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August 29, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Gimme shelter

Dog at fence (© Image. All rights reserved. No permissions granted. Copyrighted)

Setting it up. Don’t worry. No dirt to be dished or pawed, as you will. (© Image)

Knowing how it is suddenly be unwanted, the dogs wanted to be helpful. To cows.

Those large creatures, once fought for and cherished, are now herding rumors of creatura-nongratis.

Although, the ruling species of this realm sniffs at the reason: socially inappropriate vapor emissions. “Piff,” they snort, “those without gas should pass the first edict. Have you ever been around a crowd of humans at a chili cookout? Takes one to nose one, Dunderheads.”

Conversations in the realm – which are long and frequent as there’s been so much rain limiting outdoor jousting and chasing of squirrels (fortunately Staff provides a reasonable indoor facsimile…it’s the wild eyes…) – there is talk how cows are just the beginning of a purge.

Despite the constant rains, there is no plans to build an ark for sanctuary of the targeted.

In response, the orange net. A kind gesture. Sheltering. “Cows welcomed here. We do not discriminate due to dietary or unavoidable digestive processes.”

It is not segregation. That thinking is simply mudding the situation.

Call it something familiar to them: rotation of pastures.

It is not a euphemism. There is no comparison at all to feed lots. You only seek to inflame an already irritable bowel.

As we said, the barrier is mostly psychological. Just like manners keep humans from crossing the line in public.

Dogs generally respect boundaries…unless there’s a squirrel chattering…then it’s disregard everything: charge through the ankle deep water and rip everything up…but then again, that’s their nature.

Into every life a little mud slinging must fall, and then be shaken off.

Dual purpose orange fencing: to let ground recover and to offer any cow that RC Cat gives a refugee status visa to.

Something Staff is quite discouraging about even if a cow might provide a source of lovely milk.

Staff can be so short sighted sometimes.

Every animal understands, “If they come for one, they come for all.”

May the clods be with you.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

White and golden puffy cloud appearing over the house top. (© image. copyrighted, all rights reserved. NO permissions granted)

Thought I’d stick this picture in to remind myself what blue sky looks like. We may soon be able to cultivate crops in the living room from the soil relocated from the backyard. Think hydrophobic gardening? So eco-friendly! (© image)





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  1. shoreacres / Aug 29 2019 8:42 am

    Ha! I’m sitting over at Lakewood watching it rain, and watching a beautiful rainbow over the lake. I figured there was no sense heading back home, since this is bound to end eventually. As for pasture rotation — such a good idea. And as for those other silly ideas, I refuse to be cowed. Bring on the cheezeburgerz, sez me!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 29 2019 10:21 am

      At this point artificial turf like in AZ or CA seems like a perfectly sensible idea. Sigh. Mud baths are highly overrated.
      Finally stopped raining – was seriously hoping for a dry reprieve…the backyard grass is getting high enough RC is requesting importing of jungle animals for her viewing.
      Intersting this morning there was a report on DNA telemeres and aging. Along with ways to live longer ( and keep those” long”): hmmm: avoid processed foods, salt, and sugar…hmmmm what is “Beyond meat/chicken?”….overly processed plants, sugar, salt with more calories than a Hamburger (and who know exactly which plants? Coconut, soy, and some other ingredients can cause problems with some people with allergies, sensitivities, or certain meds/medical conditions – the FDA should insist all ingredients are listed and shown for imitation meats, too)
      As the major nutritionists are saying “It’s still fast food. It’s got a lot of fat and calories, too. All fast food still should only be eaten no more than once a week if you want to stay healthy.”
      So moooo too.
      And the sun is out and you’re back at work, catch up later.
      Thanks for the rainbow views!

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  2. easyweimaraner / Aug 29 2019 8:50 am

    we had a cow once what ate the flowers from my windowsill… what a drama (for the pups) ;O)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 29 2019 10:06 am

      Oh, you were seriously cow-ed. Must have been a bit like the indoor cat/dog facing off with a gator/coyote at the window. Beware of the stare!
      Thanks for herding a comment this way


  3. Ally Bean / Aug 29 2019 9:49 am

    We used to live in a house that was close enough to a cow pasture that grilling burgers outside seemed sadistic. There was no orange barrier to reckon with, only our own sense that we might be doing something cruel. Or maybe the cows didn’t even notice the odor. Who knows with cows?

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 29 2019 10:04 am

      At the farm, the cows there seemed to notice one of the herd was MIA…most of the time they wandered far over to the other pasture.
      I really hate passing feed lots. Abusive and cruel. I always shout “run”…some are smart enough to do so and get on TV and get a retirement home in a petting zoo.
      If in doubt though, avoid the ones with the long horns – they still have enough old DNA instincts to know exactly what’s going on…and are prepared to do something about it.
      Thanks for stomping around with a comment

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  4. Kate Crimmins / Aug 29 2019 11:40 am

    The grass that Molly is standing on is looking kind of thin! We had a lot of rain. We are now in a “5 days of nice cool weather with just a chance of a thunderstorm on Monday” situation but I never believe them. We used to get our milk at a dairy farm and you had to inhale deeply before you drove into their driveway because that was the last good breath you would get until you exited. However, their dairy was the best!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 29 2019 11:54 am

      Sigh. The yard was so lush until Miss Ballerina toes Ella started practicing her leaps and runs across the backyard. (Molly of longer coat and a few years older says “Ask me again after it’s cool – around Halloween.”). This morning it did look like she was longingly looking across the orange for a secluded spot. I can tell you the cat has totally lost patience and is swatting under the doors. Some dogs do not take a hint and only see a challenge…
      In this heat, local dairies were never the choice for outings – but Borden’s did used to take Elsie around to the schools/fairs to show where milk came from. My kind of dairy viewing. Thanks for serving up a comment

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  5. sustainabilitea / Aug 29 2019 7:37 pm

    Oh, those squirrels. We had a foster dog who went crazy over squirrels. He’d look for them when we opened the door for a walk and if he didn’t see any…he’d search the trees for them!!

    Have a wonderful weekend.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2019 10:09 am

      One of the local squirrels has a set7:30 am routine run the fence – it’s the grocery shopping for the day: fig tree next door against the fence, and easy access to the palm fruit here. Molly knows her clock . She will quietly wait in position until the tiny sound of running paws – not wasting any energy until then – or later. Visiting Ella, however, doesn’t get it and just bolts out to dash up and sown even when not on schedule. Molly just sighs at the ludicrousness of it all.
      Hope your fall weather is arriving – we’re still in simmer – which is much preferable to Hurricane. We are getting a bit of lower humidity and breezes from the outer band. Grateful for that.
      Thanks for running these fence lines

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  6. Littlesundog / Aug 31 2019 10:09 am

    Squirrrels?? Punkin (an orphaned squirrel we raised) is five years old this month. She still comes by for pecans every couple of weeks, or sometimes daily during rainy spells. She has a habit of jumping up our back porch door and clings to the door handle. There isn’t a screen there anymore because she ripped it down! Every time she jumps up, the dogs all go crazy. I think she knows that I’ll at least hear the dogs going crazy, if I don’t hear the racket she makes on the back door. I sometimes call her the Punkinator… but truly, I love her.

    Do those orange fences really work? I always thought they looked too flimsy. I’ve considered them for temporary fencing to open up area in the yard for the chickens to graze, yet have some protection.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 3 2019 10:15 am

      I remember Punkin! So glad she’s doing well (and still swinging with the door – how funny)
      I resisted the organic fencing probably for too long, but it is working. So far it has held with jousting dogs crashing into it. (We have it wrapped around a 1×2 that is screwed to the fence on one end and wrapped around one of those solid green metal fence posts with wings on the bottom to drive into the dirt and little notches on one side that help hold the netting. I use several large plastic wrapped wire tie things from. Home Depot to secure the mesh to the fence post – and so I can open up the top half when I need to get to the other side.
      It’s been really funny. The dogs just sit and stare at the mesh a lot – like subjects being mesmerized/hypnotized by a swinging pendulum. So it’s working…and they are now creating a grassless mud hole right in front of the orange barrier. Great.
      Thanks for chasing a comment this way.

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