A Letter to My Dog, Half Pint

This last year may have been the worst one of my life, but at least I've got the world's two greatest dogs by my side to help me stagger into 2018. Today's post features a letter to Half Pint. Benjamin will be getting a letter later this week--he'd never let me hear the end of it, otherwise. Also, this posts features a lot of short video clips of Half Pint being silly. Since I apparently can't do anything right these days, they are exclusively shot in vertical mode. Please accept my apologies (and cut me some friggin' slack).

Weird Crime: Domestic Mediation Is Not Mightier Than the Sword

Osceola County, Florida

On the evening of August 9, 2013, 74-year-old Isabel Rego was having her granddaughter (along with her 4-year-old great-grandson) over to her place for dinner. Since her 44-year-old son Juan Lovine already shared the living space with her, Isabel's home was set to have four generations of their family under one roof together.

But as beautiful as that may sound at first, there are many families that do not do well unless they are separated by large distances and generic Christmas cards. In this one's case, Juan and his adult daughter were unable to break bread together before escalating the dinner conversation into an intense verbal altercation.

This is normally where most extended family drama ends (followed by lots of awkward stares and whispering), but things between these two quickly turned physical. It began with Juan grabbing his daughter and pushing her into the wall. She was then able to successfully counter with a devastating jab to his eye.

That's when Juan decided to take things the next level by grabbing a 5-foot-long sword and stabbing his daughter in the right arm and chest.

...or what ancient vikings referred to as "family counseling."

As you might imagine, 911 was called...although none of the available reporting on this incident indicates who it was that actually dialed emergencies services. If it was Isabel, than she may have had a change of heart while waiting for the police to arrive; once the officers got there, she attempted to prevent the police from arresting her son.

In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Isabel decried the officers' overreaction to the situation, explaining that Juan was just angry because his daughter's punch (which it should be noted was in self defense) had caused his eye to bleed. She also claimed that Juan never intended to kill his daughter, but was only trying to "poke" her.

On the subject of why he had a sword in the first place, Isabel said that her son had bought the sword at Medieval Times as part of a collection that he keeps in the house (which helps explain why he is 44 years old and still lives with his mother).

Isabel also claimed that what the police interpreted as her trying to physically assault them was actually her just giving Juan a kiss goodbye. Considering the fact that she considers being stabbed twice with a 5-foot sword a "poke", that potentially could be accurate.

And if Isabel really was trying to give her son a kiss goodbye as he was being hauled off to jail, than you really have to wonder just how much this woman hates her granddaughter. Not only had her son just tried to beat her granddaughter up, but he resorted to stabbing her with a sword after rightfully getting his ass handed to him...

...and that's the way she sees him off? Even my own overprotective and loving mother would have sent me on my way with a well deserved kick to the nuts if I had tried something like that.

Jaun's daughter (whose name is not being released) was listed as being in stable condition on Saturday with none of her injuries being life-threatening.

Isabel Rego was arrested and charged with resisting law enforcement. She paid $500 bond and was released from the Osceola County Jail.

Juan Lovine was arrested and charged with attempted felony murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, and domestic violence. After being released from the Orlando Regional Medical Center, he will be held at the Osceola County Jail while awaiting trial.

...and he won't have his precious sword collection.

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