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Old 04-16-2013, 10:47 PM
 
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No dogs because we go away for two months a year and that would be complicated for the dog.

No guns because we've never used one in our lives, live in Canada, and don't really want to use one.

Practically everyone we've seen has one or the other, or both.

My question is - is country living really that dangerous?

PS: Would appreciate any random advice for a wet-around-the-ears young couple moving to the countryside for the first time ever.
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Well, we have guns, and I've known how to shoot since I was 8, even when I was a city slicker. But I've only used a gun for target practice (fun!) and to shoot snakes (I get along with them just fine until they start invading the homestead and biting my dogs and horses and eating my chickens and then all bets are off).

The dogs are for the simple joy of it, and we've had dogs in town, too, though from a country perspective it's nice to have a doorbell that starts "ringing" when someone starts driving down the quarter mile drive, allowing me to get decent before they arrive at the front door. And to discourage critters like raccoons and such that like to come visiting sometimes too much.
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Old 04-17-2013, 07:35 AM
 
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I'd say country living is less dangerous compared to living in a city. Guns and dogs are because out here, you're pretty much on your own. You call 911 in the city and they're there in a couple minutes. Out here, it may be 30 minutes to an hour.

As for advise, I'd suggest two things to start.
- Meet and try to befriend your neighbors.
- Realize things are done a bit differently in the country. Accept it.
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:45 AM
 
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Dogs and guns in the country are usually less about personal protection and more about hunting and/or protecting livestock and sometimes oneself from certain wild animals.

In our experience, country living is far safer than city living and we much prefer it. Two-legged predators are the worst and far more prevalent in "civilzation."
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Well, we have guns, and I've known how to shoot since I was 8, even when I was a city slicker. But I've only used a gun for target practice (fun!) and to shoot snakes (I get along with them just fine until they start invading the homestead and biting my dogs and horses and eating my chickens and then all bets are off).

The dogs are for the simple joy of it, and we've had dogs in town, too, though from a country perspective it's nice to have a doorbell that starts "ringing" when someone starts driving down the quarter mile drive, allowing me to get decent before they arrive at the front door. And to discourage critters like raccoons and such that like to come visiting sometimes too much.


if you've got snakes big enough to eat chickens, I will never ever go to Texas again!
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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No dogs because we go away for two months a year and that would be complicated for the dog.

No guns because we've never used one in our lives, live in Canada, and don't really want to use one.

Practically everyone we've seen has one or the other, or both.

My question is - is country living really that dangerous?

PS: Would appreciate any random advice for a wet-around-the-ears young couple moving to the countryside for the first time ever.
You've got it backwards. People don't necessarily NEED guns and dogs when they live in the country, although either or both are a good idea in some areas for various reasons.

The truth is, people who enjoy guns and dogs tend to gravitate toward the country so they can enjoy them without the restrictions of city ordinances.

Rest assured, many people live in the country without either a dog or a gun.
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Old 04-17-2013, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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I'm a bit confused......... Are you talking about living IN Canada, in the country?

Or are you asking about living in The States, in the country ?

Please clarify your question ?

Jim B

Toronto.
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Old 04-17-2013, 06:53 PM
 
Location: Interior AK
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I guess it all depends on how "country" is your country. If you live farther out, then dogs and guns are a good idea for protection against animals (more than people).
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:56 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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Rural Canada has as many guns and dogs as rural parts of the U.S.
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I grew up in Central California and I'd say that the majority of rural-dwellers own guns. Our family always did. And considering the ever-diminishing list of "allowed" guns in California, I'd say that many of them may even possess varieties that are no longer legal.

Farmers always have to protect their animals and livestock. And emergency response is always slower in the rural areas, so many people take responsibility to arm themselves. In Cental California theft and home invasions are aggressive, and rural areas are popular targets because they're less visible. Country dwellers tend to be a lot less reliant on emergency response than town folk because they have to be.

But not everyone in the country possesses guns. Now, a place without dogs is harder to find. Country people just like dogs; however, dogs also serve a purpose as protectors, and even assist with moving cows in pastures. But I don't think you'll feel out of place not having either, and I think your neighbors will be fine with that. Just be respectful of their rights.
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