Gary handling a YHS pit bull for his photo session. It looks like Gary is cleaning “eye gunk” from the dog’s face. Though this breed has a bad reputation, I feel it is undeserved. We have handled many pit bulls over the 4 years we have been photographing Yavapai Humane Society dogs for YHS’s adoption web site and the vast majority have been friendly and easy to work with.
Our new pack member Shady is starting to show some guarding behaviors. Here she is looking out the front security door. Last night she was doing this, and she suddenly jumped up and ran and hid in the bedroom. Not exactly a ferocious guard dog 😦
We looked outside and saw a herd of javelina strolling towards the creek. We think at least one of them was on the porch (nothing new) and Shady went nose to nose with it through the steel mesh on the security door.
Javelina have tusks and sharp teeth, they can do real damage to a dog in a fight. So it’s good that Shady backed down after seeing the javelina. It’s possible she had dealings with them in her past. A few deep barks as she moved away from the door would have been nice though.