Pocket auto? No--pocket GUARD DOG.


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Lbys
July 9, 2008, 12:06 PM
I thought this was worthy of a chuckle, but also might show the utility of a dog, regardless of size or perceived ferocity:

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/jul/09/me-tunneling-intruder-no-match-for-homeowner-and-h/?news

Tunneling Intruder No Match For Homeowner And His Dog

By VALERIE KALFRIN

The Tampa Tribune

Published: July 9, 2008

TAMPA - TAMPA - Robert Cash Jr. said he felt like somebody was targeting his Palma Ceia home.

About two weeks ago, he found a claw hammer covered with a rag in a backyard flower bed. Last week, he saw the gate to his wooden privacy fence in the 4100 block of West San Luis Street had been opened. He secured it with a new lock.

"It was obvious something was about to happen," recalled Cash, 40. "You don't know what to think."

About 2:50 a.m. Saturday, everything gelled. Tampa police said Cash surprised a man who had tunneled under a neighbor's fence carrying a blowtorch and shimmied onto Cash's property.

Cash said he greeted the intruder with a .357 Magnum after being awakened by the family dog, a 4-year-old male Chihuahua named Odie.

"You just don't take chances," Cash said. "This guy was hell-bent on breaking into my house."

Cash's wife called 911 while Cash kept the man at bay. Cash said he fired once at the man after he did not obey Cash's commands to stay still; the bullet went into the fence.

"He said, 'Oh, I'm just trying to cut through,'" Cash said. "I fired a little to the left of him."

Cash's actions were justified, said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

Police identified the prowler as Mark Edward Mazur, 56, of Tampa. He is charged with felony burglary, felony possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor assault and violating his probation. He was held without bail Tuesday at Orient Road Jail.

Public records show Mazur lives at 4110 W. El Prado Blvd., about five blocks from the Cash family.

Cash, a telecommunications consultant, said he has a burglar alarm but had deactivated it that night to avoid a false alarm during inclement weather. Fortunately, "the Odie alarm was on," he said.

The 6-pound dog was a birthday gift years ago for his 8-year-old daughter, Elliot. She and her sister, Avary, 6, have rewarded the dog with treats for awakening their dad, Cash said.

Reporter Valerie Kalfrin can be reached at (813) 259-7800 or vkalfrin@tampatrib.com.

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SG1
July 9, 2008, 12:11 PM
That is a great story. Hillarious. :)

bmitchell
July 9, 2008, 12:13 PM
Can a blowtorch be construed as a "fire arm"?

jahwarrior
July 9, 2008, 12:17 PM
my kids have a chihuahua/pomeranian (chimeranian?), and as much as i can't stand that dog, he's the first line of defense for the home. the little bugger will bark incessantly until you tell him to shut up, and sometimes he'll bark anyway.

Galen
July 9, 2008, 01:18 PM
Can a blowtorch be construed as a "fire arm"?

I don't know. What kind of rate of fire does it have? :D

Standing Wolf
July 9, 2008, 01:19 PM
Police identified the prowler as Mark Edward Mazur, 56, of Tampa. He is charged with felony burglary, felony possession of burglary tools, misdemeanor assault and violating his probation.

Another catch and release success story, it seems.

bmitchell
July 9, 2008, 01:19 PM
What kind of rate of fire does it have?

Continous fire until the ammunition is depleted, I would expect. ;)

mcmurry
July 9, 2008, 01:25 PM
I'd always heard that the small "yap-yap" type dogs were actually the best watch dogs. Many of them, Rat Terriers for instance, aren't afraid of anything and the shrill barking is more likely to wake someone up. My wife, who is of Chinese decent, was telling me that in ancient times, the emperor actually had two types of guard dogs. A small variety to wake the larger one, and the larger one to attack.

Packman
July 9, 2008, 04:33 PM
I don't know. What kind of rate of fire does it have?

Must be a full auto. It'll keep going if you keep the trigger depressed (ok, valve open. thats a happy switch too, right?) until it expends all available ammo. Yup, full auto.

1 old 0311
July 9, 2008, 04:47 PM
As I have always said. A god is NOT a defensive weapon.........It IS a early warning system.

La Pistoletta
July 9, 2008, 04:51 PM
I don't know. What kind of rate of fire does it have?

Depends. An anti would count the number of combusting molecules per second. That's pretty fast.

As I have always said. A god is NOT a defensive weapon.........It IS a early warning system.

I don't know, I think a personal god could be a pretty good defense. :p

CZ.22
July 9, 2008, 05:50 PM
I don't know, I think a personal god could be a pretty good defense.

What, do y'all not have the ability to shoot lightning and summon demon servants...

My dogs are a Beagle and a Pit/Retriever mix. 25 and 41 lbs, respectively. While I doubt they could do much damage to an attacker, they make a darn fine early warning system.

Valkman
July 9, 2008, 06:05 PM
Personal gods are pretty cool - dogs too. :D

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