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June 11, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Oh, THAT dog. (Sappy stories)

Dogs of the Screenlands. Beloved for their low maintenance by busy human parents: Scooby (the dog, not the speeding vehicle), Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Krypto, Benji, Huckleberry Hound, Santa’s Little Helper, Goofy to mention a few.

Silly parents. Real life dogs offer more drama, more soap opera tears, more belly laughs, more inspirational heroes, and well, yes, more mud.

 Rin TIn TIn and Actress Jana Lund.Daylight Savings Time promo./ABC (1954-1959 (

Yes, it’s time. Call my agent. A dog could get a bad reputation sitting around like this. (1954-59/USPD/

So in honor of a pupcoming sleepover with the German, a few gathered woofs.

  • Big of heart and courage, eight-year-old Max loved his owners, his buddy Beagle, and the grandkids. Despite the overwhelming odds, he defended his owner against a black bear. (Michigan) Video of Max,the hero dog here.
Wonder Beagle Max looking out a window (WPBN screenshot)

Max, few can match your devotion or bravery. RIP (WPBN)

  • Figo, also 8 years old, gutsily played bumper cars with a bus. Fur flew as he took most of the hit, but protected his legally blind owner. If you haven’t cooed enough over Figo, here’s a Video of a recovering Figo, his hospitalized owner, witnesses to the accident, and Figo’s vet. (Grateful paw waves to EMS and Firefighters who cared for Figo in Brewster, NY.)
Figo on a blanketWCBS/CNN.screenshot)

“This is all great, but obviously I need to keep an eye on my mom. Visit her again soon?” (WCBS/CNN)

  •  Rysa is writing Trip Advisor.  Cold and desperate, the dog was found accommodations on the tallest icy peak in the Tatra Mountain range not suitable. His desperate brown eyes told the concerned group of climbers who found him that he didn’t take a ski lift or elevator up 8,000 feet. Abandoned. The compassionate, determined group saw no option but to carry him down – even when terrified and struggling – for ten hours to the safety of a shelter in Poland. See Rysa here.
dog Rysa. On Poland's highest mt.(screenshot www.mysanantonio)

His fur coat wasn’t enough, but rescuers warmed his heart.(www.mysanantonio)

Hero dogs do have supporters standing with them.

  • Go “Team Maros”. In honor of U.S. Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp and his K-9 partner, Maros, who were killed in the line of duty during a manhunt for a murder suspect, twenty-one third graders at Lakeshore Elementary School opened a little store with low-priced pet themed craft items and jewelry to raised enough money to buy a bulletproof vest for K9 Officer Cyros of the Mooresville Police Department. Video of presentation to K9 Officer Cyros and his handler.  As one little girl said, it goes to show every little bit helps. (Mooresville, NC.)
  • “Coins for K-9’s”. Worth their weight in gold. Students at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School collected enough pennies, nickles, dimes and quarters in about three weeks so that K9 Officer Boone of their local police force will be protected in his custom-made bullet and stab proof vest. And the kids are hoping to raise enough for the Kannapolis Police Department’s other K9s, Diesel and Vader, as well. Video of K9 Officer Boone and his friends here. (Kannapolis, NC.)

After the Awww, wish you could help police dogs, but can’t afford to?

WAIT! There are other ways to help: Click here.

Ever shop at Amazon or Goodshop? Purchases in several places can help police dogs get protective vests. Shopping supports police dogs. How cool is that?

dog. Cyros. Lakeshore elm. vest dog/YouTube screenshot/Vested Interest in K9s,Inc)

“Wow. For me? Don’t worry, Maros, I’ll keep an eye on them for you. Big paws to fill.”(Vested Interest in K9s,Inc)

While not every dog is suited for police work, many quietly make the world a better place.

Phoebe the Cyber Crime Dog is one of those.

Once a Canadian sled dog living in a rough, possibly abusive environment, this Husky was rescued as a three-year-old and placed with Jayne Hitchcock, author of 8 books and a cyber crime expert, who realized the Husky was extremely gentle and patient.

Effortlessly Phoebe became a certified pet therapy dog and started a career visiting hospitals. Next she trotted into schools teaching kids to stay safer online and helping victims of cyberbullying. Even been on TV.

Whew! Sounds like she wears a Wonder Dog cape, right?

Phoebe on a blanket (Gofundme screenshot)

Not the cape Phoebe should be wearing.

Unfortunately, Phoebe is a Husky pulling a heavy load right now: cataracts

This super dog is out of surgery, but the vet bills had to be paid with borrowed money on the day of the surgery.

Donate $100.00 or more to Phoebe’s care and Jayne will send you a signed copy of her book. Father’s Day is coming up…Check out Phoebe’s GoFundMe page or Jayne’s blogspot page.

Doesn’t cost a thing to mention her in a blog post – One line and a link? If her story could get to the right person at the right time…….

Well, think about it. Phoebe is doing her part and trusting.

 Phoebe the Cyber Crime fighting dog recouperating./ gofundme)

“Don’t worry. Nothing has ever kept me down for long. That’s why I was the lead sled dog. Updates posted on my gofundme page.Paw waves and best wishes welcomed.”

Doggone it. Dogs do it best: trust, carry on, and make people smile.

Simply super….even with a little mud on those paws.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

This post published off schedule/early because I promised Rumpydog and Jen I’d help spread the word.

…like the WP posting police are going to show up and complain bloggers must stay on scheduled post track….

Speaking of tracks, The German is coming. Of course, the rain will return. Buckets of it. Lots of muddy tracks to cover. Posting schedule may be a bit wacky for a bit. Like it matters. (The guilt. The guilt…)






  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 11 2015 2:00 pm

    It’s a fabulous idea to help the police dogs with shopping. And I hope so much for a lot of donations for Phoebe to cover the vet bills…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2015 2:26 pm

      As any pup knows, those tiny crumbs under the table – the little bits of leftovers- just as tasty and wonderful as the entire dish. Little efforts help. It’s great there are ways routine things people do everyday can have bonus benefits for good.
      Paws up for barking along, Easy!


  2. dogear6 / Jun 11 2015 2:40 pm

    Thanks for the stories. I’ve been to write a similar post about a beagle driving off a bear and saving his owner. In this case, it was my Dad as a teenager who got between a momma and her cubs by accident. He ran for the trees, didn’t think he’d make it in time (bears are really fast) and his little faithful beagle got between them and ran the bear off. He stayed up there a few hours, then came home. The beagle came home shortly after with no injuries.

    I’d always wondered if that story was true or not, but when I was recently scanning old family photos, I found the pictures of him and the beagle. I just need to get it written up and posted.

    All the stories were good. Tear-jerkers, but good. I hope the sleepover goes well and her royal highness doesn’t have to spend too much time re-teaching old lessons!



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 11 2015 2:57 pm

      Now that’s a story that needs to be told.Beagles are amazing little dogs. Loyal, confident, determined, and seemingly an unlimited amount of courage. Can’t wait to read your entire tale. Thanks for leashing that comment here.


  3. Paul / Jun 11 2015 5:43 pm

    Wow, a plethora of prescriptions to participate and provide for pups. Perfect 😀


    • Paul / Jun 11 2015 5:46 pm

      Paw Pumps. 😛


      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2015 2:05 pm

        Pure perfection! Preposterous to attempt to present additional praise for comment (but do appreciate your patience and persistence)

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Ally Bean / Jun 11 2015 6:46 pm

    “Dogs do it best: trust, carry on, and make people smile.”

    I like your summation. I’d read about some of those dogs, but not all of them. Amazing how wonderful they can be, even when ugly humans have done them wrong. Great post.


  5. Kourtney Heintz / Jun 11 2015 9:05 pm

    I saw Figo on the news. Amazing dog. They say even injured he kept trying to crawl to his owner to protect her. My Emerson is napping in my lap as I type right now. They are such wonderful creatures.


  6. EllaDee / Jun 12 2015 2:00 am

    When God had made the earth and sky,
    The flowers and the trees.
    He then made all the animals,
    The fish, the birds and bees.
    And when at last He’d finished,
    Not one was quite the same.
    He said, “I’ll walk this world of mine,
    And give each one a name.”
    And so He traveled far and wide
    And everywhere He went,
    A little creature followed Him
    Until its strength was spent.
    When all were named upon the earth
    And in the sky and sea,
    The little creature said, “Dear Lord,
    There’s not one left for me.”
    Kindly the Father said to him,
    “I’ve left you to the end.
    I’ve turned my own name back to front
    And called you dog, my friend.”

    Author Unknown


  7. PiedType / Jun 12 2015 3:22 am

    Something in my eye … will comment later


  8. Satin Sheet Diva / Jun 12 2015 4:55 pm

    Great post, but um…“Dogs do it best: trust, carry on, and make people smile.” Better not let RC see that, there may be hell(cat) to pay in the realm ;-).

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2015 5:05 pm

      RC merely sniffed “Cats do not exist to please people. Dismissed. Leave a fresh mousie on your way out.” Quick run – before she makes more demands!

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  9. marthaschaefer / Jun 12 2015 5:44 pm

    Ah those muddy paws! Daughter number 2 just showed up with her two four-legged children. Her boyfriend is on the way with a rambunctious husky pup. Poor Alice was thrilled the first day “Oh thanks Mom! Doggy Day care at my house!!” A day or so later, she is wondering where it will all end…

    Paw waves to the realm. Praying for no rain ANYWHERE for the next week.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2015 6:40 pm

      Yes, Molly is thrilled the first day of in-house doggy day care…but by day 3 it’s “Fishy stink” as Poor Richard/Franklin might say. Ditty with the no rain…husky paws seem to be sponges…
      Thanks for barking along!


  10. JA Hitchcock (@Netcrimes) / Jun 12 2015 6:59 pm

    Hi, I’m Phoebe’s “mom” and was pleasantly surprised to find this post. I can’t thank you enough for sharing her story. She is doing very well! And she says, “ROO ROO!”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 12 2015 10:43 pm

      Sled dogs pull together as a team! So glad you stopped by. Paws crossed the post helps and spreads the word. Molly Malamute/Husky, our rescue, sends a big doggy smile.


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