We have here at the fishing pier a pier pooch named Sheba. She is a very friendly pup and a great help to everyone that comes on the pier. Mostly she gets to roam on the pier without restraint until new folks show up. They usually want her on the leash until she gets to show them her real worth.
Sheba is a first class asset to the fishing community. Any time a rod is bent, she announces that the rod needs attention NOW. If you are fishing natural bait, you get to cast out and put your rod against a railing and Sheba keeps a sharp eye out on it for activity while you visit others.
When you hook a fish and your rod bends, Sheba lets everyone know that you have a fish on and might need help landing it. She even moves back and forth to where the fish will be coming out of the water to be landed on the pier.
If a fish gets loose on the pier, Sheba is right there to keep it under control and make sure it stays on the pier until you can grab it.
But her most important job, and she takes it very seriously, is to make sure the birds do not crowd the fishermen or their stringers of fish. We have many large birds like pelicans, egrets and herons that will sneak behind your back and grab fish on a stringer or bait out of your bait bucket or from your ice chest. Sheba is always on guard to prevent the bird from stealing your had won fish.
When Sheba is on the pier you can relax because she is very diligent at watching everything and making sure everyone is trying to have tooooo much fun.