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December 28, 2012 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Sappy stories’ updates. (smiles allowed)

Silent, they say more.

These two could be stars from one of those early black and white films.

Before the talkies when melodrama ruled.

When messages were given with body language and emotionally charged eyes.

These two probably shun those asking their secret.

“It’s just the life I have been given to live.”

They have mutely struggled through adversity to find warmth and secure a future – with a little help from their friends.

1920 Mary Pickford as Pollyana, (US public domain. expired copyright)/

1920 Mary Pickford as Pollyanna, (US public domain. expired copyright)/

Just a couple of Pollyanna updates about Buck and Tiny Tim.

Buck’s story hit pause earlier in the year (March).

He’s the 4 year old half golden retriever half blue heeler belonging to Tina who has metastatic brain cancer.

As Tina weakened, Buck tried to become an alpha dog: became very overprotective.

Too over protective. Bad judgement. Misjudged. Bit an elderly woman who got too close.

Now doomed. He was chipped as a dangerous dog. No shelter or rescue group could take him.

Tina pleaded for help finding him a forever home.

“Yet another sappy dog story”. Here’s the first post about Buck and Tina.

Buck is ready to go. (Image: Tina Borjatken / Houston Chronicle)

Buck is ready to go. (Image: Tina Borjatken / Houston Chronicle)

Pleased to report Buck has settled into his new home with Brett. 

Brett had recently lost his 16-year-old blue heeler, his best friend. (His mom wrote Tina. Moms do that sort of thing)

But it was a perfect match: Brett loves the outdoors. Tina handed her dog off and sadly left them alone to bond.

Recently, Brett emailed Tina.

Here’s what the pair have been up to: mountain biking in NM, camping, fishing, kayaking in Palo Duro canyon. He sent a picture above.

Buck looks good.

He’s adapted and going forward in life – as Tina asked.

And there’s more good news. Tina’s got new hope, too.

Tina chose to undergo the treatment of last resort for brain cancer: whole brain radiation. It’s brutal.

August’s MRI showed only 2 tumors remained and they were smaller. (There were originally 14 lesions and 4 tumors)

Test found no circulating tumor cells in her bloodstream.

There’s a chance.

She’s trying to grab that and go forward, too.

Sometimes good things do happen.

Jesse Willcox Smith (1863-1935) illustration of "Christmas Carol" (www.Gutenberg,org)

Jesse Willcox Smith (1863-1935) illustration of “Christmas Carol” (www.Gutenberg,org)

And what would Christmas be about an update on Tiny Tim?

This one is just as lovable as the one in the story.

And he has trouble walking, too.

He’s about 8 years old.

Crippled by the fact that he weighed 35 pounds instead of the 12 he should.

Picked up around Christmas, 2011, the grey cat was rescued from the pound (shiver) by volunteers and the vets of Southside Place Animal Hospital.

Here’s more about Tiny Tim.

“Super-sized mystery. Volunteers looking for owner of lost 35 pound cat” (Jan. 1012, KHOU TV). He’s somebody’s pet. He’s lost! He’s huge! (But look at those eyes…)

“Houston’s fat cat thriving with good diet, exercise, hugs and kisses” (May, 2012. Houston Chronicle) Down to 32.2 pounds. Comfortable at the clinic where he has lots of visitors. (and he visits the YMCA for Healthy Kids Day) Photos.

Tiny Tim was lost! (Image by Tim Herbert who helped save him / KHOU TV)

Tiny Tim was lost! (Image by Tim Herbert who helped save him / KHOU TV)

Well, a year later, Tiny Tim is down to 27.6 pounds. 

Actually kept to his New Year’s resolution to lose weight…sort of.

He hit a plateau at 30 pounds.

The clinic increased his exercise. Carried him to the front multiple times a day. Making him walk for his food.

But the weight loss just stopped.

Until they found he’d been raiding the pantry at night…sneaking dog food out of a bag for snacks. Very neatly done. No crumbs.

Once that was discovered, the program was back on solid paws. (Video of Tiny walking from KHOU, May, 2012)

He has a charming personality

Those at the clinic adore him and are keeping him.

It’s a great match as he has special needs. (and they are on to his tricks)

You can visit him if you are in the Houston area or check out his Facebook page.

Check out the gray tabby’s current glamour shots here; “Fat cat persists through plateau, ends year slimmer” (Dec. 27)

IMG_0853. sunset, 12/28/2012

It’s going to be hard to find more encouraging stories that these.

These two had all the cards stacked against them.

One might say they looked the devil in the eye and lived to tell about it.

No jawing to others about how bad things are.

Working through pain and grief.

Trying even when there’s no understanding.

Recognizing friends.


Moving forward with life.

Not bad ideas to consider for the new year.

Nothing wrong with a little Pollyanna now and then.

Bless us, everyone.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Just have to read more? ..OK about all those fat dogs….

“Of course, it’s revenge” They don’t have thumbs and can’t drive, so how?

Time to look back and reflect. (Mary Pickford, 1920. US public domain. expired copyright. From Cheney Collection at Library of Congress/

Time to look back and reflect. (Mary Pickford, 1920. US public domain. expired copyright. From Cheney Collection at Library of Congress/



  1. katecrimmins / Dec 28 2012 8:09 pm

    I love happy animal stories and it looks like it was happy for the people involved too!


  2. J Holmes / Dec 28 2012 10:40 pm

    I’m glad to know it worked out well. One positive change I have seen in my life time is the reduction in numbers of abandoned cats and dogs. Years of educating the public about perts has paid off.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2012 5:32 pm

      Life is so grim sometimes, it’s nice to see good things happen. Thanks for stopping by to help wrap up this year. Hope your new one is full of adventures and smiles


  3. jmmcdowell / Dec 29 2012 2:22 am

    Well that is one clever cat! Maybe too clever for his own good health, though. 😉 I hope 2013 will be a year of continued good news for everyone in the post. I think we could all use a brighter and more hopeful year.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2012 5:18 pm

      You can’t help like that stuffy kitty – he really waddles when he walks. That animal clinic is doing a great job (and it’s in an area where people/kids will walk over and visit him). Let’s hope next years tales are just as waggin’ happy. Thanks for trotting over


  4. littlesundog / Dec 29 2012 2:48 am

    I want you to know I just stared and gawked at the photo of that fat cat!! Tiny Tim is certainly a clever boy! I look forward to more positive animal stories… and comedic photos as well!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2012 5:19 pm

      Tiny is a local story, but it’s so funny anyone could laugh. Hope your little corner of the world is full of laughter as the year ends – and begins!


  5. rumpydog / Dec 29 2012 3:02 am

    Oh Dog! I hope June Buggie doesn’t read that cat story….. he might start eating my cookies! *gasp*


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2012 5:21 pm

      Rumpy, June Buggie is probably wise enough to watch the waistline…but a cookie now and then… Hope your new year bounces in with joy and laughter (and with a few treats) Thanks for roaming over.


  6. PiedType / Dec 29 2012 7:05 am

    I love happy tails … er, tales.


  7. Ally Bean / Dec 29 2012 4:13 pm

    I’m more than a little nonplussed that a cat can stick to his New Year’s weight loss resolution– and I can’t. This speaks well of Tiny Tim, but whatever does it say about me? [Rhetorical question. Don’t answer.]


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 29 2012 5:29 pm

      Even Tiny broke down and sneaked food. He’s lucky to have live-in friends to keep him walking instead of eating.
      (feeling a bit stuffy myself…may put Tiny’s pix where I can see it – he’s a guiding star?)
      Thanks for pausing to chat ( without munching) Hope your new year is a happy one!


  8. The Hook / Dec 29 2012 9:46 pm

    Smiles achieved!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2012 2:34 am

      Yea! The best way to end – or start a year! Hope your New Years is, uh, sort of sane at work? (or at least yields some good stories) Thanks for rollin’ over


  9. Beth / Dec 29 2012 10:32 pm

    Nothing makes my day brighter than to hear a story with a happy ending and now I’ve heard three. Cheers to Buck on finding a forever home, to Tina – may her prognosis continue to be filled with good news and to Tiny Tim and his march (or waddle) to a healthier new year.


  10. shoreacres / Dec 30 2012 3:37 am

    I can’t help it – when I got to the midnight snack runs, I started laughing out loud. That is one fat cat – but my gosh, when you realize what a five-pound weight loss means proportionally, it’s just amazing!

    There are lots of good stories around – sometimes they make the news, but most of the time they don’t. That’s why the sharing on these blogs is so important. Hope all of our years have some good stories to share – you’ve given us a good start!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2012 4:30 pm

      That cat’s big enough to bully an owner into feeding him…or face the consequences? His secret snack efforts are hilarious.
      Let’s all be determined to smile more in the new year. Thanks for leaving a grin here today


  11. Kourtney Heintz / Dec 30 2012 5:13 pm

    I’m so happy Buck found a second chance. I hope Tina does as well. And I laughed about the tricky fat kitty who couldn’t stop eating–glad they found out about th elate night binges and stopped them. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 30 2012 5:15 pm

      And people say they have nothing in common with cats? It was pretty funny. Thanks for chuckling along


  12. mybrightlife / Jan 1 2013 12:23 pm

    Big Smiles all around!



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