I have never had a true outside dog before - never. I grew up in suburban Minneapolis, MN; our dogs were inside; when outside, they were in our fenced in yard or on a leash. Too much traffic to take chances - except for T.H.E. Cat, named after a TV show. Cat left home one day, lost forever - well, not quite. Three months later, I opened our front door ant there was T.H.E. Cat, acting as though he had never left. Walked right in...
I was one of those kids always hauling home "strays." Many, I'm sure, weren't really strays but put up with me messing with them. Those who stayed were quickly house-trained by my mom. My first dogs were Sniffer followed by Sniffer Jr. Yep, I was a whiz at unique dog names.
Silverwalk has Walter Brennan (adoptable). Walter is an old Black and Tan Coonhound from AR. His ACO could not find his owner and sought a rescue for Walter because that's the way Ty is and Walter is such a cool dog. Ty called him "Walter Brennan" after the actor who, after a real life accident, lost most of his teeth.
Walter the coonhound has about half his teeth and the rest aren't pretty; he needs a dental bad. His spirit and demeanor are loving, admirable, joyful and scent-ful: where's the food? Walter doesn't care if it's beef or not, just edible. This is the main reason Walter has remained an outside dog - he can clear my counters (and has) tut suite. If I miss seeing him in the yard with the other dogs, I hightail it into the house to minimize the damage. Here's the thing - I can't get mad at him - he comes to me wagging that lethally long tail, moaning with pleasure when petted or given any attention. Walter is intact (!); something I need to take care of sooner than later; he is so easy going, I tend to forget and I preach spay/neuter! Egads.
Walter is old and smart. I started putting him in a crate in the house with a Kong full of food. It only took one or two times after which WALTER would put himself into the crate, demanding his food filled Kong! He rests very well but I know he is there by the thump-thump of his tail when I walk by. Besides the super long tail, Walter has gorgeous long ears and a wart between his eyes. With apologies to those of Hindu belief, it reminds me of a bindi or "third eye." Walter is a wise, gentle, old Coonhound with a good voice appropriately used :).
P. S. - as I was looking for a photo of Walter Brennan the actor to share, I found the following of Silverwalk's Walter Brennan in the same category in a Google search!