I am in total agreement with you in regards to there being so much more than just bitework when it comes to being a 'total dog'...
As far as being glad you live in a place where you don't 'need' a real dog..well...do a happy dance my friend..not all of us are in that same boat..
the reality is..i live in one of 'those' places ....and i don't even like to think about what
'could have' happened had my old hairy dog not been in my livingroom snoozing like me when someone tried to crawl in my window several years back..suffice to say..he earned his keep and left the want to be intruder with a very permanant reminder of why it's not a good idea to crawl in some lady's window that's asleep on the sofa..his first stop was johns hopkins hospital...then..next was central booking sporting some bright white new gauze
I choose to live alone..my BF stays here on a non-permanant basis..this is my choice..i am too old and set in my ways to live with anyone else full time ..so i have and will always have 'real' dogs that can and will do the work if needed. but they must also be 'functioning' members of society in other aspects too..
i'd post more pictures but seems as though the 'hairy' dogs are not considered welcome on the board, so i won't bother..i'll save the bandwidth for the 'true' working dogs..
E-Dog - 2012 WPBTCA National Championships
The time when screech owls and Bandogges howl and spirits walk and ghosts break up their graves.
Act I, Scene IV of William Shakespeare's "King Henry VI"