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May 31, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Poodles. Puddles. Risky women

Floaters, neighbors, and blabbering blunders.

Shock slapped the smile off her face at the exit.

1889 Cinderella running down stairs. Blue Fairy Book/ill. G.P.Jacomb Hood/ed.Andre Lang/

They won’t jerk my season ticket if I leave early. Worrisome thunder. (1889/USPD/

Worse than Cinderella at midnight, there she was: chariotless in a gullywasher as bad as any hurricane.

The bayous were out of their banks. Neighborhoods were flooding. Hers’ included.

At the very least, they would crucify her for terrible mothering skills.

Although her own guilt would be far worse.

Her baby.  Left alone. On the floor. 

It should have been like always: safe.

A little pampered poodle cozy and snoozing curled up in her crate. On the floor.

The 84-year-old grandmother was frantic.

How could little Tinkerbell summon up enough pixie dust to save herself from drowning?

Big hug. TInkerbell safe. Amy Davis report.

“That’s right. Big hug. Then I present the list of toys and treats you’re going to buy me.”(

Wait! It ends well!

Somehow Tinkerbell gnawed or fiddled her way out of her crate. A neighbor found the resourceful little poodle curled up on a chair floating around the living room.

Final Score: Poodle-1. Puddle-0.

Watch the happy reunion here.

TInkerbell sees her mom. screenshot

Neighbors who rescued Tinkerbell. (

Sometime the worst brings out the best in people.

While splashing around talking to flood victims, reporter Amy Davis found Mary Baker in her front yard trying to salvage and dry old pictures of family and friends.

Mrs. Baker, 92, widowed in 1990 with no family living  close by, had always been pretty self-sufficient until now.

No way could she move furniture, remove soggy carpet, or hack off the sheet rock soaking up the 13 inches of water in her house. And she worried knowing there wasn’t much time before mold makes it all toxic.

On top of it all, she slipped and hurt her leg.

Woman on rock. 1921. Tanglewood Tales.Hawthorne/Sterrett/ NYLib./

Overwhelming when water water is everywhere. (1921/USPD/

Wait! It ends well!

“Volunteers clean up 92 yr olds’ flooded Meyerland home” Video. Volunteers from Weekley Foundation (Weekly Homes is a local builder), neighbors, and others who just showed up to help. And they got her to the doctor.)

Earlier video of her flooded house: “Woman,92, begins repairing flooded home”

Precinct 5 deputies were out checking on people as they know many senior citizens live in the Meyerland neighborhoods.

“It’s just a big support network here in Meyerland, and this community here is all about everybody looking out for each other. We’re just here supplementing that,” said Assistant Chief Constable John Laine.

“Meyerland families try and salvage belongings after historic flood” . Neighbors helping neighbors. That’s how it works here.

The national media is searching for disaster fodder, but the local news teams are helping by letting people know what is needed where.

Will veteran reporters and news anchors ever be called down for hazing the new hires?

What else would you call it?

Every time there’s a story in a place with a weird regional name, the established team sends in a newbie.

Places like Kuykendahl Road. (“Kerr-can-doll”), Huisache Street (“We-satch”), or Brazos River (“It’s not “Brah+zohs”, it’s “a” like in “hat”, Sweetie. It’s the big story. Surprise them and say it as the locals do.)

Then the veterans smirk back at the anchor desk while poor wet-behind-the-ears reporters struggle to say it appropriately while standing in knee-deep water avoiding snakes, fire ants, and hoping their booster shots are up to date.

Seasoned news teams may have a bit of a cruel streak or remember their own “paying of dues” year.

Woman looking at sea. 1899. Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen.Stratton.Lippincott/NYLib./

“No other news stories around here besides storms? Thought the galoshes memo was a joke.” (USPD/

This morning’s news team offered a bigger laugh than usual.

The story was about a man watching a river eating away his river front bluff. The camera man swung around just in time to see three armadillos busily digging up the lawn for breakfast.

Mighty cute.

“Oh, look, ” said the new perky anchor turning to her co-host with a big smile. “You hardly ever seen them except when they are trying to cross roads.”

Those ‘dillos. Always trying to  hitchhike along roadways, beg for treats, pose for tourist’s photos, or just trying to get home.

No doubt someone at the station will send her out on a Snipe Hunt assignment sooner or later. Maybe snap a picture of a Jackalope?

armadillo standing up in grass./VladLazenko/

Don’t encourage him. I don’t care how much he begs. Do not buy him clothes. He is not a dog, so no.  (VladLazenko/

A few sparkling notes from the floodlands.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

(It stormed again last night, the night before, and the one before that. Dallas had high water rescues again. After a partly cloudy day here, the storms came back. Water was ankle-deep in downtown. The baseball game ended, but people were allowed to remain stay for a bit….even if it was raining so hard the stadium roof was leaking. Sun is promised this week. Rivers and water levels are going down rapidly. Streets in Houston normally drain within hours, unless it starts raining again.)

woman scrubbing floor.1919. May Allison. Film still."The Uplifters" Motion Picture News.Metro Pictures Corp./

“Look, don’t mind a bit of cleaning up, but this constant repetition of flooding is beginning to get old. People, if it happens every other week, it’s not a Legendary 100 year Flood.” (1919.USPD/



  1. easyweimaraner / May 31 2015 1:55 pm

    I’m glad you included a hint that it ends well… the flood came into my eyes as I read about the poodle… It’s so scary that the nature strikes back so hard and it seems that all things are out of control… there is no limit in heat, cold, wet or dry…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 31 2015 2:19 pm

      The national news always makes things look so bad, but there is a lot of good happening. People here jump into help and say, we’ll figure out the details later. (Sunny right now with cool-ish dry north wind…paws crossed this holds a bit. Things drain quickly if the rain goes away!)
      4 out of 5 rivers that drain Texas are doing well/have crested. They will drain water from Central TX for a week or so.
      The wetlands and marshes (Whooping crane habitat) are thrilled. Mother Nature is doing a bit of redecorating and rehab of her living rooms. (And reminding people, to build appropriate structures with caution in reasonable shared areas)
      Easy you’d love the cattle drives going on for the past couple of days. The river bottom pastures are the best dining for cows. Cows have been lounging on grassy knolls here and there enjoying it all. Ranchers have been using helicopters and boats to encourage some herd to move to higher ground away from the rivers…”Come on, Bessie. It’s only ankle deep, move it!” (Here’s a news video “Cattle drive near Trinity River Today” – )
      Paw waves and keep that tail wagging! Thanks for trotting over to run along


  2. Seumas Gallacher / May 31 2015 1:56 pm

    …magnificent post ! 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 31 2015 2:26 pm

      Sometimes you have to paddle faster than other times, but best to keep moving along. Thanks for diving in with a comment


  3. shoreacres / May 31 2015 2:07 pm

    I’d heard about the poodle, but hadn’t seen the footage, so thanks for that. I heard that the Trinity is cresting this morning, and the Brazos and Colorado will soon. A week of dry lies ahead, so the bayous and creeks can drain, and we all can go fishing for catfish down at the jetties. Some of the guys were reporting on the Outdoor Show this morning that the fish are being moved far, far south, and there’s no telling how many stripers and such will be pulled out of the bay!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 31 2015 2:43 pm

      Everything but the Brazos has stopped rising.(I’d really like to see the Trinity around the Long Lake area.I’ve seen it pretty high before and would like to compare. The pictures show all of the rivers are running really fast. …so I guess shortly the tubing crowd will heading to the Guadalupe (shiver, snakes looking for home)
      Saw some really big fish swimming shallow ( and probably confused) by the bridge today.You’re right the fishermen will be thrilled.
      (There’s a big cattle drive today near Dayton moving some herds to donated pastures away from the Trinity..get those helicopters and swamp boats ready to move…the cow have looked pretty contented on the grassy knolls so far. Thanks for splashing down!


  4. Beth / May 31 2015 2:42 pm

    I can’t wait for the sun; its been a long time coming. Also, I can’t imagine what new reporters do with Bexar County, Mexia or even Manor. We always snort around here over “Manchaca” (man-shack to the locals) and “Koenig” (Kay-nig).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 31 2015 3:13 pm

      We have a big batch of new arrival reporters right now. We felt sorry for a few of them who were trying really hard to be professional as the wind tore apart umbrellas and we feared it was going to be “Flying Nun” time. Central TX will certainly try a reporter’s skills and cunning! (We have some Koenig families locally and there’s some in Boulder, CO area too with buildings named after them.)
      There’s some sun right now – and a dry north wind. (Wonder if the sandcastles from the contest melted down last night? Hmmm beach run sounds good…) Hope you guys get some sun. We’ll all be outside and dancing! Thanks for paddling in to chat

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  5. Littlesundog / May 31 2015 3:39 pm

    Looks like the sun will stay for a while now. I was hoping to mow this week but we have fawns in the yard (hoping to publish that blog post today!). The water is receding a bit in the pecan orchard and wow does it STINK down in the canyon. I suppose rotting debris swirled with cow poop… ya gotta love it all. The mosquitoes are livin it up right now!

    Isn’t it wonderful how there are so many good stories that float to the surface in catastrophes like this? I try to look for the silver lining in everything. Nature handles it so resiliently. Have a lovely day, good friend!! 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 31 2015 3:51 pm

      Fawns! Must trot over later (reworking an old bed while it’s not raining…we’ve got sun…and there is that very wet swampy smell. Mosquitoes on the way.)
      There’s good happening. (but it doesn’t draw viewers as much as horrors?). There was even a rainbow spotted – now that’s good news.
      Hope you get to romp with the dear ones. Thanks for tossing a comment this way


  6. marthaschaefer / May 31 2015 7:54 pm

    Following your weather Phil with interest. We are finally getting two days of rain and very cool temps here in “Blue Hamster” We desperately need it but it makes for a dull weekend of indoor cleaning. Can I send you and Molly a kayak for your daily walkabouts?


  7. Silver in the Barn / May 31 2015 10:25 pm

    So happy you provided some happy endings especially the poor little pooch in the crate. Thank heavens!!! I know exactly what you mean about place name mispronunciations on the local news. It’s got to be sport with the more seasoned anchors laughing behind the scenes. And I’m happy to know how to pronounce Brazos now!

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  8. Kate Crimmins / Jun 1 2015 12:07 am

    Hmmm….can fire ants swim? Pooch is good news and you sound good. We’re pulling for you all.


  9. EllaDee / Jun 1 2015 4:33 am

    Thank goodness it all ends well. Mother Nature like the current Mercury Retrograde astro cycle sweeps away things we never knew we could do without to make room and opportunity for us to do amazing things… Yay for Tinkerbell, good community and armadillos 🙂


  10. Spinster / Jun 1 2015 4:41 am

    The rain keeps moving this way too. Keep it over there. 😐 (Half-joking; be safe out there.)


  11. aFrankAngle / Jun 1 2015 12:03 pm

    Interesting how within the horrors of disasters as floods, stories that make one smile come out. Good luck to the many affected with the recent storms trend.

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  12. Robin / Jun 1 2015 5:07 pm

    Glad you’ll be getting some sunshine and drying out. Send some of that excess rain this way, please. Enjoyed the good news stories. 🙂


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