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April 22, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Point and pointy stick

vintage cats on bikes. 1880. (Pearl Series by McLoughlin Bros. Pub./

“Whiskers, tell me, if we have on clothes, how come we don’t have on shoes?”(USPD/

Like or like not, similes can make people queasy. A good way to get poked with a pointy stick. Catty remarks are only the opening today. (Oh, it ends up there, too. You know how it is these days. Keep reading.)

1.Holding the Olympic Games in Brazil is like inviting a bunch of strangers over to a house on fire.

2.”Needing” a new ZL1 Camaro where the traffic is usually in total gridlock is a bit like a couple “needing” a house with 6+ bedroom suites.

Hiding no more, this ZL1 Camaro is out of camo and off for testing (What a job. Bet your dad never told you about that one….)

Dealers don’t know the price, but if you want to hand them a big chunk of money and promise to pay what they decide eventually (adding the cost of all the build-the-sale items like polishing tires, leather seat conditioning, license plate dusting..), they might order what you want on an allotted slot vehicle, and might not sell it out from under you in the fall… Seriously, is that like anything?

But make it a convertible and arrest-me-red and I might be willing to talk about it….Molly likes to feel the wind in her fur. There will be long road trips west, right? Like that’s gonna happen…

car. 2017 ZL1 Camaro (

250 pounds lighter and faster than ever, condemning this car to stop and go city traffic is like hitching a billion dollar race horse to a plow. Outrunning fans still, this 2017 ZL1 Camaro floors it on the way to the test tracks. Oh, OK Detroit. We know you’ve been seeing a few of them around recently. Stop being smug.(

3. Overly enthusiastic news anchors constantly counting down the number of days before 2017 Super Bowl opens here is a bit like trying to convince a small child broccoli is yummy and edible.

I know the event is like Christmas for the hotels, restaurants, Uber, the entertainment districts, and escort services, but there’s always that after the celebration let down when you didn’t get what you wanted and there’s trash waiting.

Besides all the early hyper-excitement is far too much like an unpopular child who finally got invited to the party.

4.One lost little girl has a fairy tail ending to her story. She’s very popular right now.

A couple out for a walk saw her crouched in the grass. It’s like they were her white knights who magically arrived to save her from the storms.

Polite. Completely well-mannered, she did everything they asked. Many hugs and kisses.

Snug, dry, and well fed now. Authorities are looking for her people – to make sure what their plans are to keep her safe.

You see, it’s like this, tigers, no matter how cute and sweet, are not allowed to live in there.

young tiger about to get in truck. (Conroe police dept/animal control)

“Hop in? Oh, I love car rides. You’re not strangers are you? Oh, good I can go with you.” (Conroe Police Dept/animal control)

And what’s not to like about all that?

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Conroe's mystery tigress. Conroe Police Dept.

Misplace your tiger? Conroe Police Department would like to have a word with you. She is nicely leash trained. Knows how to sit and roll over, too, but missing her toys.(Conroe police dept/animal control)





  1. Satin Sheet Diva / Apr 22 2016 6:30 am

    Out for a stroll, see a real and very much LIVE tiger crouched in the grass? No one gets mauled, turns out it’s affectionate (cuddly even) and you get to keep it for a minute or so until the authorities show up? Day, made. Hope she’s returned to a fitting home where she is well cared for.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2016 8:29 am

      That tiger is such a cutie! There’s apparently a dispute between 2 people claiming the tiger. Authorities are retaining custody and moving her to more appropriate quarters/sanctuary while it get sorted out…hopefully she’ll get to stay with other tigers and just be a tiger. They seem to need a big space to run and play…besides, how many couches can you afford to buy? Thanks for wandering around here and stopping to chat

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  2. Seumas Gallacher / Apr 22 2016 7:33 am

    great post 🙂

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  3. philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2016 7:39 am

    Even odder, the tiger had on a collar and leash. Probably the owner had to evacuate with the flooding. Either left the tiger where they though it was safe, but she escaped the enclosure. Or they did tiger transport to a friend’s place. (Who decided to be cool and show off the tiger on a walk?)
    In any case, exotics/big cats are banned in Conroe. Montgomery County allows them only if they are registered and permitted ( which means inspections with county regulations met).
    It’s a very sweet tiger, but is still little – and growing. Need to be in a sanctuary with friends and lots of room run and grow as she should…she’s a tiger, let her be a tiger, right? Thanks for leashing a comment here


  4. marthaschaefer / Apr 22 2016 11:17 am

    Olympics and Tigers and Camaros? Oh my!! Great news bits in here Phil. Thanks for the scoop, straight from the litter box of media.

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  5. Kate Crimmins / Apr 22 2016 12:50 pm

    Oh, I hope the tiger has a happy ending. They get absolutely huge! Even compared to Molly!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2016 5:36 pm

      Tiger waves are on almost every news station today…such big paws. They may have narrowed down ownership, but until a few things are cleared up, the tiger gal is going to stay in custody – but hopefully she’ll be moving to more tiger appropriate accommodations at the big animal shelter at the SPCA or a local refuge. She does look like she keeps looking for the couch and the TV remote. Thanks for purring along

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  6. heretherebespiders / Apr 22 2016 1:17 pm

    I know it is wrong, but I would have a really, really, hard time giving that baby tiger up! It would be a dream come true as I always wanted to work with big cats (even tried for a zoology degree but the lovely US education system gave me a bankruptcy instead). I dream sometimes of finding horses running loose, jumping on and going for a wild ride – maybe I’ll dream of finding tigers tonight.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2016 5:20 pm

      It’s a really cutie and so gentle…now. Today the police say ownership is track back to either one person or another…will they say “eenie, meenie, minie, mo. Tiger, pick where you want to go”? A tiger loose today, maybe horses and longhorns tomorrow. Yep, no dreaming, they’re around. Thanks for leashing up a comment

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      • heretherebespiders / Apr 22 2016 5:21 pm

        I’d not try to hug a longhorn! But I’ve never met one 🙂

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 22 2016 5:41 pm

          While I have seen some very tame longhorns at the rodeo, the one’s in my uncle’s pasture were so wild, unpredictable, and cranky that we were only allowed to feed them from the back of a pick up – never on the ground. Unique animals, but putting those horns on the front of a car is stupid -so typical, Hollywood. HA HA

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  7. aFrankAngle / Apr 22 2016 3:22 pm

    The Rio Olympics will be interesting … let’s hope for nothing crazy. I’ll pass on the red Camaro so you have the opportunity to get it. Thanks for the lost tiger tip – but not ours – wrong markings.

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  8. Paul / Apr 23 2016 3:50 am

    Yikes! A tiger in the lost and found. I have to be honest the hair on my arms stands up when I see the little one there. It’s like looking into the bassinet of the next King – sweet and cuddly now and inevitably a killing machine by birth. Brrr! I had a school friend in high school whose Dad was a Ranger and he ended up raising this bear cub when it was abandoned and too young for a zoo or other facility. It was the funniest, cuddliest fuzziest little ball of exuberance you would ever come across. And then she grew up. Yikes! It was still friendly but had built in behaviour patterns that were deadly. If you tried to run it would jump you and rip you to shreds as an automatic reaction. Anyway, I wish the very best for the cub – at least she is with people who know and care.

    That new Camaro is amazing, isn’t it? Wow. Ha! 640 HP? Whew! I was reading the specs a while back on the new Corvette with the 650 HP engine and they had to engineer a totally new drive line with electronic control in order to keep the tires attached to the ground (for instance it read the angle of a turn and would cut back on HP on the inside tire and advance the outside tire to reduce the chance that the driver would accidentally use the 650 horses to kill himself). Pretty cool stuff but not for the weak of heart or the show-off. There’s nothing like a high performance system to make regular usage a pleasure (i.e. the quality of sound with an expensive stereo vs a cheapie).

    WRT Brazil – if the IOC allows this to go ahead without serious oversight, they are kidding themselves. It sure looks like a major crash with fatalities that is impending,

    Great post Phil!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2016 8:25 am

      Even zoos have trouble with teenage tigers. Long term thinking seems to be a lost art everywhere?
      And we hear next year’s model will be even faster? Sigh, really not a daily driver here…good reason to relocate to the high plain and out west. HA HA
      Brazil. They finally got one of the waste sewage plants up and running recently. Yea…now about all those other old ones spilling into the water…where swimming competitions and small (splashy) sail boat events are going to be held. And a highly touted elevated bikeway collapsed killing 2 last week. Is is any wonder the locals are ready to riot – where area all the projects this event were supposed to improve the lives of their ordinary people? Now they are talking about how to contain protests during the games. Not to mention the mosquitoes. What a mess. I vote to build facilities in Greece and have it there every year…where the games began. They can donate grants to emerging counties who offer proposals of worthy projects…and pay the bulk of the money when the project is done – no overrides!
      Thanks for poking around (off to check reader and catch up with your Sunday coffee chats!)

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  9. Jill Foer Hirsch / Apr 23 2016 5:20 pm

    Absolutely living for the tiger but I would have been fairly afraid had I seen it just out and about. Even a little tiger is, well…a tiger. Had to see it caged up though, would be great if it could be safely released into appropriate wild habitat. Asia, I guess.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 24 2016 8:14 am

      The sad thing about exotic cats raised as pets if that they cannot be released into the wild as they cannot survive. This one keeps looking for the couch and TV remote. At least it sounds like it hasn’t been declawed or had teeth removed – both often done for “pets”. As it is young, if it may be able to be socialized and learn big cat pride manners if place in a natural rescue habitat/sanctuary with lots of room to roam. The owners need to relinquish the animal and let it go be a tiger: run and be among other tigers. Tigers are so cute, but not designed to be pets. Flood always seem to wash up the unexpected. Thanks for grrr-ing along!

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      • Jill Foer Hirsch / Apr 25 2016 12:12 pm

        I can’t believe people do this stuff to animals. My sincere wish, 98% of the time, is that we humans go extinct in a blaze of cholesterol and acid rain, and leave the planet to the rest of the animals before we destroy the whole damn thing for everybody else. I just don’t think we’ve proven ourselves worthy of highest on the food chain. But uh maybe that’s extreme.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 25 2016 2:42 pm

          Oh, I should do an update on the tiger who is very happily in custody. The sheriff today said the judge isn’t ruling on custody today, neither the seller in Florida or the local man are getting the cat for a bit…there’s a little problem with their lack of Federal wildlife permits/evaluations, the lack of TX regulations/permits/big cat license for the local guy (Florida authorities have been alerted to what looks like an unlicensed/permitted breeder there), plus the county regulations/permits for the pretty young guy here, and then there’s the issue of a tiger in Conroe which is against ordinances….All adds up to a pretty penny getting all those taken care of…but if you can’t afford that, you can’t afford to raise and keep a big cat, right? So, the tiger is snug in a very nice place – even without a couch – and we shall see.
          Humans do have their place…who else would carefully scoop up earthworms off the sidewalk to save them from the fire ants? I don’t see chimps doing that – and I really don’t trust birds in that situation…


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