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Old September 27, 2013, 10:43 AM   #8
gaseousclay
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Without a doubt, our dog is a member of our family. If someone was trying to harm him I would do what I could to protect him, just as he would try to protect me.

when I lived in Japan most of the dogs I saw were tied up outside in a tiny little yard (since land is so scarce) and treated as pets only. they seemed to have very little in the way of social skills and barked/growled at anything that crossed their path. dogs will bark, regardless of geographic location, but every dog I encountered was just plain hostile. I know i'm probably making a generalization about dog ownership in Japan - i'm sure there are dog owners there that treat their pets like family, but not to the degree that we do in the US IMO
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