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December 4, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Possible vacancy. Applications being taken.

Reclining giant woman against a tree with tiny man at her side. Gulliver and Glumdalclitch/1850's French edition of Gulliver's Travels/

Dealing with the demanding littles is so tedious. (Gulliver and Glumdalclitch/1850/ USPD/

Shaken awaken

Rocks down on a roll.

A little earthquake here. A bit of a landslide there.

Like a sleeping mastiff grumpily irritated by fleas, does Mother Earth, on occasion, try to rid herself of annoying pests?

Garni Crater on Mars (

What unfolded here? Garni Crater on Mars.(USPD/

The way things are going, no need to worry about global warming.

The human species continues running headlong towards oblivion. All on their own. No hostile environmental assistance required.

Gone, gone, and including the Goody-goods

Problem solved.

Sleeping giant with tiny people above poking him with sticks (Gulliver (Melies,1902)Fredojoda/

No escaping them. Constant petty squabbles and poking one another. (Gulliver by Melies,1902/Fredojoda/

The entire planet handed back to the Animal Kingdom.

The question would be then, which collection of cells would crawl out of the heap and assume the leading role?

My bet’s on cats and dogs. They’ve been doing internships and watching closely. Maybe too closely. They fight like…well, you know.

Should we leave the successors a note?

We didn’t decipher the ones left for us.

Might be wiser to let them strike out all on their own.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Searching for a little rocks that roll and sands of time? Click here (You have to love that #9. Really moves. Although #4 and #6 will grow on you if you give them a chance. What can I say about #39 and #40 other than simply electric and out of this world?)

Or rock your interest in ‘humanity’s earliest architectural plans’.

Tied giant surrounded by armies of tiny men.1830.Lithograph by Ferdinand-Philippe d'Orleans (1810-1842) "La patrie est en danger"/Loc/

And they seem resistant to bug spray, tornadoes, and tidal waves.(1830Litho./Ferdinand-Philippe d’Orleans/USPD/





  1. marina kanavaki / Dec 4 2015 1:46 pm

    I’m sure the Animal Kingdom will do a better job! 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 4 2015 2:36 pm

      Probably, but with all the stuff we are leaving around, they’ll have quite a bit or housekeeping to do? Always nicer when the dwellings’ previous occupants remove their belongings when they go. Thanks for hoofing over to leave a comment


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 7 2015 4:01 pm

      Just in case they need staff. portrait artists, interior designers, touch up the resume/CV. (Not having thumbs will take some modifications of things or some assistance on occasion) Thanks for signing in with a comment


  2. easyweimaraner / Dec 4 2015 2:26 pm

    as long as the squirrels will not rule that new planet, it’s fine by me :o)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 4 2015 2:47 pm

      Easy, you’ll need staff, right? I have experience. Able to scout out squirrels for your amusement! Thanks. (I’ll just leave resume here by your paw…)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 7 2015 4:02 pm

      Even squirrels need a mentor and yoga instructor! I’m sitting by you, OK? Thanks for settling in with a comment


  3. Carrie Rubin / Dec 4 2015 2:41 pm

    It’ll be the cats for sure. And they’ll have the dogs doing their bidding. Size won’t matter in this case.


  4. Robin / Dec 4 2015 3:58 pm

    Whatever species takes over, I hope they do a better job than we have. I read “The World Without Us” last year, and he seemed to think there was some hope for another species. Birds or fish, maybe, if not the cockroaches.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 4 2015 7:14 pm

      Cockroaches crossed my mind, too, but perhaps fire ants have a jump on them with all their social structure, architectural skills, work ethic, willingness to sacrifice for the safety of the whole group in a crisis, they even cultivate herds, ants self medicate when exposed to toxic fungus…ants have a lot going for them. Of course there’s always they tend to bite first and ask questions later. Maybe we’d better encourage the birds…
      Thanks for tossing a comment this way


  5. Littlesundog / Dec 4 2015 5:12 pm

    What? I think squirrels totally ROCK! The wild things have survived and acclimated to change rather well I’d say. Mother Nature cannot be fooled and she’ll do as she pleases! 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 4 2015 7:15 pm

      Squirrels! Voting for squirrels. They work hard and play hard. Excellent choice. Thanks for swinging by to chat


  6. The Coastal Crone / Dec 4 2015 9:38 pm

    Cats already rule with some degree so it would not be hard to them to take over. Perhaps animals would take better care of the Earth.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 7 2015 4:05 pm

      Sometimes, I suspect the take-over has begun. Maybe they can teach cows and dogs to cover so everyone can have clean paws/hooves/feet? Cats are masters of the hidden lessons. Thanks for running with the herd


  7. heretherebespiders / Dec 4 2015 11:49 pm

    Late in again as usual – but for this topic, late seems the normal! I’d like to say a world where humans figured it out is still a possibility. But we’d just screw it up again. Cats would recover first – our messing around making dog ‘breeds’ has weakened their pack sense. Or maybe just the cross-breeds and some sensible ones like Germans and malamutes and sheepdogs (and Jack Russells) will take over?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 7 2015 4:12 pm

      (We shall not discuss tardy slips as it is the holiday season and everyone is rushing around…I am so behind.) You may be right.
      RC Cat is suspiciously smug on this topic. “Only a matter of time. A matter of time…”, she’s been heard to mutter. Keeping up her street survival skills with many games of bathtub mousie hockey right now. And instructing the Molly to run wildly a lot to keep up endurance. Both snickering over those fluffs who can’t be seen out without painted nails and a fresh clip. “First to fall,” mutters the cat.
      Thanks for adding an astute evaluation!

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  8. D. Wallace Peach / Dec 5 2015 2:00 am

    We do seem to be engineering our own extinction rather deftly. The planet will sigh a breath of relief.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 7 2015 4:23 pm

      Seems like we’ve been ducking objects lobbed from outer space as well as solar flares, volcanoes and unexplained not typical earthquakes recently. Minerals for thought, maybe? Thanks for checking in

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  9. roughseasinthemed / Dec 7 2015 6:04 pm

    Cockroaches was my first thought too. Snowy barks PODENCOS. Maybe, he’s hot on sussing out the cockies wherever they are. Humanity will be no loss anyway. Hardly the earth’s biggest conservator.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 7 2015 7:27 pm

      Those greasy cockies. Our Westie was tireless about them.He was really a big help – just like PODENCOS!
      Do you think earth sent out messages to “family” and that’s why we’ve had so many incoming meteors, rocks, space junk, solar flares, and odd comet encounters? Pushing our luck, we are.
      Thanks for tossing a comment this way (Paw waves to Snowy from the German, whose new house seems to agree with her, and Molly who is eagerly waiting to take her muddy paws over to visit…)


  10. jmmcdowell / Dec 8 2015 11:45 pm

    But if the dogs could learn to control catnip, they might also beat out the cats for control of the planets. 😉 I’d prefer that cockroaches weren’t the top dog, but would they be any worse than humans?


  11. EllaDee / Dec 10 2015 3:23 am

    Foxes? I seem to remember something about that from reading William Wharton’s novel Franky Furbo.



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