I prefer the term "Great Pyrenees."
This is a discussion on "Sheepdog" sounds so lame... within the Off Topic & Humor Discussion forums, part of the The Back Porch category; Sorry, OP, totally disagree with your whole premise. Sheepdog and proud of it. Call yourself whatever you're comfortable with....
Sorry, OP, totally disagree with your whole premise. Sheepdog and proud of it. Call yourself whatever you're comfortable with.
I prefer the term "Great Pyrenees."
"The gun is the great equalizer... For it is the gun, that allows the meek to repel the monsters; Whom are bigger, stronger and without conscience, prey on those who without one, would surely perish."
The sheepdog concept isn't about the 2nd amendment, or gun ownership, per se. If all it does is make you think of a cartoon, then you are missing the point. A good place to start would be here: On Sheep, Wolves and Sheepdogs
And "guard dog" wouldn't work for a ccw holder, more like open carry! U can always tell a guard dog cuz its barking and trying to get everything before its even a threat. My dog won't even let a car drive in my housing area without waking me up in the middle of the night barking and scratching at the window.
The first time I read that "sheep, wolves, and sheepdogs" article, I cringed. If that's how some CCW owners feel about things, then I'm worried. It's a ridiculous mindset.
Mainly, the sheepdog thing is a metaphor. A word or term used symbolically to represent the quality of another idea. For example: My friend is a rock. That would imply not that he or she is a stone, but rather is strong and solid.
Carrying a firearm is a complicated matter such that "sheepdog" only captures a sliver of the reality, while simplifying the rest of it down to a laughable caricature. Now, if you're an over-60, paunched out Wilford Brimley sort of person, OK - I'll give you sheepdog.
I don't think that carrying a pound or two of metal on your hip makes you anything. It doesn't magically transform you from 98-pound weakling into a superhero.
The modern urban warrior is able to engage and resist any kind of threat using the tools at hand. Gun, knife, chair, hands - or the weapon carried by the attacker - it doesn't matter. The victim submits, the warrior prevails (or goes down fighting).
You get the impression, from some remarks here, that there's a sort of mentality that says that if you're alone, then you'll quietly hand over your wallet or whatever, but if your [spouse, child, parent, etc.] is with you, then you turn into a combination of Tasmanian Devil whirling Dervish of teeth, claws, and firepower. Coolio.
Some people are operating out of fear, and that's understandable. But here's the deal: You can look at all this like it's a problem you can solve mechanically. Like buying caulk to seal up a leak around a window frame. Yet if that's the mentality, then you'll never reach the end of the road. Your mind can always invent another threat, another danger to defend against. Finally, you'll be bunkered down against the apocalyptic zombie horde.
The warrior isn't concerned with such things. Rather, training and competence becomes an internal quest. You study and learn not to deal with potential dangers, but because self-development is a worthwhile activity in and of itself. You never know what's going to happen, so you have to be ready for anything.
"It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first."
I think the sheepdog thing is silly and equates back to the 50 year old still talking about his glory days playing high school sports. I guess if it makes you feel important or big then go for it. As for me I'm Jim a husband, stepdad, grandpa, go to work everday and do the best I can with life guy who just happens to carry a weapon.
Where is the hurt feelings report?
Magazine <> clip - know the difference
martyr is a fancy name for crappy fighter
You have never lived until you have almost died. For those that have fought for it, life has a special flavor the protected will never know
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.
Words are merely a vehicle to transport concepts from one individual consciousness to another. Some metaphors make sense to some but not to others. Oh, well.
To take offense because of a word or phrase is juvenile. Down that road is Political Correctness! Nobody wants to visit there, do they?
If you disagree with the particular choice of word, look at the concept being discussed and try to frame it in a manner that better suits your tastes and philosophy. It is as simple as that.
*WARNING - I may or may not know what I am talking about.
I think that there are more important things to worry about than what people call us.
I don't care what people call me and I'm not advertising so they usually don't call me anything. I know the purpose of the concealed weapon and I know how to use it. Beyond that I don't care what the rest of the world thinks or calls me.
I guess im just getting old and grouchy. Peace bro.
"I got a lot of problems with you people!" - Frank Costanza
Yeah, sheepdog is just plain silly
Sheepdogs are great!
Wolves are noble predators.
Sheep are, well... sheep.
In a very, very limited sense, you could do the opposite of anthropomorphication on humans and compare them, in groups, to these animals. It doesn't work for me.
Primarily because I see nothing noble about human predators.
It could be worse!
Retired USAF E-8. Official forum curmudgeon.
Lighten up and enjoy life because:
Paranoia strikes deep, into your life it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid... Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth
Use whatever names you want for prey, preditor and protector just remember who you are and in what condition you are in.
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"Violence is seldom the answer, but when it is the answer it is the only answer".
"A nation of sheep breeds a government of wolves".