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October 20, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No dog gone it. Gotcha

Can’t help but snicker quietly.

Puttin’ that “Found pet” sign up.

Yep, that one’s found ya.

It’s a-movin’ right in.

(You got those PetSmart / Petco coupons out of the trash, right?)

Girl with cat ( Perrault. 1832-1908. US pubic domain/

Making those cute little faces.

Leaning warmly against you.


Despite the pledge “If no one claims it, there’s a rescue group…”

Faithful watcher lithograph.1871 (US Public domain/Library of Congress/

That waggle tail.

Those soft paw pats for attention.


Those big eyes following you everywhere.

(“You tell her. No, you tell her.”)

Girl with dog. 1Girl with dog. 1780 Painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds (US Public domain/

Oh, yeah. Gotcha.

(You knew it all along.)

Admit it.

It was for the best.

The best right now is a surprise Gotcha Day Party for Rumpy Dog.

Oct 20 is the day Jen pulled Rumpy off the streets and he pulled his way into her heart.

Forever home!

You don’t have to dress up!
1939 Brisbane ladies. (Image: State Library of Queensland/

So run over there and shout SURPRISE!

(DeDe insists it must be in caps, ok? Remember now)

Rumpy’s been moping all week that no one is remembering his special day.

DeDe’s sent out the invitation. (No RSVP required!)

(It’s been really hard to keep it quiet…some packs don’t heel well.)

Jen’s even has party favors.

Unselfish pup that he is, Rumpy does has a Gotcha Day’s wish

Gotcha Day best wishes for a pup with real personality!

Rumpy Dog. (

Let the barking begin!

Click here to party along.

See you there,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

All safe here. Please watch over the others until they gotcha, too.


  1. rumpydog / Oct 20 2012 1:08 pm

    Oh Dog! This is the bestest gotcha day ever! Thanks so much for sharing! And thanks the most for doing all you do to promote responsible pet ownership. It takes all of us working together to foster change. I have great hopes for the future!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 2:56 pm

      One little paw at a time. They will train us humans, yet. Hope everyday is a Happy one for you!


  2. roughseasinthemed / Oct 20 2012 1:22 pm

    I thought you were going to post up how much is that doggy in the window. RUFF RUFF!

    All gotchas days for rescue pups are special (even though I never remember Pippa’s). So ta for the timely reminder, even though I read about it earlier, I am too prone to forgetfulness 😦


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 2:54 pm

      Oh, it’s just an excuse to post cute pictures I found?
      It seems a lot of the ancient relatives’ houses had all these sentimental prints on the wall of children and animals. Thought they were old fashioned and sappy at the time. Now they are quaint and vintage. Still looking for one particular one with a big fluffy dog my aunt had in her farmhouse – actually she said it came from her mother, (perhaps a Saint Bernard?) – I’ll recognize it when I see it. Funny the stuff you remember.
      I can’t really remember any of our animal’s gotcha days…it was usually a crisis event and crazy. Pippa, don’t be too hard on them! The important thing is you’re there, right? The German opened one eye and sends a yawn – no that’s wrong – a gracious smile!


  3. LifeOfBun / Oct 20 2012 4:52 pm

    Rumpy is great! ^_^


  4. The Hook / Oct 20 2012 6:06 pm

    My daughter LOVED this one! Especially the pics…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 6:50 pm

      Sappy pet pictures! Who could not love them? (Now I feel bad for ridiculing all those old sentimental pictures like these in elderly relatives’ homes in rural areas when I was a kid.) Glad you unpacked to “set a spell to talk”. (they actually said things like that…went with the pictures….)


  5. EllaDee / Oct 20 2012 8:47 pm

    You will be Rumpy’s favourite 🙂 I dropped by to wish him “Happy Gotcha Day” – you posted with cute pics – I can see how hard it would be to resist. Maybe the shelters could use them too 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 20 2012 9:31 pm

      Rumpy is a great dog! (I never remember exactly when our pets selected us…it was usually a crisis situation) These olde paintings are cute – maybe you’re right about the shelters using them. (Please no more sad needy puppies on humane society TV commercials…have to run out of the room). Thanks for joining the party!


  6. jmmcdowell / Oct 20 2012 8:48 pm

    I wish all pups and kittens could be as lucky as Rumpy and Molly.


  7. shoreacres / Oct 20 2012 8:52 pm

    Love the pictures! I’m like you – used to think they were sappy and sentimental. Well, they are sentimental. But they certainly aren’t sappy. Even if they are, it’s a great way to celebrate Rumpy’s day!


  8. Kourtney Heintz / Oct 20 2012 10:58 pm

    Aw congrats to Rumpy! 🙂 A dog is man’s best and truest friend.


  9. PiedType / Oct 21 2012 1:40 am

    Gotcha Day. What a great idea. Happy Gotcha Day, Rumpy!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 21 2012 2:09 am

      It is an excellent idea. One of those “why didn’t I think of that” things. Bark on, Rumpy! ( and thanks for joining the party)


  10. CATachresis / Oct 21 2012 10:21 am

    Rumpy is one lucky marmalade .. errr … luke!! 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 21 2012 1:34 pm

      RC Cat: “Austin, with cat graciousness, We shall off a MEOW salute to Rumpy despite his doggyness. He speaks for those yet to be gotcha-ed. And a paw wave for your kind attention.”


  11. Emma / Oct 21 2012 2:00 pm

    Love the last pic especially.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 21 2012 2:06 pm

      Charming illustrations. Nice to see something sweet these days. Thanks for dancing over to celebrate


  12. writingfeemail / Oct 21 2012 4:00 pm

    This collection of pooch pics is priceless. And we all seem to be thinking along the same lines with our posts about our four legged loves.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 21 2012 5:22 pm

      Pups or politics? No problem picking between those! (positively searching for kinder, more simple….) Thanks for partying along.


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