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December 7, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Mind the gap

Someone should have made sure they understood: “Don’t poke your nose in where it’s not wanted”.

Walking three German Shepherds is an exercise in strength of will, attention span, and clairvoyance for both ends of the leashes even in the best of situations.

Unsure if one of the dogs has more street smarts or if he was actually being watched by he who will not be named because we are livid  the one at the other ends of the leashes.

German Shepherd dog. (© image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

“It’s all a blur. I, Rocky, did not start it…for once…” (© image)

Thursday Ella, Scooby, and Rocky were out – without their vigilant Person, but with one who was supposedly trustworthy – and were allowed to run up to a fence along their neighborhood route. The polite social German Shepherds, Ella and Scooby, rushed over to chat with a couple of small, barking dogs.

Unfortunately, the enclosed pair misunderstood “chat” for “chomp”. There was blood all the way to the vet show cleaned and patched up the wounds, and handed out antibiotics. No major damage, (to the dogs anyway. Not sure about the dog walker who had lots of excuses why it wasn’t his fault…).

Ella who suffered the worst nose attack is crushed her friendship was harshly rebuffed. Scooby freaked totally out and just wants to be left along – by everyone.

And of course severe storms and flooding are to arrive shortly – with rumbling dog upset tummies what would you expect, right?

Anyway, please excuse the mindless gaps here on this blog.

Had started poking around with the Christmas drive for gifts and the thought that counts

Buy a shirt to help CA. wildlire victims."A good driving route? The Golden State has tons of 'em. While they're going through tough times, better days lie ahead. When the time comes to get back on the horse(power), this will remind you where to go. Created with TST, all profits will be donated to the CA Fire Foundation.

A great gift idea for gearheads, travel fans, or anyone. Buy a shirt to help CA. wildfire victims. “A good driving route? The Golden State has tons of ’em. While they’re going through tough times, better days lie ahead. When the time comes to get back on the horse(power), this will remind you where to go. Created with TST, all profits will be donated to the CA Fire Foundation.” Find the shirts here.

How can anyone bypass our own California’s desperate eyes and needs and turn instead to that demanding caravan at the border?

Not to mention the crisis in Minneapolis. And that’s not the only place inside our own borders

But guess those didn’t bite deep enough

Who knows

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Needing a lighter laugh for the weekend? Hit the highway to the Camaro post from Wed. Laughter will return, don’t worry. It always does.


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  1. Kate Crimmins / Dec 7 2018 9:10 am

    The poor pups. That dog walker needs to be fired (or scolded if it’s family). Smaller dogs can do damage. I had one dog bite (on my face no less) in my entire life and it was a small yappy dog. I was around 5 so I’m sure I did something it didn’t like. I’ve had a fondness for larger dogs every since. They may knock you over but they don’t bite unless seriously provoked.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2018 3:26 pm

      ER docs say while big dogs do damage, little dog bites are more common. I hate the ones that run up behind you and nip heels and ankles…hard not to kick them through the hedge.
      Those dogs were on their property behind their fence…which is 10-12 feet from the sidewalk where the dogs should have been if one was watching. Wish it was as simple as firing…
      Mostly injured pride and a few stitches…wonder if the dogs will avoid that area? The German would have refused to go back that way ever again…she was the smartie!
      Thanks for adding a biting remark

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  2. Xena and Lucy / Dec 7 2018 10:20 am

    I’m sorry that the trusted person walking the dogs didn’t use better judgement. And they were on the other dogs’ property, so….
    It’s a good thing, what Minneapolis is trying to do to help the homeless in the bitter cold they have there. Even so, there will be those who will never stay in their shelters, many because of mental illness, which is not unusual in a homeless population. I always keep these poor (literally) people in prayer, especially in extreme heat and cold. Thanks for the article.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2018 4:35 pm

      The fence is 10-12 feet from the sidewalk that the dogs are supposed to be taking their walk on. They stuck their noses in where they weren’t wanted and the little guys were perfectly within their nature and right to defend their territory. Sadly the GS relinquished their safety and control to the human at the end of the leash who is supposed to be guiding and watching out for them. Sigh. Luckily bruised pride and stitches are the main result…that and a loss of confidence and trust by the GS trio and Person towards a certain human.
      One of the city councilmen said this Native American drug abuse and encampment is a problem that has been ignored and been building there for years. Multiple Native American agencies and local groups are trying to find a solution. As you say, some will never go to shelters because of their pets not being allowed in, rules (as one Native American woman said, they will have to adjust the rules for our culture and beliefs) and some will think it’s too dangerous – those with children and families that have been recently evicted because of not paying rent until the building deficiencies are fixed or recent loss of jobs. And the mentally ill – some refuse their medications, some don;’t realize they need the medications – and there are far too few emergency evaluation beds available in ERs and hospital systems. It’s a mess. But still, people are always saying how a debt must be paid to Native Americans – how badly the tribes were/are treated, yet when it’s obvious something must happen here – and in other tribal areas – no one moves.
      Santa please, put the victims of CA fires and these Native Americans first on your list this Christmas.
      Thanks for howling along!!!

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  3. Littlesundog / Dec 7 2018 11:06 am

    My first thought is always about using common sense. There are lots of reasons to keep our dogs away from other dogs – like illness (kennel cough) or parasites or contagious diseases. And there was a fence. It’s not always about our first thought being “it’s to keep the little ones inside”. Maybe not.. one must be open to all sorts of reasons for a fence. And lastly, I’ve got a real attitude about owning up and being responsible. How could this NOT be this guy’s fault? Does he live in the real world?

    I’m with the guy in the Minneapolis article who wouldn’t stay in that shelter. I’d have a difficult time mentally dealing with people who were allowed inside intoxicated or high on something. Doesn’t sound like a safe place to me.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2018 3:20 pm

      You are so right about commonsense.,.,and actually paying attention to the dogs instead of texting (probably). It’s 10-12 feet from sidewalk to that fence – and the dogs should not have been close at all. Sigh. Unlike dogs, it looks like some people are untrainable due to lack of wit or interest.
      Shelters are problematic – during Hurricane Harvey the county quickly set up a family shelter/shelter for single women in the basketball stadium complex 1 block away as the large general population in the huge convention center included some who weren’t cooperative/nice/law abiding. Shelters have to accommodate clients pets – or they won’t come in from the cold. Multiple Native American government agencies and private drug abuse groups are trying to sort through that mess up there. As one city councilman said this problem is the result of years of ignoring the situation. In any case, the victims of the CA fires and the Native American tribes (in Minneapolis area and ALL regions) should be on the top of Santa’s list and federal funding budgets.
      It cold out there in so many ways
      Thanks rounding up a comment to leave.

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  4. Ally Bean / Dec 7 2018 1:20 pm

    My goodness, you do have your excitement. I realize things like this happen, but being a cat person I’ve never had to deal with it. All is well now, I’m hoping.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2018 3:12 pm

      Cats are probably smart to retain an independent mind as far as self preservation. The dog trio seems far too willing/silly to happily hand over all commonsense to a human at the other end of the leash who is suppose to be providing guidance and protection. Obviously safety is not in numbers.
      Mostly hurt pride and a few stitches, but the worst part is a loss of trust in that one at the end of the leash.
      Chaos seems to be the only order around here. HAHA
      Thanks for checking in

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  5. shoreacres / Dec 7 2018 1:22 pm

    I’m glad there wasn’t any significant damage to the dogs. I watch enough encounters from my vantage point here at my desk to know that even doggies who just want to be friendly can get themselves in trouble.

    As for ways to give in this season, I’m still reeling a bit from the discovery that one of my favorite bloggers, whom I’d assumed still was in Portland, actually had moved back to Paradise, California, and lost everything in the fires. He’s in Chico now — living in an apartment he was lucky enough to get because he’s the son of a 104 (!!!) year old woman everyone loves. His readers have apparently helped out a lot with providing necessities, but he also lost his extensive library of thousands of volumes. He has a wish list of titles on Amazon, and I’m going to send along either one from that list, or a couple I have here that I think he’d like. As soon as I hear back from him, I’ll decide what to send.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2018 1:03 pm

      Luckily looks like mostly pride took a hit. (Now you see why I need to get holiday shopping and decorating done early…always something). A huge (but not unpredictable ) loss of faith in that particular human. It’s 10-12 feet from sidewalk to fence, the dogs are always there, and any dog will become “large and formidable” if territory appears to be threatened. What can I say.
      Have you heard from the blogger in CA? Book loss is like losing children to many of us. (I’d like to add some to your assist/replacement fund for him – will check in with you shortly.) It’s going to take years and lots of $$$$$ to rebuild – FEMA hasn’t even met their obligations and promises here from Hurricane Ike a year ago. (FEMA told people in their trailers and subsidized housing to get ready and pay rent Jan…although for Katrina, assistance went on for, what, over 2 years?). I’ll let you know when our CA fire shirts arrive. CA fire victims and the Native Americans should be right up there at the top of Santa’s list…despite the sad images staged at the border.
      Thanks for warming up a comment in the sun to leave. Enjoy today!


  6. robstroud / Dec 7 2018 9:03 pm

    We’ve had lots of adventures walking our dogs. Ours aren’t aggressive, but do sound like that if they are frightened by other dogs acting aggressively towards them.

    As for walking with a leash… one of our pups is now elderly and her pace suits us fine. The other (both border collies) usually pulls for a while until she settles into the pace of the walk.

    Life without the company of dogs would be terrible. Even on their worst day, they’re better than 2/3 of humanity.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2018 12:46 pm

      Never underestimate a small dog or small human if they feel threatened, right? Molly has slowed down considerably over the past year – or she finally realized dragging humans may be fun, but one must be considerate – if they are injured, walks might be limited or reduced in length. (Yes dogs are capable of reasoning HAHA!)
      What a gift dog companions are. Thanks for passing to chat


  7. Curt Mekemson / Dec 8 2018 3:20 pm

    So, what breed were the small doggies, Phil. I’d think it would be unwise to try and bite a German Shepherd. –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2018 12:38 pm

      It’s pretty amazing how some small dogs are size unaware. Still these were defending their territory from uninvited nosiness, so it is hard to blame them…the human on the other end of the leashes (who was probably texting) should have known better – it’s 10-12 feet from sidewalk to fence. Guess those little ones have upped their street cred HAHA
      Thanks for herding a comment this way


      • Curt Mekemson / Dec 10 2018 5:22 pm

        Laughing. I’ve seen little dogs be quite brave. Usually when their owners are close at hand. But some are naturally aggressive. And a nose shoved through a fence would be a very inviting target. 🙂

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2018 7:34 pm

          We had a rescue West Highland White once – usually called a telephone pole on short legs. Saw him round up and force 3 dogs under a pickup truck belonging to a carpenter and not let them venture out. One was a German Shepherd – all of them easily qualified as large dogs. They started building houses what was once a farm pasture. Sherman slipped under the fence and took exception to the intrusion. at the poor carpenter bailed off the second floor as I grabbed the dog and hauled him back home like a football under one arm – his legs windmilling and his mouth quite still impressing upon the dogs that he was keeping an eye on them. Owner was embarrassed his 3 dogs refused to try and come out. What’s the old saying? Not the size of the dog, but the size of his bark? HAHA


  8. angelswhisper2011 / Dec 10 2018 2:27 am

    Oh, that sounded really horrible, Philmouse. So sorry for the doggies, “because it’s always their fault”, people would say, but in fact it never is. Maybe a license for dog walking, or for keeping dogs, is neccessary, at least then they are aware from what can happen, right? Pawkisses for a Happy Day and some Healing Pawkisses for the doggies🐾😽💞


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 10 2018 12:34 pm

      Cats seem to retain a bit of wariness and distrust which protects them..giddy dogs, once the leashes are on and human has the other end, they seem to expect the Human is in charge and watching out for them. Mostly pride hurt – but worse, the complete loss of trust in that particular human/staff by Person and the dogs trio. Sigh. You just can’t teach some people – either too dull or underneath it all lack of caring. We’ll see.
      Thanks for the healing paw kisses – Ella and Scooby send paw waves!

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  9. LordBeariOfBow / Dec 18 2018 5:17 am

    It’s never a dogs fault it’s always their persons fault and responsibility. Dogs rule,
    Well that’s what Coco told me when I read this post to him



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