October 1, 2010


For my dearest friends
One Rose for Honesty


Today at work Mommy overheard one of her co-workers say somebody had broken into her sister's house and the whole family was traumatized. They stole everything of value, except what mattered the most to the family. The burglars were still in the house when the family got home and made them stand there, under gunpoint, and watch them finish the job. They last thing they tried to take was the family's little fluffy dog. The children begged them not to take the dog and the father said nothing mattered to them but the dog. He told the burglars that everything was replaceable but not the dog.

God was with them because they left the puppy.

Mommy said this family is her kind of people.


        When Mommy got home she remembered something Aunt Judy once sent her and since she still had it, we decided to share it with our friends. I has some very valuable information so please get your peeps to read it. 





1. Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your carpets, painting your shutters, or delivering your new refrigerator.

2. Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.

3. Love those flowers. That tells me you have taste... and taste means there are nice things inside. Those yard toys your kids leave out always make me wonder what type of gaming system they have.

4. Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it..

5. If it snows while you're out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into the house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.

6. If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don't let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see if it's set. That makes it too easy.

7. A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom - and your jewelry. It's not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.

8. It's raining, you're fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door - understandable. But understand this: I don't take a day off because of bad weather.

9. I always knock first. If you answer, I'll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters. (Don't take me up on it.)

10. Do you really think I won't look in your sock drawer? I always check dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.

11. Here's a helpful hint: I almost never go into kids' rooms.

12. You're right: I won't have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it's not bolted down, I'll take it with me.

13. A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system . If you're reluctant to leave your TV on while you're out of town, you can buy a $35 device that works on a timer and simulates the flickering glow of a real television. 


1. Sometimes, I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry a rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a crook.

2. The two things I hate most: loud dogs and nosy neighbors.

3. I'll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he'll stop what he's doing and wait to hear it again.. If he doesn't hear it again, he'll just go back to what he was doing. It's human nature.

4. I'm not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?

5. I love looking in your windows. I'm looking for signs that you're home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I'd like. I'll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.

6. Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It's easier than you think to look up your address.

7. To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it's an invitation.

8. If you don't answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

Sources: Convicted burglars in North Carolina, Oregon, California, and Kentucky; security consultant Chris McGoey, who runs <; http://www.crimedoctor.com/ and Richard T. Wright, a criminology professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, who interviewed 105 burglars for his book Burglars on the Job

Protection for you and your home:

If you don't have a gun, here's a more humane way to wreck someone's evil plans for you. (I guess I can get rid of the baseball bat.):


A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

The wasp spray, they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn't attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection. Thought this was interesting and might be of use.


On the heels of a break in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self defense experts have a tip that could save your life.

Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he's suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed.

Glinka says, "This is better than anything I can teach them."

Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, "spray the culprit in the eyes". It's a tip he's given to students for decades. It's also one he wants everyone to hear. If you're looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

"That's going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out."

Maybe even save a life.

Put your car keys beside your bed at night

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or avoid a sexual abuse crime.

Hope everybody has been helped by this article. Mommy says me and my angel sister's ashes are the only things in the house that mean anything to her.

To close for tonight, here is a link called "For the love of dogs"
It will make laugh, smile and THINK!!


Love, kisses and {{{huggies}}}....Mona

PS....Shelby's puppies are getting dewormed tomorrow, so we'll have new pictures.


K9 Katastrophie said...

Hi Mona!!!! Thank you for sharing this! We do have pepper spray but wasp spray is such a good idea we are going to get some!!


Lola and also Franklin, too said...

That WASP spray and the car keys tip are really good. Simple ideas, but those are usually the best. My humans are convinced that one reason our house has never been broken into is that there have always been dogs here. Our neighborhood is pretty low crime, but break-ins do happen, but mostly to people without dogs. Also she says our neighborhood is not poor enough have poverty related crime, nor is is affluent enough to attract serious burglars. Some of the best neighborhoods have much worse crimes happen than ours does. She says that even when we win that lottery we'll stick with a modest address. BOL!

lotsa licks, Lola

Sierra Rose said...

Yes! Thanks for posting this...making notes on the wasp spray. We have had a few break ins in our neighborhood and a few strange characters found. It is always a concern having folks do work on the house or fix something! Yikes!!!!!!! How about a barky alarm! :)

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Neeko said...

Thanks for visiting my bloggie!
Yay! I got me another Girlfriend... Yay, Yay!

Thanks for the great advice.
Praying that will never happen to my Friends or my Family.

Neeko :o)

Maggie Mae and Max said...


Wasp spray.....good idea! Tanks fur lettin' us know 'bouts it. Have a wunderful and relaxing weekend my furiend. :)

WOofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

sprinkles said...

I'm so sorry to hear that your friends got burgled. I'm glad they at least left the dog. My boys mean the world to me and it would devestate me more to lose them than anything else I can think of.

Thanks for the advice. I've read all this information in an email but it's good to have a refresher.

M said...

All you WASP spray advocates are very misinformed. It is a ridiculous MYTH that is going to get someone seriously hurt. STICK WITH THE PEPPER SPRAY. Police departments worldwide use pepper spray because the inflammatory effects of this agent work on those which cannot feel pain (very important). The inflammatory effects of pepper spray cause eyes to close involuntarily and produce a loss of breath sensation. Pepper spray has been proven effective on deterring and incapacitating aggressive, combative, intoxicated and drug induced individuals for over 20 years. To date, no human testing has been conducted on WASP spray and it’s a violation of federal law to use in self defense.There are many home defense pepper spray options which will deploy up to 25 feet and unlike WASP sprays, these pepper sprays do not require the user to be as accurate because their spray pattern will cover an entire doorway. Pepper spray is a safe, proven option which is trusted and relied upon by police officers worldwide.