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August 7, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Not what it seems

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“Yes, periscope, I mean, ears up. Ah, Staff prefers music rather than the business channel. Much more soothing. All they talk about is stock going up and down and I worry all those herding dogs must be getting exhausted. What type of music? Classical pieces by German composers, naturally. Staff is well-trained.” (Image © )

Dear Molly Malamute,

Don’t worry, not hiding.

Although we received that communique from RC Cat, there’s no truth to the rumor that we’re concerned about angry cat attack. She can’t work the front door lever like I can. But that demand letter was pretty cheeky. Here’s a part:

“…although said canines exited the area before the Three Day Fishy Stink Clause was enacted, there has been serious breach of trust. We never approved – or would have allowed – poaching of Staff. We demand Our Staff be released and returned immediately…”

Sigh. We tend to agree with Staff-on-loan that RC is of the Main Loon Cat breed.

She’s either been rollin’ with the mousies in too much catnip or needs the hair plucked out of her ears. She always hears things her own way.

Your reports of her stomping around yowling “treason” is quite humorous – but I advise staying clear of those Paws of Fury at this time.

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RC Cat of the Realm, “Train your own. This one is Ours.” (image ©)

More exerts from The Letter:

“…any negotiations concerning loan of Staff was to be differed to a later time as We were too busy stuffing our face with other pressing duties of The Realm….We cannot imagine why you need substitute Staff just because yours is ill. Probably faking it, in Our opinion. You and your sidekick Ella Enchanted, should be able to manage. Yes, Yes, We understand the fairly new addition of  The Little Person with Great Demands belonging to your Person seems to be very needy. If Ella can learn to “sit’ and “stay” that high maintenance little one should be able to also. Honestly, what is wrong with using a crate for him? If crates are good enough for canines, why not this small human? He would just need a little one! We give permission to borrow Our traveling crate. There. Problem solved…. You, German, are quite good at burying, so a litter box and you monitoring that facility should be sufficient for keeping the stinky down. No need for Staff to be there at all…. 

Such attitude, right?

Cats are such advocates of early Boxing of Children rather than letting them free range.

Ella and I are quite excited that Little Person is up and moving on all fours now. Copying us, no doubt. Yes, we are proud to be models of activities.

But he still needs some guidance that water bowls are not splash pads and our food is not for throwing.

I are quite grateful Staff could temporarily visit until Little Person’s Day Keeper was well.

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“Oh, my. He’s headed towards the fireplace. Will Staff intercept or will I have to leap to the rescue? Oh, whew. Worry dogs me constantly.”(image©)

Without help, I must be constantly vigilant and it is exhausting.

As the RC Canine of this Realm I must stay far enough away to let The Little Person room to safely explore, yet close enough to intercept Ella who wants to lick his face clean…here I must agree with RC Cat. Ella Enchanted may proclaim she is helping Little Person with personal appearance awareness, when actually she simply want a taste of how the other half eats. I fear Ella is too wild an influence at this point. She keeps grinning and muttering “Raised by wolves…”

The other day I was so tired and nervous I found the handle of a small riding toy in my mouth. Do not worry. I caught myself quickly – but once addicted to chewing, it is a constant battle to fight.

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“Be strong, German. Chewing addiction has bad consequences…like having no soft bed because you gutted it. Hey, only 4 of them. I was young and foolish!” (Image ©)

Borrowed Staff allows relinquishing of constant guardianship.

We all welcome nap time..which seems to rapidly be diminishing.

What luck Winter is coming! Hopefully I shall be able to escape return to outdoor patrol in cooler weather.

In closing, I wish to again thank you and your Realm for allowing us a doggy sleepover.

This week enjoy snuggling on the couch with your Staff who is in bad need of resting up now, so wipe your own feet when coming inside, OK?

Please talk RC Cat out of thrashing Staff with those punishing paws. I must remember to show you how to open the front for with that lever so the you can encourage RC Cat to explore the Outer Realm when she becomes totally annoying. Squirrels could teach her a thing or two…Still proud how you picked up that counter surfing trick so quickly…you are wise to practice when Staff is not in the room.

Yours in fur,

The German.

Peace for paws. German Shepherd's signature

Peace for paws

(Confused? No serious German Shepherd would leave you that way: Meet The German, Ella Enchanted, The Molly, and RC Cat here. More about the Boxing of the Children here and here.)




  1. Dana Ellington, MAPW / Aug 7 2017 7:17 am

    Congrats to the German and Ella on the addition to the family – hope everyone is well :-).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 7 2017 7:30 am

      The German’s own Staff is back – much to RC Cat’s delight (She worries about realms poaching staff. So difficult to train properly)
      While The German and Ella Enchanted were thrilled a few months ago to have a new creature to guard, now that he’s mobile and competing for raceway floor space, they are sometimes looking for nooks to hide in. I’m sure I heard mutt mutterings of “I ain’t no pony and don’t even consider ‘Ride ’em, cowboy'”
      Great exercise for all…
      Thanks for cheering the chaos


  2. shoreacres / Aug 7 2017 7:39 am

    That last photo is heart-wrenching. Clearly, the German is experiencing — what? Remorse? Guilt? Deep sorrow? In any event, it’s a great photo.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 7 2017 8:46 am

      The German is so photogenic and expressive – and those ears swivel to hear everything within 2+ miles radius. She is the ultimate nanny and worries. That seems to be the spot she like to sit in and observed in case she needs to redirect crawler….well aware you can’t hover over them all the time…but she does worry.
      Thanks for slipping the leash to stop by and visit


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 7 2017 8:49 am

      Oh, that very last picture is Molly reprimanding Staff for abandoning her for days…but a walk would make it better (gads this heat, humidity, and rain)


  3. Kate Crimmins / Aug 7 2017 7:43 am

    Love the picture of the German. Fortunately I’ve been following you long enough that this made sense to me. (Perhaps I need therapy?) I’m sure your menagerie is happy to be back to normal or what goes for normal in your household!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 7 2017 8:52 am

      HaHa – perhaps it is time to worry. There wasn’t much time to breath, much less blog. No wonder The German, an ultimate dog nanny, looks so weary. Thanks for romping along

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  4. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Aug 7 2017 8:49 am

    Maine Loon – that cracked me up.


  5. LordBeariOfBow / Aug 7 2017 6:41 pm

    There’s nothing so enjoyable as being totally confused; after reading your post twice I am beyond even that! 😀


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