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March 22, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Order of the Nose

Pug dog in armchair. 1857. Alfred de Dreux. Heritage Museum(, artist life, reprod of PD art/

Experts just waiting for the call.(USPD)

Bless the Belgian Malinois

Shield the Bouvier des Flanders.

Guide the German Shepherds

For these risk nose and paw to protect and defend the innocent.

Courage under fire. Strength during uncertainty. Encouragement in sorrow.

Soldiers of the fur standing shoulder to shoulder to restore the peace destroyed by those who choose to hate.

Brussels calls.

Those of the Order of the Nose step up and do not question.

The German Shepherds, the Bouvier des Flanders, the Belgian Malinois. Our best hope.

Keep safe out there, pups and handlers.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

(The dogs’ Animal Planet videos in links above)

Dog. Belgian Malinois. (Cinder by diveofficer/

Put me in coach.(diveofficer/







  1. busymindthinking / Mar 22 2016 7:22 pm

    I love this post of gratitude for dogs involvement, hero’s they are.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 23 2016 7:16 am

      Order of the Nose much more astute and observant than many humans. They are working dangerous duty seeking and protecting.Thanks for saluting along.

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  2. sustainabilitea / Mar 22 2016 7:44 pm

    We need all our defenses against enemies so filled with hate.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 23 2016 7:24 am

      It seems like humans may have much brain power, but appear to have lost the survival skill of recognizing real danger by others. Over thinking instead of seeing. Dogs understand threats more clearly. Thanks for giving paws a nod.


  3. Jane Dougherty / Mar 23 2016 2:52 am

    Keep them safe too.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 23 2016 7:26 am

      May angels walk with them all. Wish every dog had bullet/knife proof vests on them We owe them that. Thanks for covering them with protective thoughts


  4. easyweimaraner / Mar 23 2016 8:05 am

    I’m with you… and I hope we are able to bring back peace to this world. And I hope nothing will happen to all the dogs who are on duty now …


  5. Kourtney Heintz / Mar 23 2016 5:22 pm

    I love that portrait. Sending lots of support to Brussels.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 24 2016 7:22 am

      Only a tiny bit of DNA difference between species, right? Things are certainly a muddle in the human jungle. May kindness and sanity become a virus and infect us all. Thanks for saluting the paws that protect


  6. Ally Bean / Mar 23 2016 6:56 pm

    I wonder if those dogs even realize how useful they are to us humans? I bet from a dog’s pov sniffing is just something to do, no big deal. Not that theses dogs aren’t heroes, just that they’re so cool about their abilities. And I like that.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 24 2016 7:38 am

      I think it depends on the dog and breed. There’s dog rescue pair locally who have been in places after earthquakes and 911. The handlers says her dog is very serious and know it doing something critical – saving a person. The dogs are so intense that the handlers must watch if they aren’t successful at finding a live person after a while – the dogs get visibly stressed and worried. They have to rotate the dogs in and out and sometimes “stage” a “live person rescue” or the dogs get depressed.
      We had a Westie (rescue – we were his absolute last chance after multiple homes). He instantly assigned himself dog-on-duty if husband was traveling. Stood alert sentry duty for days until husband returned, then the dog would hop down from his window chair and I swear he would go over and say “Good. You’re home. You take over now” then go crash and sleep for a long time. Really strange little creatures. Work hard and play harder (sort of like college kids?HA HA) – we may be lucky they bother with us. Thanks for pawsing with a comment

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      • Ally Bean / Mar 24 2016 12:01 pm

        I didn’t know that any dog could be that focused on the objective. Interesting info here. Thx.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 24 2016 1:04 pm

          Sense of failure or sense of loss apparently isn’t just a human trait. It seems we understand so little sometimes. Makes you wonder of all the potential around we never notice. Anyway hope your Easter is hoppy


          • Ally Bean / Mar 24 2016 3:19 pm

            And a Hoppy Easter to you, too!


  7. marthaschaefer / Mar 24 2016 1:37 pm

    A salute to Order of the Nose! Well said, Phil. I remember our discussion about the dogs who were sent in to Nepal after the earth quake there. Always on hand to help undo the mess we humans create. Alice, on the other hand, probably wouldn’t volunteer. Chinese Shar Pei are not known for their rescue powers…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 24 2016 2:53 pm

      Independent Alice, would likely yawn, saying she intelligently guards the castle/couch of the one she chose leaving the search and security of the general community to other paws. A place for every paw and every paw perfectly placed.
      Alice, probably has that heavy dense coat and loose skin around the neck that protects certain breeds in combat and gives them the ability to maneuver in a fierce struggle. Certainly saved Molly. The security/police/military dogs generally don’t have or need that. It’s really funny sometimes to see the German run up and grab Molly’s collar and lead her over to show her something. Dogs have their own social behavior. Not sure if they are the clowns or we are. Thanks for saluting the paws

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      • marthaschaefer / Mar 28 2016 5:02 pm

        You are right Phil! That neck skin and bristly coat may not be soft and snuggly as a Husky but she can twist into a defensive position if needed (like when the Husky insists on attention). Paw waves to all in the Realm.


  8. Larissa Thomson / Mar 24 2016 2:29 pm

    True enough – “Paws crossed everywhere.”


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 24 2016 3:18 pm

      Good to see so many serious paws on duty. Better watchers and guardians not to be found. Thanks for cheering the woofs


  9. Paul / Mar 25 2016 6:13 am

    Well said Phil.


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