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My Personal Guard Dog

Updated on March 14, 2010
Hamlet and my grandson, Tristan.
Hamlet and my grandson, Tristan.
Hamlet and my two granddaughters.
Hamlet and my two granddaughters.

My pet has evolved into a guard dog. A personal protection dog. A potential attack dog. Whatever term you prefer. He’s a Great Dane named Hamlet.

Hamlet is the best dog I’ve ever owned or handled, and believe me, that’s saying something! He’s also the smartest dog I’ve ever known. He has a huge vocabulary – he understands many words and commands, even though the only one I have purposely taught him is “sit.” The others he picked up on his own.

Since Johnny and I got Hamlet and his adopted brother Grendel, a harlequin Dane, we no longer sleep together. We have a king-size bed, but there’s not enough room for me, Johnny, and two Great Danes. Hamlet always sleeps with me, while Grendel rotates between sleeping in my bed or in Johnny’s bedroom with him.

Hamlet sleeps as close to me as he can possibly get, with his big head resting on my pillow. In the last few months, he’s become extremely protective of me while we’re in the bed. The first time we noticed this was when Johnny came in my room to awaken me one morning. He shook my foot, and Hammie didn’t like it one bit! He barked and growled at Johnny, but he never tried to bite him. He let Johnny know in no uncertain terms that messing with his mama was off limits.

Now, if anyone enters my bedroom while I’m in bed, Hamlet warns them not to come close to me. The funny thing is, if I call Johnny into my room, Hamlet doesn’t react. But if Johnny comes in without my request, Hamlet lets him know immediately that he’s not welcome.

It’s strange – Hamlet has never been like this anywhere else or in any other situation. It’s only when I’m in bed. I wonder if he understands that I’m more vulnerable when I’m asleep and that it’s his job to protect me? Otherwise, he loves everyone - friends, family members, total strangers. He especially loves kids and even allows them to sit on him and ride him.

I took a nap this afternoon, and I called Johnny into the bedroom to ask him a question. Hamlet didn’t make a peep. Then when Johnny tried to touch me, Hamlet would get between me and Johnny and bark and growl, loudly voicing his displeasure. If I had said “no,” Hammie would have quietened immediately. But I’m not so sure this is bad behavior. If he reacts this way when Johnny or one of my friends or daughters attempt to bother me while I’m sleeping, imagine how he would react to a stranger – you know, like an intruder/rapist/burglar!

Having a 150-160 pound dog with 1 ½-inch long teeth protecting me gives me a real sense of security – especially since I like sleeping with my bedroom window open!

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Nope - I thought about that, too. He doesn't get upset if anyone approaches the bed while he's in it alone - only if I'm in it.

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      allbreeds 6 years ago from Adelaide,Australia

      hi i have a feeling your dog is protecting HIS bed not you

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      What a sweet story, Frogy!

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      A beautiful big baby-protector you have here! I had one once too-a little ragmuffin terrier called Chappie - because he had been trapising around the neighorhood for several days, evidently dumped - and his feet and empty tummy were chapped.

      He was the sweetest thing ever. Thanks for sharing your love too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      He's my baby, Ethel!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, Michael, I think so, too!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Right, Sage, and he works for kibble...and cookies!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Sis! I've never met a Dane I didn't like!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      K Partin, they really are gentle giants!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      That's some guard dog.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Mekenzie, Thanks! I'd recommend a Dane for anyone willing to make it a family member.

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      Michael Shane 7 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      What a beautiful guard dog! Im quite sure he would make someone think twice before breaking in....

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Froggie, Danes are super cuddly!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Froggie, Danes are super cuddly!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Audrey, you are truly a great Dane, then! lol

      Sandy, thanks, pal!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Maita! These are 3 of my 7!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the kind words, HErbi!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, when JOhnny and I want to "give each other attention," we just close the door! lol

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, when JOhnny and I want to "give each other attention," we just close the door! lol

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      Sage Williams 7 years ago

      habee - I really enjoyed your story. Hamlet is one big handsome boy. How cool is it that you have your own personal guard dog. Like having the secret service covering your backside.

      Great story,

      Sage

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Sheila, he eats a couple of cows a day...kidding! He really doesn't eat that much because he's so lazy.

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      Angela Blair 7 years ago from Central Texas

      Beautiful grandkids and wonderful "pup" Habee. I really enjoyed this Hub. I adored my Harlequin Dane -- in fact, have never seen a Great Dane that wasn't a super dog. Best, Sis

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      K Partin 7 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Great story hab, my sister had nothing but Great Danes, such gentle giants and very good with her kids too. Thanks for sharing. k.

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      Susan Ream 7 years ago from Michigan

      Oh Habee, I want to go out and get a Great Dane that is just like Hamlet now. Really, that's what your words created in me... I don't think my hubby would be liking Hamlet through .. He's very protective of our bed. There would be a showdown for sure at our house. Loved the Hub, loved the pictures and loved your heart. Blessings

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      Andria 7 years ago

      My God I can't believe you share your bed with those two hairy monsters lol! They're a beautiful breed. I've never owned one, only got to know those belonging to friends. One of them, Harley (the dog) has a tendency to sit all over you, loving and adoring you as much as you'll allow her.

      Your Hammlet is a beaut Habbee :)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Entertainment!

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      He is so big and cute.

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      Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

      What a beauty - Griffin is still mad about the couch thing though....bad news, Griffey - we don't go there. I've heard that Danes are super intelligent - the dogs as well! (I'm a Dane so I had to slip that one in there) - I always wondered about having a Great Dane and now after the mals, I probably would not even blink. Give me a small dog and I'm sure I'd kill it within a week - by accident. Good piece as always.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Ehern! Danes are the bestest! lol

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hmm, not sleeping together hehe, they are big habee, and those are your grandkids? cuties, maita

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      lol...Hamlet is stunning!! I'm with you...I don't even lock my door of my house when I'm home....ever! Love the picture with your granddaughters!!!! So incredibly adorable!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Habee, I've never owned a dog that size but he is beautiful. I think he is going to protect you under any circumstances which is great but you may need to let him know your hubby wants a tad bit of of attention now and then. haha Great Hub.

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      sheila b. 7 years ago

      Now you can write a hub about what you feed your huge dog! Loved the photos - the dog and the kids!

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Nice hub..good looking dog..

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      ehern33 7 years ago

      Beautiful dog and seems to have a great disposition. My firends neighbor has one and we ended up giving them one of our twin beds for the dane. It is barely enough for him. The bark wakes up half the neighborhood so when they hear him, it is usally something to look into.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Too true, Austin!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Yep, Bpop, he loves his mama!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Actually, Woody, we were hoping to use you for that guinea pig! when are you available??

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you enjoyed it, HH!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      James, you are TOO funny! I promise - I'm harmless unless you mess with one of family members!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      thanks, Aaron!

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      Austinstar 7 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Dogs are cool. I really hope no one tests your theory. They could literally end up as "dog meat". LOL

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Clearly Hamlet is in love!

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      Woody 7 years ago

      what you need to do is see if the dane will bite the hubby. i suggest making him burst into the room, with a mask on, yelling at the top of his voice. this tell you if he is a good guard dog.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, habee, for such an amusing hub. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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      Unchained Grace 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Dear Big Softy,

      I'm still staying in my hamstercage. What happens if I get to Georgia and you throw me in your pot or in a Wok or sumthin'? Hamlet might think I was a doggytoy and do mean things to me. Or, you might think I was a rat or just a big hamster and blow me away with that shotgun of yours.

      These izz scary times. Time to get back on my hamsterwheel. Can't afford a Total Gym. I gotta stay in shape. The lady with the big dog and the cast iron fry pan is after me!!!

      Help!

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      Another great hub, habee. This hub is fasinating one, really. Enjoy.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, James, if you only knew me! I am such a big softy! I rarely get mad. And you always have my blessings on visiting GA!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Veronica. He is a handsome boy!

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      Unchained Grace 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Habee, between reading about you and your shotgun and now Hamlet? From now on, it's gonna be, "yes, ma'am, bosslady, Queen of all you survey." I ain't even comin' into Georgia without your blessings. That's it. I'm finished. I'm running back to my hamstercage and I'm not coming out.

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      You are brave to sleep with your bedroom window open Habee! If I had a gaurd dog like yours, I probaly would too. He's so handsome!