It turns out that a guard dog does not need to be incredibly large and muscular.
Small and chicken also works
allow me to 'splain:
My eldest has to come up this way occasionally in connection with his job and needed to be in Castlemaine very early, so rather than get up before 5 as he would have needed to do, he rang to ask if it would be okay for him to arrive on my doorstep around 11.30 - midnightish and to stay the night.
after the last flying visit we had serious concerns about asthma/allergic reactions so I vacuumed the house top to bottom ... twice ... and he was prepared to swallow some antihistamines the minute he got in the door.
David needed to go to bed - he's a little under the weather and I've kept him home today - and I settled in for some tv and knitting. As the evening progressed I found myself sharing the couch with a small dog and one... then two ... and finally... all three cats. Yup even MissC joined us, albeit somewhat tentatively at first. Of course I couldn't move to get the camera so you'll just have to take my word for the fact that peace reigned supreme for probably close to an hour
and then as the car lights turned into the driveway and pulled up in the carport a small fur based missile erupted off the couch amidst a flurry of barks of such volume that Sheepie probably heard the ruckus all the way over there in Maine.
His Beariness then took refuge under a table and continued to make loud comments on everything from Stephen's clothing choices and aftershave to the size of his shoes and his antecedents until tempted out with a peace offering of cheese which he deigned to accept after making sure that it wouldn't undermine his self-appointed position as house guardian.
btw it was minus 0.5 last night and the smaller bird bath still had ice on it at 11am but look at the lovely day it turned into: