My Karelian bear dog, Brewski, in addition to his talent for chasing bears away, also gives me someone to talk to, so I make more noise with him around. Good snow dog, too.
Bear dog... sounds like an extremely strong-minded breed. Looks like a sweety, but I'm sure, he gives you hard times sometimes...
I really thought quicksand was going to be a much bigger issue in my life when I was little