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April 24, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Of dogs and barging.

all rights reserved. No permissions granted copyrighted. SMiling Molly

Before barging on, pawsing for a few minutes to bark “thanks” to all those wishing me better. With the chirpy early morning dog, the German, hastily sent home, I, Molly Malamute, was able to sleep late…to almost 7

….would have been happy to sleep longer but had an uncomfortable feeling – who wants a cat staring down at them? With that one dangling paw so close….And cat food breath! Hot dampish cat food breath! (Don’t tell her I said that, please. Have pity.)

RC Cat seemed a bit hurt when I snorted at her, saying she was just keeping a watchful eye out.

Staff being such slug-a-beds.

With more terrible storms on the way, Staff did jump out of bed to give me a quick check, noticed I had finished my dinner over night, and offered an early walk.

No need to ask twice.

Staff did talk to one neighbor who apparently had been nailing these yucky green chunx to his fence. The darn stuff has pre-drilled nail holes to make that easy. Out of reach of his kids and dogs.

He created a fast food place for rodents thinking they dined-in there.

Didn’t realize how popular take-out food has gotten for all the busy sorts.

A nice guy, a doggy fan, who was pretty much stunned at what happened, immediately removed all the dangerous stop and grab stores.

So the word is spreading, but there are others who just don’t see the big picture.

The vet said the past 2 weeks have brought multiple poison cases as the weather warmed up, the rain is moving animals around, and people are getting upset and want immediate results.

A perky walk all the way to the lake, although slower on the way back.

Sauntering without examining much ready to get back to the AC. (It’s been close to 90 here). Shortly eating, bouncing around the house with toys again, and barking at chatting with RC Cat.

So far so good.

Hopefully, water under the bridge.

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Any excuse to play in the mud with toys. ©

Barging on.

Yep, the heavy rain hasn’t made the island’s developer’s life any easier.

The boardwalk bulkhead has just given up the timbers and continues to collapse as newly arrived dirt piles slides on down the bare hill.

It’s all those old oak trees’ fault.

They were growing in the wrong place. Cluttering construction sites.

Chop-chop. Now slip and slide.

The floating barge used for bulkhead work has arrived.

Will the island’s developer decide to keep the bulkhead barge on retainer? This bulkhead apparently was built as quickly and as cheaply as possible without worrying much about engineering. That’s developers for you: Get it done quickly, sell it, and, then, get outta town.

Molly is amused. She thinks the island is a circus with clown acts.

Floating bulkhead barge with backhoe. all rights reserved. NO permissions granted.

The bulkhead cave-in has spread. The green is vegetation that has floated down the watershed to the lake. Birds like to sit on the floating green islands and snag fish.©

She always manages a sunny outlook and smiles at life no matter what.

Thanks to all those who sent well wishes and healing thoughts for Molly. Hour by hour we are closer to being safe and sound.

Grateful Paw Waves (Sent by request of Molly – and RC Cat who claims it was her suggestion to start with and that the Molly has questionable manners and must be prodded to be thoughtful, but Molly yawned in her face and there were howls of “Dog breath. Dog slobber” so I guess everything’s even now…sort of.)

Floating out a big cheer to all.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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“It’s not your eyes. It’s blurry. On purpose. To show you I’m full of energy and not standing still for anything.”©







  1. robstroud / Apr 24 2015 5:22 pm

    “Staff being such slug-a-beds.”

    That’s precisely what our dogs think!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2015 10:01 pm

      For once, Molly is the one requesting shorter walks. She’s doing pretty well, but is conserving energy (RC is certain this is a trick to claim rights to sleeping on the bed. “Beware of those giant paws,” she warns. “Even in slow motion…”)
      Thanks for snoozing along


  2. Paul / Apr 24 2015 5:31 pm

    I’m pleased that Molly is improving and showing no signs of danger. Please give he my best. And, of course a paw wave to RC cat for taking such good care of Molly. How is the German doing?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2015 10:08 pm

      RC Cat offers a regal wave for your kindness. Molly is a bit low key with her attempts to get RC to play much easier for RC to evade. Molly’s taking her pills without complaint so far. The German is back at her house out of concern with the poison cubes in the yard. Test results are still coming in, but her white count looks very high, so an infection in her gut probably. The new food which she seemed to like, didn’t agree with her tummy, though. Hopefully a round of antibiotics will fix her up. Like Molly, she’s still very congenial and cooperative. But boy, can her tummy rumble. Thanks for floating over to check in.


  3. Carrie Rubin / Apr 24 2015 5:34 pm

    How nice the neighbor removed the poisonous cubes. Not everyone would. And “so shines a good deed in a weary world.”—Willy Wonka


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2015 10:16 pm

      That’s a great quote. Actually he’s a really nice guy – retired police chief (very youngly retired and rides a Harley) with grandkids. He was quite embarrassed to say his father-in-law told him that nailing those cubes up was not a good idea. Of course the sales guy said, “No problem. Nothing will carry them off.” His father-in-law snorted at that. (Kids never listen?).
      Molly’s a bit low key, but doing well….and milking it…oh, poor puppy wants cat food on her regular food and some of that yogurt your are eating…and how about a spot on the bed? (Like that memory foam dog bed is working for you.) Thanks for sending a smile!

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      • Carrie Rubin / Apr 24 2015 10:38 pm

        Ha, she knows a good thing when she sees it. Milk away, Molly, milk away.

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  4. Kate Crimmins / Apr 24 2015 7:11 pm

    So glad Molly is doing better. The must have been quite a strain on RC! Nothing is worse than overseeing a sick slobbery dog with bad breath.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2015 10:22 pm

      Not to mention the dog keeps suggesting the “poor invalid” should have a spot on the bed at night. On the bright side, RC is pleased Molly is in slow motion and jaunts down the hall are not having to be done at frantic cat scrambling speed. OH? What? Oh, RC says to tell you ceiling fans do lessen the Eau de dog. Thanks for floating by to check on the pup!

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  5. Littlesundog / Apr 24 2015 7:29 pm

    I am glad to hear Molly is recuperating nicely. And what a boon to know the neighbor removed the cubes! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if word did spread about what happened? We all make mistakes and its a gift if we learn from them.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2015 10:48 pm

      Hopefully people will think about it. We’ve talked to dog walkers, and the local gossip – uh, neighborhood town crier. Hopefully the subdivision newsletter will print a note. We live near wild places. I do worry about the hawks now. Thanks for checking in to cheer up the invalid (“Who is milking it,” RC says. “Oh, the poor doggie needs to sleep on the bed….needs some special yogurt…a new toy? Seriously. Milking it!”) Paw waves!

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  6. marthaschaefer / Apr 24 2015 8:37 pm

    No more snacking on those tasty morsels, Molly!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2015 10:53 pm

      Not being a dumb doggy, she’s milking it for all its worth…pointing out this snack and that chew toy on Amazon….give them an inch. Oh, Molly, sorry. You’d like more yogurt? Thanks for pawsing to cheer Molly

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  7. robincoyle / Apr 24 2015 9:50 pm

    Wait . . . what happened? I missed an installation I guess.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2015 10:50 pm

      Scroll back a post. Molly got poisoned. We zoomed to the vet. (It is hard to keep up with everyone)


      • robincoyle / Apr 26 2015 2:55 pm

        Poor girl! I’m so glad she is okay.


  8. shoreacres / Apr 25 2015 1:16 am

    Really glad to hear things are going well. And I’m especially glad that it turned into a learning experience instead of a neighborhood fracas. A salesman’s job is to sell, I suppose, but still — it would be nice if they provided some realistic guidance. Oh, well. Dixie sends her best, too!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2015 1:27 pm

      Bet the sales person hasn’t used the product? In any case, the neighbor has always been a nice guy and has been stopping by to check on Molly.(and searching his own yard as he also has a dog and small grandkids. The chuux look like green bubble gum)
      Dixie’s probably smug with her choice of realms this year with all the bad weather – nice to be indoors looking at storms from a balcony window facing the water. Thanks for trotting by to check on Molly


  9. PiedType / Apr 25 2015 1:51 am

    I too had missed the previous post. Thank goodness Molly is okay. I need to teach “trade.” “Drop it” doesn’t always stay dropped if I start to pick it up, but I too follow a good drop it with a reward (1/3 stick of Pupperoni).

    I’d have trouble remaining friendly with any neighbor dumb enough to put out poison where a child or domestic animal might get it. You just can’t be too careful.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2015 3:30 pm

      He’s been stopping by to check on Molly. He really thought some rat was just eating it all every night and he’d reload each day. So who knows where it all ended up. Dog walkers are spreading the word through out the neighborhood.
      A bit inconvenient not being able to let dog enjoy the backyard off leash. She seems to finally be getting her energy back. 4 weeks of pills to go. Enjoying that cool air and snow? Sigh. Sounds better than ever now. Thanks for checking in – will be by to see what’s going on at your place shortly


      • PiedType / Apr 26 2015 4:07 pm

        Give that sweet girl a huge hug for me. I hope this finds her well on the road to a full recovery. Sad that she can’t even run free in her own yard, but better safe than sorry.

        It was pretty here yesterday, but today it’s cool and wet again. Last peek at the peaks showed them resplendent in heavy snow.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2015 1:37 pm

          It’s going to be 58 one night this week – winter’s back. OK. But anything lower than 85 is really welcomed right now…a nice freeze would really shock the mosquitoes. I can dream. Molly’s getting more energy back, so I’m feeling a bit better about her. Not a week I want to repeat. Thanks


  10. easyweimaraner / Apr 25 2015 11:58 am

    I’m glad you feel better molly…and I cross my paws for all cat&dogs who had to see the vet with the same problem…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 26 2015 3:23 pm

      Grateful paw waves, Easy! Molly is bouncing today and her energy level seems back to normal…probably the new toy helped perk her up yesterday…it still has one ear and two arms…no squeaks, though. (LOL. Staff is trying organic rat discouraging tactics….damp cat litter along fence. RC is pleased to assist. See – cats are good for something) Bouncing a tennis ball your way!


      • easyweimaraner / Apr 26 2015 3:44 pm

        is that true that it helps to chase rats away? you mean used cat litter, right? or fresh one?


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2015 1:41 pm

          After searching for organic stuff to annoy rodents and suggest they go back to the fields, it appears cat urine is a major ingredient…more on this in tues/wed post. WIlling to try just about anything….sorry that old we-thougt-she-was-a-robot-cat-but-she-wasn’t cat Shasha moved. Atleast she sat around the flowerbed and looked possibly dangerous…until you realized she rarely moved..and that a turtle moved faster. Paw waves from Molly who is regaining her energy. Hope your mom is perking up, too!


  11. Jay E. / Apr 25 2015 4:42 pm

    Good to hear she’s improving!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2015 1:49 pm

      So far so good. Her energy level is finally coming up…hope she continues being cooperative about taking her wrestling is not one of my specialties. Thanks for checking in

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  12. dogear6 / Apr 25 2015 7:48 pm

    Glad to hear Molly is doing well and the neighbor made a mistake, nothing more than that.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2015 1:47 pm

      You do always worry (and the German who was staying here as she was feeling poorly herself went back home until we could figure out what happened). We live among pretty nice people. Thanks for checking by


  13. Sun / Apr 26 2015 10:55 pm

    thankfully Molly is recovering so well…i missed her poison post but whew, thankfully i got here to see she is on the road to recovery. go MOLLY! extra treats to the caretaker too!!! 😛


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2015 1:34 pm

      And still taking her pills like a champ. Her energy level is coming back, so I’m feeling more comfortable. Just not the experience you really want to have. Paw waves to Chuckie. (I am so behind on my blog reading…will catch up ASAP. Thanks for commenting so I can clip over – Reader keeps leaving out bloggers that I’ve followed. UGH.)

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      • Sun / Apr 28 2015 2:15 am

        i know, and lately i’ve had regular bloggers comment and they appear as needing approval. what’s up with that?!?!!!!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2015 1:28 pm

          Another of the WP mysteries…sometimes i get the feeling we’re the lab rats in experiments, though


  14. Unconfirmed Bachelorette / Apr 28 2015 2:02 am

    Thank goodness! Soft pats for Molly, and a kiss on the head for RC.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2015 2:37 pm

      So appreciate you tiptoeing in…both napping right now. But they will know you came by! Thanks


  15. heretherebespiders / Apr 28 2015 7:47 am

    Paw waves to all.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2015 2:57 pm

      A happy tail wag sent in return! Molly’s energy level is coming back , but she does tire more easily especially if it’s hot. She is annoyed she isn’t being taken to play with friends right now, but we still worry she might play too rough or get too hot…so racing the cat around the island will have to be entertainment for now. Thanks for rounding up a comment


  16. jmmcdowell / Apr 28 2015 11:45 pm

    So glad to hear your neighbor responded so positively. That’s a refreshing change from what we usually hear about in today’s world!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2015 2:31 pm

      This is a small little “village” tucked back in here and most people get along pretty well. It’s very walkable with coffee shops, restaurants, groceries, marina, and stuff nearby, so people interact more. Turn off the TV, park the car, and it can be that old fashion stress free living. Everyone needs to find a nook to hide in.(which is why we are all concerned about the multifamily units the developer wants to build on the island.) Thanks for barging over to chat.


  17. EllaDee / May 1 2015 2:08 am

    I’m pleased to see this follow up post, both about Molly & the neighbour. I saw a sad post on FB about a beautiful owl who’d eaten a poisoned mouse… I’m nostalgic for the days pre-chemical warfare…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2015 8:52 pm

      It’s bad enough the large factory farms are heavily using herbicides and pesticides, it would be fine with me if lawn chemical companies were banned and pest poisons were considered the extreme last resort after trying everything else. More public education badly needed. The real world isn’t Disneyland – there are irritations, but sometime the cure is worse than the annoyances. I’m worried about the local hawks. Thanks for swooping by


  18. jannatwrites / May 4 2015 4:19 am

    Had to crack up at the blurry “energy” photo – glad she is doing okay so far since the poison incident 🙂


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