The April 20 headline Want to protect your home from burglary? Get a dog caught my attention. A policeman gave us that exact advice when we bought our home 30 years ago, but maybe because we were average people with an average house and an average income, his was more realistic.
He told us that any dog that barks will make a burglar look for another house rather than risk the commotion. Over the years we have taken in rescues or adopted from animal control. Our wonderful, smart and healthy whatever-breeds have barked up a storm and made the best, most loving pets.
I’m sure Metro-Dade K-9 Services does a great job. But really, can everyone afford purebred German shepherds, Rottweilers, bull mastiffs and Belgian Malinois, plus thousands of dollars in training? By focusing on a narrow aspect of the topic, the article missed an opportunity to promote shelter adoptions.
Silvia Lopez, Miami
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