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July 17, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Lookin’. Chickens. Snakes. Downhome dogs.

dog in sunglasses. No permissions granted. Copyrighted. ALL rights reserved

“Yes, Those. That’s the look we’re going for.”©

You see it don’t you? Incomprehensible.

Post position vacant. (Not to be confused with Pole position. Politics. Enough to make anyone disappear…but that might be the source of the emptiness.)

Able and willing to run the mystery down – once I get outfitted. (Hmmm, what does mystery taste like? Rabbit? Chicken?)

Foul concerns about those trendy backyard hens.

Mom always said be careful with your nose, eyes, and mouth. “You don’t know where that one may have scratched.”

“CDC: Don’t kiss your pet chicken”

Mystery why so many known facts get lost in the rush of coolness.

Not barking up the wrong tree about cobras either. 

There’s a good reason why cobras aren’t allowed in hospitals: poor manners, quick to anger, and oh, yes, their tendency to have biting conversations. (People can get enough of that at any mall or even innocently watching TV these days. Who needs more?)

Some say they live for danger or attention. People, not Cobras. Then are shocked when nature takes its’ course.

“Police may have found Cobra that killed man in car.”

Dog driver. Facebook. soca.fortbendcounty:photos

As soon as that rat terrier figures out the pedals, we’re outta here. (soca.fortbendcounty/Facebook)

Driving things home is pretty important. Especially if they are dogs.

With 400-500 dogs arriving to the Fort Bend shelter monthly, the place was in overload. (Not just strays, and unfortunates, but also bait dogs. Grrr. Sorry. But what can you expect from a species that also continues to traffic in humans like they were produce? Cage fighters? Easy to suggest who should be put into cages and the key thrown away. Grrr along. It’s OK)

The “easy” solution for the shelter wasn’t so easy to make looking at those little hopeful doggy faces.

Would you believe someone discovered there are actually towns and cities that have fine animal shelters – but not one occupant? Not one dog to offer to a child looking for a pet?

Bingo. Not as easy. Volunteers stepping up. All lives matter. (Difficult to believe that people in Wisconsin, Fort Bend volunteers/SOCA(Facebook) and this animal shelter are the only ones who can come up with positive creative thoughts and solutions, but if so, hope those specific genes get multiplied so the world has a chance become a better place.)

“Stray dogs in Fort Bend County finding new homes in the Midwest with groups’ help.”

Enough stray thoughts.

Leave you with a weak end joke:

Two Helvetica fonts walked into a bar. The barkeeper said. “Get out! We don’t serve your type in here.”

Blame yourself. You stayed…or strayed off the major cyberpaths. (Yes, those can be disturbed.)

So watch out for the snake, hug a dog, but not a chicken, and have a great weekend.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

dog passenger. facebook.soca.fortbendcounty

Hit it, dude. I’ve got you and I’m goin’ home. (soca.fortbendcounty/Facebook)






  1. Carrie Rubin / Jul 17 2015 5:08 pm

    The day they allow cobras in hospitals is the day I stop stepping inside of them…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2015 5:38 pm

      Considering all the hospital health and safety regulations, it probably would be difficult to drive on in and get past the front desk – and they wouldn’t fit in elevators. Oh, wait, you meant Cobra snakes, sorry. It’s Friday. Wheel ready for the weekend. Although the research groups tend to be a bit more open to ideas, Cobra snakes can’t get past with their venomous habits. Thanks for looking out for a great comment to leave

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Jul 17 2015 6:43 pm

    Good news about the shelters. Bad news about the snakes. Not a fan of anything long and slinky.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2015 7:42 pm

      Any snake that slithers out into the road has a death wish – and most motorists are happy to help…especially an escaped cobra! Thanks for capturing a comment to leave

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  3. Paul / Jul 17 2015 8:10 pm

    What about pythons? They are quiet and only eat once every three weeks? Unless you’re a mousie, they mean no harm. There is a fellow Blogger, Gibber, who has a snake named Pickles. Pickles goes for a walk with her owner and is admired by all. Just because Cobra’s have a bad name doesn’t mean all snakes are mean. Poor Pickles suffers from the bad reputation that Cobras have built. It makes Pickles sad to be the subject of such prejudice when all she has ever done is like people. 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2015 9:41 pm

      And boas (knew one as a kid). Pickles is a great name…sounds like a character in a book.
      I tend to be partial to black snakes. Hard workers.
      The kid that died from the cobra was transporting it to a customer for his mom who had recently purchased an exotic pet supply. Tragic. Really experts only should apply.
      thanks for rounding up Pickles’ story and introducing her!

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      • Paul / Jul 18 2015 11:50 pm

        I checked with Gibber abut Pickles: “She’s a red tail boa with some albino in her. She’s 6 feet now and will grow to between 10-12 feet.” I stand corrected. 😀


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 19 2015 5:51 pm

          Did you know boas only eat once in a while – not when they are about to shed their skins. Tossing baby chicks in at the wrong time means the snake snoozes while the chicks dance all over him…and you end up having to build a chicken coop to house them and go buy food to feed them until the snake wants to eat…but by then the chickens are bigger and you’ve named them…so you are back to snake square one with additional pets to clean up after. (and having chicken be free range in the woods really isn’t a realistic idea…and camper’s parents really don’t want their kids seeing too much of the food chain..).
          Yep, Pickles stay cute, cooperative, and social. No need to hit the road (let the chickens cross if they wish, but, Pickles, stay home!
          Thanks for the update!


  4. heretherebespiders / Jul 17 2015 9:05 pm

    Should have been Comic Sans fonts! Ghastly things. Glad for the whistle-blower on that so called shelter.
    And I’m on the snake’s side, too!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2015 9:34 pm

      Oh, that would have been a better front group to ban
      I started to just post the German’s pix with a “This blog is MIA today as the blogger is disheartened by so much of the current news”
      But the German suggested a few silly stories.
      No, really this is an excellent shelter who adopts out/fosters many many animals and someone found a shelter that needed animals, so Fort Bend shelter rounded up volunteers to drive up once a month with adorable pets. It’s working amazingly well. There are bound to be other places that need dogs/cats – and the big cities have a surplus. A matter of people making connections. Win-win. Now we are looking for homes for over 325 horses taking in by county shelter last month from 2 different owners/hoarders who were not feeding them, caring for hooves, injuries…one owner was a vet who had had puppy mill animals confiscated previously. Hang on ponies – help has arrived.
      Sad about the cobra. It never asked to be caged or transported. Need to be an expert to handle them and to offer an environment with quality of life. Cobras do best in their own natural environment, right? Slither on! Thanks for coiling up a comment


      • heretherebespiders / Jul 17 2015 9:40 pm

        I was thinking of a recent whistle blower incident that saved 500 animals from a so called. Glad you have a good one. My dog, I’d have done anything for a free horse when I was a teen. Sigh.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2015 9:45 pm

          They have then fostered all over donated pastures. What is wrong with people? How can owners stand there and say the animals are fine with all the bones sticking out? The rescue group was putting up tarps for shade and giving horses IV drips until the poor things could stand and get in trailers. One horse is a big responsibility – a whole herd? Thank goodness neighbors kept hounding news media, authorities, and social media about them. Hope some kids are able to get their dream horses and give it a safe home forever.

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          • heretherebespiders / Jul 17 2015 9:57 pm

            I have a friend in FL who, despite her husband’s protests, has not started taking in rescues. She and I rode her horses bare back, alone, into the Gulf of Mexico as kids! There are still good people out there. Some save humans, some save animals. Some even save rare plants or works of art. It does feel like a losing battle when the other humans keep finding new ways to hurt or destroy these treasures beyond measure.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2015 10:18 pm

            Good points – and so true. See that’s the trouble with summer – it’s too hot to go outside and the TV stays on much too much as background noise, but still shoveling out misery. If everyone picks one direction – one thing to help – then it all adds up to a better world. Thanks for the smiles

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          • heretherebespiders / Jul 17 2015 10:21 pm

            I’ve picked a weird direction -the plight of dogs and cats in Montenegro. Never been there, costs as much for me to go there as it does to the U.S. But if I could save just one…


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 17 2015 11:23 pm

            Something led you there. I have given up trying to figure out how things work. Mysterious ways, and who knows what game is in play. THose gut feelings often are the best guide and have their own rewards. 🙂


  5. Sun / Jul 18 2015 1:10 am

    now that’s a purty fur-rock star in those shades!!!! thanks for sharing about caring animal shelters…so sad so many animals end up in these shelters.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2015 3:01 pm

      Certainly paws up for those volunteers and shelter people for all their determination and successes. just shows if there’s a will, there’s a way. Thanks for shining over here with a comment ( Paw waves, Chuckie! Must run over – you aren’t showing up in reader or notifications!)

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      • Sun / Jul 18 2015 7:28 pm

        i’ve been vegetating for awhile now, and Chuck is too lazy to say anything so that’s the reason you can’t see us in your reader… ha-haaahah. big pats to Molly and the German!!!!


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 19 2015 5:42 pm

          It’s summer and close to 100 here. (And the German is visiting for a few days – so more doggie camp cruise director than anything else…getting motivated and putting something cohesive in a post is a bit difficult…though napping sounds wonderful….someday) Appreciate you sitting down to chat once in a while. Paw waves!

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  6. EllaDee / Jul 18 2015 7:04 am

    Cool shades. Love dogs and cars, especially when they’re going to forever homes. But snakes and cars… noooo, there’s too many stories of slithery hitchikers.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2015 3:09 pm

      This was in the Austin area and people were very concerned since the snake escaped the transport container and killed the poor driver. Wild cobras won’t get many votes around here. It does sound like a horror story. The driver did tweet. Shiver. Thanks for driving in with a comment


  7. marthaschaefer / Jul 18 2015 11:49 am

    Slithering through the dog days of summer with a little cluck? Time to turn off the boob-tube and get outside to play with the doggies, Phil!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 18 2015 3:16 pm

      Sadly it’s the time of year we go into summer hibernation. Vets and authorities don’t even like pets being outdoors now. – temps right at 100 expected all week, and then there’s the humidity and it doesn’t cool off at night (78-79). Seriously having to force Molly off the couch and outdoors. She’s locking up and refusing to take walks. The German is arriving for a few days, so that’ll be play motivating…and 2 hot dogs under the fans.
      SIGH. How much longer until Halloween and our first cool spell? (I’m thinking a road trip in mid Sept to higher and cooler elevations…after hurricane season watch). Right now, you’ll have to romp for us! Thanks for breezing by with a comment

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  8. shoreacres / Jul 18 2015 7:47 pm

    Check this out: in Liberia, some of the pythons are so big they can stretch across a road, with their head on one side and their tail on the other. Sort of like this, only longer.

    Drivers often would say, “That snake-o, he be gonna wrap you up, you drive ‘cross him. He put his head on one side, his tail on the other, and throw you in the bush!” And that was it. Until the python moved on, we didn’t move. After a while, I got used to it. What’s not to like about a python break?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 19 2015 5:44 pm

      You have more books and stories in your head than an explorer. Florida has some of those monster snakes now…they got too big for people’s bath tubs…and hey, snakes live in swamps and wetlands, so Simon Snake will be fine, kiddies.
      Python break. Gotta lover that one. Thanks for stretching over here with a comment and that link


  9. Kourtney Heintz / Jul 20 2015 12:00 am

    Love these doggie pics. They cracked me up. So glad they are finding spaces for dogs in other shelters.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 20 2015 3:59 pm

      For each dog that’s adopted, there’s space in the shelter to give another dog a chance. Those volunteers deserves a big hand. Thanks for rolling in to chat


  10. jmmcdowell / Jul 21 2015 11:28 pm

    Kissing a chicken just isn’t going to make it onto my bucket list. 😉 Ah, rat terriers. My childhood dog was a rat terrier—long before they were recognized by the AKC. Smart and energetic to be sure!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 22 2015 2:17 pm

      But apparently it may be OK to kiss a dog. Study going on in AZ concerning dog licks being good for your health – possible probiotics good for humans. Every kids in the world is cheering and ready to show that study to reluctant dog owner parents. Rat terriers used to be such a popular pet….a lot less hair to deal with, too. Thanks for leashing a comment here.


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