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August 1, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

More to the blur that meats


Dogs. German Shepherd playing wildly in yard. ©ALL rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted

Paws current. Is it real or is it Memorex? (©image)

Afterward, there’s blinks and wondering as images blur “Did that happen or was it only a mirage?”

Shadows can lie – and cover up things…like dark conspiracies that can dog…

Dogs in black and white lined up by door ©ALL rights reserved., Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

“Hey, let’s huddle by the door and surprise the leaf blower guy coming this way. He’ll totally freak if we bark frantically and lunge at the glass.”Dogs have their own sense of humor. (©image)

The biggest joke of all?  

Thinking “Oh, having a couple of extra dogs around for a couple of days will be fun and give Molly Malamute, who has been stuck inside during the extreme heat, some entertainment.”


It was a bit like having a herd of buffalo in the house.

Invitees included The German and her young side-kick-in-training, Ella.

Some blog readers remember The German who we fostered several years ago when she needed a quiet, safe, secure location to recover from job related PTSD.

Yes, dogs can have PTSD. She also needed a hideout until some who threatened to harm her because of her skills were neutralized. We became quite fond of her. So fond that we insisted she stay with us instead of a boarding kennel when necessary and, of course, she could never travel crated on a plane. As a result we’ve taken multiple road trips delivering The German to Her Person’s new location – even flying in to act as substitute associate when needed. (The German simply does not understand kennel life. Even the nice ones. She quickly located the camera and stuck her face right in front guilt tripping everyone with “Why did you leave me here? There’s only dogs. There has been a horrible mistake.” Make not doubt. German Shepherds are very smart.)

The first post in The German’s Saga is here (her arrival) with other tales here (tiny steps to relaxing ), here (getting to know the neighbors) and here (she has something against plaid), here (she returns to Her Person), and here (dealing with fire alarms in her fancy high-rise digs..)

Dogs Malamute and German Shepherd planing their next move. © ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted. NO permissions granted

“Hey, look. Humans beat around the bush all the time. So let’s try it. You take the high brushy road and I’ll take the low turf road, and  I’ll get the fence line before you!”(© image)

The German’s adopted companion, Ella Enchanted, has come a long way in a year. Rescued from dire circumstances, half-starved, and in terrible condition, she’s flourishing under The German’s guidance. “Flourishing” is The German’s kind way of saying Ella has far too much energy and enthusiasm now. (Ella Enchanted’s forever home arrival here)

The sleep-over invitation was quickly accepted.


Molly’s bundled up energy makes her a good match for Ella. (And Molly is large enough to push her around when Ella gets too wild.)

Ella gets a workout session with one closer in age.

And The German can get a moment’s peace. She’s getting a few grey hairs on her muzzle now, and would simply like to have a chance to sit on the couch without a dog barking at her to get up and play.


Dog in blue wading pool (© ALL rights reserved, copyrighted , NO permissions granted

The pool opens at 6 am. “Quick hop in before the large girl shows up and slops all the water out.” (© image)

Only Staff is not in the winning circle…you know how there is little actual sleep in “sleep-over”.

We always separate them at night: Molly in the back (where RC Cat lectures her on what an inconvenience her friends are) and the two others in a doggy bunk room..well, actually roaming the rest of the house. No, crates didn’t work. EVERYONE mumbles, mutters, shuffles, and bumps around LOUDLY. It was worse. Ella rolled her crate completely over once.

With enough exercise and a little bed time snack, they usually crash out and sleep.

You know how it is. Just when it gets quiet, there’s a little voice, “Mom, I need to potty….I need out or else…”

The plan is get them up early when it’s cool-ish (88F.) and to keep them busy.

Works for The German who is wild-eyed and ready to romp at 5:30 am.

Molly, not a morning dog at all, struggles up so she won’t be left out of the fun.

The German guarding tennis ball. All rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted.

“Let the children dog paddle awhile. I’m the only one who knows where I’ve hidden all the tennis balls.”(© image)

While the younger dogs joust and dig holes, it’s adult swim time at the pool. She’s such a lady.

The German circling small blue wading pool, © ALL rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted

“Wait, funny the tricks of memory. I remember the pool being somewhat larger.”(© image)

German shepherd obviously disappointed in wading pool size. Image ©ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted NO permissions granted

“This is not working. I was promised a pool party, not a splash pad. Sigh. But a polite guest doesn’t complain. I shall just be content cooling my heels for a while.” (© image)

Two dogs discussing wading pool water. (ALL rights reserved, copyrighted , No permissions granted)

“You’re right. It does taste different after she’s been in it.(© image)

Dog looking directly at you. . © Young German Shepherd (Ella) gazing worriedly into the camera. ALL rights reserved, copyright, NO permissions granted.)

“You don’t think she heard that, do you?”(© image)

The German is formidable even at her age in retirement. Stand her next to a typical dog is like parking a Hummer next to a Ford Fiesta.

She’s old school German Shepherd – not the modern version that is ridiculously down in the butt like the best of breed show dog here: “German Shepherd dogs dying in misery due to intensive breeding“.

I don’t like my Quarter Horses/ Cutting horses carrying their heads inches from the ground. Maybe great for working cattle in a show ring, but in real pastures, there’s more to watch out for than dirt – like that charging bull out of the corner of your eye or that ornery cow taking her calf off down the gully.

And I don’t like my German Shepherds looking like they’ve been hit and injured in the rear.

The German standing proudly in yard (ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted , NO permissions granted

“Childish remarks are nothing..This grass tickles me and I know who I am. Standing proud – and listening for the Fed-Ex truck. Brown brings out the growl in us. Maybe Staff is right. Perhaps relocating indoors might be a good idea..” (© image)

"I'll trade youth tennis balls and a doormat for the spot under the fan" Image ©. Three dogs resting. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted, NO permissions granted

“I’ll trade two tennis balls and a doormat for the spot under the ceiling fan”. (© image )

Dog's smiling face © ALL rights reserved, copyrighted, NO permissions granted

“And now it all seems like a lovely dream.” (© image)

And the world returns to as normal as it gets around here.

Damage reports have stopped coming in:

One instruction manual mistakenly left on the coffee table was apparently lifted and attempted to be deciphered over night. I’m sure Ella mistakenly thought it was recyclable material for parade confetti.

A few bushes stomped and ripped trimmed awkwardly by Molly and Ella during lizard hunts. That tender plumeria’s crushing is totally understandable. After all it was hiding a major attack route into the behind the hedge path. Who puts a plant in the middle of the runway?

There was that little incident in the sunny room’s window sill with the container of cat grass. It is no longer with us. No one is talking about what happened. Although we suspect ninja RC Cat was on a midnight reconnaissance to check on grass security and was intercepted by a sleepless dog wanting to play. We are sure it was a playful event until the crash. No one ever acknowledges spilling dirt.

The paw prints and hundreds of dog hair tumbleweeds were totally expected.

Great relief that the garbage men picked up the loaded, odoriferous trash bag and it didn’t break. (You can’t imagine how much three large happy, healthy dogs getting lots of exercise can produce. Yes, we scoop. The yard can take just so much “enrichment” in this heat…not to mention racing dogs are not real careful about where they step.)

RC Cat has come out of self-imposed seclusion and has signaled she wants a few words with Staff.

If it’s not one paw, it’s another.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Cat and dog. RC Cat resumes her place in the Realm. )ALL rights reserved, NO permissions granted . Copyrighted

“Dream or nightmare? Of course, it all depends on One’s perspective. Being catty? Yes. We shall chat later. Currently We are busy interrupting the dog’s efforts to catch up on her sleep. What do you mean We seem to be taking far too much pleasure in that? Dunderheads.”And RC Cat resumes her rightful place in the Realm. (©image)









  1. pensitivity101 / Aug 1 2017 6:56 am

    Great post. Lovely dogs, especially cooling off!


  2. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Aug 1 2017 7:59 am

    When Choppy and Izzy are together it is a stampede here – I can’t imagine adding a third dog to the mix, even for a short time!

    And the things they have done to the poor German Shepherds – my grandparents had them growing up, but they were the good looking kind like this beautiful girl. I actually pulled out pictures the other day to make sure, having read that most recent story.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2017 3:52 pm

      Stampede is the word all right. More the merrier only works if you’re totally nuts…a real example of things going to the dogs HAHA.
      Also there’s too great a risk boarding dogs right now with a bad canine influenza epidemic locally…vets are doing vet calls at your car in their parking lots to avoid contaminating their offices (some of those have been quarantined)
      Luckily the rain gods answered our prayers…if they hadn’t been able to get outside a bit, it would have been totally crazy.
      Shepherds: Good dogs! Silly people.
      Thanks for joining the pack

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  3. Littlesundog / Aug 1 2017 8:06 am

    The pool is always the happenin spot! I think you need to consider expansion to a larger kiddie pool. And despite all of the yard we have here, I still scoop what the dung beetles are not interested in. Great post and images… RC just looks intimidating!! Ha ha! I guess that is how it is with most kingdom rulers.:)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2017 3:56 pm

      With summer being almost over, maybe we can find a larger one that isn’t so darn expensive. I’m about ready for a Beverly Hills concrete pond…with ledge or ramp. Simply not up to hauling large dogs in and out any more HAHA.
      (Hope the weather passed you by. What a stormy summer we’ve had. Oddest clouds late yesterday)
      Thanks for stopping by to giggle at the paws

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  4. D. Wallace Peach / Aug 1 2017 9:02 am

    I’m glad you have a sense of humor because that’s a lot of big dog energy in the house. I love the personalities and the dog commentary alongside the human commentary. Our dogs have never been kennelled either and that does tend to curb vacation and travel options. But worth it. 😀

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2017 4:01 pm

      They are a fun bunch – and since it’s been so hot, they were all glad for some socialization. RC may prefer to stay home with neighbors checking on her, but we fear Molly would pine away if left behind for long. Easier to take her when it’s cooler. Meanwhile, yes, travel plans and vacations have to be modified. (Except for The German who has such lovely manners and has traveled so much. She’s always a hit with busloads of Japanese tourists in DC’s fine hotels. She generously shares elevators and walks like a queen among them. IF only humans were more like canines…

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      • D. Wallace Peach / Aug 9 2017 4:13 pm

        Yes. Humans could learn a lot about love from their dogs, as well as how to just enjoy life.


  5. Ally Bean / Aug 1 2017 9:08 am

    Oh my goodness! What a hilarious sleep-over. I cannot imagine three dogs running around, with one unhappy cat to monitor the situation. I love the pool idea, and think that a few beach balls would add a certain something to the shenanigans.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2017 4:22 pm

      Molly and The German have always played with large soccer-type balls. They are quite good at knocking them across the yard. One, Jolly Ball, has a large rope through it for tug of war/drag the other dog across the yard or for simply grabbing the rope, turning in a circle, then letting it fly…I have the bruises to prove it…somehow, Molly and The German think that is the proper way to hand me the ball so it can be thrown…I keep trying to tell them that is called dodge ball…I caught them grinning and snickering about it…
      Who needs a circus? We’ve got the best beasts.
      Thanks for pawsing along

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  6. robstroud / Aug 1 2017 9:55 am

    What great pictures. I can’t imagine living in a home without dogs. I love seeing our border collies romp and especially when they play fight. The two-year-old almost always “surrenders” to our thirteen-year-old… but the bouts keep getting shorter due to the elder’s age. It’s as though the puppy knows just how precious each one of these occasions is.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 1 2017 10:25 am

      Dog politics and society generally seem to have clear exceptions among them and a good deal of respect. Dogs certainly earn their keep – and keep their owners healthy. Glad you get to watch the playful fun there. Thanks for romping along here


  7. Kate Crimmins / Aug 1 2017 10:21 am

    That’s like 200 pounds of dog! Damages seem light. They must have been well behaved although someone put on a note on Yelp about the inadequate pool size. I bet staff is exhausted!


    • Kate Crimmins / Aug 1 2017 10:22 am

      also like GS with the “robust” rear.


  8. Jay E. / Aug 1 2017 12:47 pm

    Sounds like fun! So glad to see The German again 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2017 4:24 pm

      So much fun the cat becomes invisible for the duration….at least someone has good sense?
      Thanks for leashing a comment here

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  9. Anne Mehrling / Aug 1 2017 2:59 pm

    What a delightful tale!


  10. Beth / Aug 1 2017 4:35 pm

    I second, third, fourth everyone else (whether commented or not) – always good to hear a fresh “tale” of the German, and who doesn’t love a summer sleepover?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2017 4:26 pm

      Who doesn’t love good air conditioning? Now if only the pool was larger we’d get a better YELP rating HAHA. Thanks for dog footin’ it along

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  11. PiedType / Aug 2 2017 11:32 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of dog to have in the house. I’d have to move out of my tiny house to make room for them. Love the pic of the three lounging under the ceiling fan.

    I agree about the injured rear end look. I was horrified the first time I saw one. What have breeders done to the very handsome dogs I knew when I was a kid?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 9 2017 4:36 pm

      As the dogs age, it gets easier, but do not get between the three of them and an open door to the backyard. (which thank goodness wasn’t a swamp that time).
      If people want to turn themselves into highly stylized beings or freaks, that’s their choice, but leave the dogs alone.
      Thanks for stopping by this dog house



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