Home Invasion

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Avoid 'Break-ins.' Protect your Sanctuary.
Avoid ‘Break-ins.’ Protect your Sanctuary.

Today the headlines only touch the surface of the vast numbers of  incidents involving harm to innocent people. The purpose of this website is to provide practical guidance and tools to help ensure your domicile and people are protected from harm.

It’s not just about house invasion. Invasion and attack from hostile entities can happen anywhere. It’s not your imagination that crime is getting worse. Increasing population is stretching resources.

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Desperate people do desperate things.  Recently, daytime burglaries are becoming alarmingly more common. These perpetrators are emotionally bankrupt and morally corrupt individuals who choose crime as an occupation.

Criminals are Cowards

They can easily be dissuaded and crime prevented with a little effort and key principles of  security at hand.

My intention is to extend sensible methods and tools so anyone, weak or strong, male or female, young or old, can take advantage of them.

Counter the cowards

With a minimum of effort and resources, you can easily thwart the efforts of the most devious and skilled of the ‘cowardly punks’ who find it easy to target unsuspecting Homeowners. 

Learn about basic defensive techniques to protect yourself and domain. Whether you are at home, in your car  or out and about.

Learn how to teach and prepare your children and other family members how to evade, resist and defend against these insidious cowards.

Establish your own custom defense plan. Develop and teach your family basic security principles.

If a crime does occur.  

 If you return home and find your door or window ajar, go to a neighbor’s home and call the police. Do not go in to investigate.

grampa fights backIn the event of a surprise encounter with an intruder, attempt to flee. If you are blocked in and a dangerous attack is eminent use whatever level of force is necessary to stop the threat. Read more.

While you wait for the police to arrive, don’t touch anything or attempt to clean up the mess. You may ruin important evidence or fingerprints.

Notify the police if you find anything that is not yours that may have been left behind by the burglar such as tools, clothing, or anything unfamiliar to you.Burglar signs

When the police arrive, provide them with a copy of your inventory, and a complete description of all missing property. This is where that ‘Cam-corder’ you got for Christmas last year will come in handy. Tell the police if you have engraved any of the items with your initials.

After the police have determined a point of entry, quickly repair any damage and take proper measures to boost your security. Many thieves break into the same home a second time.

Fortunately, there are simple, inexpensive solutions to security needs..

Vacation Checklist:

(1) Ask police to check your home while you are away.

Many different door braces inside.
Many different door braces inside.

(2) Stop mail and newspaper deliveries.

(3) Secure all doors, windows, pet entrances and garage doors.

(4) Transfer valuables to a safety deposit box.

(5) Place timers on indoor lamps to illuminate your home and to turn on radios at random times.

(6) Inform your neighbors. Location, date and times, Itinerary, etc.

(7) Arm security systems.

July typically accounts for almost 10 percent of the annual burglaries – a time when most Americans plan extended vacations.

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be ‘alert’ not paranoid.

 

Top Tips to Prevent Burglary

1) Keep all doors, windows, pet entrances, and garage doors closed and securely fastened. Doors should have deadbolt locks with at least a 1” throw and reinforced strike plate with 3” screws. All windows should have window locks.

2) Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood or dowel (‘Charley bar’) in the track and install vertical bolts.

3) When service or delivery people come to your door, ask for ID. If you’re still not sure, call the police first and report the stranger. Call the company to confirm.

4) Cut up cartons for TVs, computers, stereos, etc. Tie the pieces together so a burglar going through the garbage does not see any of your highly valuable household items.

5) Try not illuminate the interior of the house any more than necessary. This prevents ‘window shopping’ and  clandestine observance of family activities. Practise extinguishing the lights quickly to make it easier to see anything happening outside if you hear unfamiliar sound or the Dog goes into ‘alert mode.’

6) Install a wide-angle door viewer (peephole) in your front door so you can see who is at the door.

7) Organize a neighborhood watch program. Neighbors working together make one of the best crime-fighting teams around.

8) Make a home inventory list, complete with photos or video. Store this list in a safety deposit box.

9) Have a security plan in place and talk about it with your family and neighbors.

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fair warning

10) Write down the emergency telephone numbers of the local police and county sheriff’s office and the numbers of several nearby neighbors. Keep the numbers by or in your telephone(s).

11) Don’t put your name and residential address on your key ring. If you happen to lose it, a dishonest person could gain entry to your home. You will have a spare set of all your keys in a strategically placed ‘hide-a-key’ device.

12) Install and test your Surveillance and alarm system.

13) Post signs in conspicuous locations that clearly indicate that the premises are protected.

Do you really want to wake up

TO THIS?

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Be Alert not Paranoid.

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Stalkers

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In the medium sized town of Everett, Massachusetts, Sandra, ‘Sandy’ to her friends, was working her first real job after High School.




She really enjoyed waitressing in the popular local restaurant.  Out-of-towners dropped in from time to time due to the proximity to the Interstate Highway.  She was a people person and showed genuine interest in their stories about where they came from and where they might be going.blond waitress

Although she was new to the ‘trade’ she took to it naturally. Her bubbly personality and positive demeanor made her immediately popular with the customers.  

One customer seemed to take a special interest in Sandy.  He had been in there before, but he had quietly enjoyed his meal and in no particular way did he draw attention to himself. 

The ‘Approach’

When he had been in the restaurant about the third time he struck up a conversation with her. There were not too many patrons in at the time and she didn’t mind a little chatter.  He seemed to be a pleasant enough sort.  The conversation turned to entertainment and movies. Though he was a stranger to her and little older the dialog was pleasant.

When he asked her to go to the movies with him she politely declined.  It was not a remarkable exchange and he paid his bill and left.

The man she only knew as ‘Ted’ always paid in cash and left very nice tips.  After that evening when she had turned down his offer, he started to come into the restaurant on a more regular basis.  He would come in and linger long after his table was cleared and watch Sandy as she worked.  Sandy didn’t offer to engage in conversations with him and she began to feel uncomfortable.  She could feel him staring at her, making the hairs stand up on the back of her neck.32169245@N00_l

After several evenings like that, just quietly staring at her, he started to give her the ‘creeps.’  She finally got up the nerve to make it very clear she didn’t want anything to do with him and began avoiding his table.  She told him to leave her alone or she would get a restraining order to keep him out of the restaurant.

This made him very angry.  He quit coming into the restaurant, but he would wait for her to get off  work. He made no effort to conceal his obsession.  He started to stalk  herSandy day and night. He effectively took away her freedom.  She dreaded  going  out of her house because it seemed like he knew her every move. 

 Ultimately, Sandy was powerless to stop this predator.  He murdered  her by delivering a homemade bomb to her home on January 20, 2000.

This is a true story.  The identities of the people involved are not provided  in order to maintain the confidence of sources. 

 

Some insight that will be useful for people to prevent stalking.  

Mental Assault 

This ‘mental assault’ known as stalking is also a form of invasion.  Like other forms of an invasion the perpetrator breaks into and disrupts the very lives of innocent victims.  More often than not the stalker is very familiar with the victim, perhaps an ‘ex’ or acquaintance from the past.  Though the relationship is over the stalker often refuses to accept this.  The common attitude that develops is ‘If I can’t have you no-one can.’

Many times the individual acts of intrusion are not individually causing the mental anguish. They are not even ‘illegal’ activities, but taken together they do begin to cause emotional distress. Sending email, making phone calls, sending gifts and other legal non-threatening activities can, when considered as a pattern of unwanted activity seem very ominous to the intended victim.

Physical Assault

These relatively harmless obsessive acts too often quickly morph into, threats, vandalism, and physical violence intended to frighten and control the victim. Surprisingly very few incidents are caused by people who are ‘unstable’ or mentally ill. On the contrary, most stalkers have been closely involved in one way or another with the victim. 

How to handle a Stalker 

Safety Precautions:

You will reduce the risk of mental and physical assault by following a few simple precautions. While these suggestions are based on experiences of actual cases, they cannot guarantee that you won’t be assaulted, but they serve to prevent you from becoming a victim.

Safety Plan:

Whether you have been a victim or not, it is important to formulate a simple but sensible plan to put into action.  

A few excellent guidelines follow. Develop a plan to suit your circumstance.

Minimize contact.  You should tell the ‘stalker’ only once to stop harassing you and not communicate again under any circumstances.  You can do this by email, registered mail, or through an attorney.  Don’t rely on vocal directive only, and always have a witness if at all possible.  In fact, avoid going anywhere alone whenever you can.

Identify safe havens.  Prepare cooperation with close friends, relatives, and other influential individuals, (neighbors or family clergy  in your life) in the eventuality that you might ‘drop in for an unannounced visit’ should it become necessary.  This information, of course, is highly privileged, and not to be shared with anyone unnecessarily.  These ‘safe zones’ should be both emergency temporary shelter and more permanent ‘bail-out’ relocation options. It seems like a challenging task, but you will be surprised how many there are when you take the time to think about it.

Safety habits.  These are key points to focus on the develop ‘habits’ that become as automatic and familiar as anything you do.

1.  Protect your personal information.  Don’t have your home address attached to your keys.  If you lose them, no problem just make a new set from your ‘hide-a-key’ set.  Shred your discarded mail, don’t respond to unsolicited personal inquiries.  Be very careful what you publish about yourself in ‘social media,’ and find out what is out there.

2.  Try to leave home and work at different times each day.  Even a few minutes can break routine enough to be effective, and change your travel routes occasionally at sporadic intervals.

3.  As stated earlier, don’t go anywhere alone if you can avoid it.  Do your errands with friends or relatives and offer the same company to them for their chores.  Plan leisure activities with other people.  Form carpools or trade rides to work with colleagues

4.  If you have school-aged children, go with other parents taking their kids to school for daily attendance as well as extracurricular activities.

5.  Find ways to vary your routine as much as possible.  Don’t go to that same favorite place for lunch every day.  

6.  Develop sound self-defense postures and habits (see Out and About).

7.  Familiarize yourself with local ‘Victim Assistance Providers’ in your community.  You don’t have to be a victim to take advantage of their services.  They can provide valuable information about the laws that protect you and ‘advise and assist’ on ways to keep you safe from harassment. 

Be proactive.  You may find yourself suddenly exposed to the type of oppressive behaviors that stalkers like to employ.  What should you do to counter these insidious activities?

Become the ‘investigator.’  No one is going to know the full picture as well as you and you have to rely on your own observations to build any kind of legal case.  Keep a written log of stalker activities and behaviors,  and how they affected you or even made you feel.  

Collect and safeguard any records of communication made by the stalker.  These can be by phone, mail, email, or other means even by third parties.  These are especially important if they imply any level of ‘threat’ at all.

Document behavior that establishes a ‘pattern of harassment.’  Request copies of commercial surveillance recordings, and private recordings that might contain evidence of these behaviors and places the individual at the ‘scene.’

Preserve all evidence in a careful thorough manner.  These will be important if you require the issuance of a protective order or filing of a harassment complaint to the authorities. 

Never hesitate to let people know something is going on.  Many times victims get caught up in a perception that they caused these incidents to happen, and feel embarrassed to say anything, or simply hope the stalker goes away.  

As a final note, getting involved in ‘self-defense’ training programs to learn protective measures can greatly enhance self-confidence and minimize victim potentiality.  More about self-defense.

 

 

Guardians

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The Warriors Creed

Protect the innocent, win the hearts and minds and neutralize the threat.

Protect the innocent

The Warriors Creed is passed along at a spiritual level. It could only have been issued by God because it is instinctive and understood without prompting.

The natural urge to protect is an instinct common in most species. Some even organize in groups to enhance the safety of all in the group, particularly the innocent.

 

Win the hearts and minds

This is also instinctive but perhaps the most challenging. Trust is one of the most important spiritual commodities, and perhaps the hardest to earn.

Neutralize the threat

“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to
visit violence on those who would do us harm.”      

George Orwell, (Author, 1984)

MILITIA

Since the beginning of our time, we have banded together to develop a defensive posture.

Soldier and Dog
Rare Breeds

A certain number of the group instinctively react to imminent threat automatically. 

menacing wolfThey would be the ones running into the woods with a lighted torch to ward off the menacing wolf. In today’s terms, they automatically run toward the gunfire.

 

These individuals are not fearless, they tolerate high levels of fear just enough to work through it. Someone who tells you they are not scared in combat is either lying or crazy. I don’t wish to be involved with either one.

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Not to be confused with the ‘Regular’ Army, National Guard or any other Federal branch of the Armed Forces.

The TXSG is one of few sanctioned and legally recognized operating Militia in the Country.

 

Mission

“The mission of the Texas State Guard (TXSG) is to provide mission-ready military forces to assist state and local authorities in times of State emergencies; to conduct homeland security and community service activities under the umbrella of Defense Support to Civil Authorities; and to augment the Texas Army National Guard and Texas Air National Guard as required.” (Wikipedia)

They are not part of the federal armed forces command structure, but rather operate purely as a state organized and controlled force. It is; however, structured like conventional U.S. Military organizations.

This organization has gone through many adaptations since its beginning on 18 February 1823 as the ‘Colonial’ Militia under the Command of Steven F. Austin Steven F. Austinthe Governor of the State has always been the ‘Commander-in-Chief’ of the Texas Military Forces.

This includes the Texas Army and Air National Guard. All missions must be sanctioned and ordered by the Governor through the Texas Adjutant Greg AbbottGeneral.

These missions include participation in annual Joint Exercises such as Jade Helm 15. These usually occur in the summer months and are Headquartered at Camp Swift in Bastrop County, Texas.

 

These Exercises are not only important for the ‘Readiness’ of these voluntary teams, They provide a welcome infusion of ‘capital’ into the surrounding communities. The visiting Soldiers will gladly enjoy the local accommodations, such as restaurants, stores, and laundromats. 

SLand navagationtate funds provide for most of the operational costs. Most of the inflow of cash comes from the individuals private funds. Much of the time, this can mean 100’s of thousands of dollars for local businesses.

The Adjutant General must request the support from local authorities. This negates surprise, and inconvenience to the community. Community leaders are more than happy to oblige this ‘Christmas in Summer’ as one Mayor refers to it.

No damage to property or inconvenience to citizens is caused by Unit activities. In fact, most of the time the small number of Soldiers and Equipment is unobtrusive and hardly noticed. 

Core Duties and responsibilities

Among the many duties they are charged with, this all-volunteer organization provides

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Emergency Community Service

the following support to the Community.

1. Emergency Management and Support.

2. Emergency Medical Services.

3. Volunteer coordination.

4. Assists Civil Authorities.

5. Non-Denominational Chaplain Services.

6. Land Search and Rescue.

7. Annual free medical care along the Texas-Mexico border. (Operation Lone Star).

Motto= 'Equal to the Task'
Motto= ‘Equal to the Task’

The TXSG is also ‘on-call’ to provide operational support to Texas Army and Air National Guard units, as well as the local branch of the US Coast Guard with Maritime missions.

The TXSG also participates in Area Beautification Projects, Toys for Tots, and many other non-military community efforts.

These capable well trained and disciplined individuals have a long tradition of positive community relations for which the people of Texas are very grateful.

They are truly ‘Equal to the Task‘ as their motto implies. 

 

 

 

 

SANCTUARY

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Seeking safe shelter is a primal instinct for most creatures.  A ‘Safe Sanctuary’ is one that is protected from outside disturbances, including invasions and burglaries. Victims (and potential victims) of these terrifying incidents want to understand why  criminals  select a particular home as a target for invasion and burglary.

Who are these Criminals?

■ Amateur Burglars– are opportunists who look for easy targets and go after low-risk items.

■ Semi-Professional Burglars– are planners, they strike after having observed your daily routine.

■ Professional Burglars– focus on highly valuable goods. They move quickly and know exactly what they are looking for.

■ Distraction Burglars– target older people, the burglary is committed while the victim is distracted.

elderly victim

 

Offenders pose as officials (including police and utility workers) in order to gain access to homes. Once inside the victim is distracted and the burglary is

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See who’s out there

committed.

 

To determine how secure your home is, think like a thief. From the outside of your home, consider how difficult it would be to break in.

Windows are left unlocked and open at a much higher rate than doors. Windows should have secondary blocking devices to prevent sliding them open from the outside. Inexpensive wooden dowels and sticks (‘Charley bars’) work well for horizontal sliding windows and through-the-frame pins work well for vertical sliding windows.

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DIY glass armor

For ventilation, block the window open no more than six inches and make sure you can’t reach in from the outside and remove the blocking device or reach through and unlock the door. In sleeping rooms, these window blocking devices should be capable of being removed easily from the inside to comply with fire codes.

Deadbolt locks can help prevent crimes. Deadbolts are commonly installed four inches above the knob-and-key lock on a door. The bolt on these locks is longer than knob-and-key models, which provides more holding power against a burglar who might try to pry the edge of a door away from the jamb.opening glass door

 

Practice Security Habits 

(1) Don’t give out personal information on the phone, through the mail or over the Internet unless you’ve initiated the contact or are sure you know who you’re dealing with.

(2) Don’t carry your Social Security card or leave it in an unsecured location around your home.

(3) Secure personal information in your home, especially if you have roommates.

(4) Guard your mail and trash from theft. Use a shredder to tear up any mail that contains personal information.

purse snatch car break in (5) Carry only the identification information and the number of credit and debit cards that you’ll actually need. Put the rest in a safety deposit box.

(6) Place passwords on your credit card, bank and phone accounts in a safety deposit box.

 (7) Pay attention to your billing cycles. Follow up with creditors if your bills don’t arrive on time.

(8) Be wary of promotional scams. Identity thieves may use phony offers to get you to give them your personal information.

(9) When ordering new checks, pick them up at the bank, rather than having them sent to your home mailbox.2nd amend security

(10) Use security stickers. Place stickers on your home that says your home is protected by an alarm and surveillance system.

(11) Do not put valuables in an obvious spot. Keep inexpensive jewelry in the pretty box on your dresser and put your irreplaceable pearls in a plain paper box.

(12) Do not keep your car keys next to the kitchen/garage door.

(13)  You might want to consider including Dogs in the plan.

(14) Keep a small hand-held Fire Extinguisher in a ‘strategic place’ so it can be grabbed in a hurry.  You should have a medium or large one in the house, but these small ones make an excellent non-lethal deterrent to give you time to properly address the Threat. You should keep one in the Car also for the same purpose. Pepper Spray is also a good ‘non-lethal’ deterant.

Don't let him get this close.
Don’t let him get this close.

(15) Take care to put garden tools, if not locked up in a shed, at least out of reach from the fence. There is no reason to provide the ‘perp’ with the means to assault your ‘Castle.’ This includes not only hoes, rakes, and shovels, but other things that might be an aid such as ladders and lawnmower gas cans.

(16) Make sure shrubs and bushes are not obstructing views of windows from the ‘street side.’ Keep them trimmed below the window sill. In any case do not allow plants to be more than a couple of feet high. Decorative yard plants can be a liability if they can mask the activity of an intruder working on your windows.

 

 

More than 60 Percent of residential burglaries occur during the daytime.

If your community doesn’t have a Neighborhood Watch program, consider establishing one. Criminals notice when neighbors look out for each other and police can only clear less than 20 percent of all burglaries.

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Alarm and Surveillance System and Home Controls

Installing a home security system can provide: Homeowners’ insurance discount, a higher Resale value, and peace of mind.

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Forcible entry accounts for 62.4 percent; unlawful entry comprises 31.2 percent; and attempted forcible entry makes up 6.3 percent of all burglary offenses.

 

DIY Surveillance
DIY Surveillance


 

After the Crime:

If you return home and find your door or window ajar, go to a neighbor’s home and call the police. Do not go in to investigate.

grampa fights backIn the event of a surprise encounter with an intruder, attempt to flee. If you are blocked in and a dangerous attack is eminent use whatever level of force is necessary to stop the threat. Read more.

While you wait for the police to arrive, don’t touch anything or attempt to clean up the mess. You may ruin important evidence or fingerprints.

Notify the police if you find anything that is not yours that may have been left behind by the burglar such as tools, clothing, etc.markings

When the police arrive, provide them with a copy of your inventory, and a complete description of all missing property. Tell the police if you have engraved any of the items with your initials.

After the police have determined a point of entry, quickly repair any damage and take proper measures to boost your security. Many thieves break into the same home a second time.

Fortunately, there are simple, inexpensive solutions to security needs..

Vacation Checklist:

(1) Ask police to check your home while you are away.

Many different door braces inside.
Many different door braces inside.

(2) Stop mail and newspaper deliveries.

(3) Secure all doors, windows, pet entrances and garage doors.

(4) Transfer valuables to a safety deposit box.

(5) Place timers on indoor lamps to illuminate your home and to turn on radios at random times.

(6) Inform your neighbors. Location, date and times, Itinerary, etc.

(7) Arm security systems.

July typically accounts for almost 10 percent of the annual burglaries – a time when most Americans plan extended vacations.

Top Tips to Prevent Burglary

1) Keep all doors, windows, pet entrances, and garage doors closed and securely fastened. Doors should have deadbolt locks with at least a 1” throw and reinforced strike plate with 3” screws. All windows should have window locks.

2) Secure sliding glass doors. Place a metal rod or piece of plywood or dowel (‘Charley bar’) in the track and install vertical bolts.

3) When service or delivery people come to your door, ask for ID. If you’re still not sure, call the police first and report the stranger. Call the company to confirm.

4) Cut up cartons for TVs, computers, stereos, etc. Tie the pieces together so a burglar going through the garbage does not see any of your highly valuable household items.

5) Try not illuminate the interior of the house any more than necessary. This prevents ‘window shopping’ and  clandestine observance of family activities. Practise extinguishing the lights quickly to make it easier to see anything happening outside if you hear unfamiliar sound or the Dog goes into ‘alert mode.’prevent break in

6) Install a wide-angle door viewer (peephole) in your front door so you can see who is at the door.

7) Organize a neighborhood watch program. Neighbors working together make one of the best crime-fighting teams around.

8) Make a home inventory list, complete with photos or video. Store this list in a safety deposit box.

9) Have a security plan in place and talk about it with your family and neighbors.

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fair warning

10) Write down the emergency telephone numbers of the local police and county sheriff’s office and the numbers of several nearby neighbors. Keep the numbers by or in your telephone(s).

11) Don’t put your name and residential address on your key ring. If you happen to lose it, a dishonest person could gain entry to your home. You will have a spare set of all your keys in a strategically placed ‘hide-a-key’ device.

12) Install and test your Surveillance and alarm system.

13) Post signs in conspicuous locations that clearly indicate that the premises are protected.

Do you really want to wake up

TO THIS?

Not a close friend.
Not a close friend.

 

Dogs for protection and defense.

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Thousands of years ago, we were sitting around a warm, crackling, flashing fire. After a long day of hunting, chasing and harvesting, it’s a  refuge. The delightful aroma of roasting food drifts and swirls in the light campground breeze.  The raspy scraping of the ‘grinding stones’ reduces certain leaves and seeds to a usable form. This is syncopated with soulful chanting voices and rhythmic tapping on hollow wood. It’s the earliest form of ‘Jazz.’

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One of the ‘Moms’ is scolding and chasing the ‘Wild-baby’ children away from the fire for kicking up too much dust. During the temporary lull in ‘festivities’, the unmistakable crack of a twig draws attention to a rustling sound just beyond the light of the protective fire.

The tension of alertness immediately transforms the atmosphere from ‘Frolic’ to ‘Focus’. Instinctively all eyes and ears are trained in the direction of the sound. Squinting eyes pierce in vain into the dark.wolf face on.

The creeping, wispy sounds seem to be coming from different directions.  A pair of red dots appears in the black void between plant stalks. A short distance away another pair, outlined by the faint image of a thin pointed face reflect the dancing firelight.

The faint whisper of movement can be heard, just beyond the circle of light. Snapping, snarling, growling denotes the eruption a fight between two ‘pack’ members.  The wolves are at once repelled by the fire and attracted to the savory aroma of discarded food. The shredded remnants of meat clinging to discarded bones is a delicacy worth fighting for.

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‘Teamwork’

The nomadic clan and the wild pack both do the best they can to avoid contact with each other. An uneasy peace prevails over the camp. Almost every night this ritual plays out in the shadows beyond the campfire (when there is food). Thus began the symbiotic relationship between two very exceptional species.  Centuries of reluctant tolerance of each other became an affectionate dedication.

 

Our Guardian protectors.

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On duty sniffing for explosives.

Dogs have been employed as ‘guard dogs’ for millennia. Humans and canines have had significant evolutionary effects on each other. It would not be an exaggeration to say we assured each others very survival. Canines are highly dependable for home defense and personal protection if they have adequate and proper training.

All shapes and sizes
All shapes and sizes

From a handful of ‘wolf-like’ canine types,  hundreds of new and different ‘breeds’ have developed. People have molded these diverse breeds by ‘assisted’ selective breeding. Puppies that bear appealing characteristics and behaviors are selected out for ‘special’ attention, thereby helping to encourage those aspects to carry over from generation to generation.

The effort to communicate between the species has developed into an Art and a Science. Regimes of special training have tuned that connection to a delightfully useful level. When dog trainers work they spend equal if not more time with the ‘handler’ than the Canine. (‘owner’ just never seems like the right title, ‘companion’, ‘bud’ maybe.).

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fair warning

Effective communication is paramount to a happy healthy relationship and essential to the development of a ‘professional’ Protection Animal. Livestock dogs are a full-time member of the flock or herd. They instinctively perform as guardian protector of their new ‘pack’. This ‘territorial’ nature is common in most species. The extension of that protected territory to other creatures, as dogs do, is not common. That ‘bond’ between the dog and his charges is so strong he will face any kind of threat regardless of the level of danger. He will fight to the death to prevail.

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Highly trained protection specialist.

Fighting is not the primary role of the ‘home defense dog.’ They are natural alarm systems. Their extremely keen senses allow them to become aware of subtle indications of an unknown threat. Many people have a notion that certain types of dogs are better protectors than others. The plain truth is that all dogs have these same instincts.

The largest Irish Wolfhound and the smallest Chihuahua have the same strong territorial drive. The primary function of the protection dog during a home invasion should be to sound alert and distract and delay the threat until the ‘handler’ can address the situation. The Yorkshire Terrier can have just as much effectiveness as a Rottweiler in that regard. It is absolutely true that “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”




 

There is no better company than that of a well trained and disciplined canine no matter what the breed. On the other hand, there is nothing more disturbing than an out-of-control undisciplined hound. Distasteful habits such as chewing on furniture, excreting bodily substances indiscriminately or other intolerable behaviors must be corrected as early as they are first observed. Once they have settled into a ‘behavior comfort zone’ it’s extremely difficult to redirect and correct.

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An undisciplined and untrained dog is not reliable enough to be an effective ‘watchdog.’ Any dog can sound off at strangers. The most effective and ‘safe’ animal is one that has been properly trained, and this is important, NOT abused. The only proper and truly effective training is not accomplished by punishment. Positive reinforcement,  while not easy, is the most successful way to assure a reliable ‘protective agent’ and pleasant companion. Automatic response to commands is imperative for the safety of the canine and others in his presence.

Dogs really are God’s gifts, we should treat them that way.

“Adapt, Overcome, and Improvise”

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Wealthy Affiliates are incredible people. I am so grateful and humbled to experience this ‘Journey.
Kyle and Carson have lit an explosive ‘Firestorm’ of intelligent exchange. (I don’t think those guys ever sleep)

“Adapt, Overcome and Improvise” is what you have to learn in Combat to survive.

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Wealthy Affiliate ‘family members’ seem to have that instinct naturally. In fact have developed it to a very high standard. I see awesome guidance and counseling continuously.

I am Honored and privileged to experience this segment of the ‘Journey’ with such talented people. Joy, Confidence and Good Fortune to all.




Bright Sword

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“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for it’s
swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” (J.R.R.Tolkien)

No one loves Peace more than a soldier, but if everyone loved it as much there might actually BE Peace. In our world, unlike our ancestors, we are relatively safe from the elements and wild animals. We are just not safe from each other.

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‘Peace with Freedom’

Most humans know how to cooperate. With maturity, there comes a deep appreciation for the value of peaceful coexistence. 98 percent of us are “civilized”, acting in a considerate and humane manner. The others choose not to be deferred from cruel and evil behavior.

It is safer if just a few individuals offer some degree of resistance to predators. Ever see a cat arch up the spine and stand sideways? That action can thwart a predator that is many times the cats’ size. The dog’s not going to mess with that. There is another target somewhere that won’t present a challenge.Support 2nd Amendment Rights

What if it was generally known that some people that live in a community have a means of resisting assault? It could just be passive resistance, alarms, fences, dogs in the yard. It works pretty well most of the time. MOST of the time.

Sometimes, more often than we care to believe, more aggressive resistance is necessary. Forceful defense against assault is not replicating the same evil. The two elements are nowhere near the same. It is the natural and God-given right for all living species to protect themselves. Even rabbits know how to bite. Being armed is not an evil sin that demonstrates fear. It merely solves the problem of criminal threat. Criminal behavior is an expression of cowardice. The act of protecting the innocent from harm is brave and noble action.

_disarm   It doesn’t take traps, barbed wire, iron bars on windows; hiding from the “evil hordes”. That is no kind of life. In a perfect world, being good to others, leading righteous lives, and cooperating to make things better would be the keys to peace. Being a decent human being, or being armed are of themselves, not guarantees. They are parts of the whole.  Misguided fear is being used to deny the use of one the most important tools we have developed to survive.

People are not generally afraid of other necessary accouterments. Knives, gasoline, wire, baseball bats, stones, leadyoung girl pipes and human hands are also potentially deadly. The will to kill is the primary motive for homicides, not the possession and use of these things. You may not wish to be armed, that should be your choice, but it is an undeniable fact that those who wish to harm you hope you are not.

 It is Peace WITH Freedom that we naturally seek. Populations that are oppressed and disarmed, have peace. There are many examples in history in which disarmament was the prelude to genocide and Peace WITH NO Freedom. What will be your choice?

 

Good days and Better days

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“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to
visit violence on those who would do us harm.”      George Orwell

 

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QUOTES FROM THE HOOD

“I’ve had two incidents in the past where I had attempted break in’s at night while I was in bed. I don’t frighten easily, but for months afterward I would wake in the early hours of the morning imagining that I had an intruder. It was pretty upsetting.”  E

“It is a mean old world that we live in and if you’re going to survive, you have to learn to adapt, overcome, and improvise.”  M

“I was awakened one summer night by ‘Winston’ my canine companion of many years. He is normally ‘hanging out’ in my room, but that night he was in the kitchen, barking excitedly. In the dim light, I could see that the back door was slightly ajar. I’m very careful to lock up at night since a ‘break in’ burglary took place just down the street. When I looked more closely at the door I could see it had been pried open with some force. I looked outside and saw no one.  I am very grateful for Winstons reaction and the ‘protection dog’ training he had received the year before.”  J

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There’s two kinds of days in Gods Kingdom, Good days and Better Days.

The worst day you can have is a Good Day!

 

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Surrounded by Angels

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It’s a ‘Journey of the soul’ we’re on.

‘The mission’ is Peace with Freedom.

“Sit at my right hand, till I make your enemies your footstool.” 

Psalm 110

 

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To you who knew me in my youth,
Who spread sweet joy and spoke with truth;
Before you passed to heaven’s skies,
I saw an angel in your eyes.
To you, the stranger that I met,
Who spoke no word of English, yet
Gave aid to me, you are God’s prize.
There was an angel in your eyes.
To those of you within this place
Whose gifts of words show love and grace,
Though I’ve not faced you, I surmise. . .
There is an angel in your eyes!

Written by Andrea Dietrich, 10/15/13