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August 21, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Squirrels included, but not preferred.

Looking for the answer.

It’s out there. Or up there.

Squirrels can apply, but better, I.

With clear instincts, gut judgement, and the obvious “We come in peace” tail wags (firmly backed by teeth at the ready and warning woof available)

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Longer attention span than a 5th grader.©

It might be better if First Contact was with us dogs.

Consider carefully, Scotty and astrophysicists, before beaming anyone across galaxies at warp speed.

First impressions are important.  

Humans, as a species, tend to overlook the obvious. 

A little rewiring of DNA and genetic code may “cure” obesity. Of course. Why eat less, eat better, or exercise when the answer is so easy? MIT and Harvard say a little Crispr/Cas9 might edit the Fat Fat River Rat genes.

A little less emulating rats and their races might be sensible.

It wasn’t a lie: All work and no play make Jack and Jill dullards…and possibly dead. A major study finds workaholics’ long hours increase stroke risk as well as the potential for heart disease and diabetes. That’s pretty heartless for those left waiting in the windows. Back away from the desk.

Who invented offices anyway? Not a dog.

Despite canine leads, people are still wandering.

Ducking with foolishness.

Holster that duck! Is open duck carry even legal?

Certainly squirrely behavior there.

More nutty ideas?

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Focusing on the issues. ©

Mulling over answers.

They’re out there.

The squirrels could apply, but maybe better, I.

Put your best forward when meeting new neighbors, right?

Paw ready, NASA.

Molly, the Marvelous Malamute

But we canines insist on hiring our own ride and space contractors. 

For those who would rather improve life on earth before flighty concepts in outer space, Jayne quietly asks you to listen to Phoebe’s worldly story here.

Those eyes have it.  

Aye, definitely out of this world. 

Therapy and Spokesdog Phoebe and her person, Jayne. (

Therapy and Spokesdog Phoebe and her person, Jayne







  1. rumpydog / Aug 21 2015 12:58 pm

    I think maybe dogs should do the communicating. After all, once I gave an alien the, “Can I have a cookie?” look, they’d be putty in my hands!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2015 1:54 pm

      Exactly! An if they are really nice, the aliens can pet that soft fur…maybe even take a tiny bit of shed home for as proof such an elegant creature exists. Thanks for barking along

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  2. shoreacres / Aug 21 2015 1:21 pm

    Just last night, I heard on (late AM) radio that the whole concept of first contact is so last millenia. In fact, the contacts been made, and we’re the aliens. At midnight, certain things make sense. Of course, it was as early as the 1970s that I first heard the concept of earth as the inter-galactic insane asylum. There are days when I’d argue for it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2015 2:15 pm

      (May need that battery operated radio if this weather keeps up) It was a quandary whether to put the science or older lit. Sci-fi link to “First Contact”. I would like to visit one of the searching planetariums or radio telescopes like Big Bend, the Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve, Ireland, or maybe even very quiet Green Bank (a real asylum that’s not so insane)
      Thanks for rocketing by with a comment


  3. susielindau / Aug 21 2015 3:07 pm

    We’re pretty defenseless if our sci-fi movies have taught us anything. “Greetings alien-beings. Don’t shoot!”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2015 3:46 pm

      Maybe we can use tiny drones to wrap aliens in long lines and ropes like in Gulliver’s Travels? (The cat insists we should throw carrots at them. Something must eat carrots, she says. Cat’s won’t. Win win. Get rid of carrots and distract aliens. Cat logic.) Thanks for orbiting in with a comment


  4. Paul / Aug 21 2015 4:25 pm

    I suspect that the aliens have already visited – which may very well be why Molly is looking up : waiting for them to come back. You see the negotiations went so well that we didn’t even hear about it. Molly and her crew just schmoozed those aliens and got everything we wanted: peace from other aliens, protection from attacks and from being bulldozed to make way for an intergalactic spacelane. All asteroids will be steered away from the earth We’ll be given the freedom to explore our universe without being hassled by the intergalactic population spreading police. When we manage to actually get to the Milky Way council planet will will be given a vote as a junior member (after 100,000 years we get advanced to mid-level member with all the privileges that engenders.)

    In return we, as responsible members in waiting of the Milky Way Council are expected to control ourselves and refrain from weaponizing space. We are to be kind to any other species we encounter and offer sanctuary to any wayward or injured aliens needing our assistance. We are not to pollute space with any drifting hardware or parts thereof unless it be an operational ship or remote satellite. We are not to dump or contaminate with any known or yet to be identified pollutant – and that includes any organism or material not indigenous to any planet or other body whether it be identified as a pollutant or not.

    We are also required as a criteria for our continued pre-admission status to continue – to take dogs with us where ever we explore and expand. All major decisions have to be vetted by a panel of dogs chosen by the Milky Way council. Human entry to the Council is dependent on a clean bill of behaviour as to be established by the ruling panel of dogs.

    I think we came out well in the negotiations – what do you think? 😀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2015 5:24 pm

      OK, spill it. You were quietly tapped as a negotiator, human representative, and liaison. You have way to much insight into the process otherwise. (All that fine paw print…it’s in there somewhere we have to collect and return all those leftovers and any garbage already up there and pile it somewhere where it will not be noticed or interfere with ordinary people’s lives…like DC possibly? That must have been in there somewhere…) Oh, Molly says to tell you “Shhhhhhhhh!”
      Thanks for the fly-by and setting a comment into orbit.

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      • Paul / Aug 21 2015 5:39 pm

        Yes, there was quiet talk of all our current space garbage being knocked out of orbit at just the right time so as to land on DC – Shhhh!

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  5. robstroud / Aug 21 2015 5:05 pm

    Dogs surely know how to focus on what’s important… or, what’s trivial… They may not distinguish perfectly between the two, but they DO know how to focus!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 21 2015 5:15 pm

      So you’ve seen Molly on a dog walk. (Is every blade of grass different like snowflakes?) Thanks for keeping an eye on things with a comment


  6. roughseasinthemed / Aug 21 2015 9:21 pm

    Molllllyyyyy!!! Snowy here!!!! I have the answers. Bark. Often. And loudly. 🙂 If nothing else it results in a treat to shut me up. Blackmail is so delicious.

    Only now I was checking out the street from my window position. Do you know, one of our neighbours is calling me the Neighbourhood Watchdog?

    But space. Pawchance a step too far at this point.

    Snowy 🐾

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 22 2015 12:42 am

      Snowy, you’ve been granted a new position and title, too. Grand, indeed. The German (who will be visiting again in a bit) and I did try the dog chorus at the front windows, but Staff said treats made the German fat last time, so we have to come sit quietly in the kitchen…or go chase squirrels in the backyard. But it’s still much too hot to do that for long.
      Space ships are going to have to be improved before suitable…right now they look too much like cat food cans….Maybe we can encourage that cat to venture where no paw has gone, instead?
      Bounces and nose nudges to ya’

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  7. Littlesundog / Aug 22 2015 1:26 pm

    I can’t believe this post! It’s a sigh to me for sure! Just yesterday I let my trio of Japanese Chin out for bathroom duty and as I patrolled the area (you know the foxes are still around and Zoe is so little I must always shepherd my crew) I saw something – perhaps even heard it but couldn’t be sure and there it was! A drone… and I’d never seen one before in my life! It moved quickly from the south pasture headed in a northeasterly direction (Oklahoma City). My thoughts at the time? “Are we being watched?” and why didn’t my dogs notice? Did ANYone on this end of town notice? Was I even of interest – standing there with my mouth hanging open, looking dumbfounded and perplexed?


  8. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Aug 22 2015 10:28 pm

    Thanks for including the gofundme info for PTD Phoebe! (our first such experience).
    Sounds as if the canine faction is far more involved in this endeavor than the majority of human-types; most likey we will get better results this way. If you are considering any security additions, you might consider including Huckleberry, a recent Texas to Arkansas transplant. Huck provides daily reports as head of security at his base, and is currently training a new field agent. His fb may be found –disguised as a human-type, Lisa Wingate. Paws to you, from Adam & Tessa


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 24 2015 6:57 pm

      Huckleberry gets a big paws up for alertness. Can’t be too careful while negotiations are still vague and unsettled. We wish Phoebe the best, our rescue also had a difficult early life. Canines run together. Thanks for running by to bark along


  9. jmmcdowell / Aug 25 2015 7:46 pm

    Canines would undoubtedly make better emissaries for the Earth than humans!

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