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August 26, 2017 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Dogs: Paws up for hurricanes

Dog. © Molly Malamute examines stick offerings during a break in Hurricane Harvey's rain. ALL rights reserved. Copyrighted, NO permissions granted.

Molly Malamute carefully examines stick offerings during a break in Hurricane Harvey’s rain.(Image©rights reserved.)

All depends on point of view. Dogs see that hurricanes have benefits.

  • To start with, none of that leaping frantically up in the morning (and being shoved out doors to yells of “Potty. potty” only to be rushed back inside after cooperating without any time to check for signs that Others have wandered across the yard under cover of darkness.)
  • None of watching them disappear out the door even after the “cutest dog in the world” looks and puppy bows.

Instead it’s lounging in bed. On the bed. Leisurely bonding with pack. Not even scolded for head on the pillows.

And then you move to the couch for more cuddling and snoozing. A bit of shared snacking here and there.

Some tug of rag or bouncie ball (I watch you throw and go get it….canines are charged with exercising their staff.)

Happy times at home all day long.

Molly Malamute's stick collection on the front porch bench.image © ALL rights reserved. Image copyrighted, NO permissions granted

Stick collection parked on the front porch bench for visitors marvel at. ©Image)

Oh, dogs get dragged outside periodically and rushed unnecessarily.

All business and no-nonsense: “There’s no time to look at the squirrel. Potty, Molly. Potty.”

Something’s very wrong with a species that never has time to look at squirrels, right? A canine’s job to make them see the sense of noticing things.

Dog. carrying stick. AH, the chosen one. Molly escorts her choice to the display exhibit at the house. © Image. All rights reserved, NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

Ah, the chosen one. Molly escorts her choice to the display exhibit at the house. (© Image)

Best of all, hurricane sticks. Lots and lots of sticks everywhere.

Huge assortment to choose from. No better time to build – or start a collection!

Not to mention the fabulous smells they have. Smells once so out of reach.

Dog carrying another stick.Image © All rights reserved. Copyrighted. No permissions granted

And can’t hurt the feelings of this one by leaving it behind. All are worthy. Canine’s motto: Unconditional love. (Image ©)

Ah, yes, Mother Nature knows what dogs like. 

(Dictated to Phil, The Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge)

Hurricane Harvey’s weather notes:

All night there were tornado warnings. The west side of Houston had quite a bit of storm damage. We just got rain, rain, and more rain.

Sat. morning opened with curtains of rain blowing sideways like I remember from Hurricane Carla. Street had water but not over the curb.

Molly, still sleepy, refused to accept she couldn’t go out, so she sat in front of the back door and whacked it over and over with her paw. Feeling like a winner when I finally opened the door, she trot out – only to get as far as the back fence to slump like a soggy, abandoned animal. She turned to where I stood at the door and plainly said “What the heck is all this about?” before running back inside for a towel drying.

Storm clouds Sat. afternoon during dog walk (during Harvey)© image ALL rights reserved. NO permissions granted. Copyrighted

OK. It’s cloudy, but not raining during afternoon dog walk. Not exactly cool either. (© image)

It’s rained most of the day – and we dragged  enthusiastically encouraged Molly to make use of yard under the cover of big oak trees periodically as we stood in rubber boots and foul weather gear from the boat.

Around 3 pm we got a break – no rain for 2 hours. Dogs being walked everywhere. 

 Our elevation is fairly high. Only a short drive from here friends have 4 feet of water in their back yard. (They are Houston with friends)

The marina next door has always been considered a hurricane hole or safe protective refuge for boats during hurricanes. It’s full of visiting boats tied every where.

Storm clouds. Sat. afternoon .© Image copyrighted. All rights reserved. NO permissions granted)

Harvey’s storm rain bands have shifted again and are back overhead. (same location as previous posts) Authorities want everyone off the roads for the rest of the weekend.(© Image)

It’s not over, just a pause.

Harvey may just be a tropical storm now, but still pulling in plenty of water from the gulf in those broad feeder rain bands. Once again we’re under tornado warnings with flood potential until Wed-Thurs. (Oh, on tv: a nice funnel cloud picture from Cypress/West Houston neighborhood.)

Harvey, true to his Hollywood name and legend, is keeping us in suspense. Who needs TV for drama? 

Here's the 7pm updated projected path of Tropical Storm Harvey....but we've been fooled daily by this storm. Wouldn't be surprised if it ended up in Little Rock.

Here’s the NOAA 7pm updated projected path of Tropical Storm Harvey (The orange dot is the current location of the storm with the black being expected path back down towards the coast again before a sharp turn north Tues/Wed/Thurs). But we’ve been fooled daily by this storm. Wouldn’t be surprised if it ended up in Little Rock. Lots of rain for all in any case.



  1. RAB / Aug 26 2017 7:25 pm

    Molly’s view of Harvey is much more vivid, and comprehensible, than the nonstop maps and wet-reporter reports we’re getting. Thanks for talking about what matters!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2017 11:12 am

      This is an historic event…and it will continue until Thurs apparently as the storm track has shifted again. Harvey appears of be determined to loop around and come right across central/west Houston. We had over 22 inches of rain last night alone during severe storms (but are still dry and fine – we’re lucky).
      One of our county judges recently commented that the national news/national weather stations’ accounts aren’t quite accurate and he wish they would stop it. (and we saw some marginal reports even yesterday) Dramatic pictures and better info here or here:
      Thanks for checking in! (will update as possible)


  2. Anne Mehrling / Aug 26 2017 7:45 pm

    A dog could teach me a thing or two. I never thought to look at sticks while a storm was still raging.


  3. Jael Sook / Aug 26 2017 8:59 pm

    Lots of prayers going up for those impacted by Harvey.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2017 12:01 pm

      Appreciate you keep all great and small in your thoughts and prayers. Harvey hit an area of lots of small farms and ranches – many old rural communities…and now historic flooding is predicted for 3-4 days as the storm meanders around. Thanks


      • Jael Sook / Aug 27 2017 4:15 pm

        I spoke to an elderly relative who lives outside Houston, TX–as well as watching the breaking news stories. “Historic Flooding” for up to 4 days sounds simply horrific to me. So, my fervent prayers continue.


  4. LordBeariOfBow / Aug 26 2017 9:58 pm

    Sounds like a lot of fun to me, haven’t enjoyed a cyclone/hurricane for yonks


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2017 11:05 am

      Oh, it’s a thrill ok. The storm is inland but moving about 1 mile and hour. And it looks like Harvey will u-turn and eventually drive back across central-west Houston …and it will take until Wed/Thurs. The fire dept. has their jet skies out as well as their boats to evacuate people. 18 Coast Guard helicopters are up and running. The police have boats and giant commando-type trucks. And all the people who have boats of any sort are helping move people. This area is used to not waiting on others but helping ourselves. (An Aussie quality as well)
      This is an historic event for the Bayou City.
      It was a very rough night with constant “imminent danger of tornado” alerts and strong storms with lightning and thunder. We had over 22 inches of rain overnight. So far we are dry – and still have chips and beer!
      Malamute Molly is getting reluctant when she sees us with the leash, but she actually had a lighter drizzle period and was able to get out back on her own and have a bit more privacy to take care of things.
      CH 11 KHOU tv’s station near downtown by one bayou flooded out and they have set up inside the Fed. Reserve building next door. Their website is streaming live here:
      And ch 13 has some pretty dramatic videos/images to give you some idea of the extent of the emergency
      A huge tropical storm feeder band keeps training from the gulf across us. Got n a be a fun time. (Power so far, but…)

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      • LordBeariOfBow / Aug 27 2017 5:14 pm

        Sounds like a big one, bigger than I’ve experienced. Good that y’all look out for each other too. That’s what makes a people great, not fighting wars forgetting differences and working as one, that’s the Australian way, and used to be the English way and is obviously the Texan way. Well done keep at it.


      • LordBeariOfBow / Aug 27 2017 5:17 pm

        I’ve tried those links; they’re not getting through properly here a second or two then drop out and the voices are way out of sync.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 28 2017 8:12 am

          hmmm. Will check. Possibly weather related on this end as the stations are trying to stay on the air. CH 11 is streaming and routing through sister station in Dallas due to flood waters in building. Thanks for the heads up

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  5. petspeopleandlife / Aug 27 2017 4:42 am

    The dog is smart. Who wants to be out in wet weather when you can snuggle with your human, I hope you are safe. I feel terribly bad for folks that lost everything. I saw a FB photo of a dog that had been left by his people, tied to a pole. It’s head was barely above water. The photo has gone viral. I commented and called the folks evil and bastards. They could have taken one dog with them to high ground some place north and used their car to stay in so that the dog could remain with them and safe. However maybe there is more to the story than meets the eye.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2017 10:51 am

      The photographer rescued that dog and others. Texas has a state law making it a serious crime to tie/abandon animals in extreme conditions or weather not matter if it’s flood, heat, or ice. The local county sheriff is determined to charge anyone tying pets/leaving them to die. Pet shelters are being provided – even the horse race track is offering free stalls. Transport is available for humans and pets. Even some hotels are allowing evacuees pets.
      Still some people are just mean/stupid mean – luckily rescue groups, police, coast guard and citizens are rescuing ALL they come across. I do worry about the herds of cattle and farm animals as the area where Harvey made landfall is full of small farms, ranches and small farming communities.
      The hurricane may be only a tropical storm, but those create great floods – this is a historic one that is not over. Rain/tornados will continue probably until Thurs. We got over 22 inches here last night alone (Luckily we have a higher elevation than many)
      Appreciate you keeping all great and small in your thoughts

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      • petspeopleandlife / Aug 27 2017 11:54 am

        Yes, but do these evil folks ever REALLY get what they deserve. I was born, raised and have lived in McLennan county my entire life. I have yet to know of anyone that committed animal abuse get actual jail time. I’m speaking of my area alone. Maybe cases have slipped by me but from what I’ve read not any of the cock fighters and dog fighters have gone to jail and that includes animal hoarders. I will need to explore all this further and just maybe I’ll do a post about it.

        And yes, it is in the cards that many animals will drown from the flooding. There is no where for them to go and it is and was for most people impossible for the farmers to get their livestock to safety. I was born and raised on a farm so, I am well aware of reality. One can’t haul out entire herds of cattle or horses with short notice. It is just something that few folks could accomplish.

        You are fortuane to live on higher ground. It’s a shame that somehow technologhy could not come up with an answer for flood plains and costal areas so that much of the flooding could be prevented. In my humble opinion it is best to never build a community or a home along the coast. But they can not change. You can’t change a city of millions of people or thousands and re-build on high ground. I was thinking of some sort of massive drainage system but again that is most likely impossible.


        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2017 12:24 pm

          Animal abuse is taken quite seriously here. Yes, they will track them down. They did it the last time some guy tied his dog to a porch during a flood and it was rescued from a chair.
          Not sure where you are, but TX laws are some of the toughest in the country concerning dog/cock fighting. Authorities make raids frequently and people do go to jail. (Our rescue dog escaped an area known for breeding dogs – which is not illegal – but the rescue groups/authorities are quick to scoop up any animal that gets loose. Molly was possibly set to be a bait dog – she was in terrible shape).
          People that are natives here know to watch the sky and hurricane potential during Sept. Cattle round ups and cattle drives do happen on a large scale before hand, but this storm did not follow any rules. Farmers and ranchers will have losses despite their efforts.
          It’s a coastal plain here – flat flat flat. It was ocean floor the last time the oceans grew in size. There are massive bayous and ditches that handle most weather – but this slow moving storm is very rare. If it rains any where too long, too hard, too fast..did I say for too will flood. Just the way it is. Every place has potential for serious natural events. Personally I couldn’t deal with earthquakes!

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      • petspeopleandlife / Aug 27 2017 11:57 am

        Oops, sorry but I did not get to finish proof reading. It flew away. I reckon it figured I had said enough and it was time to shut up!


  6. sustainabilitea / Aug 27 2017 7:47 am

    I guess there’s an upside to almost everything. 🙂 When we had a wood-burning stove inserted into our fireplace in our former home, all those branches, large and small, that ended up in our yard suddenly became free kindling. It’s all in the perspective.

    Glad you’re still safe.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2017 11:59 am

      This is going to be one for the books for sure. Rough night, but other than little sleep from the “imminent danger” tornado alerts we are still dry (and have chips and chocolate – although I did finish off the ice cream last night.) The storm track has shifted again and it looks like Harvey will twist around (at 1 mile an hour) then double back right over Houston. It’s a major flooding event already, but 3-4 more days? On the plus side, Molly’s hair has never been softer _ must be the rain water rinses. Thanks for swimming a comment over to this pool


  7. PiedType / Aug 27 2017 10:30 am

    Relieved to see this post. I continue to worry mightily, since I don’t know where in the Houston area you live. Hope your high ground continues to be high enough. And obviously you still have power. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 27 2017 11:25 am

      We’re on the south side of Clear Lake (between Houston and Galveston) I wasn’t kidding about it is important to check out house locations during a big flood before purchasing – we have done that every time and so far have never been in a spot that flooded. I think they dumped the dirt from when the enlarged the marina in this area – elevation is higher that most places locally.This marina cove has been historically the most sheltered spot for boats – docks are jammed. If it stops raining, we’ll walk the dog down there for some pix.
      A long night as the biggest rain feeder band shifted over us – 22 inches of rain over night during extreme storms. “Imminent tornado” warnings constantly all night – and more all morning. Looks like a real soggy week ahead – and the news media will never get over the images of how flooded Houston is.
      As usual, the big guys aren’t always getting the story quite right. (One of the local judges has asked them to stop it with the fake weather/news) Local channels:
      CH 11 KHOU tv’s station near downtown by one bayou flooded out and they have set up inside the Fed. Reserve building next door. Their website is streaming live here:
      And ch 13 has some pretty dramatic videos/images to give you some idea of the extent of the emergency

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      • PiedType / Aug 27 2017 2:22 pm

        The Weather Channel last night was showing how a major rain band was going to sit over Houston all night. Ugh! Wouldn’t have guess your high ground is toward the ocean, but whatever works. Really good to have lived in a place long enough to know what areas get flooded. Worst I’ve seen so far was an interior shot of La Vita Bella home in Dickinson with elderly residents sitting around the room, water up to their laps. Keep staying safe. I’ll check those local links now.


  8. Kate Crimmins / Aug 27 2017 1:10 pm

    stay safe and keep us posted. *hugs to the critters*


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