Salesman just knocked on the door. Dodgy-looking young guy claiming to sell AT&T service door-to-door. And as I opened the door to see what he wanted, Murphy tried to get out past me. I grabbed him with one hand while I tried to keep the door closed enough so that Belle could not pull the same stunt. For about 10-15 seconds, Murphy had his head out the door and he was barking and snapping at this guy in full view of my "non-gentrified" neighbors next door.
I finally got him under control and back in the house, then took less than a minute to decide that I really didn't trust or care for this pest on my porch and send him packing. But the neighbors...they never took their eyes off of Murphy once. Not when he was trying to get out, and not when he ran to the window and roared at the guy through the blinds.
I'm thinking I don't have to worry about these jesters breaking into my place any time soon. They clearly picked up what Murphy was putting down and that dog was serious.