The Legend of Bogart
Knowing the dog would be big and powerful, she enrolled in doggie training. The instructor also trained police dogs, so Lee asked for the same training techniques. If in danger, the dogs were trained to first bite the shoe laces of the assailants, then the pant legs--as a warning. Apparently the dog remember this years later.
One summer night, Lee had her door open so the breeze could come in the screen door. She didn't hear the screams from across the street, but Bogart did. The door was locked, but that did not stop him as he lunged through the screen and sprinted across the street barking. An abusive husband was viciously attacking his wife. He flung the woman to the ground, and Bogart snapped as he stood over the woman in a protective manner.
This did not stop the man as he tried to kick both the dog and his wife. Lee started screaming from across the street. Bogart went for the laces and the pant legs, but the man kept kicking. He yelled to my sister, "Get your f---ing dog before I come over there and beat your a-- too!"
Lee shouted back, "I'd like to see you try a--hole!" Bogart's head turned to Lee as if asking for a command. She shouted, "Get him, Bogart!" The dog then tackled the man to the ground, growling with both paws on the man's shoulders until police arrived. The man kept screaming that he was going to get revenge. The whole time Lee screamed, "Be glad that's a good dog! I should have him tear your a-- apart you wife beatin' m-fer!"
After that, Bogart watched the man so closely, expecting revenge. Even if the man just walked from the house to his car, Bogart barked to alert the man he was being watched. The couple moved about six months later. Maybe he was afraid Bogart would get him some day.
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Dog defends owner from robber!
I got to the house, and an officer stood between Lee and her husband as they are screaming and yelling. She shoved clothing and belongings into trash bags and carried them out to my car. She screamed the entire time. Then she said something that erupted into a volcano worse than Mount St. Helen. "I'm not leaving him here. You don't deserve him. He's coming with me."
Oh my God, for the next twenty minutes the two of them yelled and threw things while two officers tried to calm them down. Finally the officer said, "Custody is something you have to decide in court. We can't get involved or make a decision. File for divorce and have the lawyers work it out. In the meantime, it is probably best for him to stay here in the home and follow his regular routine. Divorce is going to be traumatic enough. Don't put him through worse."
This guy was being so nice and patient. I almost did not have the heart to say, "You don't realize they are talking about a dog, do you? A 100 pound dog that wouldn't fit in my car to take anyway. It would be like Marmaduke sitting in a corvette." Apparently this officer was new to the area, because the others in the town were used to the couple. They knew, as did I, that she would be back and things would be all lovey dovey for awhile.
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