I have three dogs; a black Lab/Chow mix, a yellow Lab/Chow mix, and a Jack Russell Terrier/Pekingese mix. They are the best companions anybody could ask for. They're always doing something to put a smile on my face and I love to sit and talk to them.
Ultimately, all dogs are family-friendly, if they're trained to be gentle, housebroken as best-able, and given proper outdoor exposure to help them burn off canine adrenaline. The larger dogs are great for herding children and the tinier dogs are good as comfort animals.
I have a dog that just wants to run and run some more. We live right on a pretty busy street though and the house is close to it. It's not a highway or anything but it's still busy. I have a semi fenced back yard and I can let her run around as long as she's supervised. There are dogs on either side and they can put their heads through the fence, so I have to make sure they aren't out. I'd hate for her to get bit! I just took her out for a little run and man did she enjoy it. She ran in circles! I was a bit nervous because we are still cleaning the place up and I didn't want her to get hurt.
My neighbor has three dogs and then is fostering 2 more. She was going to keep one of the fosters but then he was getting into fights with one of her dogs. So she had to put him up for adoption again. Anyway one of her dogs is a bit wonky and had issues. She kept it when it wasn't really adoptable. Well yesterday they left for a few mintues and left the oldest boy who's about 15 to watch the younger too. One of the younger kids let a dog out and it got into a fight with another of their dogs. The older kid tried breaking it up and got bit in the leg. It was very scary. I was just getting out of the shower when my mom told me what happened. I ran over and cleaned the kid up and waited with him till the parents got back. They are putting the dog down today. It's got too many issues and can't be trusted anymore. It's sad but sometimes a dog that was abused can never come back from that. The other dog hopefully will be okay too. The kid needed 3 stitches in that leg. Thank God it wasn't worse. You have to be really careful if you have a wonky dog. Someone could have gotten hurt. Never break up a dog fight. You can literally lose a finger or your own life!
When I was 11 I thing I got attacked by a large Sheppard dog. She, Bella, the dog of my school friend, knew me, but suddenly she attacked me from behind. Since then I'm always on guard with dogs (except they are very small).
I have never been a dog person, I love cats too much and I had a horrible encounter with a German Shepherd when I was a kid. But with the help of my girlfriend and our dog now I seem to have taken a liking to Labradors...one step at a time.
This particular online videos of a dog is one of my favorites. I remember seeing it and thinking if I had not known it was not my dog I would have thought it was my dog. This dog looks and acted exactly like my dog. We had to put my dog down last November due to advanced kidney disease. I like to watch this video because it is like looking at her even though I know it is not her. View link