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January 7, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Staring a whole.

Worst time of year, this.

The calculated shoving of those darn big-eyed suffering animals in your face on every channel. Enough to make you to run away: escape to the gym.

(At least the staring animals there fund themselves. And shed microscopically. The watering holes still dangerous…)

women exercising.1924 women spinning in gym (image from Spinning

Pulling for change? Remember to exercise the heart. (

Only in winter can people grudgingly admit “with only a few genetic clicks, I could have been one of those poor desperate creatures shivering in the cold”.

(Better increase the resistance on this machine. Need to build up for those office fight or flee situations. Running down prey, pray….)

Anyone would help those animals fallen on hard times – if they had the money each month. Compassionate, but sigh.

(Survival of the fittest. This is MY stairstepper. Get back, you lump, and you wish you had this stamina.)

Brains over brawn. To the smart, go the spoils.

The ones at the top can afford to be magnanimous, so do it. Please. (Note the polite manners)

Men bicycle spinning on rollers. ( Image: Spinning 4

Ever get the feeling that things aren’t quite going as expected? (

Please, please, pretty please help the Houston SPCA win $50,000 by just a click. 

The Chevron Houston Marathon Run for a Reason charity will award the winner of their contest with a huge check January 17th.

Voting ends January 12, 2016. You can vote daily. Here.

Benny the dog is in safe hands now thansk to the SPCA animal ambulance and vets. (Houston SPCA/click2houston)

“Don’t cry for me, Argentina. The truth is that I’m safe now. But there are others. Help the Houston SPCA save them. Click and vote. You can do it. Click and vote. It just takes a minute.” (Hey, I never said I was above using big sad eyes to guilt trip. Houston SPCA)

The Houston SPCA is one of the good ones.

Last year they’ve been involved with rescuing, healing, and finding homes for not only dogs and cats (multiple hoarding/puppy mills), guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, birds, and turtles, but also entire herds of starving, abused, abandoned horses. They provide care and shelter for confiscated exotics until appropriate refuges can be located. They have a 24 hour Stray Animal Rescue Ambulance (With a phone number to call. That’s how Benny shown above was saved). When disaster strikes, they deploy to help with animal disaster relief and emergency care.

Our Bouvier de Flanders, Raggs, came from there. I do write them checks each year in his memory in thanks. I know volunteers and those who foster animals when there’s no room in the shelter.

 Here’s your chance: Just a minute. Just a click. 

Houston SPCA homepage: contest link / instructions here.

Skin and bones Palomino horse at SPCA with med staff. (Click2houston)

“What went wrong? As a Palomino I dreamed of the Rose Bowl Parade. Now a plain feed bowl is enough.”(Horse at Houston SPCA with vet staff/Click2houston)

Then you can look those sad, desperate, big-eyed animals on TV and honestly say, “I did something. I helped.”

Thanks (Tell your friends,too. OK?)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

We’d like to take a minute to thank the anonymous donor whose gift to the non-profit Vested Interest in K-9’s, Inc. is providing Richmond Police Department’s K-9 Jackie with a bullet and stab protective vest that is to be embroidered with their chosen words of “Bless and protect this K-9. Thank you for your service.” (Read more here.)

German Shepherd. Richmond Police Department's K-9 Jackie. (

Attention. All paws salute for those who back those who defend and  protect. Better than any gun. Won’t go off accidentally. Works perfect in gun free zones. Get one for your school.(click2houston)














  1. shoreacres / Jan 7 2016 12:50 am

    Voting done, link open as a reminder. So many good charities — but without your prompt, I wouldn’t have known about any of them, or the race, or the contest.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 7 2016 1:49 am

      The Houston Marathon site is rather quirky at times, but hope it works well enough to add up all the votes. (I was determined to stick with only 2 posts a week, but starving animals and a limited time offer! Oh, well.) Thanks for clicking


  2. PiedType / Jan 7 2016 12:56 am

    Done. And will be done repeatedly. Clicks I can afford!

    Ever notice the resemblance between the starving animal ads and the starving children ads? A disgusting disservice to all parties.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 7 2016 1:56 am

      So many good charities listed, but after last year the Houston SPCA could really use some help.
      The marketing and slick expensive ads of both kids and animals is unsettling and makes people uneasy – must be pricey, but must work. (Didn’t Jerry Lewis marathon start this trend years ago?) While the ASPCA does so many commercials and mailings, it rarely mentions that the funds go to them not your local SPCA groups/shelters. That’s poaching and annoying, so we try to stay local. Thanks for clicking for the paws!

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      • PiedType / Jan 7 2016 3:38 am

        They need to try the approach I found last year … I thought it was awesome.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 7 2016 3:39 pm

          IT IS AWESOME! (Of course one of the dogs looks like Molly).
          I suspect the ASPCA chooses guilt to wring out money nationwide. Long distance adoption isn’t their thing. It is a bit unfair that the national ASPCA runs in and grabs money that could be supporting the local SPCAs. But they are/did help get the dogs of war back on US soil pushing legislation. So a couple of yips and barks for their help there.


  3. Carrie Rubin / Jan 7 2016 1:38 am

    My vote is in. Looks like a wonderful organization.


  4. D. Wallace Peach / Jan 7 2016 1:52 am

    Voted 🙂 Glad to help!


  5. sportsattitudes / Jan 7 2016 2:30 am

    Happy to vote for the Houston SPCA! I recall how they stepped up big-time after Hurricane Katrina to help animals that were displaced. Sound like they are a quality organization that goes well above and beyond!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 7 2016 3:47 pm

      A good bunch of people with an army of volunteers. Over the past year flooding disasters, 2 herds of starving battered horses, multiple “rescues” that turned out to be worse than the streets. Managed to take them all in. Always there and getting better. Really appreciate your help – it’s a long shot with TX Children’s and St Jude in there, too, but you never know. Thank for barking along

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  6. jannatwrites / Jan 7 2016 5:14 am

    Voted 🙂 can’t watch those animal commercials and the kids get upset by them too. Seeing animals mistreated is distressing and I was happy to read about how the Houston SPCA seems to really care about the welfare of all animals.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 7 2016 3:54 pm

      Those commercials. They run them so much in Dec and Jan. Would be nice if they said “Please support your local SPCA and help the animals in your area.” Actually I really like the approach PiedType ran across (Click on the link in her comment – it will make you smile!). Thanks joining the pack and voting!


  7. Kate Crimmins / Jan 7 2016 3:35 pm

    I’m a big sucker too. I especially love the groups that DO NOT display horrid abuse cases as they haunt me for days. I do what I can. If I win that big lottery, they will all get their share! Gonna go vote now.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 7 2016 4:00 pm

      I have to cover Molly’s eye when those come on – she notices the images and sounds. We tell her all those animals were collected and safe. It would be nice if the ASPCA requested people send money to their local branches…where the animals actually are. But I guess it takes money to pay lobbyists and staff who do push national legislation to improve treatment for all. For a real smile, go to PiedType’s comment and click on her link – now that’s a great ad for shelters! Bound to motivate people to actually adopt pets. Thanks for running by and supporting the SPCA!

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  8. marthaschaefer / Jan 7 2016 4:14 pm

    Shop local, support local. I am in full agreement on the “national” campaigns that don’t result in helping the local agencies who are doing all the hard work. Well said Phil, you are doing your part!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2016 2:08 am

      Sitting and wringing hands doesn’t accomplish much, so best dig in and do what you are able, right? Thanks for joining the pack!


  9. Beth / Jan 7 2016 7:45 pm

    Voted! I’m a huge supporter of shelters/rescue groups for all of the amazing work they do. (I’m also a huge sucker for videos of abandoned animals who have been transformed by the love, support and care of the various shelters around the country.)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2016 2:14 am

      The local SPCA is really good about presenting their charges in the best possible light to encourage adoptions. There was even a “challenge” competition with several horse trainers (as one batch of horses had had very little human contact or socialization.) The lady that worked with the wild little pinto fell in love with her and adopted her as soon as she was available. The Pinto is now a therapy horse. Win-win! Great stories. Thousands of them. Cheers for rescues. Thanks for the assist!

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  10. sheldonk2014 / Jan 8 2016 12:41 am

    Thank you for your like
    See you soon


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2016 2:15 am

      Thanks for stopping by. Charmed to meet you.Hope you find something to read that tickles your mind. Cheers!


  11. Littlesundog / Jan 8 2016 2:14 am

    Voting is done and I’m keeping the link on my screen so I remember. I donate a good bit to WildCare since I take them wounded and orphaned wildlife throughout the year, but I also donate to two Japanese Chin rescues, and also a local animal shelter. Every little bit helps. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2016 2:22 am

      As Daisy will say, you do more than your share…and every little bit does help ( in process of making fluffy warm winter dog/cat beds for our little city shelter which is remarkable for it’s size and takes in overflows from others as they can. Somehow I always find some bit of fabric has arrived just about this time of year…soft beds and blankets might make a difference to a frightened new arrival) Watch out for the weather this weekend/next week. Stay snug and warm! (And thanks for voting!!!!)

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      • Littlesundog / Jan 8 2016 2:32 am

        I plan to stay indoors… though the neighbor said I could pick all of the pecans in the orchard I wanted and I’m fairly tempted to brave the cold to go gathering. Darn… with all of this weather we’ve had, I wonder how much moisture pecans will take before they’re no good? You know while raising squirrels we go through a lot of pecans and I sure hate to buy them!! So, if we get a good day or two weatherwise I might just be found crawling around on the ground squirreling away nuts for the little critters. 🙂

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  12. jmmcdowell / Jan 13 2016 11:03 pm

    Drat, I didn’t get here until after the voting closed! Fingers are crossed that they finished at the top!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 13 2016 11:45 pm

      The competition was pretty stiff, but you never know. We’ll find out this weekend. In any case, they did get some stage time to highlight the shelter and their work. Thanks for adding some cheers. (Never too late for that!)


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