I agree that you need to lock you dog in the bedroom when a stranger visits for everyone's safety. But honestly, if anyone ever tried to shoot my dog, I would go to jail. Thats really all there is to it. Ben, I really liked and respected your thoughts on the matter. When did human life get so cheap? It has been from Day One. We're not referred to as "cannon fodder" for nothing. But part of the problem is that our (or at least my) opinion of humanity, now that everything is being being recorded and boradcast to the world, sinks further every day. It seems the world is overrun with people who routinely act on their own worst impulses. Its hard not letting myself become a misanthrope sometimes and I have to remind myself there are a lot of good people out there and because they are good, they never make it on the evening news. But dogs and other animals are missing that "evil" gene we humans carry about with us, unless it is beat and tortured into them by humans. Sorry for going a bit off topic. But I sometimes wonder about this the same as moostapha.