i use the large dog method of intimidating solicitors away as well.
i had a guy come up to my front door once to peddle something (he had flyers in his hand, i never got to talk to him). the main door was open, and the storm door (metal on the bottom, screen on the top) was closed. the dog was sleeping on the floor in front of the door, but hidden by the metal on the bottom.
solicitor walked up the steps to the door, made a little noise on the cast iron railing on his way up, startled the 140# mastiff mix, who jumped up, cinderblock head appearing in the screen suddenly, and let out a huge woof from the bottom of his hind feet, scared the crap out of the solicitor who was last seen running down the sidewalk away from our house.
There can be a negative side effect. My mother raised Danes. And being from New Orleans preferred coffee with chicory which was unavailable outside Louisiana and so had it shipped by the case.
As it was a cool spring day she had the front door open with only the screen door to keep bugs out. Leading to the door was a straight path past the furniture that was about ten feet long and three feet or two dogs wide.
The dogs rarely barked but would race each other to the door when someone rang the door bell. So as the delivery man struggled up the steps with the bulky vase of coffee and rang the doorbell, he was treated to the vision of the two Danes rushing toward him at speeds that the screen door would not slow them down if they did not apply the brakes at the last moment.
The dogs did of course stop but not before the man had yelled " here’s your coffee" and was down the stairs and past the walls some thirty feet away by the time the coffee hit the porch.
My mother commented that it was a very good thing she had ordered coffee in cans and not something in bottles…
I was in London last week and some panhandler had a St. Bernard (with a small cask around its neck) that was the largest dog I’ve ever seen. Yes, I’ve been around mastiffs and other extra large dogs. The dog just shook its head and five people jumped.
So once people saw mine, I had a whole lot of people that wanted one. I had to take a trip to the landscaping supply place yesterday and pick up some more “supplies” Decided to try a couple new stones. Both of these are “flagstone”, just different kinds/colors.
This is Rocky Mountain Buff. I was really surprised how it engraved. It’s like a black speckling.