Sunday, September 10, 2017


Editor’s note: It is a fact that Charlie Norman loves dogs, dogs of all kinds and sizes. He grew up with dogs around him, and has nothing but good memories of dog experiences. In most prisons, the only dogs are the dope/cell phone detection dogs which are allowed no interaction with prisoners, so “dog love” is yet another feature that Charlie has been deprived of for much too long.

Here is a story from that esteemed publication, The Gainesville Sun, that caught Charlie’s eye. It tells of an incident where a small Chihuahua, Coco, a “rescued” dog, prevailed against a giant (compared to him) evil, a true story of a hero:

Gainesville robber flees when Chihuahua attacks

“He’s a very, very good dog,” said Coco’s owner.

The robber might have thought little Coco, a 7-year-old Chihuahua, wouldn’t cause him any trouble when he assaulted the woman taking the dog for a walk.

And he would have been wrong.

Gainesville police say a man about 5 feet, 9 inches tall approached the woman from behind as she walked Coco at Bivens Cove Apartments, at 3301 SW 13th St., around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The robber struck her on the head with a glass bottle and demanded money.

Coco, a brown dog with graying fur on his muzzle and around his eyes, bit the robber’s leg, and the man fled into the nearby woods.

Coco was rewarded with treats.

“He had a bone; he had another bone,” said Blake Pfirrmann, 45, Coco’s owner and the woman’s caregiver of 21 years. They live together, along with two other women.

For safety, the woman who was attacked wished to remain anonymous.

The Gainesville Police Department was unable to find the robber, who the woman said smelled of alcohol. Officers urge anyone with information to call GPD’s detective bureau at 393-7670.

At his home on Wednesday, Coco barked at visitors, even as Pfirrmann held him. The dog growled and trembled at first, but soon warmed up to the guests and welcomed petting and Milk Bones, one of his favorite treats.

“He’s very, very protective,” Pfirrmann said. “He bites if he feels endangered.”

After the robbery attempt, the woman walked near the complex’s pool until she was sure the man had gone. Then she returned to her apartment.

“I did not want him following us,” she said.

She wasn’t carrying money when the man tried to rob her; she was checking the mail.
The woman said neither she nor Coco heard the robber come up from behind. The man was wearing jeans, so she doesn’t know how deep the bite went.
She was wearing a baseball hat sideways during the walk, and she thinks the man hit the cap’s brim. The glass didn’t break. The woman suspects it was a beer bottle.

On Wednesday she had a bruise on her temple.

Pfirrmann and the woman have lived at Bivens Cove for about three years and had not experienced a violent encounter there before. After the robbery, the woman wanted to move. On Wednesday, she was uncertain.

“It’s everywhere,” she said. “If you think about it, it’s everywhere you go.”

Pfirrmann said he has begun warning neighbors to walk in more populated places in the complex.

Coco had been abused before Pfirrmann adopted him four years ago, the man said. And four months ago, Coco bit a woman who stepped on his paw.

But after Tuesday, Coco is “a hero,” Pfirrmann said, and he plans to get him a badge.

At the home, Coco rested his head on his housemates’ laps. He is chocolate in color, with big brown eyes and a small white spot on his neck. His hobbies include sunbathing and break-dancing on command, spinning on two legs and barrel rolling. He dances in circles while he poops, which would be too much information if it weren’t so endearing.

“He’s a very, very good dog,” Pfirrmann said.
(photos below)

Upon reading the story myself, I was struck with the similarity of Coco’s actions and Charlie’s actions. Coco is a very small dog, but he did not hesitate to use what attributes he has to protect himself and his loved one, even though the attacker was a giant, much more powerful than him. Charlie is forced to continue to defend himself against a powerful giant of misused political authority that persists in using all manner of illegal means to keep him buried in prison. Regardless of the odds, Charlie keeps biting back to defend himself and survive for his loved ones. He is my hero.

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