Rokedi, the Briard, belongs to my 89 year-old friend. He will be 5 at Christmas and has been my pupil for most of his living years. With me, he is stubborn, disobedient, sometimes aggressive and for ever challenging my authority. With me, he shows signs of dominance and on one occasion went for me. All this with me only. And yet, when a plane flies over, he panicks and worriedly looks out for me and makes a beeline to be as close to me as possible. So close, he has been known to knock me over.