Friday I was traveling to work and we have a very long driveway. My oldest dog is the boss dog , and he and only he gets to run beside my truck to the end of the drive. A huge Blackbear was standing on the edge of the road, and I saw movement from the corner of my eye as Ace(OUR DOG) shot out from beside me at that bear and dove straight into the chest of that bear.The bear had just enough time to stand and catch my dog, but he lost his footing becuase my dog had hit him so hard he fell over the bank of the road with Ace in hot pursuit. My other two had heard Aces bark and were on that bear before he could gain his wits, and I was too - no confound bear is going to mess with my family. So he beat it and I managed to call in the furious dogs. I asked one of my buddies that hunts bear , how my dog was so brave, and he said my dog knew what to do becuase he had experience. This cuased me to think about 2 years ago when when Ace had been torn up so bad by somethig he was cut to the bone in several spots, very deep claws the vet. sewed him together. It was probably this bear, as he has been seen around here for years. Last year he wrecked some beehives of our neighbors. I live on the edge of a huge wilderness area, and we have benifits as well as troubles. My dogs keep many things from hurting our Christmas trees, and I have never seen anything on this earth brave enough to even look at our girls when Ace escorts them home from the Bus stop. But all the girls can tug his ears and just play with him like a tiny pup. I have to say of all the farm dogs I have owned and loved --Mr. Ace is the "Boss".Marty.