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July 9, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Party’s over. Hoofin’ it.

No use arguing with a drunk – waste of time and breath.

Face down on the sidewalk, but no real danger. So leave it. Just walk away. Did it to themselves. Let them deal.

Once the sun heats up this time of year, there are always regrets.

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Who knows what’s down this road? ©

Well, a few regrets about all the little vinyl flags desperately trying to maintain some dignity along the sidewalk.

(They can’t help their country of origin, but their true colors ought to mean something.)

People walking by like they aren’t even there.

Late one night before July 4th, a local realtor, with great patriotism and clever marketing plan, planted a small US flag beside each house’s driveway in the neighborhood…..along with her glossy index card-sized realtor information attached.

While quite a pretty sight over the holiday, days and rain storms later the little Red White and Blues are drooping downwards:  touching ground or on the ground, fading, shredding, attracting dogs.

Look, some people can’t be bothered to pick up old wet community papers off their lawns.

Proper handling of little unwanted orphan flags? No chance.

Maybe some energetic mom will get a kid on a bike to pick them up so they can use new for yard decorations on another holiday. There are worst fates.

A couple of the former fluttering with pride flags are forlornly stuck in the recycle bins this morning. They look confuse.

How quickly people forget.

Confusion is normal with the summer’s heat.

Vintage film. 2 men.1937 "Affairs of Cappy Ricks". Screenshot/US

Quickly, the public must be warned! (1937.US

As anyone knows, humans and animal have much in common.

Example: people love chewing gum. Cows constantly are entertained by chewing cud.

Cows eat a lot with four stomachs to feed. Some humans seem think the same and become competitive eaters.

Young humans sometimes like to run wild and one Washington State Angus bovine decided it was time wander over for a wild time at Wal-Mart.

Did one of the herd double dare?

Vintage western couple.1916. "Coyote o' The Rio Grande". OVerland Monthly./

Do you think they’ll come here next? Should we offer them a salt lick as a token of peace? (

It sounded like a good idea to the cow at the time. Just like an impulsive kid.

Like a young hooligan, the cow didn’t heed law enforcement’s orders. Got all huffy and hoofy.

Having snorted some, the runaway, took a swing at the cop. (Hospital said he wasn’t injured)

Jumped on the police car and, then, made a break for it.

Police, having convinced the owner that this was a dangerous rogue cow gone over to the dark side, hunted it down.

Guess them cops showed them cows. No nonsense tolerated there!

Certainly showed people a thing or two about local law enforcement. (Perhaps a research trip to a ranch for some training is in order?)

Vintage western cowboys. 1956 ABC TV/Warner Brothers."Cheyenne"(US cr pub.still/

Back off cow. Wal-Mart ain’t set up for your kind except in the freezer or shoe department. (1956 ABC TV/Warner Brothers/US

Blank. Totally blank stares.

A cow sloppily drooling cud pretty much sums it up. (Or is that a deceptive ruse?)

The Mount Vernon police force might want to be cautious about responding to any low rumbling requests for assistance along dark rural roads.

Beefy ones are always a bit more aggressive. (Gym trainers always say it’s the hormones)

Among cows, like people, there are always extremists. The peaceful ones can be overlooked.

cattle herd. Wyoming Land Trust. Cowboys/

Hey, let’s mosey over and make sure they’re feelin’ all fat, happy, and cooperative. (Wyoming Land Trust/

Hopefully you won’t forget this Friday’s celebration of the mild, not wild ones.

Cow Appreciation Day is July 11, 2014.

Watch the video here to learn more!

Happily sharing is so much better than angry confrontations.

Galloping on without regret.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

vintage cowboy outfit. Will Rogers. USPD/

This outfit won’t git ya’ any free food. Maybe a few laughs. (Will Rogers. USPD/






  1. shoreacres / Jul 9 2014 11:56 pm

    Mooooove Over! Here’s come the party animals! Happy Cow Appreciation Day. That’s the best danged thing I’ve heard about all week. How’s about these cows?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2014 12:08 am

      Nothing’s funnier than a happy bunch of cows. Loved the video. Thanks for mooooving that over here


  2. ♡eM / Jul 10 2014 12:01 am

    I suppose many folks appreciate cows, in a culinary sense.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2014 12:09 am

      You can stick a fork in that comment – it’s well done! Thanks for sending over a byte


  3. EllaDee / Jul 10 2014 1:46 am

    For the cows I’m most familair with, Queenie & Daisy of the Farmy, every day is cow appreciation day 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2014 3:28 pm

      Wonder if Ci will give them daisy crowns for a day? Must pop over and see. Thanks for moooving a comment this way


  4. Meredith / Jul 10 2014 2:31 am

    I needed a little levity. I had cows when I lived on Brindley Mt. in Union Hill, AL. Union and Alabama – oxymoron. They are gentle beast who enjoy a good scratch by the fence.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2014 3:44 pm

      Mostly cows are a little dreamy…sometimes pushy if you get between them and the hay. Thanks for herding a comment this way


  5. Paul / Jul 10 2014 4:29 am

    After pouring over the reports of unfortuneate and untimely demise of one of the bovine species in Oregon at the hands of a peace officer, I have noted a serious descrepancy in procedure. This could easily result in a law suit if not addressed immediately. When the bovine in question dashed to freedom by running over the hood of the police vehicle, it appears as if the officers lost sight of the unsub. Later that same evening, another officer came upon what he assumed was the escapee from justice and promptly terminated said subject in a hail of gunfire. This is a critical procedural error as there was no continuity of evidence – it could have been a DIFFERENT and innocent cow who was simply minding her own business at the ATM (no doubt withdrawing money for a late night, bale of hay, snack), when the gun-battle ensued. Her poor bullet ridden corpse removed from the crime scene without a thought given to the fact that the officers may very well have shot a similar but incorrect member of the herd. It is entirely possible that the original offender is, in fact, lurking in shadows, waiting for another police vehicle to be trampled (and just exactly does a beast that big actually get up on the hood of a police vehicle anyway? Perhaps she had help? Was there a co-conspirator? Is this a case of mistaken identity?). So many unanswered questions. There are some serious holes in this case as there are in the poor deceased, possibly innocent victim of police brutality. I propose that a judicial inquiry be struck and the results made public – all members are required to be vegetations in order to avoid even a hint of impropriety.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2014 3:49 pm

      Where was the negotiating team? Couldn’t they round up some feed pellets or offer a salt lick? Bull…it probably was – or steered the wrong direction. (Some think everything that moos is a cow.)
      Obviously more sensitivity training needed to corral and harness the cop’s impulsive behavior.
      Thanks for moooving along this way


    • heretherebespiders / Jul 11 2014 8:47 pm

      My goodness. My dad was a police officer and rarely did he get so verbose in his reports. I am well impressed!


  6. Robin / Jul 10 2014 2:10 pm

    We had a similar cow incident here recently. In a standoff with police, the cow usually loses (and becomes someone’s dinner). So glad the cows are being appreciated with their own day. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2014 6:56 pm

      Another cattle drive gone wrong? Known a few cranky, kicky cattle – and they are rather large. With so many hungry, you hope that meat when where it was really needed. Agree cows deserve a pleasant day in the sun. Thanks for grazing over here


  7. gingerfightback / Jul 10 2014 2:12 pm

    I have a calf strain at the moment. No bull.


  8. Ally Bean / Jul 10 2014 2:38 pm

    Who knew about extremist cows? Not me. My image of a cow is Elsie the Cow from Borden’s Dairy. She wore a ring of daisies around her neck, so you know that she was docile!


    • Paul / Jul 10 2014 3:28 pm

      Unfortunately Borden Dairy went the same way as the poor cow above – hostile takeover. Sigh, what is the world coming to?


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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2014 7:06 pm

        Farther a-field, there’s some hold-outs still grazing at Oak Farms.(Don’t tell…rumor is they’ve painted “DEER” on their sides for the summer…then a re-style with “Buffalo” for winter. Thanks for sayin’ hey.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 10 2014 7:03 pm

      It must be a hoof esteem issue. Elsie would be a difficult role to measure up against. She was so well traveled and photogenic. (You know, maybe this one was trying to follow in those hoof prints?) Thanks for jumping over the moon with a comment


  9. Sun / Jul 10 2014 10:41 pm

    where is a cow whisperer when you need one? so sad the cow had to be shot. i’m sure the poor cow was agitated from all the excess (agitated) energy the law enforcement put out there while trying to contain it. Happy Moo Day.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 11 2014 12:59 am

      It seems excessive force to me – but grew up around cows – they can get nuts if you get really loud and emotional – but most around here would know how to handle the situation…guess embarrassing a cop is a death sentence there.
      In memory – Happy trails for all cows on Friday! Thanks for hoofing it over here


  10. angelswhisper2011 / Jul 11 2014 6:11 am

    Happy Cow Appreciation Day, Philmouse. I thought I was in the middle of a cowboy movie 🙂 Have to go now, must learn the memoows for the occation. Pawkisses for a Happy Weekend 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 11 2014 2:58 pm

      Nothing’s more soothing than a contented cow….so the ice cream companies say. Happy trails to you, too!


  11. heretherebespiders / Jul 11 2014 8:52 pm

    I was a bit confused over some very un-Mouse-like grammatical errors! Then I decided you did it on porpoise. Shame about the wee flags – are even little ones meant to be burned as a proper burial?

    I’ll be telling my cow-man that today is the day to love his charges even more than he is normally mooooved to do.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 12 2014 1:18 am

      What a splashy comment! Even the little flags are supposed to be respected, but so few know any more. Funny when all this used to taught and practiced in school, test scores were higher and actual learning was better. Teens may have sneered and disrespectful (it’s their job to challenge), but they knew things – now they don’t…maybe that’s why cows don’t cotton to them. Go cows! We love you. Thanks for herding a comment over


  12. jmmcdowell / Jul 16 2014 7:52 pm

    I appreciate those cows! Where else would we get real, glorious ice cream without them!


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