I think my dogs just stopped a potential break-in (or worse ). My neighborhood isn't the safest. I'm a young woman, and I'm home alone tonight, which is unusual. I was just now sitting at the computer, and I heard some guys yelling and cursing at each other in the street. I turned off the lights and looked out the window, and saw 3 big teenage guys I don't know coming up into my yard. One came up on the porch, and two went around either side of the house towards the backyard. There were three more guys standing in the street, watching the 3 who came up to the house. I opened the window and said in my meanest voice, "hey, what are you doing?" No response. My 3 dogs were standing with me, watching me to see what to do. Then the guy on the porch rang the doorbell. All three dogs tore downstairs, began barking, growling, and throwing themselves at the windows and doors. They were smart enough to run to the sides of the house and the back, too, and bark at the guys there. The three guys by the house went back to the street, talked to the other guys, and they all split up and went different directions. Nothing seems to have been stolen from outside. I called the cops while the dogs were barking, but of course the guys were gone by the time they came. They said I was smart not to answer the door, though. There's a common scam where one person knocks on the door and talks to you to distract you, and others go around back to break in and rob you or much, much worse. The front guy is nice and respectable looking, the back guys are often armed. So, this is a tribute to my furry everyday heroes--215 collective pounds of love, fun, footwarming, and serious protection :clap: : And the real star of the night was my Dobe mix, who has the meanest bark, can make this face on command, and do a lot worse if she's actually mad :viking: --you don't want to be on the wrong end of those teeth!