I've mentioned that Harriet is not a barker. She's vocal, but quietly so. Even when she alarm barks, it's always been just loud enough and sustained enough to get my attention, then she stops and lets me handle the "problem."
Well, last night, when I took her out for last call, we were both startled by a human-and-dog on the other side of the fir tree that flanks one end of my patio. Harriet, bless her heart, let out four or five LOUD* barks. They were obviously meant to warn the intruder to get the hell offa her lawn. That's the first time *ever that she's warned someone off like that.
It was kind of impressive. Impressed the human-with-dog, too. It was too dark to see who it was, but I heard him say, "Whoa!" before he made himself scarce.

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some dogs can really sense the intent of someone beforehand...

some dogs just want to bark to make sure all the time though... LOL...

mine barks at the doorbell, until the person is inside then she's the happiest so and so around, but she's made sure people have kept their distance in other situations... for good reasons too.. I have a 'puppy test' that people have to pass... if they don't pass, they're not allowed in my house...
Drachen intuited:
I have a 'puppy test' that people have to pass... if they don't pass, they're not allowed in my house...

Bringing a date home to meet my dogs was actually bigger than inviting him to go meet the parents!
I invited a guy over for dinner once a long time ago who didn't make it
3 steps in the front door before he was on the floor scritching,baby-talking, "giving belly", wrestling, etc. And half an hour later the dinner I had cooked was getting cold and I still couldn't get him up to come eat it.
I married him. ;-)
Susan "Artificial Intelligence" Fraser,
and the (glad they picked us a such a good Sucker-Daddy!) AuH2Ok9s: SheBop, Shammie and Gris-Gris
hee hee...
in the online singles ads, I'm more prone to contact someone whos posing with their dogs in their photos!!
regardless of how they look!!
within a few weeks of dating my current bf, licorice has suddenly become 'his dog' rather than my dog! Always happens, I train them, love them, feed them, etc... and they become turncoats!... heh... well, when my son is home she's back to working dog though... but will lay on top of my bf for neck scruff scratches... *G*...
its a good way to find someones personality out...
some dogs can really sense the intent of someone beforehand...

I don't see how that's possible, in this case. This was an immediate reaction to being startled by someone. She simply didn't think that there should be a human in that place at that time, and she told him to go away*. Not normally anything to be impressed with, but considering the dog in question, and the way she comported herself (no hackles *and she was out in front, between me and the other person), yeah, I'm kind of tickled. The best part of the whole thing, though, was that she stayed relatively calm, and she settled down immediately afterwards. ("Oh yeah, you said 'pee.' Alrighty, then!")
some dogs just want to bark to make sure all the time though... LOL...

Not this dog. In seven years, this is the first time she's warned somone off like that.
mine barks at the doorbell,

Not mine, thank God. The only time she alerts me to the door is if I'm in another room and might not have heard it. And even then, she comes to get me instead of barking. At most, she'll make a soft wuffing noise. Barking? Never. (Funny aside, when I was a kid, yelling for someone from another room was verboten. We had to get up off our lazy asses and actually *go* to the person, and talk to them in a civilized voice.)
I have a 'puppy test' that people have to pass... if they don't pass, they're not allowed in my house...

I'm pretty good at sizing people up, so I don't need my dog to do it for me. And that's a good thing, because if it were up to her, there are only about three people, aside from my family, who she'd invite into the house.

Shelly
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I'm pretty good at sizing people up, so I don't need my dog to do it for me. And that's ... were up to her, there are only about three people, aside from my family, who she'd invite into the house.

And on the other end of the spectrum, we have Roxy, who would happily invite Charlie Manson in the door.

Lynne
And on the other end of the spectrum, we have Roxy, who would happily invite Charlie Manson in the door.

Ha! And the whole Manson family, too, I bet. The more, the merrier, after all.

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Ha! And the whole Manson family, too, I bet. The more, the merrier, after all.

I have absolutely NO doubt!

Lynne
mine barks at the doorbell, until the person is inside then she's the happiest so and so around,

Anna and Faith went for a walk the other day and locked themselves out. So Anna rang the doorbell when she and Faith got to the front door. When Faith heard the doorbell, she barked. We got a big kick out of Faith barking to warn herself to stay out of her house.
Paula
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