Following on Tired Mama's story about her dog keeping her from the area where a fake policeman attacked a girl, I wondered about this: Have your animals ever steered you away from danger or kept you safe while others were in danger? I grew up with a black lab/Irish setter mix. She was beautiful and the sweetest dog I ever met. She was very well socialized and would go up to pretty much anyone. We joked she was our "watch" dog. She would watch the robbers come in and she would watch the robbers go out! In her 14 years we only found 3 people she didn't like. One of my dad's cousins that we don't like, the idiot my aunt married and then divorced, and this guy. I was walking to the post office about half a mile from my home with the dog and a friend one summer day. A man came out and commented on the dog, which was nothing unusual. The dog got between us and the man and growled softly at him. He tried to tell her she was a good girl and to be nice, but my dog wasn't letting him anywhere near us. A couple of months later I was out alone with the dog and the same thing happened again. He got arrested for attacking a girl a little while after that. It was in the paper with his picture. That is my story. What types of things have your animals kept you safe from or let you know that someone or somewhere was not safe?