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January 13, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Update on Buddy the dog.

(Buddy in jail. San Antonio Care Services/

Nobody knows the trouble Buddy’s seen.(Buddy in jail. San Antonio Care Services/

Support the Golden Retriever mix who is in dire straits in San Antonio.

Accused of attacking and injuring a child – although there is a witness that supports Buddy’s owner’s account that the dog was provoked.

This happened in November.

Buddy, who normally leashed up and walked his elderly owner Homer Mojicas (83 yrs) several times a day and enjoyed watching TV in the afternoons, was torn from his happy life and has been crammed in a tiny cell.

His attorney is asking the confused and depressed dog be transferred to a location where his family can visit.

It would make a huge difference to both dog and his very old owners.

They haven’t seen each other for 2 months.

His supporters are planning a “Protest to Free Buddy from the Brooks Hell Hole”

January 18, 2014. (Noon-4pm)

Alamo Plaza.(Alamo. A bit of a symbol there…Media, take notice?)

Wear red. Bring signs. Bring dogs to bark along.

 (Alamo entrance. /Mattstone911/

Sometimes you must stand up for what you believe is right. Speak for those unable to speak for themselves. (Alamo/Mattstone911/

It’s not just about this one poor dog. It’s about San Antonio’s treatment of animals

San Antonio Care Services and the city of San Antonio have long been in the sights of national animal rescue groups.

The Brooks City-Base is rather notorious. “No kill shelter” can’t be used to describe them.

The city charges such excessive boarding and care fees for quarantined dogs that many owners cannot afford to pay for care during the legal process. The dogs are simply killed.

A certain actor’s 3 large dogs recently escaped and attacked a neighbor, but were given a pass. (A certain actor needs to step up and go public about how much pets mean to their owners?)

Then there was Marley.

Sentenced to death for an attack – when it turned out Marley actually was saving the girl and fought off the vicious dog.

Which the owners, witnesses, and the girl said from the beginning – but the city wouldn’t listen.

Marley survived. Was vindicated eventually – costly for the owners and the city

The petition goal is 5,000. (At this minute there are 4,124. It’s growing constantly)

Sign the petition here (read the most recent news there, too)

Over 1,000 signatures came in less than 24 hours.

Money is being raised to fund Buddy’s legal fight. (See petition site) Michelle Maloney, Buddy’s Animal Rights Attorney  is doing her part.

Share the petition. #SAVEBUDDY

Make it difficult and embarrassing for the City.

Contact names if you wish to email San Antonio City officials: City: Sheryl Sculley (City Manager), Robbie Greenblum (City Attorney), and Mayor Castro.

(Buddy the dog. Courtesy photo:San Antonio Express-News)

Please send some ruby slippers. There’s no place like home.
(Buddy the dog. Courtesy photo:San Antonio Express-News)

Buddy needs your voice

Man’s best friends, dogs,  always willing to stand between you and danger.

Will you do the same?

Remember the Alamo. Remember Buddy.

Phil, the Philosopher of the Hedge, Molly Miss Muddy Paws, and The German

Paws for peace

Paws for peace

Read more “Protest planned as Buddy the dog remains in danger of dying in San Antonio.” (National Animal Rescue/ Jan.13)

Previous post: “Couple of dangerous old guys”


  1. katecrimmins / Jan 13 2014 10:49 pm

    Awww! Glad you are getting the word out.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 13 2014 11:47 pm

      He has a nice bed, but it’s grim there – and his owners are so old. Stressful for all. All we can do is hope the city officials pay attention and worry about the city’s image.Thanks for running along


  2. robincoyle / Jan 13 2014 11:04 pm

    I am of two minds here. If my child was attacked by a dog, I wouldn’t want it around to attack another child. However, isn’t there an alternative to killing the dog?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 13 2014 11:45 pm

      The “attack” is in dispute. The owner and witness say the girl ran up to a leashed dog, shouted in the dog’s face and the dog, startled, hit the child with his paw scratching her face. The father says the child is fine.
      It’s really not a vicious dog case. The old fat dog has no history of violence.
      I’m sure the mom freaked when she saw blood on the kid’s face from the scratch. Understandable.
      My mom did when my own dog jumped and bit my chin when I was trying to drag it out from the shade under a bush to give it a bath one hot summer. She washed it off, put ointment on it and said that’s why you never put your face down by a dog’s mouth. Lesson learned.
      The elderly couple have always offered to pay any medical costs (an ER trip to have it washed off, ointment put on, and a bandaid), are willing to muzzle the dog, – even move – although the owner is 83.
      Totally blown out of proportion. Demanding this dog’s death is ugly and vindictive. San Antonio has a history of knee jerk reactions (unless it’s a “Desperate Housewives'” star’s 2 mastiffs and bull dog who got loose and attacked a neighbor(March) – free pass on that one – why?) Fair is fair. It’s in court. Fairness, logic, and sanity requested.
      Thanks for wringing hands along


      • robincoyle / Jan 13 2014 11:50 pm

        Well, that is a horse of a different color. Parents these days overreact. (Echoes of our education conversation.) Justice must be served! Set the dog free and reunite him with his owners. People bug me.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2014 12:02 am

          I know. So much drama. So little common sense these days. So much darn meanness and spite. 83 years old and his companion , his little fat dog taken away. Can’t be good for his health. Have too many ancient relatives for this not to bother me. Thanks for keeping watch


  3. sportsattitudes / Jan 13 2014 11:07 pm

    Signed the petition. As always “Phil”…keep us updated! Thanks for bringing this story to our attention! One of the many reasons I love reading your site.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 13 2014 11:50 pm

      Appreciate your assist. Little things do make a difference. I know that dog makes a difference in his owners’ quality of life – and the kid is fine, too. Thanks for running with the pack


  4. PiedType / Jan 13 2014 11:12 pm

    Wish I lived in the area and could go to the protest. This is so sad


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 13 2014 11:58 pm

      Life has hazards, and you get ouchies sometimes. The dad says the kid is fine. The mom is overreacting for what reason – who knows. Apartment life is crowded and full of drama. Wonder if karma will take something dear to her in her old age? Buddy thanks you for your support!


  5. JackieP / Jan 13 2014 11:38 pm

    Why is it that if a dog is provoked and just defends himself, it’s the dog’s fault. Come on people! If it was my kid, I would have added a spanking on top of it. But that’s just me.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2014 12:08 am

      When I was little I tried to drag our dog out of the shade under a bush to give him a bath one hot summer. He snapped at me. There was blood on my face – but it washed off, got ointment, and bandaid – and was told not to every put your face near a dog’s mouth – even your own dog’s. And yelled at a bit too. No trauma – a tiny scar. But lesson learned.
      Life isn’t Disneyland and you get ouchies, Mom. (Yeah, and a little “reinforcement” to the lesson might make it stick…but some parents these days…)
      Nice to see you! Hope the new year is going well!


      • JackieP / Jan 14 2014 12:17 am

        I have to admit I have never been bitten by an animal. They seem to love me. I’ve even rescued some and never got bit even though they were in pain. I have a thing with animals.
        I”m doing good thanks. Busy, but a good busy. The new year is going great so far. But it’s early yet. 😉 Hope your new year is going wonderfully!
        Oh and I signed the petition and shared it with FB.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2014 12:28 am

          Just never grab a hot dog by the back leg in 100 degree heat and tug. That’s the only time I’ve been bitten. I am very cautious when walking either the German or Molly – each have had trauma and suffered. Their trust in people was badly broken, so I guard them to prevent incidents – the Germans gets very worried and nervous – and Molly is just too enthusiastic.
          Animals know a kind soul. No doubt many arrive at your door knowing they will be treated with compassion.
          People, now they are much more difficult.
          Take care and thanks!


  6. robstroud / Jan 14 2014 12:30 am

    By sad coincidence, this evening I’m posting a note about the passing of one of our own dogs. A young, rescued border collie whose adoption I just wrote about last summer…


  7. jannatwrites / Jan 14 2014 4:37 am

    If eyewitnesses are describing it as a non-attack, I really don’t understand why the dog is still in custody. I’ve always taught my kids to never pet a dog without asking the owner first, and then let the dog sniff their hand first before touching. The thing is, animals and kids can both be unpredictable, sometimes there are learning experiences such as this. I feel just awful for Buddy and his owners. I hope the petition and protest get him freedom.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2014 3:37 pm

      Life in apartments is different – you can’t trust/depend on the behavior/common sense of people living so close to you. Buddy has a lawyer and lots of support. We’ll see what the city and judge decide. Bad publicity or do what’s right? This is one of the cities the President has selected to focus on to improve the lives of people. Thanks for speaking up


  8. easyweimaraner / Jan 14 2014 1:30 pm

    I signed the petition, paws crossed for Buddy


  9. Sun / Jan 14 2014 3:22 pm

    thanks, Philmouse! with your help and others, hopefully Buddy can find his way back home with his owners. so sad to see him in that tiny cage. 😦


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 14 2014 3:43 pm

      I have ancient relatives – taking that little dog away from his elderly owners is cruel. What is wrong with people. Wonder if karma won’t return the favor as those involved get old – snatching something they cherish away. Thanks for supporting Buddy and his owners


  10. heretherebespiders / Jan 14 2014 8:44 pm

    Nearly up to 25,000 now! Signed – and it doesn’t matter where you live (I got to put in Ireland).


  11. Jagoda Perich-Anderson, M.A. / Jan 14 2014 10:09 pm

    I’m a day late to this post but I signed the petition. I hope Buddy and his family are reunited soon!


  12. jmmcdowell / Jan 15 2014 1:04 am

    The few times I’ve been bitten by an animal, it was completely my fault—a careless or thoughtless move that triggered the response. Given the justified public outcry, I wonder if the mother now feels cornered and is lashing out in her own brand of defense mode?


  13. roughseasinthemed / Jan 15 2014 2:35 pm

    I saw that post somewhere else and sighed and *hangs head* didn’t read, just because. Anyway, plucked up to the courage to read and sign (as well as sigh) today. Our society is not good. We can’t manage our children, we are full of knee jerk reactions, and a dog is on death row. As usual.

    I know, my dad made the same knee jerk reaction.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 15 2014 2:59 pm

      I have ancient relatives. This was as much about the lack of compassion towards the elderly as common sense. Everyone is hoping spreading the word will add pressure on the judge and city council. San Antonio is a big convention/tourist destination – and oddly, one of the cities picked by the President for extra focus for improvement and new fed. money.Maybe they can have training sessions on reason. logic, common sense, and compassion, too.
      Big paw waves to Pippa – a smaller enthusiastic one to Snow. Thanks for barking along


  14. shoreacres / Jan 15 2014 3:52 pm

    Honestly. And San Antonio likes to bill itself as so cool, so progressive, so ahead of the curve on everything. Phooey.

    Loved this sentence: “Just never grab a hot dog by the back leg in 100 degree heat and tug.” A good bit of conflict and trouble in this world could be avoided if people would abide by such commonsense guidelines. Oh, what am I saying? Let’s go ahead and do it – call it a Rule! Rules aren’t anything more than guardrails on the highway of life, right? 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 15 2014 4:31 pm

      San Antonio: prime destination of conventions and tourism…with such interesting demographics! And oddly last week they were all talking about the literacy rate of San Antonio – like it’s not the same in Houston or Dallas or…Now SA gets “extra” help as one of the chosen cities. Hope they plan on some training session on compassion, common sense, logic and reasoning as part of the federal help. Will get another little Buddy update soon…bad publicity not wanted, Mayor?


  15. Kourtney Heintz / Jan 15 2014 10:44 pm

    This is terrible. Poor Buddy. Poor owners. As long as the child is okay and it was clear she provoked the animal, I think the animal should be allowed to return home and just be muzzled when out in public as the owners offered.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 16 2014 12:00 am

      Really upsetting. It’s a sad little dog story, but it’s as much about inequality of justice (if you have money…), jumping to conclusions without checking the facts, rushing to bury the body before anyone finds out, and total disregard of an elderly couple’s quality of life. I have ancient relative and know things like this impacts their health. Just stupidity. Update coming…the mayor is backing…Thanks for joining Buddy’s pack


  16. oddgirlnextdoor / Jan 18 2014 3:07 pm

    Reblogged this on OddGirlNextDoor and commented:
    That is so sad. This poor puppy!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 19 2014 12:47 am

      Really appreciate you helping to spread the word. There was a big protest for Buddy today with a good deal of media and TV stations. Buddy is now in the custody of his owners’ vet – so they can visit and Buddy is much more comfortable. The appeals process continues, but the mayor says the city is searching for a reasonable solution. Publicity really helps Buddy! Thanks for joining Buddy’s pack


      • oddgirlnextdoor / Jan 19 2014 1:13 am

        No problem! There is too much injustice done to those who cannot speak. This is beyond unacceptable. I’ll be keeping up and reblogging whatever you may share about him. The poor pup, and his poor owners. I don’t think I’d be able to keep it together myself. It’s just heartbreaking. 😦



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