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May 1, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Dog-ear grin.

Duncan the three legged dog loves kittens. (Abby Cat's You Tube)

Duncan auditioning for kitten nanny duties. (Abby Cat’s You Tube)

Dogs need a job. So what does an award-winning agility dog do once he can’t storm around the course any longer? Some turn to tutoring the next generation.

Duncan recognizes these creatures are a little odd, but he’s very accepting of differences.

And this batch of orphan kittens aren’t picky either. They need all the friends they can get.

If you look closely, you’ll notice Duncan is missing a front leg.

A friendly sort, he mistakenly thought two anti-social neighborhood dogs were smiling at him a few years ago. (Shiver). Not much slows him down now. He even charges around agility courses as a handicapped contestant. While he’s recovered, therapy and vet trips are necessary to keep an eye on joint issues.

During his last visit, he discovered a basket of kittens looking for new homes.

Looks like he’s on his way to getting certified as a nanny dog.

Thought you might get a smile from one of Molly’s BFFs.

Yes, they really do play well together which makes us ask the Molly, why are your paws so gentle and careful with unstable little dogs, yet they pound and flail at us? She just smiles.

The secret lives of dogs….

The secret’s out about International Day of the Podenco.

Don’t know about that one? Duncan, Molly, and dogs everywhere wish you did.

Even Facebook is in on it.

Hunting dogs, some of the oldest and most noble breeds, have a rough time in Spain.

Why? Molly, really wishes you would paws and read about it here.

Good dogs sit stay and try hard to make life easier. Maybe people could give them a little hand once in a while.

A little I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine?

Dogs would go for that. True friends.

One secret that needs to be barked about.

Phil the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge




  1. easyweimaraner / May 1 2016 7:36 am

    Oh I would like to be a dog with a job…. is king a job too? I hope so much that there is help for this dogs… it’s unbelievable how this people treat dogs… in the middle of europe we still have situations what remind me of neander valley :o(((

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 7:44 am

      King is a great job choice. With all this rain, we are having to convince Molly that couch warmer is not a good job. But she thinks people get strange ideas (and it’s hard to deny that considering.) Thanks for waving that paw, Easy!

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  2. Carrie Rubin / May 1 2016 8:01 am

    Sounds like Duncan had a rough go of things. Nice to see Molly taking it easy on him.

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  3. Kate Crimmins / May 1 2016 8:04 am

    What a kind dog. Even a dog values new life.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 8:28 am

      It’s funny how much Duncan loves kittens. He has one of his own…and an older cat that refuses to cuddle. That dog knows how to enjoy life and spread smiles. Thanks for bouncing over to toss in a comment

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  4. Unconfirmed Bachelorette / May 1 2016 8:19 am

    Good dog, Duncan! Thanks for spreading the word about the poor dogs in Spain. I had no idea. With enough public pressure, let’s hope they stop the horrible treatment, and ban bullfighting while they’re at it.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 8:38 am

      Change is always difficult and takes time. Man domesticated dogs who use their skills to assist man only to be treated so badly. Lessons learned by the very young stick life long, so that’s the bet hope for change. I don’t go to bull fighting in Spain or Mexico – bullying. So many against one seems so unsportsmanlike.
      For shows of bravery and skill, those bull vaulters of Crete – that was courage. Spain and France do have something similar is anyone wants to play dangerously ( and I might watch that from a safe location) ( Thanks for leaping by to leave a comment

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  5. RKLikesReeses / May 1 2016 9:49 am

    AWWWWWWWWW!!!! So sweet, adorable! Wait! WAIT! Are you all OK? More storms! (((hugs))

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 10:48 am

      These storms are just annoying right now – we run out between drips. Early this morning I shoved Molly out on the patio and she got one look at the soggy grass and tried to go back inside saying “Wake me when it’s all over” We did get a nice walk during a break and will take more later as possible. (We saw Duncan’s personal kitten in the window as his house passed by- she smirked as she saw us and Duncan was asleep and didn’t.) Tomorrow it’s supposed to be worse. UGH We will all have webbed feet.
      We have to cheer as the lawn got mowed Friday, so we don’t need a guide to get around the yard’s jungle.
      RC sends a paw salute in solidarity! Thanks for checking in on this pack

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  6. Paul / May 1 2016 12:12 pm

    Duncan is so sweet. The situation in Spain is horrific – I was not aware it existed. Thank you very much for providing that link Phil. I’m glad that Duncan has found a loving home with Molly.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 12:33 pm

      Molly and Duncan (who’s white miniature poodle house companion is Angel…Not an agility dog…wouldn’t work for that elegant princess) adore visiting each other ( Molly can’t get through their dog door, but sticks her head inside) It’s quite a mob when they are together.
      Someday I shall get back to Gib and visit with Roughseas. You should subscribe to her blog – always fascinating, lovely facts, witty, and such a writing style.
      We’re soggy again today. Molly is limp from discouragement and lack of racing around fields….maybe Wed or Thurs, hopefully. Good time not to be an 18 wheeler in this part of the country. Hope your spring is more enjoyable ( and the Sunday coffee must be on somewhere?) Thanks for jumping in to chat!

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      • Paul / May 1 2016 12:42 pm

        Yikes, you guys are getting drenched. I don’t recall ever hearing about this much rain in Texas before – is this common>? What’s Gib’s web address? I’m over at Mark’s today:

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 4:33 pm

          Roughseas blog is here: Her “about page” is also intriguing. Well grounded blogger…and she used to have a German Shepherd before being adopted by the current dogs.
          Actually heavy spring rains are not that uncommon here. I distinctly complaining about them and the El Nino weather pattern as a kid as well as multiple times during the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000…basically a couple within 10 year periods. That’s why for a long time I drove a 4WD old old Jeep Wagoneer(the old models that were tall and big and could go through anything and lasted forever. Loved that faded old car.) The media loves drama, the locals just shrug and say “Here we go again”, and the newcomers totally freak out ( and drive into deep water because they won’t listen)
          Will run by to read shortly – break in rain and time to shove Molly off couch. Hasta later and thanks for your link!

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  7. Jill Foer Hirsch / May 1 2016 3:28 pm

    Need a LOVE button for this one. OMG I may actually die of acute-cuteness.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 1 2016 4:43 pm

      Duncan is 100% darling. Such a sunny personality. He never fails to bring a smile. No wonder our dog Molly is smitten. Thanks for pawsing to comment

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  8. Erik / May 1 2016 6:28 pm

    Going to be honest: with all the “cute kitten” stuff passing around social media these past years, I almost tuned this one out.

    Almost. But you got me. (I was even a little inspired. Don’t tell.)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 2 2016 6:53 am

      People are numb right now from over exposure. Even cute animal videos now dull and left begging. Stories of violence and inhumane treatment of animal are fled even faster. The treatment of these dogs is so cruel, it is a world wide concern and deserved some notice. Thanks for trudging through!


  9. Jane Dougherty / May 2 2016 1:08 am

    Thanks for giving the Spanish dogs a plug. Our Finbar is a rescue Galgo from the killing fields of Andalusia. Podencos are tremendous dogs too, as long as you have several acres with a very high fence around it. They call them kangaroo dogs. Give Duncan a big kiss on the nose from me.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 2 2016 7:07 am

      Kangaroo dogs! In a few words, you’ve captured some real dog personality. They are such beautiful creatures. Just a tragic situation. People are better than this – and should do better for ones they domesticated. Paw waves to Finbar in solidarity!


  10. Cynthia Reyes / May 2 2016 6:21 am

    Bravo, Duncan. And that video is sweet.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 2 2016 7:03 am

      People might be able to learn a few lessons from Duncan. Thanks for wagging a comment this way

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      • Cynthia Reyes / May 2 2016 7:12 am

        You’re welcome. And thanks for the shout-out on behalf of the podencos. Do you follow blogger roughseasinthemed?

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 2 2016 7:21 am

          That’s one great blog and she writes of places I’ve visited – always fascinating views, facts, and history there.
          Beautiful dogs of Spain. Deserving of better. If dogs and cats can get along, is there hope for humans being respectful and kind to other species? Answer yet to be determined, it seems. Thanks for barking along

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  11. angelswhisper2011 / May 5 2016 2:25 am

    This post touched our hearts, Philmouse. Not only because of what has happened to Duncan, but also how caring Duncan is! He’s a good kitty-sitter with good attitude, just like Molly and lots of other doggies with a good leader. Pawkisses for a Happy Day 🙂 ❤


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 5 2016 1:18 pm

      We think Duncan has a lot to teach the world too. If he can treat others as he wishes to be treated, then maybe people can learn to do that also. Thanks for the paw wave in support (Will give Duncan a pat from you the next time we see him)

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  12. roughseasinthemed / May 9 2016 6:00 am

    Thanks for this. High paws from Tosca. Snoozes from Snows.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2016 9:56 am

      Glad I was able to bark along. I started an entirely different post, but it simply wasn’t working – especially compared to yours. So pulled Duncan out of draft and went for the overly cute in attempt to draw them in before going for the jugular.
      Molly sleeping comfortably now after a rough couple of days and running to dog ER in middle of night. Bad gut issues, first get her stabilized, then we’ll do tests, maybe…not letting blood draws out of jugular which also needs to be abolished as “standard practice” (a rant on that insane procedure from previous rat poison crisis. I know more now, and never again…probably a post there eventually.) Paws up for pups!


      • roughseasinthemed / May 9 2016 12:47 pm

        I’ve never got the hang of cute. Old dogs, new tricks and all that.

        Oh. Paw Molly. Sounds like leeching. But anyway, sending many tail wags to her. Good girl Molly, says not so good girl Tosca. Tosca recommends tea towels. They are the solution to everything. Find. Retrieve. And Chew.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2016 1:09 pm

          Wit and solid writing beats cute..some people do look at the words. It’s promised somewhere.
          Homemade chicken soup/broth cures all…except mending tea towels…eating odd things may have been what caught up with Molly, but her energy level back and she’s got an appetite…with food not moving through far too fast now. Lovely stormy winds and overcast skies – maybe a dog walk later.
          Your recent parade beats the Cinco de mayo one here. Different purposes – ha ha. The one here is all marketing by beer companies and excuse to party. Both have costumes though…here’s some news video coverage.( Funny how few in the US realize this is not a big holiday in Mexico – and it all involved the French, not the Spanish (and Texian general won the day..despite the belief of those outside the state, the schools here have always taught Tex-Mex history)
          Hasta later


          • roughseasinthemed / May 9 2016 1:22 pm

            Depends. Something to suit all tastes.

            Good to hear Molly is improving. Tosca offers rope toy and rubber bone for tugs.

            That vid reminded me of Nicole Kidman in To Die For. Maybe the woman presenter had seen it too. A role image.

            History, as we know is written by those in power …

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 9 2016 1:38 pm

            And by those who determine which the stories to put out front on news, FB, and Twitter (According to Gizmodo).
            Ropie toy! Perfect choice. Thanks

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