Those of us who have pets like to talk about the so I decided to start a thread where we could tell little stories about various pets we have had or would like to have.
I grew up on a farm with lots of animals around but never really thought of them as pets. We had several German shepherd dogs. One was, a man, was my nanny and guardian when I was small. I don't remember it but was told stories of different things he did. Not letting my mother chastise me but pulling me out of danger himself.
When I was a little older he were going away for a little while and left in chained to a clothes line. Both the chain, a long one, and the line were metal. This permitted him a great deal of movement. A thunderstorm came up while we were gone and lighting struck him making him blind. Otherwise he did not seem to be badly hurt. He learned to get around and managed to be protective of the home. Once scaring off would would-be thieves with the help of a large mother pig they had annoyed.
His name was Bert and I have fond memories of him.
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