NIGHT THE ROTTWEILER BEAST OF TERROR KILLED THE SENTINEL OF
YORKSHIRE TERRIER VIGILANCE
ZERO PLUS 1181 DAYS,--New York, NY, Monday, December
was a dark, cold night when the Big Beast of Terror killed the
Little Sentinel of Vigilance.
was fortunate enough to know both Jake (left) and Sammy
(I'm dogwatching in the above photo)
a sad night, for the Little Sentinel of Vigilance had no chance.
His death left his owners and loved ones empty and forlorn.
the sadness, the death of the Little Sentinel of Vigilance was
glorious, for he was not afraid to die. He died with honor and
The Little Sentinel
of Vigilance was a four-pound Teacup Yorkshire Terrier standing
less than six inches high. The Big Beast of Terror was a 27-inch
high, hundred-and-twenty-pound Rottweiler.
name was Jake. He was one of two Yorkies owned by my friend,
his wife, and their 11-year-old daughter who live in the Bronx.
Jake well. He forced you to love him.
(left) was always challenging the "big bully dog"
regardless of his own size
are loving family dogs that jump into your lap and look up at
you with big marble eyes. They seem to smile, and pant anxiously,
urging you to pet or hug them.
are very mobile and love to travel in slings
love to travel in slings worn on their owner's chests, or in
bags slung over people's shoulders, as they walk through cities,
ride on buses or go shopping in stores. Yorkies are perhaps
the most mobile of canines, and seem more like magical elves
the child in adults and make children giggle delightedly as
they lick their faces and cuddle up like a living toy.
their canine minds, they are not four-pound drops in the dog-fighting
global canine bucket. A dominant male Yorkie, such as Jake,
will growl, snarl, bark and challenge any dog, regardless of
consider such behavior "fearless." Others might look
upon it as "reckless" since there is no possible way
such a small creature could have any fighting chance against
the mountainous dogs Yorkies challenge.
suffer from the David-Goliath syndrome. Within the chemistry
of alpha male Yorkies is the instinct to defend and ward off
intruders without concern for size or girth.
was an alpha male
my friend was walking his two Yorkies, Jake and Sammy. He let
them run, as he usually did, down a road behind his apartment.
Unfortunately, the neighborhood Rottweiler was also out.
toward the thick-chested Rottweiler, barking and baring his
teeth. He was doing his job as the neighborhood Sentinel of
Vigilance. If there was a Beast of Dog Terror lurking about,
it was the Rottweiler. The breed has a long history of aggressiveness
and is considered dangersous if not well heeled.
challenged the Rot, Terrorism struck Vigilance with a deadly
In a vicious
crunch of his jaws, the Goliath Rot crushed Jake's neck, shook
and threw his dead body. My friend was sickened.
fearlessly charged into the huge Rottweiler's territory
his daughter's dog as well as his. He was her pet that had become
his friend, buddy and pal, carrying him through many lonely
nights and befriending him when parts of him were sad and empty.
that was left was Jake's bloodied body. My friend's anger against
the Rot was mixed with his feelings of guilt for letting Jake
run free. How could he tell his daughter--who was staying over
at friend's house that night--what had happened. It was a cruel
and harsh way to die.
had entered the Rot's territory. The Rot hadn't entered Jake's.
In so doing, Jake challenged the Beast of Terror on the Beast's
territory. The Rot had not violated an "invasion"
of terroritory--Jake had.
is a retired NYPD detective and his wife is a federal special
agent. Their house is filled with weapons, and each is trained
to kill to avert others from killing or threatening the weak
Goliath Rot broke Jake's neck and struck Vigilance a deadly
didn't tell me this, I know there was a surge of revenge rushing
through him. Without having to express his feeling, I sensed
he had a thirst to go get his weapon and put it to the head
of the Rot and rid the neighborhood of the Beast of Terror that
kills Little Sentinels of Barking Vigilance, who, under any
conditions, could render no harm to the Goliath other than that
of a mosquito buzzing about an elephant.
was the nagging question that if the Rot killed his dog, would
the taste of blood spark a thirst for more? Some believe that
once a domestic animal kills another dog, the feral nature of
the beast dominates, increasing the odds that he will want more
what the community laws were for dogs that have tasted
to a person who kills one person, and, after doing so, realizes
the power of the kill and becomes comfortable with the ability.
Some cities require a dog that kills another dog to be quarantined,
sometimes even put down because of the "potential danger"
argument could be made that a dog that kills another dog is
a danger to the community, even when that other dog did so on
its own property.
problem was that he defended his size. Small dogs such as Jake
consider all big dogs "threats." His instincts were
to show all the big dogs he couldn't be bullied. In humans,
this is known as the "little man complex" when a short
man acts cockily and seeks to acquire power to compensate for
the fact he is smaller than average.
paid the ultimate price for barking up the Tree of Terrorism.
(on the right) instinctively wouldn't be bullied by other
my friend that Jake died a glorious "dog death." In
the sadness of Jake's demise, I reminded my friend that Jake
could have run into the road and been crushed under the tires
of a car, and that would not be a "glorious" dog death.
Jake, like a samurai, rushed up to the Big Beast and fearlessly
challenged his size and might. He was a "bushido"
dog, dying with honor.
to my friend I had just seen the movie The Last Samurai
on HBO, and how the final scenes reminded me of Jake's death.
At the end of the movie, the samurai knew they would all be
killed as they attacked the enemy with swords and bows and arrows
versus their opponents' machine guns and artillery. The samurai
were, in that case, Yorkshire Terriers; the ememies were Rottweilers.
of the "bushidos" in the movie The Last Samurai
reminded me of Jake
was a massacare. Gattling guns mowed down the brave samurai,
leaving a pile of twisted, bleeding bodies. When the smoke cleared,
the "enemy" knelt and bowed, paying respect for the
bravery of the honorable samurai who died so gallantly.
that way. He faced certain death despite the odds. He went out
in the glorious tradition of all samurai, of all those who believe
in standing up against all odds.
liken Jake's behavior similar to the United State s taking on
is a big global bully, like a snarling Rottweiler.
is a big global bully, like a snarling Rottweiler
looks at our position in Iraq, we see the rest of the world
virtually standing by as we take on Terrorism. We are fighting
a huge world of Indifference where even the United Nations watches
without support, and, when their building was attacked by Terrorists
in Iraq, they pulled out.
liken Jake's death as a symbol of fighting Terrorism in the
face of an Indifferent World. He was willing to place his life
in the jaws of death to remind us all that the small, innocent,
unprotected have the same rights as the big, oppressive, tyrannical.
Saddam Hussein was taking on a Rottweiller. The United States-
although big and powerful--is only six percent of the world's
another 94 percent bigger than we.
Saddam Hussein for America was like Jake taking on a Rottweiller
sense, we are a Yorkshire Terrier by comparison and the world
at large is a Rottweiler. If we are the Sentinels of Vigilance,
we are dwarfed by the size of the Beasts of Terror.
snarl and bark and attack and give our lives to secure the freedom
of others, to make the world neighborhoods safer, more secure.
of Americans have died in Iraq, and more will. They will be
consumed by the seemingly endlessly large jaws of Terrorism,
but, we will keep fighting. And, fighting fearlessly.
not die in vain, as Americans are not dying in vain in Iraq.
He died a Yorkshire Terrier of Vigilance, as all Americans and
our allies are dying to protect the world from the Rottweilers
the Yorkshire Terrier Of Vigilance, will give you a bark
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forever to remind us to never surrender to those who issue Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency. You are the Courage, Conviction
and take the Right Actions that creates Vigilance, and we are
safer today because of you.
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