Photos: Loyal Dogs Guarding Historic Southern Homes

There was a time when every significant life event in the South occurred on the porch. Now, these dogs carry on the tradition while fearlessly watching over their landmark houses.

Excerpted by Emma Kapotes from "Porch Dogs" and
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    Leiper's Fork, Tennessee / House Circa 1881

    Fancy, a three-year-old female Pekingese mix, shares the swing with Kai, a seven-year-old Labrador Retriever/Beagle mix, outside their favorite rare-book store.

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    Bingham, Tennessee / House Circa 1795

    Memphis, a three-year-old female Deutsch Kurzhaar, is a "gun dog" because the gun cannot hunt without her. It's up to Memphis to nose, search, point, and retrieve. What good is that gun without a dog?


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    Benoit, Mississippi / House Circa 1859

    Red, a two-year-old male Redbone Coonhound, has kept vigil ever since he found out his house almost burned to the ground during the Civil War. You never know when trouble might come knocking.

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    Sullivan's Island, South Carolina / House Circa 1880

    Daisy, a six-year-old female Spring Spaniel, keeps sentry on an island that has been protecting Charleston Harbor since 1776, when the Americans achieved what some consider their first major victory over the British in the Revolutionary War.

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    Charleston, South Carolina / House Circa 1855

    Maggie, a five-year-old female Jack Russell Terrier/Australian Cattle Dog mix, and BB, a four-year-old female Labrador Retriever/Beagle mix, discuss what to do with the caged bird. It sure would be fun to let it out, wouldn't it?


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    New Orleans, Louisiana

    Liza Jane, a two-year-old female German Shepherd, waits for her favorite nightclub to open. Most of the patrons think she's the hostess.

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    Friars Point, Mississippi / House Circa 1880

    Luke, a three-year-old male Labrador Retriever, goes on safari, where mysterious adventures lurk in the ivy.

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    Memphis, Tennessee / House Circa 1912

    Dixie, a four-year-old female West Highland White Terrier, celebrates life so heartily that every day is Christmas at her home.


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    Porch Dogs by Nell Dickerson

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