$230,000 Personal Guard Dogs

At that price, they're not just called "guard dogs" but "executive protection dogs". Harrison Prather owns a South Carolina-based company that specializes in training elite protection dogs for private individuals. Julia, a German Shepherd that cost $230,000, helps protect the family of John Johnson:

Mr. Johnson said he got his first protection dog after receiving personal threats while he was running the Northland Group, a debt-collection company in Minnesota that he founded and eventually sold three years ago. Now he has six protection dogs, all German shepherds, and normally takes a couple in his car whenever he goes out.

“It’s for both security and companionship,” he said as Julia nuzzled his leg, looking like a gentle enough companion. But when an intruder emerged near the tennis court of his estate, all it took was one command, “Packen!” (the bite command from the German word for “seize”), to send Julia racing across the lawn.

She sunk her teeth into the intruder’s arm, which was encased in padding for a demonstration, and hung on even as he lifted her off the ground in a vain attempt to shake free of her. She let go only upon being commanded and then stood guard over her new prisoner, barking and threatening to bite again whenever he made a move to escape, which he wisely did not try.


Link -via Glenn Reynolds | Photo: Allen Brisson-Smith for The New York Times

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Just goes to show that P.T. Barnum was right. And that a skilled salesman can make a novice feel that he is getting a truly exceptional dog.

Shouldn't have to pay more than $10-12K for a good guard dog.
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The Vancouver police's malamuts are probably cheaper and, believe me, they work. The more you try to fight them, the more they sink in. I have 15 year old scars that attest to it.
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So you wanna be a rock superstar, and live large
a big house, 5 cars, you're in charge
comin' up in the world, don't trust no body
gotta look over your shoulder constantly

[...]

Egomaniac in the Brainiac

[...]

til the next rock superstar
with no shame
give em a year, he'll be right out the game
the same as the last one who came before him
gained fame, started gettin ignored, I warned him
assured him, this aint easy take it from Weezy
sleezy people wanna be so cheesy, the fuckin people (gun cock noise)

- Cypress Hill, Rap/Rock Superstar

Man, am I ever glad I don't need protection and I know for sure that my friends are my friends. You only need protection if you've holed yourself up in an ivory tower.
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