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October 26, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Warm puppy happiness

All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed.
For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” (Charles M. Schulz)
Salt and Pepper costumes for pups (Blue Heron Farms, TX.

Life sometimes needs a little seasoning. (Blue Heron Farms)

Molly Malamute is grumpy today and blames me as I seemed to have kept her up a good part of the night.
After yesterday’s dutiful flu shot, I just couldn’t get comfortable. Despite what they say, flu shots always whacks me back with chills, fever, sore arm and aching. Why is it blood dawdles when samples are needed, but just poke a flu shot in my arm and blood drips everywhere?  Freaks people out. Sigh.
We tend to stay away from crowds during flu season, but after standing in line for almost 2 hours for early voting, we felt a little germy.
Puppy dressed as tiny ballet dancer. (Blue Heron Farms, TX)

Join the dance? But I slept through the rehearsals (Blue Heron Farm)

“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Where have I gone wrong.’ 
Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.” 
(Charles Schultz)
Puppy dressed as prickly pear cactus (Blue Heron farms, TX)

Easy to get in over your head in a prickly situation.(Blue Heron farms)

Are you tired of all the drama, too?

Celebrity, sport figures – even local anchors – oversharing. Please don’t tell me about your operations or mental issues during what passes as prime time news shows. Restrain yourselves. Leave a little mystery.
And for the segments where the anchor desk discusses the plots of their network’s nighttime lineup or what the show’s characters are up to…it’s imaginary – fiction – not news!
Of even less interest is the anchors, looking thrilled, reading viewers’ tweets and comments. As if I should care what those people say.
Networks trying for relevance in an age of hypersensitivity, inciting audiences for ratings, offering hysteria  – always making something out of nothing.
Remember Letterman’s Is this anything” segments on late night? Or Leno’s “Headlines” segment?  (video) Now those were actually funny – Back when people had a sense of humor and we could all laugh at ourselves and with others.
Doesn’t take Carnac the Magnificent to figure out why audiences are turning off tv – even those wrapped in a blanket with fake flu.
Breakfast Club group puppy photo (Blue Heron Farms)The mother of the puppies, Harriet, is a foster dog from 4 Paws Farm Rescue out of Hempstead, Texas.

A Breakfast Club is a great way to start the day. Foster dog Harriet’s puppies (Blue Heron Farms).

“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?” …Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, “We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.” (Charles M. Schulz)
Puppy in snowman outfit "Too cold" (Blue Heron Farm)

Talk about a snow job.(Blue Heron Farm)

But sometimes puppies will do…even if a temporary distraction.

It all started with Little Chicken who went missing….Lisa and Christian, owners of Blue Heron Farm, searched making numerous trips to the county shelter trying to find their missing dog – only to return home dejected.

“I came back one day and told Lisa, ‘We gotta get some of those dogs out of that jail,’ ” Christian says, adding, “The shelter employees and volunteers do an amazing job, but they are overwhelmed and, at the end of the day, it’s like living in a maximum-security prison.”

After first they fostered dogs, then eventually switched to pregnant dog moms and puppies.””Everybody wants adorable fluffy puppies,” Lisa says. “Plus, they don’t do well in a shelter environment because they don’t have an immune system yet.”

It was a successful move with Lisa creating adorable pictures of the pups.

 Puppy dressed as acorn. You just never know what nuts are out there. "What you looking at squirrel?" (Blue Heron Farm, TX)

You just never know what nuts are out there. Undercover squirrel trapper? (Blue Heron Farm)

At times the world is just too much with us and we need a break.
As Carnac there Magnificent said, “It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.”
So, Happiness is a Warm Puppy. Great book and great reality.
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.
 Super puppy! (Saving the world is exhsusting) (Blue Heron Farms, TX

Super puppy. Saving the world is so exhausting (Blue Heron Farm)


  1. easyweimaraner / Oct 26 2018 6:51 am

    happiness is a warm puppy… and I’m happy to have double happiness while I have to conquer the flue-gremlin…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 26 2018 8:52 am

      Warm attentive pups on the couch are as good as a fluffy blanket…which is good as pups tend to slowly commandeer any available couch blanket. Paw waves of thanks and have a fun weekend !


  2. shoreacres / Oct 26 2018 6:58 am

    I love your occasional grumpy forays into the world of network “news.” They always remind me how right I was to throw out the televisions. Let’s see… It’s been seven years now, give or take, and I’m still alive and relatively well-informed.

    Those pups are adorable, and the costuming’s more creative than usual. Plenty of smiles there. And, look! What’s that I see outside my window? Yes, indeed — that’s sunshine. That ought to make you feel better!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 26 2018 8:50 am

      I think the dog is watching more tv than we are (She tired of Dog TV, but likes the international house shows and travel ones when we aren’t here.) A couple of things we record to view later. (Samantha Brown on PBS/Ch8 had a lovely couple shows about Autumn in New Hampshire/East. Not only pretty, but interesting information about assorted stuff).
      Yesssss. Sun! So much better dog walk this morning – even with the red sunrise warning…probably warning to get out now it won’t last – simply too nice.
      Thanks for romping with the pups.

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      • shoreacres / Oct 26 2018 10:35 am

        Is Dog TV a real thing? Cool. Keep your eyes open. At work this morning, I noticed monarchs flying, and started counting. In one hour, I counted 27. Can you say ‘migration’?

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Oct 26 2018 7:21 am

    I needed those puppies today. I like to catch the local news but I need a filter to eliminate all the hype and crap that makes me feel bad (and the nonsense too). It is election season here too (10 more days!) and I can’t stand the ads. I will not vote for any candidate who spends their ad money dishing another candidate. Tell me what you will do, not that the other candidate is a bad person. Sheesh! Sorry about your flu shot. I had mine last week and other than a watery nose (which didn’t impact smelling mouse decomposition in my house) I was/am ok. I’ve been very lucky. I haven’t had the flu in decades. It’s very important to me as my dad and grandfather died of the flu. Stay healthy and more puppies (at least pictures — Molly may not want actual puppies in the house and I’m not even considering what RC would say).


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 26 2018 8:45 am

      The ugly campaigns are making even catching a brief glimpse of local news unpleasant. Appalling (with very little trace of their already Congressional records and specifics of what they will actually do. I feel sorry for those who don’t keep up all year long with candidates and have to choose based on these horrendous ads.)
      Darn flu shot site looked like one of those “Do not/banned” symbols with a 2+ inch diameter circle with one of the red slashes diagonally across it. Never anything ordinary around here…RC was thrilled and excitedly thanked me for dressing up like a no entry sign to block Holler-Ring Trick or treaters before they reach the porch. She was crushed when we said it was not a costume/security detail dress rehearsal.
      Wary of flu more and more as the versions seem to be more intense each year. Flu can go into pneumonia, which is a real killer – and what got my dad. You do what you can to stay well.
      Thanks for pausing the decom hunt to run with the puppies. Have a nice (and successful hunt) weekend

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  4. ksbeth / Oct 26 2018 7:43 am

    in spite of everything, the puppies…….)


  5. pensitivity101 / Oct 26 2018 10:02 am

    Sorry about your flu jab. We’ve had ours and both gone down with colds., as caught from an old lady in A&E who came in telling everyone she had a stinking cold bug and proceded to cough and splutter over everyone.
    Love the pups. Could adopt all of them if it wasn’t for Maggie.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 26 2018 2:53 pm

      We had to stand in a long line in a foyer waiting to vote – so many people sneezing and coughing. Not helped by the dreary rainy weather. Today was sunny, mild, and clear – I don’t know who’s happier – the squirrels, the dogs finally able to get out and stay dry, the migrating monarch butterflies or the people.
      It’s good we don’t live on a farm with lots of room…there would be far too many dogs.These pups are lucky – they are getting showcased and will find forever homes easily. You have to smile at the farmers’ creativity. Thanks for barking along

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  6. Xena and Lucy / Oct 26 2018 2:48 pm

    I’m so sorry those people lost their beloved dog, yet what a wonderful response, giving so many a chance to live and be happy.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 26 2018 2:55 pm

      Little Chicken is a dog savior. Paws crossed he found a snug safe place, too. Paws up for all those who care enough to do what they can! Thanks for trotting over with a comment

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  7. Pied Type / Oct 26 2018 3:19 pm

    My 10-yr-old “puppy” is snoozing on the couch next to me. I understand just petting her is enough to reduce stress and lower my blood pressure. Poor thing’s going to be bald pretty soon!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 26 2018 4:34 pm

      RC Cat is complaining about the same thing! She’s more likely to sit and stay for long periods – Molly Malamute gets hot and wanders off to stretch out under the fan. Both provide enough smiles to earn their keep. Paw waves and thanks for sending over a comment


  8. aFrankAngle / Oct 27 2018 6:49 am

    First of all, the images are awesome!!!! …. and yes, sometimes we need a break – from not only normal routine, but especially that damn new cycle!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 27 2018 7:42 am

      Ball room dancing, beach walks, and puppies. We can and are finding alternatives. (Hmmm, sounds like music drifting over from your blog!)
      Thanks for positively romping with the pups

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  9. Littlesundog / Oct 27 2018 11:19 am

    I avoid watching TV, but it goes on as soon as Forrest gets home. And we pay $200 a month for all of those channels he can’t possibly take in! And he multitasks between the TV, his iPad, and his cell with Twitter comments dinging away. GAH! I hang out with the dogs or I’m back here on the computer.. or reading a good book.

    I had one flu shot in my life – goaded into taking it by co-workers who were panicked if I didn’t get the shot that I would make them sick. Well, like you, I got all of the symptoms of flu after the shot. I have issues with most of these so-called necessary vaccines and inoculations. I am such a rebel.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 27 2018 12:29 pm

      We are in the process of unplugging and de-branching/thinning the signals – there’s enough irritating in everyday life and no need to insert hype and noise that other people say we should be worrying about. Easy to keep up and current as we, having actually been taught interpretive skills for language in schools back in ancient times, don’t need others to edit, spoon feed, and interpret information for us.
      Actually we avoided flu shots up until a couple of years ago. Just took care and stayed away from crowds – sun and open air seems to be healthier even in winter. But the risk is greater with damaged immune systems and being around germ carriers (also known as ankle biters/little kids). Like you I do wonder if the general public today is less hardy and more dependent on chemical rather than their own immune system. Given kids do not eat the same sort of diets, or play outside in sun and fresh air (where you get exposed to all sorts of germs/bacteria and survive all sorts of minor scrapes and cuts) have less resistance. Schools are probably wise to insist everyone have basic inoculations to protect the teachers/staff who may be pregnant as well as themselves. (TB tests should be mandated for kids as they are for teachers here – might stop the outbreaks we are having all the time in this area. Locally we’ve having health issues not normally seen with resettlement of new arrival immigrants.
      Living out in the country and limiting contact with big groups – eating right with exercise is probably better than the flu shot. Sigh.
      (HA- had to laugh at Molly in the cooler weather – her happy husky tail is curled up showing her white petticoat just like your deer!)
      Thanks for lingering here with a comment. Have a great weekend – we’ve got sun!

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      • Littlesundog / Oct 27 2018 3:37 pm

        I agree with what you noted about flu shots in certain scenarios. I do believe here Forrest and I manage a healthy life because we are not out in public much and we don’t have ankle biters, unless that includes chiggers and mosquitoes!
        I’m glad you are seeing the sun! Today is the first warm day we’ve had. I took a walk today and there is some weed out there that is wonderfully fragrant! It smelled like spring… which is interesting because some plants and fungus that I see in spring are showing up this autumn. The trees are just beginning to show color. In another week or two it’ll be gorgeous!!


  10. LordBeariOfBow / Nov 11 2018 4:19 pm

    Mr Schulz was spot on; as all those lovely little Snoopy’s in your post attest

    You need a Nurse Percy to give you the needles and take the blood,

    My Nurse Percy jabs me with needles that used to make me cringe in terror, but with nurse Percy I’ve never had a bruise or felt a needle going in. She draws my blood and it’s over before it began and no bruise. My veins are hard to find, not that many years (6) ago a lady tried and tried to find a vein and take some blood,

    I finished up, passed out on the ground; that lady never got her sample!

    Now I look forward to my visits to my Nurse Percy 🙂


  11. cat9984 / Nov 12 2018 12:08 am

    Those are great adoption photos. If she’d put the bacon and eggs with the salt and pepper, she would have had a breakfast table 🙂


  12. ShimonZ / Nov 18 2018 1:33 am

    Flu shots, after fighting it for years, my doctor finally convinced me. Maybe it was an exceptionally violent flu that convinced me… but in any case, since taking the shot… a few years ago, I get something (?) sort of fluey every time immediately after. But Doc says it’s a coincidence. mmmm about news, I am more certain. It doesn’t exist anymore. The use of the term is an anachronism, left from the time when people didn’t talk to their neighbors more than once a week, and the wheel wasn’t seen in America till Europeans got there… and that took a while. News programs on TV are meant only to entertain us while waiting between advertisements. Forgive me for complaining on your back porch. I’m sure that RC understands my reaction…


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