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March 19, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Wolf whistles

dog smiling in tall grass and flowers

If that doesn’t give you a smile, you need to take a nap. ( A message from Jim and Maggie: “As COVID-19 continues to impact people of the world, we want to provide a glimmer of light and cheer amongst all the craziness with fun, silly, and cute dog photos to help brighten your day. We hope you’re all staying safe out there. Wishing you health, healing, and happiness.” Works for me.)

Stop with the scowling and growling or Molly Malamute might take offense and, never doubt this, Molly ALWAYS wins a growl off.

Molly is very clear that Staff and friends need a bit of distraction from the bad beer virus.

So she has decided to let fly and to whistle down the wind…which by definition is “to talk purposelessly. This relates to hawking where there is little point in releasing the bird downwind.”

Pointless being popular right now.

Still, no one likes to be down wind from a dog having done the stop drop and roll in the garbage truck drippings in the middle of the intersection (“Hey, that was yesterday – and yesterday’s gone!”)

RC Cat became frantic realizing sailors sometimes tried to “whistle up a wind”. “Call PETA” was her first reaction.

Only by luck we managed to rip the cell phone out of her paw calm her for the rest of the story.

Sailors used to face the direction they wanted the wind to come from and watching for a “catspaw” (you can see the cat-a-list for RC’s furry. She feared cat persecution)  – a ruffle on the sea’s too calm surface. Then the sailing petitioner was supposed to gently rub the ship’s backstay as though fondling a cat while whistling to attract the wind’s attention and get it to show up.

It is a bit humorous that on big sailing ships that the cook and his assistant were the only ones not forbidden from whistling. Apparently , the whistling assured the rest of the crew that those in the galley weren’t sneaking and eating the provisions.

Speaking of provisions, having luck gathering what you need?

As this is hurricane country, this area is probably more used to preparing for disasters and sheltering in place than many.

And some lessons have been learned. (Hey, this time the water supply is OK and not in danger. So back away from the flats of water.)

Locally two groups are stepping up again to help those that might be forgotten – some real heroes.

food delivery volunteers (image: FB page for crowdsource rescue)

Just ordinary people stepping up using Crowd Sourcing concept.(CrowdSource rescue FB page)

“Site created to help rescue people during Hurricane Harvey now pivots to delivering food amid coronavirus crisis”(click2houston video)

“Mathew Marchetti is the co-founder of non-profit CrowdSource Rescue, a local non-profit disaster response team operating services through a website, to help save lives during hurricanes and natural disasters (23 disasters since Harvey).

Coronavirus is unchartered territory, but Marchetti decided to work with what he knew in order to help his community, the best that he knew how. This week Marchetti, who happens to be a software developer working from home due to the virus, has added a new service to the website… Working with the Houston Food bank, the non-profit now aims to help the elderly and immunocompromised people in the greater Houston area. People who need help or want to help can fill out a form on the site and volunteers then get directions to pick up food and deliver it in a safe, clean and “socially distant” way. 

“Dark and scary times right now, but that doesn’t mean that people still don’t love [the elderly and most vulnerable].” Marchetti said. “It doesn’t mean that there’s still not hope. There’s a lot of people that love you and want to take care of you.”

Their website here. No doubt Marchett would be happy to help other communities get set up like this. Like their Facebook page here.

Volunteers collecting and delivering pet food during coronavirus crisis. (Image ABC13 screenshot)

Volunteers collecting and delivering pet food during coronavirus crisis. (Image ABC13 screenshot)

Forgot to grab pet food? Some local heroes are once again stepping up to help your furry friends.(ABC13 news video)

Houston Humane Society and Exclusive Furniture are teaming up to make sure pets are taken care of during  coronavirus outbreak.

The Houston Humane Society Pet Pantry program was created to support area residents in caring for their pets by providing free pet food and supplies to those well-meaning pet owners needing assistance.

It’s a drive-thru just like the testing centers, but you have to register and fill out the forms: Houston Humane Society Pet Pantry here. No doubt they would also be glad to share how they got this pantry up and running with others. Even with all the job layoffs and people who can’t get out, pets gotta eat. (And with all this spare time, how about fostering a pet. Pets are good for mental health!)

Well, that’s certainly worth a whistle or two to grab attention, Molly.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Dog sitting and day dreaming. (© image, copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

“What do you mean we need to work on treadmill skills? Real wolves don’t run in place.”(© image)



  1. beth / Mar 19 2020 3:47 pm

    people are wonderful


  2. Anne Mehrling / Mar 19 2020 5:22 pm

    I laughed aloud at the dog’s stop, drop, and roll in the garbage drippings. Your humor is much appreciated today.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 19 2020 6:43 pm

      I think the squirrels in the trees thought it was pretty funny, too…but no encores, please!!! Thanks for the fine whiff of a comment

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Ally Bean / Mar 19 2020 5:49 pm

    Things are serious but not so much so that a few laughs don’t help. All I keep thinking is: what will happen next? Each day is its own new challenge.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 19 2020 6:41 pm

      You must be upwind of us. I was not laughing at the antics in the middle of the street…she didn’t even look ashamed. Hopefully tomorrow will be a less odiferous challenge. Thanks for joining the pack.

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  4. shoreacres / Mar 19 2020 7:37 pm

    I couldn’t figure out why there were so many Sheriff’s cars at Stewart Elementary, and a line of officers standing in a row at the entrance. I wondered if some inattentive soul had tried to wreak havoc at an empty school. Not so much — it was a lunch distribution site. From 11-1 families can drive through to pick up a meal for the kids. I have several contradictory thoughts about that, but it’s a fact that the contact probably is as important as the pb&j at this point. Now, if we just could get the spring breakers on Padre in line, it’d all be good. Molly and RC are way ahead of them when it comes to intelligent coping!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2020 12:54 pm

      I knew they had planned to pass out lunches somewhere. Sr., Staff says schools have contracts for food and there’s the fed. food programs that ships food, so if it’s there, might as well get it to the kids…but screen and make sure those kids are actual students (they have student IDs) and make sure they only get one drive-thru – not visiting several sites and grabbing it greedy greedy little piggy.
      It really is time that parents go back to understanding that schools are to instruct and educate – not just to provide babysitting and free food so they can buy expensive cell phones for each family member and other items instead of food….mixed feelings here, too. Complex issue, but risky for people get used to free, free, free and then shortly just expect, expect, expect and demand. I think many things will be reevaluated on the flip side….we’ll see.
      Odd the “experts” are now “discovering” that the virus attacks 20-45’s and more men than women, and that it survived on surfaces for some time,…that info was known much earlier and in many medical publications, but buried. Why was that, you have to wonder.
      What I am wondering right now is how much longer this darn pollen will blanket everything. Really bad this year…and this is one year you don’t want to go around sneezing! Thanks for turning a comment into this lane. Take care

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  5. susielindau / Mar 19 2020 8:55 pm

    I didn’t know those superstitions about whistling. My daughter almost broke my habit. It drives her nuts. LOL! But I still whistle now and then…
    Great to know that people are coming together for others during the crisis! We’ll get through it together!!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2020 12:39 pm

      Once the kids are out, you can go back to being you. HAHA
      Some days just seem to call for a whistle. This week the theme song from the cartoon “Mr. Peabody and Sherman” kept surfacing – that’s a great one to whistle.
      Yep, onward through the fog. Take care and thanks for joining the chorus here

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  6. cindy knoke / Mar 19 2020 11:02 pm

    “So she has decided to let fly and to whistle down the wind…which by definition is “to talk purposelessly. This relates to hawking where there is little point in releasing the bird downwind.”
    Love this post.
    Odd isn’t it, even when people own hawks and “train” them over years, as badly as killer whales, neither a hawk, or an orca, can ever be tamed, or ever really like a human being. Plus hawks can fly, and orcas can swim.
    I think humans best hope for philosophy rest in the wild creatures. They don’t speak our language, so it is up to us, to learn it.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2020 12:36 pm

      Only in quiet and stillness can some messages be heard. Hitting pause may have some benefits if people stop getting about what isn’t available or what they can’t do and rediscover – there’s so much to rediscover – and now time to do so? Thanks so much for whistling up an astute comment


  7. marina kanavaki / Mar 20 2020 5:36 am

    Ah, the days we’re living… thank god for those creatures and kind people! 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2020 12:29 pm

      Someone said that it seems like the “pause button” has been pushed on the world…and maybe the was needed for us to rediscover what it is to be kind, to be human and to rediscover connections with the natural world. The birds’ songs have never sounded more beautiful.
      Take care, laugh loud, and play (dogs help a lot with that)

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      • marina kanavaki / Mar 20 2020 2:38 pm

        Ah, well said, my friend and indeed, that “pause button” may actually be something good… as long as we remember afterwards. 🙂 Paw waves to you all!


  8. Littlesundog / Mar 20 2020 7:01 am

    Our critters know how to deal with stress… we could learn a few things from them. We’re keeping positive here and enjoying nature. No whistling from me though I wish I could. I guess I don’t have the right kind of lips or wind or something! Spring has arrived and thank goodness! I’m still baking for the tax office, and we’re selling eggs like crazy (and giving some to neighbors) and have a long list of people who need them… the girls are doing their best to feed the locals!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 20 2020 12:20 pm

      My mother was a superb whistler – high and shrill (behind front teeth with curled tongue, not by pursing lips). In our neighborhood each mom had a distinctive whistle, yodel, or shout when time to come home for lunch or at dark. Names were never used, but we all knew who had to go home.
      I finally managed a poor pursed mouth one, but the more advances one still sound like a weak tea kettle. Some things are just beyond us, I guess.
      OH, fresh eggs. Such a luxury. I’m rationing the ones I managed to grab before it got crazy out there….but about to check local pick it yourself farm to see what is available besides strawberries…strawberries would only make me long for vanilla ice cream.
      Thanks for feathering this nest with a comment. Take care and laugh a lot!

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      • Littlesundog / Mar 20 2020 1:35 pm

        Are the stores out of ice cream too? Gads! I do have some leftover strawberries AND a few cans of coconut cream… you have just given me a great idea!! YUM!!


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