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February 18, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Stop smirking. Dozens begins.

Human frivolity cannot be contained by either winter skin cold or summer brain freeze.

It pushes Us at times. (Sigh.)

Dismayed Princess looking a drunk. Grimm's Household Tales.1912.Bell-illustr/USPD:, artist life/

Oh, dear. These staff celebration days are such a trial. (1912Grimm/Bell/USPD/

So glad ValueMine Days are done. All that comparative chatter among staff.

“Look at what I got! It must have cost a fortune.”

“Oh? Flowers? Only one dozen? Gurrl, you one hot commodity. How does he expect you to brag face your friends? He needs to value you more.

Look at mine.” (Smirk)

 Too much of ValueMine whines. Our ears are exhausted from all of it.

Now that the Fats have had their Tuesday…

How droll, this “everyone’s special”.

Any day We expect to hear of Skinny Wednesday or Tall-ish Thursday.

Humans. Any excuse to party and avoid work.

Staff shall be thrilled with Our next announcement.

We, RC of the Realm, are thrilled to proclaim this is the “Year of Our Dozens”

We know. It is difficult to believe: Twelve years. We are in prime ruff.

Our paw may be soft, as staff is directed to carefully select Our Facility’s filler, and while We insist on stretching paws towards the sun every day possible, We deftly guide the Realm with wisdom and firmness of paw.

HRH.all rights reserved. No permissions gratned ( she would be so annoyed) Copy righted

We are practicing poses for the Official Year of Dozens portrait.

Thought of Our “Year of Dozens” make us quite giddy.

What surprises will Our subjects create in Our honor?

We have subtly left suggestion post-its.

A lovely thought would be a dozen new mousies. On a dozen days!

Ah, now, you can see, We have much to do.

Starting with getting this post-it off Our back paw. Grab that, will you?

Ah, We shall remember your assistance. Perhaps with a front row spot during one of the Year of Dozens Events. Maybe. If you continue to be useful.

What? Oh, (soft purring chuckle) We do not consider it too late for a ValueMine tribute. We all know how common it is for mail to be late (Wink. Wink.)

Yes. Yes. Permission to withdraw granted.

Kitten caught in pantry, 1880. Pearl Series. "The little jam thief"./

Oh, my. We thought you might be amused at seeing an early childhood picture from Our album. (1880/

Wait! We most certainly did not authorized you to take Our post-it note with you.

The nerve. Considering filching an item of Ours for eBay?

Just accidentally stuck under your foot?

Overwhelmed from being in Our presence?

Oh, yes. We believe you. (Cynical frown) But We are watching, evaluating.

Tread with caution now that the cat is out of the bag.

To earn back Our trust, We shall allow you to carry this message to others.

We are overjoyed to have recently received a welcomed announcement from a nearby realm.

Rowdy and Gwinn, after so many years of longing, have finally stepped into their Forever Home.

We are almost overwhelmed Ourselves with this note from their new staff:

Gwinn & Rowdy are settling in nicely. I am trying to establish routine with them.
Yesterday was a fun day; we watched a movie together and spent some time outside, since it was so nice. They love being where I am and they want to know – what is going on.
I think – that they think that their Mama is the best hunter, because they have had their heads in the pantry and refrigerator, to see our supplies. LOL. They definitely have those two spots figured out.
The microwave can still be a bit scary, but this, like all the other noises, they will get used to.
They do not like when I do laundry, and that’s ok, because I don’t like it either.
They were a little restless on Saturday, but last night they slept through the night.
Thank you all for sharing and caring all these years, their going away celebration photos are very moving. They have a lot of people that love them. And a special thanks to The Forgotten Pet Advocates and all those associated with this awesome caring group of volunteers.
I am lucky to have found Gwinn and Rowdy, they fit into my life perfectly and we will make the most of our time together. As their video says “WE WILL NEVER LOOK BACK”!
Hugs to ALL,
Gwinn & Rowdy’s Mama (from FB page of The Forgotten Pet Advocates)

Rowdy and Gwinn ready to go home. (Image

Such joy. A purrfect ValueMine gift for Us and a wonderful opening event for “Year of Our Dozens”

There is no greater gift than creating happiness for others.

Seems Rowdy, Gwinn, and their mom understand that completely.

Now, while We have enjoyed this little chat, duty calls. There are proclamations to compose. Post-its to place.

Our paw has waved.

Audience at an end. Dismissed

Out of Our presence, Dunderhead. We have not forgotten the post-it note theft attempt.

Fini. (We are noting your clumsiness and slow response.)

Our paw is waving again. Yes, We are sure it is! We feel Our shoulder moving!

And don’t forget to leave the tribute of an open can of food in the doorway.


I am RC Cat and I approve this message.







Staff kindly offers previous posts about RC Cat and the RealmIn an attempt to explain HRH. Although that’s pretty close to impossible. Consider “Unauthorized Evil Waves” for example….



  1. Spinster / Feb 18 2015 1:28 pm

    LMAO at ValueMine Day. Good play on words.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 18 2015 2:03 pm

      RC Cat: “Those are the most difficult days for so many. We do not understand the human logic. Sometimes all One can do is laugh. (It is not hysterical laughter….you miss-hear.) Glad you got a giggle. Your comment provided one for Us, too. Gracious thanks and a cheery paw wave!”

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  2. easyweimaraner / Feb 18 2015 1:35 pm

    I agree so much that’s the greatest gift and I’m happy with rowdy,gwinn and their mom. my momma said the main thing on value mine day is to have someone to love and to spend that day together… who needs flowers… bring on the shoes (oh mom you are unteachable lol)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 18 2015 2:06 pm

      RC Cat: “Your mom has it figured out, but then again with you as an instructor, what else? You are proof canines may also be a fine RC of the Realm. Paw waves and thanks for galloping over to join the celebrations.”


  3. Kate Crimmins / Feb 18 2015 2:17 pm

    Happy dozen years you beautiful cat! Adding the adoption story just melted my heart. I tend to pick the undercats when I visit the shelter. May they have many years left.


  4. Beth / Feb 18 2015 3:22 pm

    Happy Dozens, RC!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 18 2015 3:34 pm

      RC Cat: “How delightful to see you. We graciously accept your warm wishes. We shall allow you to sit here – in this sunny spot. For a few moments. And a gentle cheek pat before you go. Go. Yes. We did say that. Time is up. Adieu.”

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  5. JackieP / Feb 18 2015 4:17 pm

    I’m so glad that the dogs were adopted and now can see how life should have been from the beginning. RC you shall forever reign, you are young still and looking better than ever!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 18 2015 5:16 pm

      RC Cat: “Your kind words almost make Us blush. Almost. We support this rescue groups’ efforts to find homes for all those poor pets who have been abandoned in boarding kennels and at vets. They do not understand why. Who could? Rowdy and Gwinn now rest in warmth and affection as they so deserve. We are sure they feel the kindness of your words and are cheered. As are We. A soft cheek pat for you.”

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  6. Carrie Rubin / Feb 18 2015 6:28 pm

    RC of the Realm is 12 years old now? Has my very concrete left brain deduced correctly? If so, happy birthday to RC! But now I’m wondering, has she used up any of her extra lives?…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 18 2015 10:22 pm

      RC Cat: “Yes, We are celebrating Our 12th year having arrived at a very young age of 6-8weeks and spent a couple of years being tutored by Olde Tiger before assuming the title of RC of the Realm. We did often warn staff that lugging home large dogs and invalid aged cats – no matter how dire their straits – was exhausting to Us. Oddly they simply said We must assist those in need. Sunny rooms have recuperative powers, so We feel quite hale and hardy…or is that hearty? In any case, We gracefully accept your well wishes. We shall notify staff that your name must be added to the list of those who will carry Our mousies in Our Dozen’s parade. They are bound to be planning a parade. Dunderheads. If they have forgotten… Do not fret. We shall straighten it all out. Until then, adieu. A long distance paw wave!”

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  7. EllaDee / Feb 18 2015 11:24 pm

    Dear RC bestest wishes on your dozenth year, and commendations for pairing that happy news with the happy-sad news of Gwinn & Rowdy… which made my eyes leak, and there were no onions in sight! Wishing you rainbow post-its 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 3:06 pm

      RC Cat:”Rainbows are Our favorites! How delightful of you to remember. A very cheery energetic paw wave for your kindness! But sadly, a short one. We mustn’t wear out Our shoulder. A nod. Yes. We also send a regal nod…why does this crown keep slipping..oh, dear. There. Straightened. Nothing like a flexible hip. Cheers!”


  8. shoreacres / Feb 19 2015 2:43 am

    I confess: all I could think of through this was the unique human practice of “playing the dozens.” You remember that — creative insults akin to ‘your mother wears combat boots.” Well, and, “so’s your old man.” I have a feeling that RC could come up with some delightful phrases for a game like that!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 3:15 pm

      RC Cat: “HA! Back when insults were a fine art and a wit was sign of intelligence…and people knew about words being just words and could laugh at themselves, too. So amusing to observe. We have to admit with some pride that We do spat a phrase in contest with the German when she visits. The Molly is too cheerful and desperate to get along, that the concept of witty combat eludes her, fortunately. We grow weary and the sunny spot is calling. Where is staff? Our lovely grass needs every ray of sun available. Open the blinds, Dunderheads. Oh, sorry you must witness such ruffled fur. We are thrilled with your visit and wish you warm sun to beam into your realm.”


  9. Paul / Feb 19 2015 6:18 am

    That is an amazing and heartr-warming story about Gwinn and Rwody. Thank you so much for sharing that. I would not have believed that two animals would stay so long in a shelter. Kudos to the shelter for their patience and hard work .

    Oh, Happy Birthday to RC cat – a most noble feline personage. There should be a large celebration – like the Diamond Jubilee -to mark this most auspicious occassion.


    • Paul / Feb 19 2015 2:01 pm

      Oh, as an aside Phil, I just did a guest post over at Cordelia’s Mom and I would be honored if you had the time to drop by for a read. Thank you si much. 🙂


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 3:28 pm

        RC Cat: We shall relay the word to staff. Simple creatures are so happy to read – after their duties. We must insist they stop lollygaging and stalling and prepare Our snack. We grow faint from hunger. Staff can be such a trial. Paw waves. We shall not forget…oh, yes, yes. We can offer this tidbit as a treat. Perhaps that shall get them moving…”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 3:19 pm

      RC Cat: “Yes, Yes. This is a year of great wonder and celebration. There better be great celebrations – with mousies. The joy of Gwinn and Rowdy has started all on a lovely happy note. Warmth can come from many sources – We do hope your realm is snug this winter. A gentle cheek pat is sent for your kind words.”


  10. colonialist / Feb 19 2015 12:01 pm

    *snf* I so love happy endings!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 3:21 pm

      RC Cat: “We, too. It may be a dream, but We wish all to be safe and warm and cherished. A paw wave for your enthusiasm!”


  11. Ally Bean / Feb 19 2015 1:00 pm

    Wonderful story about Gwinn & Rowdy. They look like such nice dogs that I cannot fathom why they weren’t adopted before this. People are peculiar beings, I guess. Happy Birthday to The Twelve-ster. Long may she reign.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 3:25 pm

      RC Cats: “Out of sight, out of mind, poor creatures. Yes, they were safe, but not home. This group discovered far too many pets are abandoned at vets and boarding kennels – and no one knows. We applaud and support their PR campaign/social media efforts to raise awareness and find these lonely ones a realm. There but for the grace of Olde Tiger, it could have been Us. We send a soft cheek pat for your kindness.”


      • Ally Bean / Feb 20 2015 3:32 pm

        I have a friend who always adopts the older dogs at the kennel. She and her husband don’t care for puppy-ness and are willing to have a shorter time with their [very pampered] dogs. I admire her, but at times it’s heartbreaking.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 3:51 pm

          RC Cat: “There’s much to be said about adopting an older dog…like don’t”
          Staff: “Oh, HRH, here’s your snack. We’ll escort the visitors out so you will not be disturbed. Walk with us quickly and you can escape…
          After the German returned to her home, we missed an adult dog who had leashes and walks understood already. We had decided to get on the list for a military dog adoption, but went in for cat food and saw the adoption pets. Cute puppies and kittens were getting homes, but the teenagers/older dogs watched so hopefully – and there was Molly – who put two feet into my purse – ready to go. What can you do? We’ll find some way to cope with the quirks and retraining. Luckily RC gave approval after realizing this one only wants to be friends…and doesn’t realize giving high fives with those paws is not really welcomed by the RC. Thanks for stoping by to chat with HRH so we had time to prepare her snack!”

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  12. pegoleg / Feb 19 2015 4:55 pm

    That IS great news about Rowdy and Gwinn. Yeah!
    And RC is really 12? Honestly, I have no idea what the usual lifespan is for a cat, but I’m sure RC is above average.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 3:35 pm

      RC Cat: “We have been told we carry Our age well. Exercise: daily dog management. Must be part of the reason. Olde Tiger reigned almost 20 years. We think he slept through the last one…or perhaps he was just pretending to observe how We managed being the RC. We still feel him guiding Us at times. A soft cheek pat for your cheery words!


  13. marthaschaefer / Feb 20 2015 1:18 pm

    Wishing you warm and happy dozens more RC!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 20 2015 3:36 pm

      RC Cat: “We are standing up very tall in the window and sending a warm paw wave to you through your icicles! Your words are so warming.”

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  14. jmmcdowell / Feb 24 2015 11:27 pm

    Wishing you many more years of dozens, RC, as ruler of the Realm. I’m sure staff has already ordered those extra mousies!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 25 2015 12:37 am

      RC Cat: We dropped the post-its and took it a step further by sliding the cans of salmon and tuna right next to Our own preferred meal cans. Staff should be figure that out, yes? We are delighted you have managed to get word out of that icy realm where you reside. And you without a dedicated RC Cat to warm your feet! Such a brave one. Stay warm and brave. A fond paw wave…We are standing very tall at the window waving – although We must confess it would be more effective if Staff would open the blinds, but alas they insist with the blind must stay closed in cold weather. But there now, you can imagine Our efforts. Think hard and you shall see Us graciously waving! But now Our shoulder is tired. Naps. Everyone must nap. And stay warm.

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      • jmmcdowell / Feb 25 2015 12:43 am

        We are definitely of a frame of mind for warm naps. For the first time in seemingly months we’ve had back-to-back days with sun. Alas, the temperatures were only in the 20s. But we took a walk this afternoon and heard a house finch singing and a mourning dove cooing. Sure signs that Spring will arrive before too long. Wishing you a long comfortable Spring with many sunny days at the windows. 🙂


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 25 2015 1:26 pm

          RC Cat: So you are the ones hogging the sun! We knew someone must have it leashed. Well, as you are Our friends, We shall excuse the lack of sharing at this time. We believe life is better when One can stroll outside or sit in a sunny room. We shall share that wish for you…and if you could find it in your heart to spare one tiny sun beam for the sunny room…

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        • jmmcdowell / Feb 25 2015 1:28 pm

          I will do my best. The sun will be leaving us tomorrow—maybe to visit you….


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 25 2015 1:44 pm

          RC Cat: With luck 1/2 day thurs…then rain. But warmer. Molly doesn’t mind cold…and doesn’t seem to feel rain either – but staff does. SUrely there are some dry shoes around here somewhere..Paw waves of cheer!

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  15. Seumas Gallacher / Mar 4 2015 3:01 pm

    …we bow in awe of the majesty of the twelve….meeeaoooiioooow …:) (from one ‘umble servant, housed under the Crooked Cat Publishing aegis …)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 4 2015 3:18 pm

      RC Cat: “We are so please to welcome one who has such style and grace. Do you train Staff? We get so perturbed sometimes with their antics. But it is Our duty in life to care and enlighten them. A grand paw wave for your kindness!”


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