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January 3, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Finally. Bowling Season

The winter night of the many Pop-Pops is over.

Excitement over Bowling Season overrules any thoughts of moderation on that night.

That annual opening ceremony so overwhelming that many people end up spending large parts of the next day in bed.

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What, this isn’t the Rose Bowl? Hey, swans vacate the lake. Holiday ballets are all over. Go join the snowflakes and Nutcracker packed in the boxes Time for some real bowl games. Wet or dry. All the same to me.©

Without dedicated dogs or cats who have chosen to lower themselves watch after the idiot species  their Staff, many humans would miss the Opening Day of Bowling Season.

Much nudging, whimpering, paw batting, and downright loud barking is necessary.

All staff can manage to do is crawl to the couch and gaze at the activities on the large window of amusement.

Still, there is hope that their discomfort and embarrassment will be a lesson learned but how sad that so many repetitions are necessary for humans to finally get it.

Bowling Season is certainly inspirational.

Who could not admire those humans who participated in the Night of Pop-Pop yet are still able on the very next day to:

  • Run both long distance and short sprint races
  • Fetch the specially-adapted-for-human-hands ball (their mouths being far too small and  misshapen to properly carry a normal ball)
  • Wrestle and bump in the Grab-Grab Competitions
  • And leap into the most creative  if awkward and ridiculous dances

Dogs, of course, find it necessary to thrust their noses into containers on the Plank of Offerings in order to remind their Staff that Bowling Season is not all about “Mini-Bowls” of consumable treats such as queso and chili. as wonderful as those are.

  • Bowling Season is all about action: much jumping and shouting to increase oxygen in the blood and expel old stale bottom-of-the-lung air.
  • Bowling Season is a renewing of pack-family bonds and training of the young.
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Regal and serene, my tail. Dumb swans are taking their own honking time. Sun, Can you get them to make some waves? ©

The RC Cat of the Realm was spotted recently showing off in preparation for Bowling Season.

Only an exhibition to build Bowling enthusiasm, she smugly insisted.

Which might explain the use of a catnip mousie with chewed-off ears and tail as the motivational object to be batted around in the smooth oval Bowl of Restoration used by Staff for water meditation.

The sideways Crocs utilized as a point capture zone was purr genius. A real shoo-in.

Impressive opening with her X-treme Sport snowboarder slide down the back ramp dropping rapidly into the Demonstration Bowl Arena.

That little flip at the end and sideways paw swipe at the mousie resulting in a score must have taken a great deal of practice.

RC Cat proudly proclaims her long fur gives a great speed advantage on a smooth surface.

While RC’s moves are elegant to watch, it is more of a ballet than true Bowling.

Her tumbles would be far less fluid on grass or Astroturf of the Commercial Bowls.

But RC smirks. She, as RC Cat of the Realm, could not possibly be expected to be associated with the commercials.

It would be undignified for a regent.

She will show up on the observation plank if mini-bowls of icy cream are presented. She won’t beg, though. Ask. Ask with threats firmness. (Don’t make her raise the Paw of Insistence.)

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Snort. Yeah, you’re right. That one’s ducking out of it. ©

Bowling Season arrives at the perfect time of year.

Otherwise, it’s difficult to get Staff moving energetically in grey chilly weather.

Jumping up and down. Waving arms and shouting.

Beneficial exercise.

Bowling Season warms up,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Rose Parade 2014. K9s4Cops float. FaceBook - k9s4Cops

This was K9s4Cops Rose Bowl Parade float last year. They were invited back, but as a non-profit, there’s just so much money and better to use funds to buy and train K9s to protect schools and for police Departments. Go to their website or Facebook page to see how to help them do that.

K9 police dog in service vest. German Shepherd on duty. Image by Chuck Magee....k9s4Cops FaceBook page

I don’t know. This just struck me as funny. It is something to wonder about.
(Image by Chuck Magee. From Facebook page. That group buys, trains, and donates the dogs. But the dogs need life saving bullet proof vests. Police depts would be bowled over if there was some help buying those for their new officers.)




  1. easyweimaraner / Jan 3 2015 2:52 pm

    we sadly have no bowling sason in that “old world” :o) but that’s an interesting question, what dogs think when they see the police dogs… I only can say that Easy ran away and tried to jump back in the car :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2015 5:18 pm

      “Only good bowl is a full dinner bowl,”says Molly. “What’s wrong with sharing the popcorn? Only trying to help with that weight loss resolution.” (Snort. Snort.)
      Staff: Molly would run right over, bowl the poor police dog flat, then ask who his tailor was. (Uniforms, sigh.)
      Thanks for marching over!


  2. Kate Crimmins / Jan 3 2015 3:01 pm

    The cats of the house prefer to spend bowling season under the beds. The humans make too much noise. That is except for Morgan the one-eyed cat who has a favorite team and can waltz around the baloney and cheese smelling the wine or beer glasses! Quality control she says.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2015 5:20 pm

      RC Cat: “So relieved that Morgan manages your Realm is well. Some of the younger RC’s – well, can’t get the alley out of some cats. A paw wave in solidarity for Morgan…and a little aside: cheese is considered an appropriate tribute here. Bowl on!”

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  3. Carrie Rubin / Jan 3 2015 3:46 pm

    My mother and stepdad are staying at our house right now, and she watched the Rose Bowl Parade (she marched in it back in the late 60s as a majorette). But I went to work out instead. Not sure if RC Cat would approve or not…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2015 5:23 pm

      The Rose Bowl Parade must be exciting but an ordeal – all those miles to march on concrete! What a memory, though.
      RC scrambled by to assure you that working out is much more productive than parading around here waiting for bowls to fill. Thanks for rolling in to chat.

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  4. cecilia / Jan 3 2015 4:18 pm

    LOVE that police dog and the words.. made me laugh..c


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2015 5:25 pm

      It’s funny, right? Had to have him sit in somewhere. (Will we ever see/feel the sun again? All my shoes are soggy…great for cold weather.) Thanks for barking along


  5. Brown Road Chronicles / Jan 3 2015 4:39 pm

    Cute! We are dog free right now so can’t see life through their lens necessarily. We didn’t participate in bowling season this year, not a single game was watched. We did stay out late the evening before but were mostly responsible and woke up sort of early and feeling good! How my goats viewed the whole holiday events? Tough to say, they are hard to read! 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2015 5:29 pm

      Goats are a tough crowd…sometimes you just can’t get them. (and they may be lettered, but are sly about sharing their sources.) Sounds like your new year is already running smoothly. Thanks for popping in to chat


  6. Littlesundog / Jan 3 2015 5:05 pm

    Ha ha ha!! Love the photos! We paid little attention to the parade on TV, but indulged in good food, movie watching (for the girls/women) and football (guys), while we entertained family from Nebraska this year. Our canine unit flopped out on their beds after much ado begging in the kitchen during preparation of food. It was a lazy day at the ranch. Even the squirrels and deer were more interested in the comfort food of nuts and corn…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 3 2015 5:34 pm

      Bowling Season is celebrated in various ways – but there’s always a bowl of something making an appearance! Something warm would really be appreciated right now. (RC says humans are foolish – the Night of the Pop-Pops scares the sun away..It’s enjoying spending time in Australia and any little thing gives it an excuse to stay there. So what do we have to do, I ask? Polar Bear dashes into frigid water in order to seek sun pity? Sigh. Let me know if anyone has a clue how to end the dreary chilly.)
      Thanks for batting a comment over!


  7. marthaschaefer / Jan 4 2015 12:43 am

    Happy New Year to the Realm! No bowling season here but occupants are happy staff is able to be back to duty with more frequency now that the holiday shopping crush is over. Food distribution area has finally been scrubbed and meals are delivered much more regularly!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2015 3:04 pm

      If they ever learn to program and hit dial, we’re in trouble. Worried as we’ve found scraps of paper with “Pet Gourmet – Home Delivery” suspiciously near the cell phone charger “home” base…
      Gallop on into new year adventures! Thanks for storing a comment over here.

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  8. jannatwrites / Jan 4 2015 2:25 am

    I didn’t catch the parade, but love the K-9 float. I had to laugh at the final photo… that is something to ponder 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2015 3:08 pm

      We only saw parts, but Molly always loves the marching bands, twirling objects, and horses. (I know. Sad the dog watches TV, but it’s just been either raining or heavy fog for weeksssszzzzzzz)
      That dog picture was really worth a solo performance.(but would have felt a bit lazy with that.) Thanks for giving a woof!


  9. Paul / Jan 4 2015 8:08 am

    I actually didn’t partake of any of the Bowling sctivities this year. Molly would have been disappointed. Fun pictures of her watching the TV. What is her Majesty RC’s thoughts on the police dog? I imagine there could be a possible abuse of power there, having dogs patrol cats. There should be a police cat patrol – although getting bullet proof armour to fit a cat could be problematic. I’ll leave an open can of tuna at door for RC.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2015 3:30 pm

      Molly is gleeful at your admission: says you may send any unused Mini-bowls and she’ll clean them up for you.
      RC Cat is a bit grumpy from far too few sunny days in the sunny room, but she assures all that dogs have their function – and they function best keep an eye on veggie invaders for example. Cats, she reminds, are self regulating and require no assistance – too bad if other creatures are baffled by the Cats’ Rules of Conduct. (Staff appreciates the lovely tuna tribute…it cheered her so.)
      Thanks for pawsing to comment


  10. reneejohnsonwrites / Jan 5 2015 2:08 am

    Positively adore the dogs watching television, but the K-9 float is AMAZING!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2015 3:32 pm

      The Rose Parade flowered floats are really amazing – dramatic on TV – it’s flowers – how do they manage? And now so many of them are animated. And they say math and engineering aren’t part of the real world. Thanks for rolling by


  11. PiedType / Jan 5 2015 7:12 am

    Love the last picture. I often wonder what dogs are thinking …


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2015 3:36 pm

      Right now, mine is thinking “When will I get to go outside again. What’s wrong with a little mud…and piles of wet towels?” With luck, the sun will be out this afternoon and she can get some running in…she is getting too much like a plush stuffed animal.
      Looks brrrr and snowy there. We’re getting your left over wind and chill (debating over coats for plants)
      Thanks for joining the pack


      • PiedType / Jan 5 2015 4:23 pm

        Sorry to be sharing the mess. We’ve had a few inches of snow on the ground now for several weeks and I’m ready to see it go. Usually doesn’t hang around this long.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2015 4:30 pm

          Usually is (secretly) Sunny Colorado. Just a grim year in so many ways (game sites up and running OK now?)


          • PiedType / Jan 5 2015 4:48 pm

            Yes, gaming returned a day or two after Christmas. But grandson had permission to play only during the holidays. Likely to be a while before we get to play together again — unless he gets his grades up.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2015 5:14 pm

            Oh, boo. Stupid hackers spoiling others’ happiness for their own fun and amusement.
            Parents sound responsible, though. Hope he gets a burst of motivation!


          • PiedType / Jan 5 2015 5:26 pm

            I like to think maybe he’ll be motivated by prompts like, “Finish your homework and you can play Destiny for an hour with Grandma.”


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2015 6:28 pm

            Important to choose the best carrot for the prompting!


  12. aFrankAngle / Jan 5 2015 1:36 pm

    Oh the poor German caught in the act and missing while missing the Rose Bowl. … and gotta love that police dog statement! Happy New Year to all in RC’s realm.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2015 3:39 pm

      Are you the one who let a bit of sun slip down here? So appreciate it.
      When the sun peeked out for about an hour on Sat. afternoon, there must have been 5 hawks for every square mile of sky space looking for dinner.
      Hope your new year is dancing with charm and discoveries!
      Thanks for rolling in to chat


      • aFrankAngle / Jan 5 2015 7:45 pm

        Yep … I sent the sun and kept the cold for myself. 😉


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 5 2015 9:57 pm

          And it’s getting colder there! Lucky you’ve got such a list of warming celebrations to fill your time!


          • aFrankAngle / Jan 6 2015 12:40 am

            … or a glass of red wine ready to warm the innards.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 6 2015 1:49 am

            Wine goes well with any celebration…there’s a bit of hot cider with a bit of rum available here…who left the Arctic door open?

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          • aFrankAngle / Jan 6 2015 2:02 am

            Answering your question is easy … the Arctic blast is President Obama’s fault.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 6 2015 2:08 am

            Nope, got to be Bush’s. He was all pro drilling in Alaska and public lands? Karma.
            Obama is much more interested in warm weather activities. He could stop it and regulate by exec. order? (giggles inserted)


          • aFrankAngle / Jan 6 2015 2:11 am

            Disagree … definitely Obama’s fault … did you know the Dust Bowl across the prairres in the 1930s was Obama’s fault? Yep … no doubt.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 6 2015 5:39 pm

            I knew it – he’s a time traveler hopping back and forth across was that missed?Those ears….
            So he made a fortune in real estate and developing golf course resorts? Now able to stave off competing developments by controlling water/land use with eco/environmental exec. orders! Such cleverness!
            Must get Congress to ignore those rules about length of office to give him time to finish his projects…along with reform for one issue per bill (in plain language on no more than 2 sheets of paper with fonts able to be easily read without magnification – and a mandatory 3 day read and consider period.) Gotta keep things rollin’, rollin’, rollin’
            Thanks for dusting off the authoritative clarification. A true public service announcement.


          • aFrankAngle / Jan 6 2015 5:58 pm

            Yep … quite the time traveling mystic. I’m looking, but it’s difficult finding connections between him and the Bubonic plague of Europe.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 6 2015 6:34 pm

            Surely some dirty rats are looking into that. Inquiring people want to know.

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  13. jmmcdowell / Jan 8 2015 9:28 pm

    I’ve gotten rather overwhelmed with the number of Bowl games out there! Is there anyone left who doesn’t go to one? 🙂 Molly certainly seems glued to the television and those swans!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 9 2015 3:49 pm

      So many Bowl Games…must be self esteem initiative. (Oh, the marketing and product placement thing – I hate the renaming of bowls for commercial companies…and product/company names on the field – ugh)
      It is the strangest thing.Molly watches anytime there’s a bird on TV – or a German Shepherd. They say dog see HD TV images much better than old TV ones. If there is a duck or seagull flying and calling, she will run along and look behind the tv to see where they went. Yes, obviously everyone is very bored with all this grey, cold, wet winter…any diversion welcomed.Thanks for tuning in!


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