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December 5, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Son of a One-eyed Jack

One-eyed pirate sitting at tabkle. 1862 painting by Matejko. Pirate Stanczyk (USPD, artist life/

It was confusing. They said something about the hair of the dog that bites you. (USPD/

Life dealt Jack a bad hand: alone without associates, battered, loss of an eye after a run in with a bad, lone wolfhound.

While he was provided a roof of sorts over his head, little warmed the cold, hard concrete where he slept at the shelter.

But every tale deserves a warm happy ending.

Jack got his when the day after Christmas in 2011, the man, Baker, gave him the nod and said, “Come with me.”

Pirated his heart.

For One-eyed Jack, life became smooth sailing. Finally.

Finally does come for all.

When on March 31, 2019, One-eyed Jack succumbed to an illness,  his bereaved human savior, his true companion, decided to have his canine cloned.

“August 2nd, (One-Eyed Jack) was re-born with two eyes,” said Jeff Baker. “That’s how DNA works.”

One-eyed Jack’s identical twin/son Jack arrived home in October.

Maybe some DNA wanderlust nudged the 16 week-old Maltese Shih Tzu to slip unnoticed through the unlocked doggy door recently.

Jack was gone for six days.

Even the $4,000 reward failed to produce any information.

Then the neighbor across the street came home from a vacation in Mexico….

Jack apparently had joined the neighbor’s dog for a staycation: choice of couches, a big spread of dog food enough for two, and who knows what else!

BFFs? Like-minded buccaneers? Romeo and Juliet?

What happens in vacation locations, stays in vacation locations…

Jack has returned home.

Grounded. Arrrgh.

So far, no report of doggy eyes gazing longingly across the street.

Tail wagging the tale

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Dog in pirate costume. (Image from Amazon)

Arrgh. She was a handsome wench. (Image from Amazon)


  1. Kate Crimmins / Dec 5 2019 7:11 am

    Dogs be dogs! At least he wasn’t starving!

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  2. pensitivity101 / Dec 5 2019 7:57 am

    Loved this!


  3. Curt Mekemson / Dec 5 2019 10:11 am

    The truth of the visit may be in puppies that also share the same DNA. Got to watch those sleepovers.:) Warm, delightful tale, a real tail wagger. Thanks. –Curt


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 5 2019 1:17 pm

      You haver to suspect those two dogs knew each other. What a time they must have had being homeowners. You may be right about unexpected DNA relatives appearing. Thanks for dog trotting’ this way.

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  4. Pix Under the Palm Fronds / Dec 5 2019 11:11 am

    I loved it, too! Puppies possibly is an interesting thought… from Curt up there.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Dec 5 2019 1:19 pm

      Interesting enough, there’s been no pictures of the welcoming dog who hosted the pawty.Why the mystery? Reputation at risk? Ha Ha. Thanks for tossing a comment into this bowl

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  5. belocchio / Dec 5 2019 6:55 pm

    I love fairy tales with happy ending!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. PiedType / Dec 5 2019 11:08 pm

    Love this! A happy tail to end my hectic day.


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