The rough collie's long coat has made the breed successful on northern Midwest farms as an able herder and guardian of the farm during the winter. The dog needs to be gradually acclimated to the cold and a suitable insulated outdoor shelter must be provided for the dog along with ample quality food and a source of unfrozen water. The rough collie also relishes playing in the snow with children during the winter months. They guard the farm while the owner is away and are naturally protective of small children.
I'm baffled by this. I can't believe what I'm reading. I must be misinterpreting this somehow. Are they actually saying that the "Lassie" dog stayed on its own for extended amounts of time on a farm by itself and guarded it against anyone trying to break in or come near?
First of all, if this is true, I'm very touched that a dog of any breed would do this.
Secondly, I immediately start fearing for the dog. What if the human intruders have guns or other weapons? I could never be a burglar or "bad guy" myself, for the simple fact that I could simply not kill or hurt a dog or other animal. However, it is possible that I would naturally defend myself if it came attacking me, our of fear of dying myself, or getting seriously wounded.
And that would make me extremely depressed. Just the though that a trusty dog would risk its life and get killed trying to defend its family's farm while they are away (where?!) just breaks my heart. And something tells me that this exact scenario was played out at least one and probably many times.
Or am I misinterpreting the text? Do they simply mean that the dog barked in an attempt to get humans alerted or something?