I was a typical kid growing up. I had lots of friends with whom I would spend hours on end playing, running around and just doing typical kid’s stuff.
But I never had a dog. And as I was a typical kid, I really wanted one! I wanted one of those Hollywood best bud, go on a adventure together kind of dog. Sadly it was not to be.
Until now! Some 18 years later, I finally got a dog! I also got a girlfriend and my own apartment somewhere before that, but that’s not the point. I got a dog!
That got me thinking and I decided to write something about dogs and their advantages and disadvantages when it comes to zombies.
You all probably know that all dogs have great hearing and possess a great sense of smell as well, which can be very useful when it comes to detecting danger and exploring your surroundings. Depending on the size of your dog, they can also be trained to assist in hairy situations although I would advise against any contact with the undead.
Also, dogs are loyal companions that help lift your morale and keep you going through the wastelands. If you need any more reassuring about dogs, just watch one of these films:
As great as dogs are, there are certain situations where you could be better of without one. Assuming that most dogs aren’t as brilliantly intelligent as we see in the movies, they could present a major disadvantage. One bark at the wrong moment and you and your dog could be finished. Running of towards noise or movement could also be fatal. Or if you have a dog that’s like mine and greets everyone with equal love and acceptance which doesn’t mix well with devouring zombies around. But maybe I’m too harsh. We don’t know how dogs react to zombies. Maybe they instinctively know that something’s wrong and avoid them. That remains to be seen!
To summarize: if you have a dog that follows commands, is suspicious about strangers and can defend himself, you got yourself a true companion for the wastelands. If not, best you minimize the risk and part ways.
So there you have it, my two cents about dogs in the Apocalypse. I shall leave you with my guard dog. Stay safe!