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August 13, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Lone rode home

Nobody likes being fired.

Guess it was one toe over the fence line once too often.

Not even the courtesy for time to pack belongings – only a ruse: “Oh, lookie a car ride! A car ride! Windows down!” Sigh. it was a lie.

Only a tiny excuse of regret as they drove away.

German Shepherd. Snoopy profile. (© Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted. NO permissions granted)

The Lone Stranger rides.(© Image)

Rocky was so agitated he blamed me and was demonstrating it for all who watched

“Oh, no,” whispered some in the cold line of cages.

“You’ll never get chosen that way. You have to wiggle all over and wag like crazy anytime a potential bail bondsman walks by.

Smile happily – but don’t show gum or too much teeth. Plead your case with a kind paw or soft nose through the cage.

Never a growly face! No one wants a large and growly dog.”

Rocky, pushed beyond care, didn’t listen.

He was convinced we were being held against our will. Pupnapped – he’d heard of such things.

“We have to resist,” he growled at me – pushing me to fight and show mutual agitation over our fallen circumstances.

Sylvester Stallone in Sweden. promo for Rambo III (Image by Towpilot/

Rocky thinks he’s this guy. (Towpilot/

The German’s Person and LP (her little person puppy) heard the ruckus, turned from the older German Shepherd quietly sitting in his new arrival cage, and ran calling the Kennel Guy.

The Kennel Guy wasted no time pulling Rocky off my neck and shoving me out the gate to Person who hugged and smoothed my now chunked coat.

I risked a lean into her with pleading look into her eyes with a desperate “Help me. I don’t understand any of this.”

She gently slipped on a leash and lead me outside to the play field.

Maybe the nightmare would end.

Reentering the building I was led to a different residence. Every dog we passed whispered in awe, “He’s a lucky one. Lucky. So quickly. Watch and learn. Watch and learn.”

 Person hugged me and said to wait. The big note on the door said “Hold” which made me a bit nervous. Would “Hold” return and be angry I was in his space?

The dog next door said, “Relax. It’s not a name. Hold means you’re safe. You’re chosen. As soon as they can get you checked over, and ready, you’re going forever home. Just chill until then.”

Worried, I listened for Rocky’s bark in the next room.

“Forget that one,” advised my neighboring paw. “He blew it. Already on The List. Faster than most.”

German shepherd Scooby looking backwards on couch. (© Image: copyrighted. No permissions granted, ALL rights reserved)

“Keep the old name or pick a new? I’ve never cared much for name calling. Tells more about the speaker than the one spoken to. I know who I am, Scooby. (© Image)

The next few days are a blur now.

Person came by every afternoon to walk me and run in the play field.

She always took out Rocky, too. Rocky, strangely quiet, must have listened to someone, was showing blue ribbon manners.

Still Person fretted over having only one vacancy while Rocky was still on The List for Friday…

Urgent phone calls were made to the German Shepherd rescues, Pets Alive, and every safe-until-forever-homed shelters. All full. More calls and social media postings.

Over and over Person demonstrated to lots of people how wonderful the we were.

When people asked “Are these dogs available?” she’d say, “We’re taking the taller one, but we can only take one, so his friend Rocky is looking for a home.”

And Rocky on cue would look charming. (Except once when there was a big pit bull on the other side of the fence. Some past history.)

Person did her best to show how Ricky didn’t deserve to be Listed.

Impressed, one couple decided to award Rocky a “Hold”.

The kennel staff had secretly told Person that any dog with a “Hold and a promise” would be scheduled for vet clearance, chipping, all vaccinations, and mandatory snips and stitches. Even if the people changed their minds, the dog would be put in the “available” aisles and have a longer timeline as he’d be ready to be adopted immediately (and money and already been spent).

So Person, knowing people, also put a backup “Hold” on Rocky – just to make sure.

Walking out, still a bit drowsy from my mandatory procedure, I told Rocky to have hope. Person said if the couple didn’t show up to collect Rocky, she’d be right there immediately to take him, too.

No one likes to be fired.

Or to be left behind.  

I take only my name with me, Scooby, but I know I am one of the lucky ones.

Paws of promise


German Shepherd with blanket (© Image. Copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

Blanket approval. (© Image)

RC Cat’s Staff’s notes:

Ella welcomed Scooby into her home. Not The German, but he’s ok – a younger brother might be fun… (“He does know that I’m the RC of the Realm? The German trained me. I’m sure she left a note somewhere clarifying that….”) More on this later. (“He will stop bouncing like a happy little goat soon, right? He is so younger than they said.”)

Rocky was sprung by Person and delivered to his forever home: a friend of Person had just decided to post a vacancy sign. Rocky is thrilled with his German Shepherd step sister, and cordial and deferential to the ancient male German Shepherd (who is a bit miffed at the new kid). The mom, dad, and kids all love Rocky, and are telling the old guy to cool it. So far, escape artist Rocky has decided he’s happier just where he is. Paws crossed. (RC Cat especially has all paws crossed here – She keeps muttering her “paws are too old and tired to be training foster dogs…”)

 Also the well-mannered 8 year old German Shepherd of original interest, is safe in a foster home associated with the German Shepherd Rescue. In addition, the pregnant German Shepherd, with what looks to be her 1-year-old son, and another male German Shepherd dropped off together on Friday are also safe in rescue group foster homes.

If you want a dog – even a certain breed – there’s one waiting in shelters or pounds….Give them a Hold!

Save the Date: Aug 18 -19. 

National Clear the Shelters weekend! 

Official site here and check with your local shelters/ NBC partners





  1. easyweimaraner / Aug 13 2018 6:50 am

    oh I hope for a lot of holds… hugs to you… I have watery eyes now, it’s not easy to type under a waterfall ;LO)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 13 2018 5:26 pm

      Sometimes dogs and cats are like weeds – bloomer just in the wrong place. Paws crossed they all find their special forever home – soon!
      Thanks for wandering down the long trail and pitching in a comment


  2. shoreacres / Aug 13 2018 7:12 am

    It took me a while to sort this all out, but now I think I’ve got it — and Ella’s got it (and maybe another it) and all is well for several: including Rocky. A clear-the-shelters weekend’s such a great promotion. I hope they can do it, or at least reduce the numbers who are waiting for their forever homes substantially.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 13 2018 5:28 pm

      As you can see chaos around here as usual. Last year our local shelter ran out of animals and called up for rescues to bring more. Hope it goes well again this year. Thanks for tossing in a comment

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Aug 13 2018 7:17 am

    *need tissue* You raised a good Person. Not only did they fill they own vacancy but made sure that other dogs were saved too. Hope RC approves of Scooby. She has a tough job breaking in visiting pups! Hugs to you all and I hope all the homes work out.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 13 2018 5:34 pm

      Scooby will have to be approved by Molly before any visit here. RC is already working on an evaluation check list. At her age, she deserves a little voice in the matter – after years of managing large dogs, she insists basic manners must be present before they are presented for an audience…
      Scooby is a bit bouncy and overly enthusiastic right now (but amazingly gentle with LP. He must have had small kid previously)
      So far so good, paws still crossed that all sit and stay where they are.
      Thanks for the kind words

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      • Kate Crimmins / Aug 13 2018 6:00 pm

        Of course he’s bouncy and enthusiastic! He’s got a good home! There is nothing better especially for a rescue.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 14 2018 8:11 am

          Such big paws…wildly waving paws…RC simply shudders at the images. (But says to her own staff “this is a good thing…over there…”

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  4. Ally Bean / Aug 13 2018 8:09 am

    I didn’t know about Clear the Shelters. I like the sound of that. Unfortunately as much as I like pets, I am so allergic to all of them that having them in our house is a no-go. Still, I donate money to shelters so at least some of the potential four-footed friends can have a chance of finding their forever homes. Like Scooby and Rocky.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 13 2018 5:37 pm

      One of the last years, our local pound ran out of dogs by noon and had to cal up others to bring some over – they had people waiting. Pretty wonderful.
      Some can adopt pets, some make beds or bring supplies, and others fund the place and process – it all matters! (I dream of a house of no rolling hair tumbleweeds…oh, one would show up…)
      Thanks for being pet friendly!

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  5. ShimonZ / Aug 13 2018 9:38 am

    how good to hear they’re going clear

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 13 2018 5:39 pm

      Spring people dump animals before vacations; Fall, the new kitten or puppy they got in the spring is now big and a problem, so back to the over loaded pound. Like most things, don’t start if you won’t keep your forever home promise. Weather is mild here in winters – great time to be walked by a dog.
      Thanks for the pet cheer!


  6. Xena and Lucy / Aug 13 2018 10:15 am

    Bless you and your friend for your efforts, and congratulations on your beautiful new boy. Over the past 20 years I have both bought (2 schnauzers) from reputable breeders, and rescued (Riley and Lucy) from the streets. Maybe keeping those 2 out of dog shelters counts, too?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 13 2018 5:45 pm

      Scooby, the new partner in paw to Ella, belongs too Person, my grown kid – who does a lot to make thing better for many (of multiple species).
      Herding dogs in from the streets and constantly demonstrating how wonderful and beneficial dogs can be is a fabulous way to help all dogs. It all makes a difference! Thank for helping to pull the pet awareness sled!

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  7. robstroud / Aug 13 2018 11:19 pm

    Wonderful story. Our son and his family just adopted a black lab mix a few days ago. We don’t get to meet her until she’s had a chance to get situated and fully bond with the kids. But we’re chomping at the bit to get acquainted. Our kids all know that a home is not all it can be, without at least one canine member!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 14 2018 8:09 am

      We’re giving them time to settle in for the same reason. A brief visit to collect the humans for a birthday dinner (and an overly enthusiastic welcome by Scooby once Ella greeted us and vowed we were also OK people). Molly on the other hand won’t get to visit until it’s cool enough for them all to go in the yard and frolic wildly without knocking into furniture. Dogs just want to have fun – and a place to do so.
      As you say, they add to a home. Even better Ella (and The German) always preferred Person as hers while Scooby has chosen senior staff/ Person’s husband as his special preferred human. I’m not sure which one of those two is the happiest about that. Thanks for barking along with the pack


  8. Littlesundog / Aug 17 2018 7:34 am

    Clear the Shelters is such a great idea. I don’t often have good things to say about the area we live in, but the city hired a “dog catcher” guy a couple of years back, that has the best attitude and works tirelessly to create a better situation with strays and homeless animals here. He finds homes for every dog and cat. He’s helpful in times of stress (when neighbors bicker and complain about barking dogs and dogs getting loose). His positive attitude and patience seems to calm both the upset people and the scared animals. His compassion and understanding make him a great asset to our community. Wouldn’t it be great if we all looked at these shelter animals in a different light? Wouldn’t it be great if we all worked together for the good in this scenario? If we can’t adopt, we sure can make a donation to lend a hand… and lending a hand isn’t a bad idea either! Donating time to helping shelters is a great feeling too.


  9. LordBeariOfBow / Aug 17 2018 7:39 pm

    You are a truly decent human being I’m glad I found you and your pages


  10. Kirt D Tisdale / Aug 18 2018 2:04 pm

    Love the plug for Clear The Shelters….



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