2012年11月22日木曜日

Heart breaking news....



This unfortunate shooting happened in Baldwin, AL, it's a tragedy ...
my thought is going to Maddie's family....

I feel so bad for Maddie.  Why people automatically think "all Pitt Bullls are aggressive"?  One bad apple spoils the bunch?  But remember, 

this is not Pitt Bulls' fault !!!!

We, HUMANS are the one who are responsible for creating those "bad apples".  
Some dog owners are irresponsible & too lazy not properly train their dogs.  That makes certain dog breeds look aggressive and BAD.   And some breeders are just thinking how much money they can make from it.  Should study about breed and think twice before you actually get dogs whether that breed will suit you & your lifestyle, not only from the looks.  Once you have dogs in your family, you are responsible for their life.  

Sounds like Maddie the Pitt Bull was friendly family dog.  The officer might had a bad image of Pitt Bull.....vicious dogs?? or he is just sick....who would've thought shooting at innocent dog  not once but 5 times! 

どうしてピット・ブルはすべて凶暴と思われるのか。腐ったみかんが全体のイメージを悪くしているのでしょうが、ここで声を大にして言いたいのはそれは決してピット・ブルのせいではないということ!その腐ったみかん的な犬を作ってしまったのは人間の責任だということです。
怠慢、且つ勉強を怠った一部のオーナーがきちんとしつけをしなかったりして起きた事件のお陰で何種かの犬は凶暴というイメージがつきまとっています。

今回のこの痛ましい事件で命を落としたピット・ブルのマディーはフレンドリーなファミリーペットだったようですが、おそらく撃った警官は一部の人達と同様にピット・ブルは凶暴と思い込んでいたのか、単に病んでいたのか・・・無抵抗な犬に向かって5発も撃つなんて信じられません。




これは、アメリカ・アラバマ州にあるバルドウィンというところで起きたなんとも痛ましい事件です。

警官によれば

「到着した時にはこのピット・ブルが近所の住民に吠えかかっており、
クルーザーから降りた警官に向かって突進してきて
車に飛び乗るほどの勢いだった・・・」

ということなのですが、近所の住人は

「玄関先におとなしくシッポを振って座っていた
フレンドリーなピット・ブル、マディーに向かって
突然、警官が発砲したと証言しました。しかも最後の五発目が
発砲されるまでマディーはシッポを振っていた」

どちらを信じるか・・・

マディーのオーナー家族には2歳と6歳の子供がいます。マディーと暮らしていた
この10年間、一度も攻撃的な態度を見せたりといった問題を起こしたことはなかった
ようです。

貼ってあるリンクの現地ニュースを見てみました。

I also visited a couple of other sites that showed videos of interview to the witnesses.
He seemed a teenager and both him and his mother were still in shock from what they witnessed. 


 "Was it necessary to shoot Maddie, she was just sitting and wagging tail when the officer was arrived?"  

They were also afraid when the officer shot Maddie not once but 5 times, if...if her family heard gun shots then came out from that door, they might be shoot, too.

Many people are talking about this tragedy and commenting on Police State USA site. 

Most of the comments are against the officer, his unnecessary act to innocent dog.





この痛ましい事件の目撃者である近所の住人もまだおそらく10代と思われる男性で

一緒にニュースのインタビューに答えた彼の母親もかなりショックを受けていて

なぜ無抵抗なおとなしい犬に向かって発砲したのか、しかも5発も撃つ必要性があるのか

そして、もしもその家の人や近所の人に命中していたらと考えると恐ろしいと話していました。


フェイスブック上ではこの警官に対する抗議でたくさんの人が書き込みをしています。
昔と違って犬も家族の一員と考えている人たちが多いので(もちろん私もその一人)
当然といえば当然なのですが、私もドッグオーナーとしてどうしても一言いいたくて・・・


We, human can choose which dogs we would like, but dogs don't have a choice....who would be the best owner for them.  Just like our kinds, they can not choose which parents  they would like to have life with them.  We near many disturbing stories about child abuse and pet abuse as of late.  Even they (kids and pets) are abused or not given food..they still love you.  They love you unconditionally.   We learned to "Love your neighbour as yourself". Yes, we are responsible for making our children, pets...our "family" happy.  If you are dog owner, you are responsible for training and leading your dog for life.

When my four-legged son, Butter came to us, we suspected that he had abused experience.  He was fighting against all those problems to be over and we attended many classes together to know how to handle the situation.  After 9 years, he is now OK with passerby, handling well with other dogs.  When we see off-leashed dogs on walk, of course, we admire of that freedom, maybe Butter, too.  But we decided to keep Butter on leash when walk, even we play fetch using a long leash.  This is "just in case" if there is the case that we can not handle.  That takes away dog's "freedom"? Maybe, but we'd rather have much more quality time with Butter, so we believe that the way.  

One thing forgotten....not everyone likes dogs!  We, dog owners have to always remember that there are people who are not familiar to the animals or may have allergies....somewhen, somewhere, they should be on leash in public..... 
Make right decision for your lovely dogs!

人間は犬を選ぶことができるけれど犬はオーナーを選ぶことはできません。それは小さな子供
とよく似ています。子供への虐待が増えているけれど、子供も犬もどんなにひどい目に
あわされても、たとえご飯がもらえなくても、それでも無心に親(オーナー)を愛してくれます。
子どもやペット、つまり、家族を幸せにするのは私達大人の責任であり、義務であり、
何より人間として慈悲の心を持つようにと教えられてきたのにいつの間にわすれてしまったの
でしょうか・・・なぜ虐待やこのような事件が起こるのか・・・

うちのバタ君が我が家の「息子」となって9年。彼の幼い頃の体験からなのか、それは本人(犬)に聞いてみないと本当のところはわかりませんが、最初の頃は、数々の難問を抱えて、いっしょにいろいろなクラスに通い、トレーニングをして、ようやく他の犬やすれ違う人にも吠えかかることなくかわせるようになりました。お散歩でオフリードで自由にしているワンコを見ると羨ましい。でもバタくんはオフ・リードにすることはもうありません。もし、万が一にもなにか起こってしまったら取り返しがつかない、私たちはバタくんとずっと一緒に暮らしたいのでこれだけは心を鬼にして実行しています。ボール投げの時も長~いリードをつけて遊びます。マディーがオフリードで玄関先に一人でいたのは残念です。せめてオーナーさんが一緒にいてくれればよかったなと思います。世間には犬が苦手な人もいますし、アレルギーの人もいます。誰もが動物好きとは限りませんから時にはきちんとリードを付けてあげる勇気を持つことも大切だと思います。
考えさせられる事件でした。


Police State USA: Land of the Checkpoints
http://www.facebook.com/PoliceStateUSA
BALDWIN COUNTY, AL -- A witness describes how an officer "hunted down" a friendly dog sitting on its front porch wagging its tail. 

“He proceeded to get out of his car and squat down and shoot the dog that was at the corner of the house,” 

said Tyler Swafford. “I've never seen anything like that happen. The dog wasn't being vicious. It was sitting there wagging its tail on the end of the porch. “It didn’t even come off its porch [when the deputy pulled up].”

The deputy told a neighbor that the pit bull lunged at him tried to jump into his patrol car and was barking at other residents when he arrived. Except that's not what the witness describes. The officer shot 5 times, and the dog's tail was wagging up until the final shot. “It looked like he did it for no reason, I was just shocked” said neighbor Tyler Swafford, who witnessed the deputy killing Maddie. The family said they have had “Maddie” for more than 10 years and there has never been a problem with her acting aggressively. Inside the house resides a family with children, ages 2 and 6.

http://www.local15tv.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=3831256&navCatId=20566

http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/baldwin_county/outraged-residents-deputy-shot-dog

http://www.examiner.com/article/witnesses-question-why-family-dog-was-shot-by-deputy-alabama
Photo: BALDWIN COUNTY, AL -- A witness describes how an officer "hunted down" a friendly dog sitting on its front porch wagging its tail. 

“He proceeded to get out of his car and squat down and shoot the dog that was at the corner of the house,” said Tyler Swafford. “I've never seen anything like that happen. The dog wasn't being vicious. It was sitting there wagging its tail on the end of the porch. “It didn’t even come off its porch [when the deputy pulled up].”

The deputy told a neighbor that the pit bull lunged at him tried to jump into his patrol car and was barking at other residents when he arrived.  Except that's not what the witness describes.  The officer shot 5 times, and the dog's tail was wagging up until the final shot.  “It looked like he did it for no reason, I was just shocked” said neighbor Tyler Swafford, who witnessed the deputy killing Maddie. The family said they have had “Maddie” for more than 10 years and there has never been a problem with her acting aggressively.  Inside the house resides a family with children, ages 2 and 6.

http://www.local15tv.com/mediacenter/local.aspx?videoId=3831256&navCatId=20566

http://www.fox10tv.com/dpp/news/local_news/baldwin_county/outraged-residents-deputy-shot-dog

http://www.examiner.com/article/witnesses-question-why-family-dog-was-shot-by-deputy-alabama

Rest in peace, Maddie...


























2012年11月13日火曜日

Autumn days.....

........definitely days are getting shorter and shorter, 
sky is grey and wet....I don't feel like doing much....
even I am a sheep dog but herding sheep is not that exciting....

確実に毎日少しずつ日が短くなってきて
空はどんよりして雨も降ってきて・・・・
なーんにもしたくない・・・ボクはシープドッグ
(牧羊犬)なんだけど羊を追いかけるのもさほど
面白くないような気がしちゃう。 









Hey, mom! Why don't we go for a walk!!
ねぇ、かあさん、お散歩に出かけようよ!!



Looks like Autumn is settled in my daily walk area.
Wow, it's so beautiful here!

いつものお散歩コースもすっかり秋の気配。
おおっ、落ち葉の絨毯がきれいだね〜





It's so easy to make a collage like this with iphone app!
Japanese Maple in my planter at front door is so pretty in bright red.

iphoneを使ってこんな簡単にコラージュもできました。
ちなみにこの紅葉はうちの前のプランターに植えられていますが
毎年とてもきれいな紅葉を見せてくれます。