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April 27, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Shakin’ off the fleas.

Rescue dog by muddy shoe. After Hurricane Katrina, 2005. FEMA, Augustino/ photo/

In a world of mud, what do dogs instinctively know that humans don’t? (Hurricane Katrina rescue/USPD/

Nothing’s better than a happy one:  often a little bit damp in spots with a touch of mud clinging to the undersides. Causing squeals during a sudden purposeful shake-shake-shake that flings clumps of undetermined matter everywhere.

Dogs and the planet Earth have a lot in common.

View of earth from space.Image by Normal Kuring, NASA GSFC, using data from VIIRS instrument aboard Suomi NPP)

Mud’s big picture. (Kuring,NASA GSFC,using data from VIIRS instrument aboard Suomi NPP)

Are people merely inconvenient hanger oners? An easily dispatched annoyance. Earth seems tired of the little pests.

Something to ponder this week with a volcano in Chile and Nepal’s earthquake.

Trying to shake us off?

Dog shaking off water.(Mickey Samuni-Blank/

Instinct tells them when to make an effort to get rid of stuff. (Mickey Samuni-Blank/

People aren’t really sucking the life out of things like ticks or mosquitoes. Humans build and create.

OK. Not able to match the sunrises, sun sets, or the Aurora Borealis (Video), although light artist James Turrell comes close. (Video: Turrell’s light artMore exhibit videos here.)

Lofty skyscrapers and soaring aircraft have a beauty of their own even if not exactly mimicking lilting butterflies and the Kirby Canyon Butterfly Preserve (Video).

Effort counts!

Besides, what about the all the other living creatures?

Do they get a pass as beneficial like probiotic bacteria in the stomach do?

Eruption of Calbuco, April24,2015/NASA Earth Observatory image, Stevens/Captions:Carlowicz/Lance/EOSDIS Rapid Response team/NASA Goddard)

Fractals in nature. Earth shaking things up with undetermined matter.(NASA Earth Observ./Stevens/EOSDIS Goddard)

There’s a thing about endless repetition of shapes in nature: fractals.

Not fractured to muse that life itself repeats indefinitely in patterns, too.

Like Horton’s Whos, humans and their whirl could be just dust clinging precariously at another’s whim before laundry day.

Shaky. Shaky.

Flea. Flee. Free.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

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Talk about life’s precarious repetitions. The eggs hatched. Mom appears content and didn’t seem to mind an umbrella strategically positioned over them during a storm. ©



  1. Paul / Apr 27 2015 1:26 pm

    Free,Flea,Flee, Tee Hee Hee!


  2. easyweimaraner / Apr 27 2015 1:30 pm

    Fleas are super evil… like the most things we get for free :o( and I can’t thank mother earth enough for the fact that we have no ticks here… not one…:o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2015 2:19 pm

      Easy, it rarely gets cold enough to kill fleas here. AAARRGGH! Ticks in this immediate area are rare, but staff grew up where there were more and cows walked them around. She was good at finding them and getting them off of people and critters- all three local varieties….those giant grey cow ticks. UUUUUGGGGHHH. Paw waves and thanks for shakin’ off a comment to leave


  3. Kate Crimmins / Apr 27 2015 1:50 pm

    Love the bird babies!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2015 2:07 pm

      Right now a mockingbird mom has managed to get her 3 barely able to fly fuzzy youngsters to the lantana bush that is loaded with berried and she’s trying to get them to eat. They keep falling off and having to hop back up. She’s sitting on the fence. Every time she swoops in to check them, they frantically open their mouths and cry. Tough being a mom! Thanks for flying by

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      • Kate Crimmins / Apr 27 2015 3:13 pm

        Yes, tough no matter what species! They probably want a hot dog.


  4. sustainabilitea / Apr 27 2015 5:08 pm

    This brings to my one of my favorite little rhymes:

    The flea and the fly in the flue
    Were imprisoned, oh what should they do?
    Said the fly, “Let us flee,”
    Said the flea, “Let us fly.”
    So they flew through the flaw in the flue.

    🙂 Say it quickly for the best effect.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2015 6:33 pm

      We used to say that all the time as kids, too – I’d forgotten it. Thanks for adding that little rhyme!!!!


  5. robincoyle / Apr 27 2015 10:37 pm

    In my life, I have owned four dogs and three cats. The only beasts to have problems with fleas have been my dearly departed cats. Hmmm. Mother Nature’s way of revenge for cat indifference?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 27 2015 10:57 pm

      Or perhaps punishment to toying with the idiot child (humans)? Thanks for scratching along


  6. Unconfirmed Bachelorette / Apr 28 2015 2:06 am

    Baby doves! You put an umbrella over mama and nest during the recent storm(s)? Beautiful. It’s these sweet little things that counteract the stupid things mankind does.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 28 2015 2:43 pm

      You can’t just leave a family out in the rain! They hatched so quickly – but do hope the little guys practice flying a bit before taking the big leap off the balcony. Thanks for chirping along


  7. jmmcdowell / Apr 28 2015 11:48 pm

    Is there any bird that builds a flimsier nest than the mourning dove?! This family is lucky to have you watching over them!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 29 2015 2:33 pm

      A bird that took minimalistic architecture a little too far. That’s a nest? Good mild weather for a week or so which will give the little birds a chance to gain strength. Not cleared for flight quite yet. Thanks for nesting a comment here


  8. Russel Ray Photos / May 8 2015 6:06 am

    So that’s what my mourning dove eggs are going to look like in about a week?



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