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Below are the two final essays to be posted on Allegiance and Duty Betrayed. The first one is written by a friend -- screen name 'Euro-American Scum' -- who, over the past four years, has been the most faithful essayist here. He has written about everything from his pilgrimage to Normandy in 2004 to take part in the 60th–year commemoration of the invasion, to his memories of his tour in Vietnam. His dedication to America’s founding principles ... and those who have sacrificed to preserve them over the past 200+ years ... is unequaled. Thank you, E-A-S. It has been a privilege to include your writing here, and it is a privilege to call you my friend.

The second essay is my own farewell. And with it I thank all of the many regular visitors, and those who may have only dropped in occasionally, for coming here. I hope you learned something. I hope a seed or two was planted. But, even if not, I thank you for stopping by ... 25 March, 2010


Wickedness of a Different Sort

Setting political matters aside tonight …

It’s one thing when humans unleash their frustrations and vengeances on other human beings – we humans are generally capable of at least attempting to defend ourselves. When humans abuse defenseless animals, who depend upon them for their very survival, the crime occupies an entirely different plane of depravity (not necessarily worse, just more wicked).

Our daughter, Mandy, called earlier tonight, terribly upset, and told me the following story:

She had just arrived home from having dinner with a friend and was walking her dog in the neighborhood behind her apartment (it is a very large housing development with hundreds of fairly nice homes).

While walking, she noticed a man walking what appeared to be a young adult, lanky, still puppy-awkward golden retriever mix coming toward her, with the dog on a very short leash.

Mandy’s dog, Ernie, did as he usually does when another dog approaches – pulled a little on the leash and whimpered somewhat (nothing obnoxious), and the other dog began to do the same – at which point his owner smacked him hard on the top of his head.

Then, as the two dogs got closer to each other, and naturally showed a little more interest in each other, the man forcefully punched his dog in the face. The dog went down, somewhat dazed, got back up, shook himself off, and walked on.

Mandy, horrified, yelled at him, ‘What are you doing? That is abuse!’ And he simply mumbled something rude and incoherent in her direction, and walked on.

Mandy is feeling somewhat guilty now for not attempting to continue to observe him in order to find out where he lives so that she can report him to the Humane Society, but she also knows how dangerous that could have been. This man was frightening.

It was a very unsettling experience for her. I wasn’t even involved, but I know I’m going to have trouble sleeping tonight as well.

This experience put me in mind of this ‘dog’s prayer’ that gives me a serious lump in my throat each time I read it:

Treat me kindly, my beloved master, for no heart in all the world is more grateful for kindness than the loving heart of me.

Do not break my spirit with a stick, for although I should lick your hand between blows, your patience and understanding will more quickly teach me the things you would have me do.

Speak to me often, for your voice is the world’s sweetest music, as you must know by the fierce wagging of my tail when your footstep falls upon my waiting ear.

When it is cold and wet, please take me inside, for I am now a domesticated animal, no longer used to bitter elements.

And I ask no greater glory than the privilege of sitting at your feet beside the hearth. Though, had you no home, I would rather follow you through ice and snow than rest upon the softest pillow in the warmest home in the land.

Keep my pan filled with fresh water, for although I should not reproach you were it dry, I cannot tell you when I suffer thirst. Feed me clean food so that I may stay well to romp and play and do your bidding, to walk by your side, and stand ready willing and able to protect you with my life should your life be in danger.

And, beloved master, should the Great Master see fit to deprive me of my health or sight, do not turn me away from you. Rather, hold me gently in your arms as skilled hands grant me the merciful boon of eternal rest ... and I will leave you knowing with the last breath I draw, my fate was ever safest in your hands.

… Beth Harris


KathyMlynczak said...

There should be a special corner in hell for people like this.

Robmaroni said...

I'm sending this story to all my dog loving friends. They'll hate the vermin who beats up on dogs, but love the prayer.

3timesalady said...

WHERE did you get that puppy picture???? SO CUTE!

What a sorry excuse for a man that dog owner is. I hope the authorities get ahold of him.

Arlene Albrecht said...

I hope your daughter sees this cretin again and she can find out where he lives without him knowing. He needs to be reported before he kills that poor dog.

Anonymous said...

He needs a man to see him do that---in the dark.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. A little vigilante justice is in order for this creep.

sandra said...

Man gets 2 years in prison for whipping his pet dog
Frederick News Post ^ | Thursday, March 18 2004 | Susan C. Nicol

FREDERICK -- A Dorchester County man who was sent to prison Wednesday for whipping his dog was the first person to be convicted in Frederick County for felony animal cruelty. Terry Love, 32, of East New Market, also was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol and a second count of animal cruelty.

District Court Judge Frederick Bower said he was impressed with the testimony of the witnesses, including two boys.

When Love stopped into a gas station in Myersville last Nov. 3, his springer spaniel jumped out of his truck and ran away, court testimony revealed.

A witness who saw Love staggering and unsteady had already called police because they didn't think he should continue driving.

When the dog, named Ranger, ran into a nearby field, Love drove after him, court testimony revealed.

Love eventually caught Ranger, and started beating him with a leash. One witness demonstrated how Love wailed on the dog by raising his arm well above his head.

Love was arrested at the scene by Maryland State Police Cpl. Jay Robinson, and Ranger was taken to Frederick County Animal Control to be treated by a veterinarian.

Love testified the dog wouldn't come back to him because the traffic scared him. He said he lives in the country, and Ranger is not used to noises.

He said he got Ranger from a springer spaniel rescue group, and had her for about two months before the incident.

Love said he did not petition the court to get Ranger back.

Assistant Public Defender Kevin Young said his client loved the dog.

He also argued that since his client was described as stumbling drunk, he could not have intended to mutilate or severely beat the dog.

But Assistant State's Attorney Kirsten Daggett said witnesses testified they saw him punching the dog as well as flogging and dragging it.

She said five empty beer bottles and a nearly-empty fifth of vodka were found in the truck, and witnesses who called police felt he was "wasted."

Judge Bower said he listened carefully to all the testimony, saying he believed the witnesses to be credible and true. He also said he was impressed that they took the time to get involved in the matter.

Ms. Daggett said it was Love's fourth alcohol-related offense.

Judge Bower sentenced Love to two years in prison for the felony cruelty offense, 90 days for the other and two years for the driving under the influence. The terms will be served concurrently.

Love also was fined $500 plus court costs on the alcohol charge, and given credit for four days he spent in jail.

Judge Bower said he would not stay the sentence for appeal, ordering that the term to begin immediately.

Love was led from the courtroom by Bailiff Alice Moore.

After the hearing, Ms. Daggett said Ranger, who was not seriously hurt, was adopted by a family.

The felony animal cruelty offense carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

Ms. Daggett lauded the witnesses, especially the boys, who testified. "They all did a terrific job."

Anonymous said...

If this was done in public, what this poor dog must be suffering behind closed doors.