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November 2, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Bikers. Germans. Visas. (Oh, my!)

dog in sidecar headed to Lone Star Rally in Galveston, TX

Dude knows cool. (


Such jabbering is louder than the thunderous roars of motorcycles at the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally in Galveston this weekend.

We understand many are giddy from aftereffects of Holler-ring, so We shall save Our breath and make this audience brief. 

No, dunderheads, not handing out underwear. It’s not Christmas. Even if Wal-Mart wants you to think so.

Brief as in “a few words.”

We are standing right here and heard that! Oh, the rudeness We tolerate.

Firstly, Staff was instructed to investigate the purchase of a motorcycle with a sidecar for Our amusement.

While safety issues dogged Us, We have proof that such travel has been done without serious issues.

Product testing was done by a canine fool volunteer, Dude.

Now We are thrilled at the prospect.

How lovely to ride among devotees and award graceful paw waves.

Puss in Boots illustration by Perrault/Robinson/US PD/

Do not be afraid. This is Our motorcycle rider rally face. (Old-time stories.1921.Perrault,1628-1703/WH.Robinson.1872-1944/US

Changeable weather is not a worry.

We shall add a parasol holder.

We have spotted one on the baby stroller down the block. Children need sunshine for vitamins, so Our motives are pure.

A second proclamation.

We wish to announce that having reviewed the Molly’s job performance over the past year, We declare her services to the Realm are quite adequate, beneficial, and even surpass Our low expectations.

(The things We do to keep staff happy. See them smiling. The dolts adore the mutt enough to continuously clean up her hair tumbleweeds and muddy paw prints.)

As a reward for not clobbering Us with those giant feet We have decided to allow the Molly a sleepover event.

Recently, the German sent a photo.

German Shepherd

No present like being present.

We were confused.

The German clarified saying it is her self-paw-made Holler-ring costume: she is a present.

 (We rolled on the floor at her delusion).

Quite amused with her creativity, We extended a Paw of Friendship. (We did not know the large lump would take advantage of Our politeness)

Now she plans on presenting herself and has requested a tourist Visa for the Realm which We have graciously granted but she is not getting the sunny room. That is asking too much.

Stop shuffling.

We are almost done here.

Preparations must be done.

Mousies must be secured. We can trust no one with this.

The Realm is known for its hospitality, so We ask all to gut it up help Our visitors feel welcome.

What? Speech writer, explain. This says “visitors” plural.

It was in the fine print?

Granny is coming, too?

Oh, my!

cat staring

Yes, I am coming, too. We shall see about that sunny room.

Staff, is the sidecar in stock? We insist on leaving for the Lone Star Rally immediately.

We wish to seek expert advice on intimidation with a smile and a soft paw – and crowd control!

Audience over.

To your assignments.

Permission to withdraw.

Your tributes of an open cans of food stacked neatly in the doorway.

Yes, there.

Adieu (Will they never leave? Do they expect refreshments?)

Fini. The Paw has waved!

I am RC Cat and I approve this message.

Of course you wish more.

Sit. Stay. Read background posts from the German’s Saga:

Need a formal introduction to RC Cat and the Realm? 

Dog, Duke, in sidecar at Lone Star Motorcycle Rally. ( screenshot)

No way Duke’s going to be left behind. Over 400,000 riders expected.
(Brooks Garner interviews Lee and Duke/

KTRK/ ABC news: “Annual Lone Star Rally being held in Galveston” (Article/photo gallery)

KHOU/CBS news: “Brooks Garner attends Lone Star Rally” (Video story and Duke’s interview)

Lone Star Rally official site. Read all about events. Guess who’s there?

Lone Star Rally Facebook page.

Lone Star Rally logo (

Lone Star Rally logo. (


  1. robstroud / Nov 2 2013 6:06 pm

    Nice to see the German in a festal spirit!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 2 2013 7:16 pm

      She’s rollin’ now. Good timing:between the inflatable yard decoration periods that she really worries about. Thanks for driving in to chat


  2. katecrimmins / Nov 2 2013 6:18 pm

    Oh no! Visitors! Poor RC will be exhausted!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 2 2013 7:19 pm

      RC Cat: ‘We are preparing by sleeping in the sun: the ultimate way to store vitamins that reduce stress. It is kind of you to be concerned. As We are conserving energy, We hope a slight tail wiggle shall be enough of a recognition award for you today.”


  3. The Hook / Nov 2 2013 6:58 pm

    You rule, RC.
    Good luck.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 2 2013 7:44 pm

      RC Cat:”Mon cher, We graciously accept your lovely thoughts. We would offer a soft head butt as reward- but We must hoard Our strength for the coming chaos. But it’s the thought that counts.”


  4. PiedType / Nov 2 2013 7:58 pm

    Fascinating. I’d never before noticed those bands of brown around The German’s ears. It’s as though they mark exactly where the ears are to be attached!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 3 2013 12:53 am

      RC Cat: “Those markings are quite odd. She’s like a patchwork doll. We must be kind. Shall We call them ear bracelets? On the other paw, wonder if those are to indicate where headphone are to be placed? We would prefer not to hear her selection of TV shows. Individual headphones would be delightful. We are grateful of your keen observations. A paw wave! There it is!”


  5. Beth / Nov 2 2013 11:32 pm

    The return of Granny and the German! I can’t wait for the State of the Realm address.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 3 2013 12:56 am

      RC Cat:”Staff shall be in rapid motion shortly. Despite all, We shall expect Our meals on schedule – and warm. No Excuses. We shall keep you informed of the Realm’s activities. A soft paw pat to soothe you until We compose Our next missive. There you go. Toddle off now.”


  6. Jagoda Perich-Anderson, M.A. / Nov 3 2013 12:10 am

    Oh a ride in the sidecar would be a yowl! Good of RC Cat to be willing to be so hospitable.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 3 2013 1:01 am

      RC Cat:”We are purrusing catalogues in order to select the purrfect headgear. We think a snug leather aviator’s helmet:traditional,stylish,and functional. Staff mumble something about “won’t ‘ear of it” whatever that means. Staff is so odd sometimes. Yes, yes. The Realm is well know for Our hospitality. (But We also have read about “fish and visitors and 3 days”…)
      A cheery paw wave for your appreciation of fun.”


  7. Eagle-Eyed Editor / Nov 3 2013 9:52 am

    RC Cat, you are so gracious in your hospitality. I hope the German is suitably appreciative.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 3 2013 4:41 pm

      RC Cat:”We do try to assist where able. The German is always cognizant that allies and mutually beneficial treaties are desirable…but Granny? She feels age trumps all. We are directing the sunny room be readied. The paw wave today is hurried to overseeing preparations, but it is nonetheless full of warmth and thanks as usual.”


  8. jmmcdowell / Nov 3 2013 8:16 pm

    How lovely that Molly can have her sleepover with the German! I’m sure staff will do their utmost to maintain order with them and Granny so that RC may focus on her duties with the realm.

    Autumn colors and temperatures are in full swing here, so I hope the German is able to enjoy her park and some walks!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 5 2013 12:35 am

      RC Cat:”We now know the true definition of chaos:double trouble. Granny and We have barricaded Ourselves among bed pillows and in lofty places. A quick but confident paw wave until calm has been restored.”


  9. jannatwrites / Nov 3 2013 10:13 pm

    Love the holly – so festive! (Though it’s a bit early for that sort of thing :)) Granny coming – better make sure to lift the blinds and fluff the window seat pillow!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 5 2013 12:50 am

      RC Cat:” The German is relocating once again, so she made use of what was around for Holler-ring costume. We are too polite to comment on her choices. We and Granny found something We both agree upon: the trouble twins at least entertain each other. But a whirlwind of activity, so We apologize for the quick paw wave..they are tumbling down the hallway again. A wave! A wave!”


  10. EllaDee / Nov 4 2013 4:59 am

    Oh RC, the silly season is soon upon us if arrangements are already being made for festive sleepovers… I think I shall join you, at least in spirit, to a snooze in the sun, by way pre-preparation for the event, and by way of ignoring it for the time being… I’m sure however they will come bearing appropriate gifts of the style you are accustomed. And possibly Santa will also be enamoured of a motorcycle with a sidecar to deliver gifts, rather than via the old fashioned sleigh & reindeer, and maybe prevalied upon to give you a turn 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 7 2013 4:08 pm

      RC Cat: “Oh, it amuses Us so. That willingness to snooze in spirit in the sun.Delightful. We shall suggest that to Granny: in spirit. She could then remove her shedding self another realm. Oh, We joke. The whole idea of a sidecar brings our Our whimsical side. A soft cheek pat for your creativeness!”


  11. reneejohnsonwrites / Nov 4 2013 11:16 am

    Holiday! Yeah. I have images of goggles on the GSD floating around in my mind.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 7 2013 4:27 pm

      RC Cat: “We do love a big celebration. Wheels or no wheels. Can’t be steered wrong with Galveston. We are practicing Our regal posture by sitting on the bicycle seat…staff refused to borrow the neighbor’s Harley and drive it into the realm. Sigh. We must improvise Our rehearsals. A cheery paw wave. (We are not bobbling from lack of balance in the least. It is a calm firm paw wave.)


  12. Sun / Nov 4 2013 1:29 pm

    can’t wait, can’t wait!!! Molly and German present together 🙂
    camera. photographer – a must! maybe we can see two or the whole realm sporting their presents. (slapped on their backs without prior approvals) 😆


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 7 2013 4:30 pm

      RC Cat: “We must apologize for Our slow response. Our movement around the realm has been hindered by careening dogs. Tsk. Tsk. Such lack of manners. We do hope you shall over look their wildness. Some plan to deal with that must be formulated. Perhaps Granny has some ideas. A soft cheek pat cautiously sent from Our lofty perch.”


      • Sun / Nov 8 2013 3:58 am

        dear RC: don’t you go worrying about roaming about the wilderness. we keep growing out like weeds anyway so most of us struggle just like you do…enjoy your weekend with the crew. 😆


  13. Kourtney Heintz / Nov 4 2013 5:52 pm

    I’ve always wanted to ride in a sidecar. 🙂 Very cool. A good use of staff’s time.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 7 2013 4:36 pm

      RC Cat:” Yes. Yes. Intelligent. Otherwise it’s so difficult to steer and wave to subjects at the same time. We send a soft cheek pat for your astute observations.”


  14. aFrankAngle / Nov 5 2013 1:15 pm

    RC always provides the best explanation of what really happened.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 7 2013 4:47 pm

      RC Cat:”Oh, We are chuckling. You shall always be welcomed in the realm. A paw wave for your fine attention.”


      • aFrankAngle / Nov 7 2013 7:11 pm

        Many thanks RC, you are a true treasure.



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