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September 6, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Marks of a sound bite

Dog protecting small child. Fairy Tale Morraha, by John BAtten (USPD., artist life/

Not on my watch, you monster.(USPD/

Couldn’t read, but Ray instinctively knew he was it.

No help coming from Obit-wan Kenobi in her most desperate hour.

Knew “It’s not the size of the dog, but the size of the fight in the dog” (Mark Twain)

The small Beagle mix threw all of his 15 pounds behind his bite to left leg of the man trying to abduct his 11 yr. old owner.

Soundly sufficient, Good Dog!

Pet on the head also, for her Uncle who dashed back to the scene in time to snap a clear picture of the man in his car along with the license plate. (Story here)

Hero dog Ray. (Screenshot Click2 Houston)

Hero dog Ray. (Twitter/Click2Houston)

Not to long ago, such a person would be confronted by male family members – fathers, brothers, uncles – and beaten within an inch of his life and told “Never show your face around here again.”

Clear message.

Perhaps peer pressure in its’ earliest, purest form.

But now the correction of bad behavior completely over to authorities. 

How’s that working?

Far too many predators out there.

Oh, I know the prisons are full.

Criminals, even the ones in the system’s Violent Sex Offender Management Program, should be bonded out, given parole after plea bargains, or placed in half way houses after going to rehab/treatment. (As of Jan. 2017, Harris County/Houston area has over 8,000 registered sex offenders. Dallas has more. Article with links to cities’ data)

Anti-social individuals can be appropriately monitored by ankle bracelets (which are easy to remove – Just follow the YouTube instructions and the monitoring? Yes, the company calls a designated person at the police department if there’s a monitor alert, but often that’s as far as any action goes – nothing is actually done.). “Decades later, electronic monitoring of offenders is still prone to failure“…”Parolees are shedding ankle monitors for escapes“, “Man cuts off ankle monitor and kills 3

Their behavior and bad choices are an illness. (So where’s the telethon and marathon for the cure?)

How foolish Society chooses not to protect us from the dangerous, the anti-social, the individuals determined to break laws and cause  harm.

Seems it’s potential victims’ responsibility to keep themselves safe. That’s progress.

Guess you’d better get your kid a dog – and hope it’s a good one.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Large dog escorting girl to school. Charles Burton Barber. (1883. USPD, artist life/

How Ray sees himself. Quite right.(USPD)



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  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 6 2018 6:57 am

    I sometimes think it is absurd… after the last murder in germany the government announced hard punishment for those who said no! to further anarchy… but no word for the victim … ;o(


  2. Kate Crimmins / Sep 6 2018 7:04 am

    I don’t know where all these sex offenders came from. Don’t remember many when I was young but perhaps things went unreported (all the better to have the male folk beat up the perpetrators). Good dog! Sad story.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 6 2018 8:16 am

      It seems that after decades of kindness, understanding, and “if they only understood what they are doing is hurting people they would stop” has resulted in a tsunami.
      Places like Austin who have voted to simply decriminalize things like shoplifting, fraud, forgery, theft of property under $999.00,yes it will lower the crime rate – because you said it’s not a crime, not reported as wrong/a crime, and therefore OK. Nuts. People are already so angry and feeling vulnerable as the system is not protecting them as intended.
      Houston has been a dumping ground for a long time: halfway houses, 5 privately contracted housing complexes for Feds Housing and Relocation of immigrants (one for children that was horrendous which after years of complaints about mistreatment/ inappropriate facilities was finally closed this summer – the operators wouldn’t let auditors in – even state legislators. It was like a fortress. What a nightmare.These stories don’t hit national news.)
      Sigh. Hey – there’s good happening here, too – of course running with the dogs! The German Would approve! Thanks for joining this perplexed pack.

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    • ShimonZ / Sep 7 2018 6:02 am

      I don’t know how it is in your country, but here it seems to me that commercial advertisement has raised sexual awareness to a level of hypnotism. Almost all advertisements seem to be advertising sex. And for a weak headed fellow, it might bring out some primitive behavior.

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  3. Xena and Lucy / Sep 6 2018 7:16 am

    Ray is a giant dog hero in our eyes. Surprised, though, that he wasn’t impounded for biting someone. That seems to be how things go nowadays.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 6 2018 7:54 am

      In this case, no complaint, no impound. Although there’s bound to be some application for the defensive stand your ground law in Ray’s favor.
      What times these are., Thanks for digging up a comment for this pack

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  4. robstroud / Sep 6 2018 10:58 am

    Our dogs are not only precious family members. They are also our natural protectors. Can’t imagine life without them.


  5. Littlesundog / Sep 6 2018 12:11 pm

    I’ve always heard that folks in SE Oklahoma have a way of dealing with criminals and bad folks who do harm. “Peer pressure” which I guess in the SE part of the state is AKA vigilante groups or the militia, takes matters into their own hands when justice is not served. Dogs are kind of like that… protecting and taking immediate action!


  6. colonialist / Sep 6 2018 3:24 pm

    Over-legislation always ends up by protecting the criminal at the expense of the innocent. The principle of it being better for ten guilty to escape rather than one innocent be punished doesn’t work. It is why people take matters into their own hands, and bully for them.

    I hope the bite on that scum turns severely septic!


  7. Spinster / Sep 6 2018 5:50 pm

    Good dog. Will keep my lips zipped about the rest; don’t want to get in trouble for my views about that particular population since this is public. :-/


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 6 2018 6:33 pm

      Most concerning is that since the start off school there have been 4 incidents of someone trying to grab a kid off the streets. Yesterday a bus driver heading towards an elm. school noticed a girl struggling with a man and an open car door. it was not her bus route kid, but she turned the corner and yelled at the child to run for the bus. It was enough for the man to let go and the girl made it inside the bus. The door slammed shut behind her and the driver called police and her bus supervisor. Her mother is most grateful the driver took initiative and intervened. The vulnerable must be protected. And there ones with bad intentions must be stopped quickly and punished so it makes an impact.
      …and that’s the mild version. Enough already. Go after kids and old people and the gloves may come off.
      (sitting down quietly now…)
      Thanks for chasing this thought


  8. LordBeariOfBow / Sep 6 2018 6:29 pm

    and I hear people say ” it’s just a dog”, there’s no such thing as just a dog. It’s a Dog, man’s best friend companion and guardian.

    Sex offenders, paedophiles should be neutered, without right of appeal, preferably with a blunt knife, but chemically if squeamish.

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  9. aFrankAngle / Sep 6 2018 8:05 pm

    The world full of oddities that make it a strange and confusing place. Similar to the dichotomy of “being treated like a dog” and “dogs are man’s best friend.”


  10. ShimonZ / Sep 7 2018 6:09 am

    With great respect for the friendship of dogs, I’ve always believed that peer pressure is part of the most elemental social co-existence. And where there is peer pressure, it is very rare and only in the most outrageous cases that it has to be expressed as you described. Because the very existence of such peer awareness is a damper on irresponsible behavior. Thanks Phil for this post that really spoke from my heart.


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