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March 5, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

March in wackiness.

Wild as the March hair hare, although the Idols Ides of March haven’t yet started their song, wacky it is already! (But what can you expect of those who rampage like a liar  lion?) All anyone can hope is that they will spring out like Sam, I am a lamb.

Yes, let the weal world of wackiness begin!

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ 108th birthday (or would have been…a tad odd about still counting these…)

So sit down and read something.

Click this Sam, I am link to listen to celebrities read and laugh along. (The Dr. would approve.)

Red kangaroos naturally box. (WIKI image)

Red kangaroos naturally box. (WIKI image)

Kangaroo free to bounce! It’s not against the law in Texas.

The family says it’s a therapy animal for their Downs Syndrome 16 yr. old daughter. The Home Owner’s Association thought it might be considered “livestock” which is banned in the subdivision.

But in any case, Mike, the 6-month old kangaroo, will be allowed to stay while the family tries to raise money for a wildlife park they hope to build. They want to offer vocational training to special needs children.

The 10 pound joey mostly lives inside and hops into a cloth pouch to sleep. So, if in the wild, he’d be sleeping in his mother’s pouch? Well, a cloth pouch is just like a real kangaroo pouch. Baby Mike wouldn’t miss his mom’s heartbeat or warmth. I mean, come on.

He’s well cared for – by his humans – in a human  oopsie, a humane way.

(They assure everyone he will be neutered before he gets into those crazy teen kanga ways – see picture above.)

Meanwhile, the family hauls him around to Ace hardware stores, movie theaters, and places where people pay to have their picture taken with him. How sweet!

Fortunately (that is the right word?)

kangaroos are not considered an exotic species in Texas.

So I guess there’s no registration or  wildlife certification required for owners. Whew! The mom is irritated they had to threaten a lawsuit to “protect our rights.” (They have been inundated with requests for interviews by all sorts of national TV shows now – and  the Animal Planet in June!) All’s well that ends well.( Watch video and read more.)

Roo rights preserved, I guess.

But the nutria are concerned that they have been here longer and should be quickly granted “pet” status instead of having get in line.  Nutria point out they have been here since 1930’s and have multi-generational families raised here. Life’s just not fair. (If you’re confused here, scroll down to a previous post “Immigrants searching fur Neutral Waters”)

Good grief! Great goat, fur sure!

Grand Champion Kid. Image by Melissa Phillip. Houston Chronicle

Grand Champion Kid. Image by Melissa Phillip. Houston Chronicle

It’s wonderful. Kailyn Stewart’s parents were right. Hard work and determination pays off. Her Nigerian dwarf goat, Wonder Woman, won the Grand Champion in the Open Dairy Goat Show at the Houston Livestock Show. Kailyn lives on a ranch in Grandview. And, oh, she’s 6 now. She’s been showing goats for over a year. Great job, Kailyn and Wonder Woman.

Women here start early leading old goats around –

Good practice for dealing with politicians as they get older.

Movin’ on, now.

Quarterback in non-rodeo boot. (image: Karen Warren.Houston Chronicle)

Quarterback in non-rodeo boot. (image: Karen Warren.Houston Chronicle)

Not Houston Rodeo approved footwear – unless on a Dallas Cowboy!

Not quite ready to boot scoot is Texans’ quarterback Matt Schaub who is recovering from a Nov. foot injury during a game. No jumpin’ for him on Leap Day, but he’s rearing to go after his Lisfranc surgery.

Oddly enough, this type of foot injury used to be common among Calvary riders who fell off their horses and got tangled in the stirrups or hit the ground awkwardly. Only in Texas would this happen to a NFL football player – whose team is named the Texans. Ya just have to shake your head. Snake bit.

So far Spring is marching in with stellar wackiness.

A new batch is bound surf in on the breeze shortly.

Just a few suggestions until then:

Never give your horse more attention than you give your wife – unless you like sleepin’ in the barn.

Never corner something meaner than you.

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

Fool heartedly,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge



  1. shoreacres / Mar 5 2012 3:33 am

    Ok. You started this, by referring to Dr. Seuss and wackiness all in the same two column inches. This is my absolutely favorite rendering of “The Places You’ll Go”, and I think Dr. Seuss would approve, too. It may need a “not safe for work” designation – for the video, not the audio – but it’s really clever and bound to bring a smile. Dr. Seuss at Burning Man, 2011


  2. jannatwrites / Mar 5 2012 4:20 am

    Funny post! The suggestions were a great way to end it. All 3 are very wise tips 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 5 2012 2:21 pm

      Spring fever is arriving early (must be the pollen addling the brain?) Thanks for wandering by


  3. writingfeemail / Mar 5 2012 10:57 am

    Cheers to wackiness – and your good sense to recognize it and share it with us. And don’t we still love Dr. Seuss!


  4. CATachresis / Mar 5 2012 2:21 pm

    Wackiness indeed! Dr Seuss would be so proud 🙂


  5. Ally Bean / Mar 5 2012 3:21 pm

    A pet kangaroo, huh? I don’t know what to make of that. But I’m sure that Dr. Seuss, God rest his soul, could make it all make sense– in his own nonsensical way. Texas is sounding more and more like a doozy of a place to live. Very Seussian.


  6. jwms1 / Mar 5 2012 4:48 pm

    Fun, fun post! You are a little early though, it would have a a terrific April Fool’s Day post. 🙂


  7. MJ, Nonstepmom / Mar 5 2012 5:37 pm

    I firmly believe somewhere within Dr Suess text are the answers to lifes most perplexing questions. Not sure what to say about the kangaroo, wacky !


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 5 2012 5:46 pm

      Firmly agree: if you immerse yourself in the body of works by Dr. Seuss and Charles Schulz (Peanuts author) you end up with a pretty good guide to living and getting along with people.
      The thing about the little roo guy, they insist it’s a “service/ therapy animal” not a pet or livestock, yet they are using the kanga to make money (a business?). Some feel people should buy the land and have a place ready before buying animals. But I’ll leave it to the Aussie to jump in here about Kangaroos as housemates


  8. Smaktakula / Mar 5 2012 5:51 pm

    Great post! I’d remind you, though, that the Caeser-killin’ Ides of March aren’t quite upon us yet. Don’t bring ’em early.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 5 2012 6:06 pm

      True, a few weeks to kill. But the oddness is already marching in to fill the time. Thanks for joining the dialogue


  9. rumpydog / Mar 6 2012 12:53 am

    I am very sad about that kangaroo story, especially since these people will be allowed to continue to keep this animal in a living situation that is not ideal for this animal.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2012 1:43 am

      Kangaroos want to be with other kangaroos – and not living in houses. It is a very sad situation for the animal. Where is the outcry over that? Thanks so much for mentioning that Rumpy.


  10. Kourtney Heintz / Mar 6 2012 2:24 am

    Loved your advice at the end about never approaching a fool from any direction! Awesomeness. 🙂


  11. Eden / Mar 6 2012 3:33 am

    When one can use humor and eloquence to make a point (or three as it is in this post), then that person is worth visiting. And you most definitely are… Thanks for having us here.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 6 2012 1:56 pm

      Ah, you are too kind. Enjoyed touring your site – always looking for an interesting read. Glad you found time to stop by here. Thanks


  12. Kathy / Mar 6 2012 11:09 pm

    Stellar wackiness indeed! March came in like a lion around our neck of the woods. It looks like it came in like a kangaroo here. 🙂 Always lovely stopping by your blog.


  13. robstroud / Mar 8 2012 6:08 am

    Do they train those poor kangaroos to fight, or is that a natural manner of play for them? If it’s the former, there should be laws against it. If it’s the latter: “isn’t that cute!”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2012 3:06 pm

      From what I’ve read, young kangas naturally “box” as they mature. They are very strong and can easily break human bones with their kicks. Kangas are VERY cute – in the wild where they belong. Hint to people: buy the land, then buy the kanga – if you just have to have one. Thanks for adding to the diaogue


  14. notesfromrumbleycottage / Mar 8 2012 11:08 pm

    My seven-year -old has to make a diarama for exrra credit in first grade. It is called reading incentive. Thank goodness we have some shoe boxes.


    • notesfromrumbleycottage / Mar 8 2012 11:09 pm

      Forgot to mention that it must be a Dr. Seuss book. He has picked out “Green Eggs and Ham.”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2012 11:58 pm

      Oh, the joys of hands-on learning and cooperative learning with parents….not to mention creative use of available materials ( the stores are always closed) Enough to bring out the wacky in anyone. Requesting pictures of final product in a post!


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