|Pieter de Hooch [Public domain, Public domain or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons|
Meanwhile, speaking of guarding, the family dog sits relaxed yet staunch before the open door, ready to evaluate all comers against the family peace. After all, you never know when that pesky cat might try to get in. So de Hooch is showing us two kinds of devotion, two kinds of safeguard. Both as true as you get.