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February 14, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Day of Guilt Arrives

People dread it: The Day of Immeasurable Guilt.

Especially working parents even though there are those who are happy to step up in your place or theirs. (And never let you forget it.)

All the treats. All the decorations. All the games. Does it really say you care? You’re not there.

Of course, seeing opportunities, if you’ve got enough guilt or money Β  consideration, Valentines Day can still be a joy for your little one.

But RC Cat thinks this is a bit much:

Invitation to Doggy Valentines Party with all the elaborate activities and treats described. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

You have to work, but your dog won’t have to suffer being alone on Valentines Day! Β©

Teenage Molly Malamute is pouting, “All my friends are going. And you are the meanest parents in the world.”

And worse. She’s now grinning about the massive storm with lightning and tornado-like winds moving into the area.

All the party dogs will be huddling inside the secure boarding area wishing they were home.

“If I can’t party, nobody can party.”

We’ve told here that’s a most unattractive attitude.

They are so human like…except for the part of about biting guilt.

Hope you can curl up with the ones who make you smile this Valentines.

Hearts and treats for all!

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge



  1. easyweimaraner / Feb 14 2017 7:50 am

    >Molly you are like the mama… she once wanted to go to a carnival party, but her granny discovered that she had lice .. the mama howled like an air raid siren till she heard that the party never happened because of too many lousy kids… ooooh the relief…
    Happe Valentines day!!! With lots of love and no lice… and no lies :O)))

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  2. Littlesundog / Feb 14 2017 8:11 am

    Such a silly holiday. I did not want to go out for dinner tonight, but FD is insisting (he’s a true romantic). I’ll have to find a big boot/shoe to stuff my injured right foot into, and endure the hour-long drive to the restaurant (a fine French restaurant in the country near Norman, OK) an hour having the meal, and then the long drive back. But… every year I end up enjoying myself. This I must remember. πŸ™‚


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2017 6:55 pm

      OH, you’ll do it because it makes him happy – which makes you happy. We weren’t doing to do anything – too crowded/too expensive/rushed service and lesser quality food on holidays. But we has these big storms all morning with chances of flooding predicted …only it cleared mid afternoon. So we decided to grab some seafood and – the lovely place was almost empty. And picked up some chocolate /carrot cake slices on the way home. Works for us…and Molly did get a nice long walk in the cool breeze. We needed that after eating HA HA. Hope your Valentines Day was stellar once you got rolling. Thanks for coloring in a warm Valentines’ comment


  3. shoreacres / Feb 14 2017 8:28 am

    I’ve never paid less attention to a Valentine’s Day in my life. I’ve had the flowers-dinner-fine wine sorts of V-days, and I’ve had the miserable, I’m-all-alone-with-no-one-to-love sorts of days, and now I’ve settled in to “Oh, hooray! It’s time for chocolate dipped strawberries at HEB” — which is just the sort of celebration I can get into.

    I’m no grinch when it comes to Valentine’s day. If I have any real regrets, it’s that kids today can’t have the kind of school parties we had: shoeboxes decorated for our valentine cards, cookies and cupcakes, “message” hearts, making valentines with red construction paper and paper doilies. It all was such fun, and the memories are as sweet as any candy. When I’m populating Dante’s unwritten circles of hell, which I do from time to time, there’s a circle reserved for parents and school administrators who seem determined to stomp the life out of children.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2017 7:04 pm

      OK We admit it. Despite decisions to not eat out with the mob, when the sky cleared early afternoon we drove over to a restaurant – and found it practically empty. And stopped by to pick up a couple of cake slices at Randall’s (HEB was just too far although they have a much better bakery – tried their rosemary sourdough bread?) Then took Molly for a nice long cool walk. Perfect.
      Agreed about the school stomping out fun. Once they sent home a note about the homeroom cookies for valentines: only 1 per child with no decorations and it had to be this exact size. Time to bring back shoe boxes, doilies, glitter, crepe paper that melts and fades- along with free play recess and competitive races and ball games. Bring back fun and on the way teach good sportsmanship of learning how to win and lose with grace (and trying harder next time….realistically everyone is not a winner…although everyone has something they are good at and best to focus/grow with that.)
      (Remember to ask me about the Pine Cully gator’s kill.)
      Thanks for pasting in a Valentines’ comment

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  4. Kate Crimmins / Feb 14 2017 10:14 am

    We are keeping it low key today. I didn’t tell any of the cats. One is in sick bay. They others are sniffing around wondering what’s going on (and how they can get her food). Maybe delivery pizza will be on the menu. Does that count?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2017 5:10 pm

      That’s the thing about cats: practical. “She’s not going to eat it? Well, we don’t want it going to waste or you having to work hard and clean it up.” Delivery pizza works – it’s red and if you hold a couple of pieces just right and squint, there’s a heart shape. Winner! Thanks for leaving a warm comment ( and get well Gracie!)


  5. D. Wallace Peach / Feb 14 2017 10:24 am

    Poor Molly, left out of the reindeer, I mean Malamute, games. I’m certain she’ll get her loving in. For dogs, isn’t every day Valentine’s Day? πŸ™‚


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2017 5:08 pm

      She did manage to guilt trip a bit of bacon at breakfast and a lovely long walk in the cool fresh wind once the storms left the area late afternoon. We asked her about everyday being dog Valentines Day, but she claims dogs only live in the minute and so she had no idea….but we saw that smirk. Thanks for grinning along

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      • D. Wallace Peach / Feb 15 2017 7:05 am

        I had a malamute years ago. What great dogs. I assume Molly talks?


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 16 2017 8:41 am

          Malamutes’ personalities are so different from other dogs. They think up and make jokes – and laugh about it. They do talk – actually the old cat has increased her vocabulary since Molly was adopted. The two do aerobics everyday – and play mind games with each other, too. Malamutes definitely are not for the overly gentle and kind – quite strong willed as well as wild and crazy periods…luckily there’s a very large sturdy fenced field she can romp and race with friends or we’d never be able to handle her energy – even if it is over the top happy energy. If you can keep one step ahead of their thinking, malamutes make great pack.

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  6. Ally Bean / Feb 14 2017 10:26 am

    It’s a doggone shame that the human beings in this house won’t be partying like the dogs. Looks like it’s going to be quite the Valentine shindig. Around here it’s a casual bouquet of tulips in a vase on the counter and… well– that’s it. Which suits me fine.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2017 5:05 pm

      Molly settled for a long walk in the cool wind after the storm passed. Actually the rain was the perfect Valentines gift as we put on fertilizer yesterday (and the tornadoes were west of us. Whew! Spring weather already)
      RC says tulips are purrfect. Thanks for a splash of color for the comment corner


  7. sportsattitudes / Feb 14 2017 11:06 am

    Our mega-grocer Wegmans had so many flowers and cards and candy stuffed into the front lobby area of the store you could barely get by. Arranged as such for those folks who are required by Hallmark law to pick up something “of the day” on the fly. I’m surprised they didn’t set up a drive-thru along the side of the store to make it easier. Why even get out of your car…just give me a dozen somethings and a box of somethings and a card with something on it…to go!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2017 5:01 pm

      Wegmans are huge (but now in this market yet) You don’t have drive thru flowers and gifts there? They started putting up the tents outside all the big chain stores over the weekend. – You can look at samples on your way to the ordering station – it’s just like fast food places here.
      Houston does have a street lined by all the flower distributors which is more fun. A real competition of colors and smells. It used to be even more wonderful before they built the train down the middle of that street…now if you want to wander back and forth to see it all, you’d better watch for the train! (another great example of city planning) Not exactly like that song “Love Train” by the O’Jays. HAHA

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  8. sustainabilitea / Feb 14 2017 3:53 pm

    We don’t really do Valentine’s Day, but on Sunday we went to a yoga class for couples, nothing “adult”, just poses that you do in pairs. At the end, they had chocolate-covered strawberries and Prosecco, and everyone got a red rose. That was fun.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2017 4:54 pm

      The MFAH is doing a free Valentines couples yoga this thurs – meditation and chocolate.Sounds like a winner. RC Cat says they asked her to teach it, but she had to decline due to nap schedule conflicts and her skill level expectations for participants. Thanks for the hearty comment!

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  9. pegoleg / Feb 14 2017 4:02 pm

    Even the dogs get into the act with guilt – if Valentine’s cards are encouraged, that means some pups won’t get any. Happy heart day to you, Phil!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 14 2017 5:57 pm

      Or does it mean “No bad dogs – only positive message valentines?” We couldn’t decide. It’s too complicated. We told Molly she was getting the luxury Valentine package of reserved private walking session with us! We told her we ordered the low humidity and cool weather after the stormy morning just for her. Not sure she believed it, but she didn’t complain. Happy Valentines and thanks for warming but this valentine comment box


  10. angelswhisper2011 / Feb 15 2017 2:29 am

    I think they got a bigger celebration than we, Philmouse. Isn’t Valentine’s Day just a reminder that we have to Love each other, without frills…MOL πŸ˜‰ Thanks for stopping by our bloggie ❀ Heartshaped Pawkisses for a Happy Valentine's Day After to you all ❀ ❀ ❀


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 16 2017 8:44 am

      Molly and RC Cat agree with you. Hugs and snuggles on the bed or couch are better than treats…and less fattening….Molly needs to remember that, RC says. RC is simply fluffy – and scowls at any mention of extra exercise might be a good idea. Cats have no wish to perspire…
      Thanks for the sweet treat of a comment

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  11. The Hook / Feb 15 2017 4:17 pm

    And a cat shall lead them…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 16 2017 8:25 am

      And of course world domination has always been the plan…as soon as their catnip-hazed sunny nap is over….


  12. memoirsofahusk / Feb 16 2017 7:23 am

    Dogs. Valentines. Yogurt.
    Bah humbug.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Feb 16 2017 8:24 am

      And what is worse, we went over to run in the big fields as it is cool and bright only to find out the party was canceled due to severe weather on Tues and is happening now. Sigh. Once again we are the meanest dog parents on the block….
      Thanks for mumbling underbreath along

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