OK, since my wife is kind of leery about putting personal pics on the interwebs, I don't think she'll mind a few shots of our "child", even though he is about 11 years old now. He is a funny dog, not much of a watchdog, seems to welcome all kinds of 2-legged strangers to the property. At night, usually when I'm just getting to sleep, he goes on a "barkfest", and woofs at just about anything. I have never seen what he is barking at, sometimes I think he just does it to let other critters out there know that he's here. Or, maybe he does it to make us think he's "on patrol".
I would've liked him to get after the deer that ravage our gardens, but he's usually napping when that happens. If I open the door to yell at the deer, he'll startlingly jump up and then go chasing after them, as if to say, "see, I'm doing my job". Right.
He hates thunderstorms, and gunshots, so when we're out practicing, he heads down the hill and cowers under the old house. For some reason, if you shine a light in his direction, that spooks him too, and under the house he goes.
But, he's had a good life here all these years. Free to roam everywhere, and chase rabbits and squirrels that he never catches. He's a good old farm dog.
In his usual daytime "high-alert" mode: