresive towards strangers, but loyal to protecting me. Make sense?
I would like to get a new dog next year, since having to put my girl down in April. We decided we'd like to have Doug in the house for a full year to settle in before getting another dog.
After yesterdays somewhat scary encounter, I'd like to get a dog that will be a bit more concerned with my welfare. However, I am NOT saying I want a guard dog, a mean dog, an out of control dog, aggressive dog etc.
I would like a smaller/medium breed but I can't really think of many dogs that are great with friends but intuitive enough to know if their owner is in real trouble such as shepherds, etc. Any ideas? I've owned shepherds, one rottweiler, been around pits....but these breeds are either too large for us right now, or in the case of pits they are illegal here. I also do not like having a dog just because it's scary looking, nor do I like the idea that pits are used because they are "scary" however, they would fit in perfectly since they can be smaller and awesome family dogs. Sadly no go here in Ontario.
I hope this makes sense. The last thing I want is people reading this as I want an attack dog or I will be creating an aggressive dog. It's just Doug would help a guy tie me up if it meant getting to run away free while he was doing it. LOL