Hermit wrote:Well done. I enjoy reading these things the most - they're real, and a lot of good lessons get addressed. I think it's good that your dog wasn't out and about (since he's still a puppy) - how would you have reacted seeing your dog dead/injured while the guy was sitting on your couch? I would have lost my mind. So I think it's best that your pup was crated. I don't blame you for not leaving, I wouldn't have wanted to leave some drugged up guy in my apartment/condo/home with my dog; pets are family.
You made it through a life threatening situation with as minimal defensive force as possible. Hard to argue the logistics too much if you ask me.
Obviously your cuing off my post and while I respect your decision with your pets, I disagree completely.
1.) His GSD is 9mo old, while still a "puppy" he is probably 70lbs of puppy (GeggF?) And at that age his hormones and instincts are in full on "protect and defend" mode.
If it was a 15lb toy poodle puppy, it would be a different story.
2.) I love my pets, they are
family, but if it ever came down to me, my kids, or the dog, I choose my family. My dog has a job, to protect. If you want a dog to cuddle on your lap that's fine, get that kind of dog. I presumed, (and perhaps wrongly?) that someone who has a GSD is aware of their protective nature and that went into the breed choice equation.
3.) I hate to play "what if", but the fact is (please don't make me post links to prove what is common knowledge based on many interviews with BG's) most bad guys, even those under the influence will avoid a angry dog. "shitbird" may have never been IN the apartment if the dog and been loose and got a hunk of hand as it reached through the broken window to clamber in.
My "puppy" turns 7 months old next week and has already displayed on more than one occasion his protective instincts. Which I expected, and chose the breed for. And for the record, I have had A GSD an am familiar with the breed.