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July 1, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Go, German! Run. Bye.

Out of a dead sleep, she jolted.


Ears like two kites on either side of her head.

Eyes intense as she stared at the TV screen.

It meant something to her.

She puzzled. What?

Once the bugle ended “Reveille” during a new story tribute for a wounded soldier, she glanced around as if confused.

We didn’t know what it meant, but it was something to her.

She wandered to the front door. Lingering at the window.

She must know it’s time.

(We’ve tried to keep RC Cat from smugly pointing at the calendar. But controlling RC? We are sure HRH has been sneaking up to the slumbering dog whispering “Ha! It’s getting close.”)

The German will never be crammed into a crate for a plane.

We’ve been promised that.

It’s not just the heat.

I have visions of the German dashing around airport runways terrified of it all.

She’ll arrive with our escort in style:

Muzzle in the AC vent.

Window view (smudges and nose prints all her own).

Large flat area to sprawl across.

With nose poking out the sunroof when appropriate.

This was always temporary. Never intended to be forever.

It’s all arranged.

The threat to her neutralized.

Home ready in a new spot. No bad memories to haunt her.

This was refuge.

A sanctuary to soothe and calm.

A safe place.

She was able to regroup and rest.

Silly among the doves and flower beds.

We knew her heart was elsewhere – with her Forever Person.

Placing her here was a difficult decision for Forever Person.

Sometimes you have to do what is best no mater how hard.

It’s obvious though.

We were quickly abandoned whenever the car pulled in the drive. Forgotten like old wet newspaper.

They’ve missed each other.

They belong together.

That’s really what happened to the bunny-now-minus-an-ear.

A bit of grieving after a visit and departure.

Briefly held by her Person, the bunny held that familiar scent.

Like the pillow on that bed.

We’d find her curled against it on the bed. Sad eyes closed.

Maybe pretending her Person was just down the hall.

Returning soon.

The German tried lobbying for her Person to make the visits permanent.

She eagerly showed all her toys neatly stacked by her bed.

Played tour guide to show all the backyard fun.

Demonstrated how runner friendly the local trails are.

And stand here – there’s always a breeze in this spot.

All stay here? No?

Sigh of resignation as the car left again.

Leaving her behind, again.

But not for long.

Car rides a treat now.

She’ll make room for the new clean Jolly ball, and her bag of toys.

The delivery trip quite a drive, but she’ll see the non-fattening reward at the end.

You always like to see them leave with eyes bright, ears perked, and tail high.

Joyfully running forward.

Run, German, run!

(But you know, the sunny room is always there for you.)

Hanging up the leash for now,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Read the entire German Saga by clicking “German Shepherd” in the sidebar.

(and yes, she jogged and daintily ate and is once again trim and slim….pretty much…)

NOTE: Postings be off schedule for a bit as we do stuff.

From the German Shepherd Community Facebook: (Jaclyn Dyrholm Photography)


  1. Homestead Ramblings / Jul 1 2012 2:50 am

    Sigh, so bittersweet, yes?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2012 1:51 pm

      Best to nurture then set free to follow their heart. Update probably next week. (power issues) Thanks for stoping by.


  2. RAB / Jul 1 2012 3:53 am

    My thought exactly. Beautifully told.


  3. The Hook / Jul 1 2012 3:47 pm

    Beautiful piece… and your canine companion is truly something special.


  4. Jeannie / Jul 1 2012 4:07 pm

    Oh, now why am I crying? The German is going to her Forever Person. A job well done pmh! You have a large loving heart and did right by this sweetie. Happy Days ahead for the German!! xoxo


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2012 1:58 pm

      Here for some transition. She’s doing great which makes it easier. Will update later. Thanks for checking In


  5. CATachresis / Jul 1 2012 4:35 pm

    I shall miss the German *sigh* We wish you a long and happy life in your forever home xox


  6. rumpydog / Jul 1 2012 5:02 pm

    I am so happy! And yet I am so sad. Take care my German friend!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2012 2:03 pm

      And Rumpy all the dogs love her here! Lots of play-too hot to run, but wait until cooler weather! Nose bump and waggle tails! Thanks for checking by


  7. MJ, Nonstepmom / Jul 1 2012 8:50 pm

    I dont know if I’m crying for joy or sadness…it takes a brave heart to foster animals !


  8. jmmcdowell / Jul 1 2012 10:13 pm

    You’ve done a wonderful job taking care of her and helping her readjust. Hopefully she’ll share some happy stories with you that you can share with her blogging buddies who will miss her!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2012 2:08 pm

      We’re pleased she is adjusting well to so much. But she only needs her person to be happy. We will get to see her from time to time. Thanks for visiting


  9. robpixaday / Jul 1 2012 10:54 pm

    crying crying crying crying crying crying



  10. shoreacres / Jul 1 2012 10:59 pm

    Sigh……. Some stories do have happy endings. 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2012 2:13 pm

      And this is the bestest happy ending. You’ve had rain. The German is confused by all the finds about the heat here- it’s just summer to her! Thanks for checking in


  11. EllaDee / Jul 2 2012 12:27 am

    I have mixed feelings – happy for The German, selfishly sad for me. Thank you for sharing her story with us. Love happy endings 🙂


  12. jannatwrites / Jul 2 2012 5:21 am

    I admire your strength in being able to foster and release her to her forever home. I’ve enjoyed reading about her. (I hope RC cat doesn’t sustain injuries from the happy dance done after German’s departure :))


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2012 1:48 pm

      Reports indicate there is much rejoicing in the realm. A statement of celebration is expected. Thanks for checking on. Update next week


  13. Beth / Jul 3 2012 1:01 am

    I will miss the German, but wish the German lots of love and balls with his forever family. I kept re-reading hoping that maybe it was some how a different German – thus, I waited a day to respond – denial. Can RC get a new German to train?


    • Beth / Jul 3 2012 1:11 am

      Gads, I meant “her”. My kingdom of greenies for an edit button.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2012 1:43 pm

      I’m sure we’ll be getting German pictures. She is doing well. I’m sure doggy talk line is already signaling we have a vacancy. More later. Thanks for checking in


  14. roughseasinthemed / Jul 3 2012 9:09 am

    What EllaDee said. Pippa of course is even more upset and sends the German frantic nose rubs not knowing if he will get another chance 😦


  15. CATachresis / Jul 5 2012 10:19 pm

    Hi there, just to let you know that we’ve given you the illuminating blogger award. No need to worry if you don’t want it. But just wanted to show our appreciation for your brilliant insights!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2012 1:29 pm

      Thanks so much. Sorry slow response. Here for transition period. Some power issues. The German is settling in well. Will update


  16. Sunshine / Jul 7 2012 5:19 am

    Oh, I didn’t know…about cute German…say you’ll still see her once in awhile?
    Take care all the same, Philo Mouse…and hugs to German. 🙂


  17. philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 7 2012 1:23 pm

    All the German needs is her Person to be happy. Will update next week


  18. dogear6 / Jul 11 2012 2:34 am

    Thanks for the updates. I went back and read from the beginning – what a story – I look forward to hearing how she does.


  19. Bongo / Jul 13 2012 1:15 am

    I will miss you German. I hope you check in from time to time and let us know what you’re up to.



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