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June 14, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Dog Wonder

Advocates of  “every thought that crosses your brain doesn’t have to cross your lips”, dogs are silent on a good many things.

Boy and dog staring at each other. Dreamers, 1899. John Brown. (, artist life/

“Silence is a source of great strength.”(Lao Tzu/USPD/

Dog wonders:

  • Why does staff keep shoveling dirt back into in that hole? Just going to dig it out again. Certainly slowing the Mexican Fan palm root trim by teeth project.
  • Why doesn’t the cat realize I am standing on her tail until she gets up to move? Anyone touch-a-mah tail and I am instantly aware of it.
  • Why doesn’t staff of the French Bulldog across the street get him a skateboard to ride on during outings. I realize he’s a gazillion years old, yet still kicking, but he’s beginning to look like a Star Wars character as he lists side to side on stiff legs down the sidewalk. I always hurry to give him gentle sniff to make sure Chin’s really real and not departed, stuffed, and motorized. Staff keeps muttering about making him a sling walker assist device.
  • Why does the small Medina palm have a death wish? Is the poor thing so unhappy with being forced to wear a coat in winter that it has chosen  suicide by dog? There is no other explanation for fronds smacking a pup in the face whenever I runs past. Sooner or later Staff won’t be around to intervene between had-enough-clinched-dog-jaws and foolish frond.
  • Why did those people steal my neighbor’s car out of his driveway? He’s retired; his wife still works. He takes care of his grandkids while their divorced mom works. He’s kind and gives great dog pets. Those thieves should get a job and buy their own car. Appears The Village didn’t raise them very well. Wolves would have done better: obey pack laws or else.

Dog watches – with wonders.

Super dog.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Young girl and dog in garden. Hubert von Herkomer.1910 (USPD. artist life,

“There.You heard that? Whispering. Palms plotting their next move. Call the landscapers!”(USPD/


  1. easyweimaraner / Jun 14 2017 6:27 am

    that happened to me too… the work of a whole afternoon… ruined in 2 minutes and with a shovel… sigh… I think that’s awful to steal a car directly from a driveway… I’m so sorry for your neighbor… that’s not fair that people work to buy a car and a guy with sticky claws just gets it to take a wild ride and in worst case it ends smashed…a$$-kicks to the car thief…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2017 7:44 am

      Molly is quite the landscaper. She managed to pull an offending slapping 3 foot palm along her chosen runway 90% out of the ground…several times. Palms are tough. We surrounded it with large heavy pots to prop it and cover roots. She grinned and said, “That’s exactly what I was trying to point out: that palm needed a pile of flowers surrounding it.” We’re still suspicious. Yesterday She was up on hind legs jerking hanging fronds off a 8 foot palm…It’s hot. Not the time of year for dog park runs and exercise. She’s very bored and has always created games to amuse herself.
      And it was an older environmentally friendly Prius – not a fancy car. Maybe it will run down and they will find it parked somewhere. Doggone disheartening.
      Thanks for the supporting growls


      • easyweimaraner / Jun 14 2017 8:17 am

        Easy killed my beloved palmtree named Lindsay… my father always says I have to entertain the pup if he starts to entertain himself it gets eggs-pensive… true… Lindsay the palmtree was 49 euros… sigh…


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2017 10:02 am

          Molly, please. It’s too hot to replace damaged plants!New ones can’t get established quickly enough to deal with summer! (and I must run outside quickly now….paw waves)

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  2. shoreacres / Jun 14 2017 6:35 am

    Well, isn’t that sweet? We had a notice a few weeks ago that several cars here had been broken into. To be fair, there was an indication that the ones pillaged hadn’t been locked, so there’s that. Was your neighbor’s car locked? or do you know? Life’s getting rough, out on the streets.

    “Every thought that crosses your brain doesn’t have to cross your lips” reminds me of the tagline of a blogger I followed years ago. It said, “If I don’t have anything to say, I won’t say it.” We could use a few million more people following that advice, don’t you think?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2017 7:50 am

      School is out (major factor for increased crime around here) and the kids are on the street (but at 3:30 am? where are the parents? and the lessons of what is right and wrong.) Security cams show their height and movement, but as there wan’t any blood/scandal involved, won’t get much attention any more.
      Yep, especially right now, people need to be considering opening mouth before brain is in gear. Flapping lips cause violence. Much to be admired about dog society manners.
      Thanks for the paw salute


  3. Kate Crimmins / Jun 14 2017 6:58 am

    We had a palm plant that was in the throes of death by cat teeth when a crop of tenacious aphids (or maybe it was mealy bugs) invaded it. No more indoor plants except for cat grass and the occasional blooming plant without limbs that grab cats! So sorry about your neighbor’s car. Hope Karma gets the thief. Love the dog thoughts. Damn, they make sense.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2017 8:03 am

      Perhaps there’s some long forgotten feud between the kingdoms of palms and pets. It’s going to be a loooong hot summer with pet boredom already appearing.
      Karma and security cams – if not one, then the other. Thanks for planting a comment in this field

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  4. Ally Bean / Jun 14 2017 7:08 am

    “Those thieves should get a job and buy their own car.”

    I must be part dog because that’s exactly what I wonder whenever anything is stolen around this neighborhood. We’re all good people here and it seems so wrong… on so many levels…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2017 8:10 am

      Maybe time to cry “woof” really loudly.Far too many sheep are not being guarded against what can only be called what they are: predators. Focus certainly needs to be altered. Reality, as no one was hurt/killed and there was no scandal to drool over, this theft will get little attention.
      As Mr Burns would say in the Simpsons, “Unleash the hounds!”
      Thanks for joining this pack

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  5. memoirsofahusk / Jun 14 2017 7:12 am

    Phil, I’m not a dog fan, but I love yours! Staff very lucky.


  6. Amy / Jun 14 2017 8:24 am

    Unfortunately, Lucy has decided that most thoughts that cross her mind must be voiced. The up side is she has developed quite a range of noises.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2017 10:24 am

      From the mouths of babes. Lucy probably offers more sane remarks than many these days. We’d best pay attention to those in the nose. Thanks for the wonder full response

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  7. Littlesundog / Jun 14 2017 8:41 am

    I’m all about “pack laws”. In the southeastern part of this state it’s well-known that law-breakers and no-good-doers will be dealt with outside of the judicial system. It’s just an understanding in the pack. Seems to work well. I always hope that karma serves up a big plate of understanding for those idiots who try to get by with dirty deeds.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2017 10:59 am

      Some areas tend to recognize you’d better carefully consider your actions and resulting consequences… May not be formalized in intellectual legal books, but perhaps more sane – and humane – considering justice system breakdown. Considering today’s attack, parts of society have sum thinking’ to do…Toes are well over the curb. Thanks for clearing a place to wonder with your comment

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      • Littlesundog / Jun 15 2017 10:38 am

        My favorite story about SE Oklahoma is about the funeral of a young man from Muskogee, OK who died while in service to our country. The Westboro Baptist Church from Kansas showed up and started their troublesome, hateful picketing outside of the church where the funeral was to be held. It did not go over well at all with the locals. When services were ended and the procession went on to graveside services, the Kansas group found all of their vehicle tires slashed. No one in town could help them as they were all “busy” until sometime next week. Finally, the local Walmart felt like they had to assist since it could cause trouble for the corporation, but I understand the. wait for new tires was quite long that day. Ha ha. The Westboro bunch hasn’t been back to our state that I’ve heard.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 15 2017 3:11 pm

          Those hateful people. Here people organize and line the funeral route with tall sheets and music so they don’t have a hope of getting close. They’ve been tossed in jail in Houston a couple of times for trespassing in a couple of big churches when they try to disrupt services with their own preaching. So blind they cannot see.
          Walmart has long stopped being what it started as. Easy to do without them.

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  8. Wifey Monologue / Jun 14 2017 9:40 am

    Some dog do wonders especially if it involves with a dog cookies. 😀


  9. colonialist / Jun 14 2017 1:39 pm

    Our palms are proof against any mere dog.
    Talk about despicable thieves — some of our local brand stole the car of an elderly lady of limited means who used it to feed widespread groups of feral cats.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 14 2017 2:19 pm

      Flapping palms are subject to Palm Funday around here…we had to reforest the prairie. Apparently Molly has a different floor plan in mind.
      When the society’s basics get pitched ( you know things like the “do not kill” and “don’t steal other people’s stuff”) honor, consideration, and a sense of right and wrong all seem to be ignored and, worse, forgotten.
      “Feed them to the cats” comes to mind..perhaps one of their larger relatives would be willing to administer reprimands? – along with let them get unclose and personal to the real population and Cat Scratch fever.(which actually exists even among domestic breeds here)
      As the stolen car here was a environmentally friendly old Prius, maybe there’s hope it will run out of battery and be found parked somewhere. (Run AC and radio in those old ones during this heat, the drive won’t last long).
      Thanks for the remark of wonder


      • colonialist / Jun 14 2017 2:24 pm

        One also finds the universe lacking, in allowing things like this to happen to such people rather than to the many who deserve something like that.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 15 2017 8:36 am

          Well, surprise. His little car is back – found it a mile or so away. Apparently it was just temporary transportation as they broke into 9 other cars over there and stole a Jaguar. Sigh. We’ll happily take any little miracles.

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  10. aFrankAngle / Jun 15 2017 7:50 pm

    Excellent thoughts from the canine brain. Of course the feline brain has different answers than Molly’s.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 16 2017 7:50 am

      True. She’ll scratch your eyes out. “Do. Not. Touch. The. Mousies, thief.”
      Some say cats were wisely too wary of human nature to become as domesticated as dogs (who are eternally trusting good will happen).
      The car miraculously was found (an old Prius – not much glory in that for some) – the lads drove around the corner, broke into 9 other cars, and stole a Jaguar….dubious choice if that car growls with the spirit of what it was named for?
      Thanks for letting a comment off the leash here.

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  11. PiedType / Jun 16 2017 9:30 pm

    No palms here. And Annie isn’t into landscaping. Too bad. I could use some help with the aspen suckers.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 20 2017 10:11 am

      She may prefer rocks and rolling? Good Dog Annie! Sounds like aspen suckers are like tallow tree “volunteers” here. (You can always rent a hungry moose?) Thanks for supervising the comment gathering


  12. LordBeariOfBow / Jun 17 2017 2:54 am

    Thats my kind of dog,,a real fair dinkum thinker!

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  13. RKLikesReeses / Jun 24 2017 8:08 am

    Love this. My knowledge of dogs is nearly nonexistent. Allergic, I run the other way.
    Every little glimpse is a treasure!
    They’re not cats, that’s for sure.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jun 24 2017 9:59 am

      So different. Having one of each is a real adventure – cheap entertainment. We are for them…not the other way around…you understood that, right? 🙂
      Thanks for having fun with the furs

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