The importance of having a good dog when SHTF hits!

Hello, my friend and welcome back!  In today’s post, we are going to look at the importance of a good dog when it all falls apart.  This post is totally inspired my dog, so grab a cup of coffee and have a seat while we visit.

Many of you are like me and have a dog that you love.  If you don’t have one, then this may be a good time to consider getting one.  If you raise a dog with love, it will become as loyal a friend as you could ever hope to have.

Dogs have a keen sense of smell and hearing, so they know when trouble is around and will alert you to it.  Even the smallest dog can quickly draw your attention and stop others from sneaking up on you. This can give you the upper hand when it comes to survival.

Most dogs still have their primitive senses and are keenly aware of what is going on around them at all times. It makes no difference whether it is a large dog, small dog or somewhere in the middle, they are great to have around and will quickly earn their food when it all falls apart and you have to be on alert at all times.

Now before you ask, cats won’t work for this purpose at all, they will just go and hide rather than alert you.  While guinea birds are also good at warning when intruders are around, the trouble is that they are not good for taking with you on a hike or hunting.  No, there is no substitute for a good dog.

I have a small one right now and she is the queen of our home.  She has my wife and I wrapped around her paw.  She is the apple of our eye and while she is not a yapper, she definitely lets us know when someone is snooping around outside of the house.  She eats very little and is small enough to stick in my bug out bag if we have to leave in a hurry.

Large dogs are also great and can even be used for self-defense, if properly trained.  Now just about any dog will fight, if their master is attacked, but it’s important that you train them to follow commands.  A dog that bites anyone it doesn’t know is a danger to anyone near it, and you should train it to only attack others on command.

I have spent many hours sitting by a campfire drinking coffee, with my dog curled up beside me.  Growing up, I always had a dog and it was my responsibility to be sure it was fed and cared for. It helped teach me responsibility and the meaning of loyalty. These are two things every child should learn and my father knew that.

I have had dogs from a Chihuahua to a Labrador Retrievers and have loved each and every one.   The great thing about having a dog is that as long as you have one, you will never be alone in the world. They will help keep you warm on cold nights and follow you anywhere you will let them go.

Dogs can be vicious animals who will defend you, with their life if needed, and you can ask for no better friend on the trail.  When it all falls apart and you need a loyal friend, you will find having a good dog can be worth its weight in gold.  The smaller ones eat very little and the larger ones can hunt their own food, if necessary.

If you have the room it may pay you to have more than one for protecting your homestead and livestock.

If you have several, they can take down even the most aggressive intruder and have been known to even take down bears.  They can watch you children even when you can’t and they are a great judge of character.  If your dog does not like someone you should approach them with caution. And definitely not turn your back on them.

Well, I think that’s about it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post.  If you do get a dog, please take care of them and not leave them staked outside in the weather.  They are wonderful animals and are deserving of your love and care.  Until next time, stay safe, stay strong, and stay prepared.  God Bless America!

-Sarge-

Sarge

Prepper, Patriot, and Proud U.S. ARMY Veteran.

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7 Responses

  1. Thor says:

    Sarge, funny you had this post. I just picked up a new German Shepherd puppy for Christmas. He is going to be huge. Paws measure 2X2 1/2 inches and very smart. The Wife and I are getting worn out because he has much energy. He has all the traits of a great guard dog and friend. We had to put our 12 year old GS down in January due to cancer. His Dad was 140 lbs and Mom was 100lbs.

  2. americuh says:

    I could not agree more with your article. A dog can sense an intruder (human or critter) much sooner than I can. I have had labs, dobermans, ridgebacks, and mixed breeds that have all been great around kids, livestock and poultry. While the labs do bark at intruders, they are not as all out protective as the dobies and ridgebacks, but the warnings are appreciated. I am confident I will not sleep thru an intruder trying to gain access.
    In a SHTF scenario I believe our family would not survive long without our dogs, because of chicken killing varmints, and of course the two legged kind too. Our dogs are also part of our family, and we love them.
    Both dry and canned dog food have a pretty long shelf life, most are over a year. We stock preps for our critters that include flea meds, heartworm, etc. as well as food. When and if the dog food runs out, a dog can eat much of the same food you do.

  3. I completely agree with ya Sarge. Dogs are indispensable , even the happy ones and even in today’s world. I am the caretaker of an American Staffordshire Terrier and nothing comes around that we don’t know about it! Keep up the good work ! Rick and Rebel the Dog!

  4. Grim says:

    I think a good ratter would be good idea.