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July 1, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Designer name, no protection. Modern Miss.

Noooo! That is not what is meant by open carry, you Dunderhead!

Just because the police are chasing you, it’s not fair to grab an innocent bystander to protect yourself.

Prada was simply napping and minding her own business. She had never in her wildest dreams imagined she’d become a crime victim – and, even worse, be abandoned by authorities in her hour of need.

The strange man swooped her up into his arms. Shook her violently. Yelling. Her head was spinning – unable to comprehend.

Prada, a victim two times. ( screenshot)

Trusting Prada. ( screenshot)

Then, without warning, he threw her forcefully right at a policeman rounding the corner – who totally freaked and shot her. Her! An innocent pit bull tossed by happenstance into a chaotic situation not of her making.

Poor Prada. Her back leg badly injured, bones shattered, unable to bear weight. (News story/video)

The cops took the guy, but left her there. In pain and distress.

Her owner, who barely is able to make ends meet, was naturally distraught when he arrived home from work and found her.

Prada, his baby girl, was hurting, and how could he pay for vet care?

Once the word went out, people rallied to assist. ( screenshot)

Once the word went out, the community rallied to assist. ( screenshot)

One look at that desperate owner and that even sadder doggy face on TV and people started calling offering to help.

A pit bull rescue group stepped up.

A vet said, “Come on down.”

Tonight Prada is bandaged and healing in a clinic.  She looks a bit confused, but grateful.

Not sure how certain police officers can look themselves in the mirror knowing that while the shooting was an accident, they didn’t do anything to help an animal they injured.

Difficult to condemn others about neglecting or abusing animal, isn’t it?

Difficult to ask a police dog for an assist in dangerous situations you when you’ve hurt one of their clan?

Guilt is hard to carry if people are honest and open about it.

Bella. Screenshot from Twitter:@bellaalamocat

Bella’s learned to tweet. Sweet.(Twitter screenshot)

Open to new ideas is the Alamo’s newest diva: Bella, the official Alamo cat.

And she is extremely adorable. See her portraits and casual poses here along with the story of her name,  Miss Isabella Francisca Veramendi de Valero.

Bella knows she has her work cut out for her.

It’s been about a year since the famous Alamo cat C.C./Clara Carmack said goodbye after almost 18 years. C.C. always considered herself a Park Ranger whose duties included greeting visitors and fiercely defending the Alamo against invading dogs, cats, mice, and rats. Read more about her story here “Alamo’s beloved cat will likely be buried there” 

Recently, Bella, a new generation girl, opened her own Twitter account.

You can follow her @bellaalamocat along with her many fans.

The fluffy calico, brings a smile as she encourages visitors to “Remember the Meowlamo!”

Bella, what a grand opening for the newest star. Already making history.

Bella standing on Alamo canon. Image by TX General Land Office

Ah, perfect vantage point. All the better to see you with. (Image:TX General Land Office)

Carry on, paws and all.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.








  1. RAB / Jul 1 2015 2:24 am

    Pretty Prada. Thanks for caring, and thanks for the hopeful-ending news. Neither the perp (motive???) nor the cops evidently thought of her as a living creature. Bless the rescuers!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2015 2:25 pm

      Self preservation is pretty strong among drug dealers. The cop may have simply seen a blur coming towards him and reacted – but no excuse for leaving Prada injured at the scene. If nothing else, the city injured animal responders/ SPCA (who is caring for some 2,000 starved horses right now)/Humane society/dog rescue groups all could have been called.
      One thing that does seem to be happening here recently is people have learned ordinary people will help when they know there’s a problem – a couple of young women reporters have managed to get these stories on the air. All the local stations seeing the response by the public are putting more stories in prime time and on their FB/social media pages. Finally a positive and productive use of available air time/social media. All local and close to home. Might be a sign that focus by the small is the way to improve life? New pix of Prada on the way
      Thanks for sending the healing thoughts to the least among us who is just as important. (You can tell about a society about the way they treat the weak, injured, and elderly…you probably can give the quote as I flail around with it. 🙂 )


      • RAB / Jul 1 2015 3:24 pm

        You’re right: ordinary people seem to be more willing to get involved in these kinds of situations, and are more able thanks to social media. I can’t do the quotation any better, but I agree with it. Maybe we might be getting better….


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2015 3:40 pm

          Maybe we’ve given up on large scale hopeless efforts about stuff that is so out of control and are turning closer to home where efforts can really make a difference and we can see the results clearly and quickly? Might be a positive change in focus. Always intriguing to see how human behavior/society morphs. Hope the weather is marvelous and you’re enjoying it all. Thanks for pausing here a bit

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  2. shoreacres / Jul 1 2015 2:35 am

    Good grief. I presume the police officer is getting a good talking to, at minimum. I can understand there might have been circumstances making it necessary to leave the dog — but to not go back, or charge someone else with the responsibility to go back. Sometimes, there just ain’t no ‘counting for folks.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2015 2:15 pm

      At a time when HPD and police in general are facing an image problem, this was very poor judgement. It’s not like there was no one/group to call about the injured dog if they had too much to do to take care of her. One time I have to agree with Quannel X who helped get the story to the media. (You have to admit, He knows how to draw a camera) Prada is doing well – hope to get an update on her up today.
      Thanks for scowling along


  3. dogear6 / Jul 1 2015 2:38 am

    Prada’s lucky the cop didn’t try to kill her. We’ve had several of those incidents here in Richmond where the cop over-reacted. One was a neighbor’s dog for the warrant being served! I’m glad the public stepped up to help out. It doesn’t make it right, but it does make it better.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2015 5:48 pm

      Across the country there are many many stories of authorities needlessly shooting pets. Trigger happy? Worried about dog bites? Or Just mean people, I don’t know but this trend is concerning….especially with a big dog that can look fierce if she jumps into “I finally got a good home and will not let you or anyone else threaten it” mode – like any dog can and will. Maybe a bit of dog understanding/management training should go along with the multicultural sensitivity training.
      Keep those paws safe! Thanks for bouncing a comment this way

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  4. Carrie Rubin / Jul 1 2015 2:47 am

    Wow, that’s quite the story about Prada. So nice to see others come to her rescue. To just leave her unattended like that is such a shame.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2015 5:53 pm

      No doubt the cop was stunned to see a blur coming towards them and reacted, but one of them should have had enough sense and compassion to call for the city’s injured animal van or call the SPCA/Humane society or somebody. Their behavior shows their character. And so far not a peep from HPD’s PR team. Makes the public wonder. Thanks for jumping out with a comment


      • Carrie Rubin / Jul 1 2015 6:15 pm

        For sure. A call for help for the pooch would not have taken long.


  5. angelswhisper2011 / Jul 1 2015 7:34 am

    OMC what a horrible story about that sweet doggie. We hope that Prada gets all the love and healing she deserves and the man and police what they deserve! What were they thinking… 😦
    The story of C.C. was so touching… ❤
    Just a little toast on Bella, before we go. Pawkisses to you all and extra healing pawkisses for Prada 🙂 ❤


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2015 5:59 pm

      Paw waves. Little Binky. Prada is safe and healing well ( I found some pictures of her at the vet with what looks like lovely green leg warmers on.(posted a bit ago) All legs working so far.) Seeing her walk and getting all the hugs she can take made me smile.
      The Alamo cats are certainly special…like you. Thanks for the purrrfect comment

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  6. Ally Bean / Jul 1 2015 11:50 am

    That officer needs to be put on desk duty, perhaps with Bella, until he’s completed some sort of mental health therapy course that explains empathy to him. Leaving a domesticated animal in pain, pain that he put the animal in, is unconscionable. Protect and serve is for humans as well as animals. Obvs.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2015 6:03 pm

      Well said. Found and posted some pix of Prada at the vet. She’s walking much better now (Green is good with Prada, right?). Still no comment from HPD. They need to step up here – to stop looking like rough uncaring monsters that have guns and walk among us with compassion or judgement. If choosing between the two, most people will support for the innocent dog – it could have been anyone’s pet. Thanks for snarling along


  7. sonmi upon the Cloud / Jul 1 2015 12:22 pm

    How barbaric, both the git who threw Prada and the policeman too. So few seem to give value to life beyond that which humans deem to be important – their own mostly. Even pets are often treated badly. I’m so glad some people acme to Prada’s aid and she is in recovery now. I’m also surprised the police didn’t just shoot her dead. They are such kind loyal beings dogs if treated with the same attributes. Bella is lovely too. Thank you for the post.

    – sonmi upon the Cloud


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2015 6:07 pm

      Self preservation apparently trumps everything for some humans – even after the crisis is over and the confusion clears. Very disturbing that even now HPD hasn’t bothered to comment about the incident…the public is pretty uneasy about it. Found some pix of Bella at her vet. She’s walking much better now and is being given all the pets she’ll accept. Bigs cheers for the rescuers. Thanks for joining the pack here

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  8. Beth / Jul 1 2015 12:43 pm

    A big hooray for the people who got Prada’s story out and to those who stepped up to help Prada recover. i always hate when I hear a pet has been unwittingly injured in a crime. I don’t get people and I don’t get an officer who would leave her in that condition. If he didn’t have time to take her to a vet, call animal control so at least they could start working with her and her injury. Very disappointing. But she’s also lucky the attention was brought on her – other pets are not always that lucky. And Bella, what a beauty!!! I was just reading about a cat at a Japanese station (train perhaps?) who had passed away and had been honored as a god in the Shinto religion. A new calico was taking her place to watch over the station. Oh kitties!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2015 1:44 pm

      You saw what I did. If the police squad had a long to-do list, they could have at least called the city’s injured animal officers or the SPCA or almost any rescue/shelter group or sent someone later to go check on her. But nothing. The public expects officers to show commonsense and a bit of compassion. Sad.(and you know what they say..those who abuse animals often end up as serial killers…scary thought, right?)
      Bella seems perfect for her new position. Now if she has Twitter, will Facebook let her have a spot, too? (I’ll have to hunt up that revered cat. Cool story)
      It was raining cats and dogs yesterday with water almost knee high in downtown late afternoon. (drained off immediately) Hope you guys are having better weather there for the holiday week/weekend. (cool is too much to ask for at this time of year, but we can wish). Thanks for barking along


  9. sustainabilitea / Jul 1 2015 1:55 pm

    I agree with Shoreacres. I can easily understand that the officer couldn’t stop at the time, but I would expect him to follow up as soon as possible. Have to say, though, that being a police officer these days is a very, very difficult job, one that’s easy to second- or third-guess. NOT that I’m saying leaving an injured dog is OK. My anger is as much for the person/criminal who threw Prada at the policeman.

    And on the subject of pit bulls, two of whom we fostered, they get the most bum of all bum raps.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 1 2015 6:16 pm

      In pursuit of a running drug dealer, there is no doubt that the cop reacted with understandable instinct after rounding the corner and seeing a large blur coming towards him. Wish one of the team would have taken the time to make a call to the city injured animal van/the local Humane Society/the SPCA/any of the dog rescue groups or shelters – or even left a note, talk with a neighbor, or tried to return later. People would understand that.
      The criminal is a coward. He should have animal abuse charges filed against him along with all the others.
      Pits vary so much in temperament – much due to their environment/owners when they are puppies. One of Molly’s best friends is a HUGE white pit who is just the most smilie, most wiggly, happiest dog ever. I keep trying to get a picture but she just can’t be still and you can’t help petting her. Glad there were people there to assist Prada once her story got out. (new pix up of her at the vet) Thanks for cheering Prada to health


  10. Robin / Jul 3 2015 12:35 pm

    I have a calico named Bella. She’s a diva.

    So glad good people have come along to help Prada. What a terrible thing to have happen!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 3 2015 4:18 pm

      Some cats have a presence no matter their circumstance. RC Cat (who people said looked like a wet pile of dead leaves) came with attitude.
      What is amazing is how animals are so trusting and faithful despite ill treatment at the hands of humans. Prada wasn’t a stray; her owner, a poor financially man, was doing his best. So appreciative of those who step up to help others – even a small dog. Cheers for good people. Thanks for pawsing along


  11. Paul / Jul 5 2015 1:29 pm

    Sad story about Prada.I hope she heals fast and well. Now Bella seems to be fitting right into her new job. Well chosen.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 5 2015 4:10 pm

      Rough time for Prada, but encouraging that people will help if they know – and that local media is beginning to use their platform as a clearing house and call for assistance. Working locally to make the world a better place is effective and efficient. Maybe getting back to neighbors helping each other – good plan.
      Somehow having an official cat with duties at the Alamo seems right. You know there were bound to be some cats at the mission originally. History continues to be kept safe with paws? Oh, meeeooooow for that. Thanks for the paw waves



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