Terlingua Dreams

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Where do you live? Where do you work? WTH?

I think most of the people that read my blog are aware I have a soft spot in my heart for cats, dogs and my little Walter (he is a horse).   I can't stand to see an animal suffer needlessly at the hands of owners that couldn't give a darn if their animals have water, food or a shelter from the brutal West Texas sun.

Today I am not going to talk about Walter as most of you are aware of his situation and I have a separate blog for him...click on my header picture and it will take you there.

There is a horse that has been grazing in one spot for more than a month now.  Her owners leave her there day and night and only bring her water once in a while.  She is in plain view of everyone, Border Patrol agents pass through here 24/7 as they patrol along the Rio Grande and there is only one way in and out of this heavily patrolled area called Vega Verde in south Val Verde County likewise for sheriff's deputies.

I have stopped on another occasion and seen an old ice chest with the top removed almost empty but I did not have my camera and she was grazing on the opposite side.  This afternoon I stopped and she walked right up to me as if hoping I was bringing her something.  She has grazed on all there is to graze yet she remains here.

I took some pictures and was walking back to dad's car when a constable in a big white pick up stopped and asked me if I had seen a guy go by in a blue motorcycle...yeah right, I said to myself!  Told him I had not.

Noting that he was a constable from another precinct I said to him that perhaps there was nothing he could do for this horse since it was not his jurisdiction to which he quickly added...all of the departments work together.  Yeah, I see how together they work...having gone to the Sheriff's Department in person on three occasions and I am still waiting for them to do something about Walter!

Her rope does not reach to where the car is or she would
have already grazed on that portion too.

I asked him if there was anything that could be done about this horse that was hungry and had filthy water.  He told me that he did not know as he was not up to date on Texas laws governing horses but that he could find out.  Told him I would appreciate it, that I would show him pictures of the filthy water but was not familiar with the features on my camera.

He immediately said he could probably see them as my camera was similar to his...yeah bet you have a cheap camera like mine...handed it to him but I have no idea if he was able to see it or not as he asked me "where do you live?"  I told him...followed by where do you work?  WTH does that have to do with this horse?  He irritated me...I said to him "don't you think that is a lot of questions?"  He apologized and said he was only trying to be friendly...I told him I had nothing to hide...I was retired....grrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!

I don't know about you but if you are trying to be friendly you ask about the weather, what you think of the San Antonio Spurs, the lake levels, mundane everyday things like that...not trying to get personal information about a person that 1) you did not pull over  2)  a person that was already on her way when you stopped to ask about a "biker"  3) someone that is not under any obligation to answer your questions because I have not committed any infraction or crime.

At least she has shade :-(

Got in my car and left.  He made a U-turn, stopped and got on his phone.  Hope someone can help this poor horse...but I am not holding my breath on it happening either.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.


  1. Replies
    1. It really is Tffnguy, seems animal abuse just goes unpunished in Val Verde County.

  2. I believe that's the mind set of the Mexican people (most not all) having hauled produce out of that area and over the border when you could and no one cared I saw how they treat the animals they own.... Hope you can get some to help u with this poor guy.

    1. I have no idea who the owner might be...much less their ethnicity. That really is not the point here Capt. Joey. I am Mexican-American and I would NEVER mistreat an animal!

    2. Never offense to the ethnicity of the people, my daughter-in-law and my son and grande children live in El Paso and from what I seen there and over the border from dogs to larger animals I seen how a good part of them are keep chained up outside in that heat, no shelter no water...JMHO did not mean to upset anyone.

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    1. At least you are optimistic Trouble, wished I shared your view. However dealing with local law enforcement on animal abuse issues has not rendered any positive results.

  4. That really burns me when I see or hear about animals being mistreated or neglected. When I lived in northern CA I used to work for the county and there was an individual that had quite a number of horses. It was a court case that I was involved in and every court date I usually became all worked up inside. This man had 20 some horses that were absolutely neglected. One horse was so mired in mud it could not get itself unstuck and stood there until it died. It's inexcusable. If a person can't take care of their animals they shouldn't have them. Those horses are so fortunate that they have a kind hearted soul such as yourself to look after them from time to time.

    1. Goodness Charlton how sad for that poor horse mired in mud :( There are some individuals that do not deserve to ever have a animal under their care.

      Totally agree with you...if you can not take care of an animal you should NOT have one!


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