More on Zoe
She was afraid of all strangers and to this day loaths walking on a lead. She is stubborn and will dig her heals in. She would rather bleed than walk. During our "walks" Maggie will trot around the neighborhood, Sohie will zoom from one side of the sidewalk to the other and Zoe will sit comfortable in my arms sniffing the air.
Upon the birth of my child, Zoe changed, she was no longer afraid of everything. She became more of a warning system for the house. A passer by on the sidewalk - Zoe lets us know. A squirrel on the front porch - Zoe lets us know, A deer in the back yard - Zoe lets us now. And if the unbelievable should happen - a person other than DH, my child or myself should enter the home, Zoe lets the entire neighborhood know!!!
I have seen a huge man with his back to a wall because of Zoe. He was doing some work in our house, I was at my kitchen sink, my child was in the next room he walked between us. Zoe went after him like he was the devil. The poor guy looked so frightened as if this 9 pound dog going to really hurt him.
As I called for Zoe and told her it was OK, she settled down, Just as she always does, I actually felt blessed to know someone loves me and my child enough to battle someone 20 times her own weight thinking there might be a reason to. Talk about heart.
Zoe is one of those dogs that is a constant alarm, but has never been violent, she has never hurt anyone. I know she trusts our little word in our home and I am glad I can give her that peace of mind. I also am grateful that she has given me peace of mind. I trust her to alarm me to anything unusual I should know about, be it a bird too close to the house or a stranger walking up my driveway.