Got two mutts are present...always get them from the shelter. One's an Akita mix and the other an Australian shepard mix. The Akitamix is a good dog but high maintenance. The OzzyShepMix is great, super laid back and easy going.
Both are great with people/kids but I'd almost feel sorry for someone if they jumped the fence into the backyard with bad intentions...almost. And VERY protective of the lil one.
In 01 we tried our hand at living in CR. My best friend for 30 years couldn't wait for us and drove there 3 month ahead of us(not the plan) When I got there, he was a stinking screaming freak. when the wife got there a month later, he turned on her like chicken salad in the summer sun. We voted him off and unloaded our crap at Playa Carmen. A dog came down and attached herself to the wife(dog magnet). that night she spat out 8 puppies. 6 pit looking and 2 st bernard looking. We got run off by cops after a month, and ended up in Cabuya. 2 dogs were given to a fisherman who lives on an island off the ferry at Paquero. One 2 at the restant by the bus station in Cobano, a couple around MP/St area.
the smallest we thought got stung by un alacran. the wife hand fed it and we gave it to a gringo close to the road coming into ST. 2 years later we were driving to the pizza place in MP and there was a pittish dog by the road the same color as"Lil brown" I looked in the rearview and he was staring at us. we got to the pizza place and sat. That dog came inside and laid his head in the wifes lap. Then the tears started flowing.
My wife rescued a dalmation from a shelter. He was severely abused and we had to wait a month until they could get his weight up so we could safely take him home but he is neurotic as hell. Loves her to death but is scared of me after 7 years AND saving his life twice.