I will begin by saying that although we could have had a dog for protection we are gone all day long and I always felt it was unfair to keep a dog penned up whether in a run or in the house for ten hours a day while we were working. We live too far away to drive home and let them outside or spend time with them. So until one of us retires we will hold off on that. BUT that does not mean that we don't have property protection.
This fellow and at least two other bucks return each summer to lounge on our back deck protecting the hammock that resides there or underneath our two Japanese maples by our swimming pool. They have become increasingly "friendly" and think this is their vacation spot.
No we don't feed them (however, they choose to eat all our roses and anything else they feel like) but as you can see they are not too afraid. This photo was taken from inside our living room through our sliding glass door. I have others of him looking at himself in the reflection of the glass thinking it was another buddy who managed to get inside.