From commentor Jackie:
Here are Chamois (the golden colored mutt) and Yoki (the red, half Chow) barking at what they believe is a critter they have treed. Our third dog, Seven, was also present. The event involved much barking over a long period of time. The pity of it is, they were barking at the transformer on the electric pole in front of our house.
Okay, so they aren’t the brightest bunch, but they are sweetest. I live in a rural area where people tend to dump dogs. Seven ran in front of my car on a country road. I stopped and through a long process that involved enticing him with crackers, I was able to scoop him up and put him in the car. He’s a big, loving, doofus mutt. Sadly now he is suffering many ravages of old age, but he’s still first in line when the biscuits are dispensed.
A year or so later, we went to the county dog shelter where I spotted Yoki. She only had a couple more days before euthanasia, in part because the shelter staff warned everyone to be aware of Chows because they are aggressive. My husband was pumping for us to get a Lab or Lab mix, but I could not get this waggedy red dog “on death row” out of my mind. I prevailed, and now my husband will admit that Yoki is his favorite of the pack.
Chamois also came from a shelter called Circle Tail that does some amazing work placing dogs with people with disabilities. Chamois didn’t have the right stuff to be an assistance dog, but is a wonderful family dog. Both Yoki and Chamois, like Seven, had been found running loose in the countryside.
So there you have it. I would never pay for a dog when so many wonderful dogs can be had on the cheap. Rescues are the best.