Family Comes First

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If the South African Boerboel had a motto, it probably would be Don't mess with me or my family, and well get along fine.

Melinda Proffer, a breeder in Marble Hill, Mo., recalls a trip to the airport when she got to see her 3-year-old Boerboel Anna deliver that message.

Anna couldn't go into the building, so Proffers son Dustin sat on a bench with her outside the terminal. While his mother was inside, a man tried to approach Dustin -- unsuccessfully -- to ask about Anna.

I came back to a standoff, Proffer says. Anna had climbed up on the bench next to Dustin, put a paw between his legs, and was leaning on him, hackles up, using her body to shield him from the stranger. She had the man locked in a dead-eye stare that had stopped him in his tracks about 10 feet away. She didn't release until she made eye contact with me and got the OK.

Pick up this month's issue of Dog Fancy for the full story.

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