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February 26, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Insistent shadow. A stranger danger.


Molly barking wildly at the front door. Insistently. Calling for back up

Why? Why the interruption?

There are signs. Big ones: No soliciting.

All over the neighborhood. Deed restrictions. No door to door sales.

Mandeville porch.infrogmation of New Orleans/

Scene where seen. (infrogmation of N.O./

Dark shadow in the porch window.

More growling and snarling.

Peering safely from down the hall, RC Cat, never a fan of ding-dongs, fluffs into combat attire.

(She says “Nothing good comes in that door” and points to the dog.)


Why still there?

No comprende getting ignored?

Hesitation. Should move about and show someone is home.

Local authorities warn not to answer the unexpected knock at the door these days.

Advised to let visitor know someone is home.

Kick burglars generally go elsewhere, not wanting confrontation.


Molly now lunging at the window. (Double paned windows don’t break easily, do they?)

Concern. Still there? Why?

Plant welfare police?

Heard about the weekly hot tub parties for underage plants?

Oh, please not the Civic Association handing out “friendly reminder notes”

The weeds will get mowed when it stops raining and freezing.

1918.Actress Renee Adoree.Photoplay Mag/

Please not the Civil Association patrol. What’s the matter now? Trees too green? Flowers the wrong color?
(Photoplay Mag/

Shape not budging. That stare – is it focused?

Who are you?

Molly furiously pacing between window and door.

She’ll soon be hoarse at this rate.

Not interested in doorway religious conversations.

Oh, those usually arrive in pairs.

With pamphlets.

In comfortable walking shoes.

Facial expression just as serious, though.

Exasperated. Go away.

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If I can see you, can you see me? (1833.Fendi/USPD:artist life/

We aren’t buying wrapping paper, candy, popcorn, tickets-for-a-drawing, furniture-from-North-Carolina-in-an-18 wheeler-you-are-selling-at-cost.

The kids have already been by.

You are too old for that.

Still standing there. Silently staring.


Is there an Amber Alert for a missing person?

Vintage film 1934 "Monte Carlo Nights."Yola d'Avril.Momogram Pict./

Disoriented? Other worldly? (Momogram Pict/

Please don’t sit down on the porch. No. Don’t sit down!

It’s a ploy.

She’ll get tired and go next door.

We turned in our census forms!

Just leave whatever candidate flyers you have on the bench!

You are so not Fed Ex in you dressed in grey with carefully selected necklace!

What if she was ours? Befuddled. Mindlessly lost?

(1920.Mia Mary. Fotograf/Schenker/USPD:reprod of PD art/exp cr/

A bit disheveled. What thoughts are there?



Oh, thank goodness. A car in the neighbor’s drive.

And she turns. A smile breaks across the solemn face.

Runs happily through the flowerbed to greet them.

(Stumbles over a rock, falls, and looks confused on the way.)


RC, once more composed, snarls.

“That Shasha is more like a blue-mold covered over-stuffed potato than a cat.”

Molly doesn’t turn from the window. Willing the intruder far far away

“The lights are on but nobody’s home with that one,” she mumbles.


At least they agree on something.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Interested in other incidents in defense of the Realm?  Read here or here.


It is a bit unsettling. Shasha never seems to blink. Very little motivates her to change expression or to move…even a large German Shepherd lunging and mouthing her tail. Could she really be a robot cat? Is she attempting mind control? Yes, please leave.


  1. Carrie Rubin / Feb 26 2014 1:01 am

    Yep. RC Cat and I have a lot in common. That’s exactly how I approach an unexpected doorbell ring or knock. 🙂


  2. Jagoda Perich-Anderson, M.A. / Feb 26 2014 1:36 am

    Queen Meadow will lunge at trespassing cats who peer in the french doors. She, alas, is an indoor cat and frustrated not to be able to chase them off herself.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 26 2014 4:24 pm

      Poor Shasha is an older cat that spent most of her life in an apartment.She seem baffled by the outdoors and would prefer not be dumped outside to fend for herself. She huddles by our porch and looks like that.
      RC Cat has minions to clear intruders from the area being much too busy to bother with it herself. She is concerned her amusing birds will be threatened by poachers. Her instructions are very clear. Thanks for shoo-ing over a comment. Paw waves to Queen Meadow!


  3. PiedType / Feb 26 2014 3:34 am

    LOL. You had me going. Right to the end. And Molly “calling for back up.” I’ll think of that now every time Annie starts barking.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 26 2014 4:26 pm

      It’s really funny when the German is visiting. She’s the alert first responder – and you see her looking over her shoulder telling Molly to get over here and join in. Even with 2 lunging and barking, Shasha rarely moves. No change of expression. Perhaps she’s senile…or just intentionally irritating…no that would require thought and planning. Shasha seems to do neither. Thanks for lurking along. (Paw waves to Annie!)


  4. robstroud / Feb 26 2014 3:36 am

    “Nothing good comes in that door.”

    Love it!


  5. EllaDee / Feb 26 2014 5:56 am

    RC, given the shape of Shasha and her expression, I’d suggest hiding mousies, tins, and greenies… 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 26 2014 4:30 pm

      Sometimes you want to poke Shasha to make sure she’s still breathing. Talk about looking like a stuffed animal. RC has warned Molly to shield for mind control. Could be a preliminary Spring offense? RC is no doubt making preparations for defense. Thanks for lurking along


  6. heretherebespiders / Feb 26 2014 9:18 am

    Ah, the confidence of a cat when she knows the door won’t open and let the dog out. If she knew about RC, Shasta would be less comfortable out there!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 26 2014 4:35 pm

      Shasha seems to have led a very sheltered life in apartments until recently. She’d be better seeking adventures elsewhere instead of trying to break into the Realm…but you know how it is when something is forbidden. RC allows her minions to deal with this so far, but if it keeps up, there may be trouble. Thanks for pausing with a comment


  7. Snoring Dog Studio / Feb 26 2014 12:56 pm

    That photo of the cat staring into the window at the dog is absolutely hilarious. And menacing.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 26 2014 4:38 pm

      That cat face is hilarious – rarely changes expressions. Not really sure anything is going on between the ears there. A bit sorry for the poor old thing who spent life quietly in an apartment until recently. Always looks baffled – a little desperate. But RC’s instructions to Molly are quite firm: no visa has been issued. Thanks for staring down a comment


  8. shoreacres / Feb 26 2014 9:33 pm

    You really had me on this one. I was getting nervous on your behalf – and then I laughed at the sly reference to the Neighborhood Assn. When I saw Shasta, I stopped laughing. That cat isn’t to be messed with, I suspect. You should nickname her Mt. Shasta. She looks about as immoveable as a mountain.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 26 2014 11:25 pm

      Pick her up and you’ll feel Mt. Shasta. No doubt falling over on someone is her most lethal defense. We are not sure she isn’t a remote controlled stuffed animal gone rogue. Thanks for slinking over with a comment (Paw waves for Miss Dixie)


  9. jmmcdowell / Feb 27 2014 7:25 pm

    I tend to avoid the windows and doors when I hear those knocks, too. Almost always it’s someone selling something we don’t need or want. But I think Shasha staring like that would start freaking me out at some point!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 27 2014 7:40 pm

      She never blinks. Just sits and stares and stares. Even if you poke her, she may not move…it’s like a horror movie plot beginning. Thanks for shivering along


  10. The Hook / Mar 1 2014 11:44 pm

    You weave one heckuva tale, my friend…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 2 2014 10:39 pm

      You need a cat, right? Bet this one could be stuffed in a box and shipped without a sound…only staring with non-blinking eyes…make it stop! Thanks for pawsing to stare along



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