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March 25, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Leaners and loaner bunnies

Ship heavily listing to startboard.(Herve Cozanet/flickr/

Ship heavily listing to startboard. (Herve Cozanet/Flickr/

Molly Malamute must have been an old salt at some point in her life.  She constantly lists to port when leashed on walks

No doubt an observer unfamiliar with her would assume both left legs must be 3-4 inches shorter than the ones on the right.

The smells are always better if you have to fight your way to them. Her motto.

Sailor. Quartermaster Dick Libby, USN, an Old Salt: "Twenty years in the Navy. Never drunk on duty - never sober on liberty" Portrait 1834 by Charles O. Cole (USPD, arrtist life, reprod of PD art/

Judging from the caption of his portrait, you might suspect he listed to port on the way back to his ship once in a while: “Quartermaster Dick Libby, USN, an Old Salt: ‘Twenty years in the Navy. Never drunk on duty – never sober on liberty’ “.(USPD/

Avoid the after Easter regrets: get a loaner bunny.

And return it after the thrill of new pet ownership wears off and the fur begins to fly about who’s gonna care for it…not to mention  replacing all the chewed electrical cords it severed. (What is it with bunnies and targeting electric cords? Trying to tell us something? Or do they just get a charge out of it?)

Look, stuck at home, you need some cheap entertainment and social interaction  – talking to yourself won’t wear well over time. And animals waiting for a home have mastered all sorts of “entertain yourself in a small area” tricks. So consider fostering a small pet (Sorry, the tiger and the horses are not available for loaners…but maybe you could talk them out of a piglet or small goat…you always wanted to get their goat, right? Opportunity’s knocking.)

Most animal rescues and shelters are offering loaner animals to clear room for animals suddenly without caregivers as owners get sick. Win-win ..especially since the shelters supplies: food, bedding, crates, toys, all medical care – and the commitment doesn’t have to be forever. What a deal! (Be a hero – check your local shelter.)

Besides look at those faces! 

Guinea pig and Bunny rabbit looking for a t home at the SPCA

OK so one’s a guinea pig – but a cute one. Bop on over to see more. You’ll love Gumdrop, Coco, and Pebbles. They’d love a vacay!

Ready to snap?

Longing for yesteryear or even yesterday like when it was no big deal to get groceries or meet friends for dinner?

What you need is a refresher

Google Screenshot of cocktail and can mixer

Cheers to yesteryear’s hottest brunch cocktail.(Ortega/Google image)

No, V-8 ain’t. Not even the spicy one.

Hey, it was healthy! Tomato juice with fire-roasted chilies and onion.

But not recommending the “drink half a beer, then pour in some Snap-E-Tom”…popular with the newly sophisticated college crowd….

Morning afters probably had more than just Molly listing to port walking home.

Take care and be snappy.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge


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  1. Robin / Mar 25 2020 7:41 am

    Such cute faces! How could anyone resist? (Although guinea pigs, no matter how cute, will have to be resisted since my husband is highly allergic to them.) The caption for the portrait gave me a good laugh. Thank you for that. 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 25 2020 8:05 am

      Just as well about the guinea…cage duty is pretty gross and I believe all have a right to clean environment…especially the poor middle school science class one…a loaner who stayed long after summer was over and school resumed. Actually she lived a charmed later life outside in a lovely sheltered atrium with the (no it turned out not to be a miniature as promised) Rex bunny. Sigh. The bunny was a divide and conquer maneuver, but it was quite a pastoral scene out on the two thru the windows. Nothing should live in cages. The rabbit would bark and was quite protective when hawks flew overhead. We also need to create calm and beauty in home environments to survive the rest.
      That picture started to be the entire post…but, you know, once the words start…HAHA
      Thanks for chatting on this porch a while

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  2. easyweimaraner / Mar 25 2020 7:54 am

    we hope there is a home for the pets… in europe a lot of people dump their animals because they fear they will make them sick although they should known better… it’s sad that we need a facebook campaign for stopping that…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 25 2020 8:15 am

      Here they keep telling people, “The pets are good for you – especially in these times!” So far with the shelters showing cute animals for loaners and 2 major well known businessmen, supporting the pet pantries/deliveries for pet food I think it’s going pretty well with people maintaining their pets. (Have to wonder if China is using the pets are dangerous to get rid of pet ownership – the Party dislikes pet ownership as it divides loyalty…and teaches compassion…their propaganda is pretty widely spread.)
      The vet clinics have gone to a drive-up, someone grabs the pet, then conferences by phone while you wait outside – business is down, but people are still coming for appointments. But the worst is coming. (Big city near us: 285 identified, more in quarantine, this county 21 identified – up from yesterday)
      Where’s that disco song “I will survive”? and there was some headbanger one about keeping them apart…hmm…wil have to find that HAHA
      Thanks for pawsing around here. Stay safe, hug dogs and laugh loud (They used to say no one bothered crazy people…maybe it’s true with germs, too! Ha Ha)

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      • easyweimaraner / Mar 25 2020 10:26 am

        we hope no one gets sick this time, no people nor pets, by now they all promise help and support, but what if all get sick… omg that would be horrible… to stay healthy is the only thing this moment…

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 25 2020 10:53 am

          Circle the wagons and stay safe. People and pets need each other. (despite the misconception Molly has that squirrels are just strange cats and so RC could be considerate and move outside which would leave some tasty cat food available for her. RC isn’t buying it…and resents being categorized with the furry fence runners (“Don’t they know they Olympics have been cancelled? Obviously not related…” and RC is rather miffed and insulted …)


  3. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Mar 25 2020 8:29 am

    Thanks for the cute, furry faces – and good reinforcement to stay put in the mountains! Landlord is firm on no pets, even fosters (boo!) so must be content with the locals grazing their way past… strutting tom turkeys, the occasional group of bachelor elk-already beginning new velvet growth, and yesterday 11 mule deer does w/ their yearlings. As long as the humans keep their distance!!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 25 2020 9:09 am

      Ah sounds like real life has a chance of returning to normal without people HaHa (Some family members in Mts are saying it’s glorious without human intrusion)
      Your “pets” have the best: free roaming (and so much more low maintenance for you!)
      Thanks for yodel a comment this direction.


  4. Kate Crimmins / Mar 25 2020 9:36 am

    I’m trying to talk a friend into fostering a dog. She will be a major foster fail and she knows it. She’s alone and even without this going on, it would be good for her. Fostering gives a chance to try it without commitment. There aren’t a lot of things in life like that.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 25 2020 10:57 am

      You have a good idea there – sharing the couch is beneficial ..besides dogs remind you walking is good….you might see squirrels…some of which might be people, but you have acceptable reason to avoid them now)
      At least one thing good. Maybe the shelters here won’t be overloaded with pet stored purchased bunnies a few weeks after Easter. That would be a big help and a hare’s dream. Take care

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      • Kate Crimmins / Mar 25 2020 11:29 am

        We don’t see bunny sales like we used to. When I was a kid I got chicks for Easter. My mom was not happy. My rooster perched on my shoulder all summer until that day I went back to school and he lost his head.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 25 2020 11:34 am

          My husband and his sisters got ducks. They ended up living behind the garaged in a fenced off area. The middle sister only found out a few years ago the the dachshund was only friendly with ducks when someone was watching….she still believed they had flown away…)

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  5. The Coastal Crone / Mar 25 2020 1:14 pm

    I figure alcohol will ward off the virus or at least make me worry about it less. Stay sane!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 25 2020 2:21 pm

      Vodka. Vodka is selling out! (And it can’t all be for hand cleaner HaHa)
      Prevailing offshore winds and beaches – was the prescription for many years.
      Enjoy the stroll (because the morrow will once again brings annoying beach intruders?) Cheers and thanks for toasting this venue


  6. marina kanavaki / Mar 25 2020 2:24 pm

    For some reason you reminded me of an ad from my college years [UK] I love it! Thank goodness for all the good people who take care of animals. Over here our gov has taken special measures to help stray cats and dogs so that they don’t starve with everyone being indoors. Still many many people take food and water every day out to them.


  7. Ally Bean / Mar 26 2020 5:06 am

    Bloody Thomas? I’ve had Bloody Caesars and they were tasty, but this is a new old one on me. Whatever floats your boat, or hops your bunny, or whatever. 😉


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 26 2020 12:14 pm

      Timely! Has lots of that high demand vitamin C with tomatoes and peppers. Maybe those cans will roll out again.
      Thanks to dipping into this smorgasbord

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  8. shoreacres / Mar 26 2020 7:13 pm

    I do have some cans of low sodium V-8, for the day the great veggie shortage hits. I did finally find out one reason they kept the liquor stores open. They were afraid there would be people going through withdrawal showing up in ERs and requiring use of scarce resources, from beds to time. I never would have thought about that, but of course: not all of the addicted are on meth.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 26 2020 7:26 pm

      OMG. Totally mental…uh, mental health. (Gotta close gun stores in some places, though – can’t let people be able to defend themselves if all the authorities get sick – and the are – and they are opening jail cells….remember the looters that waited until everyone left Galveston, then helped themselves to all the homes? How hard can you aim and pitch a beer can? HaHa. )
      They did make Dillards shut down today…the “luxury department store” felt they were essential, but the fire marshal said, no. Woodland’s mall/restaurants shut today….
      We got the same veggie drinks just in case – but HEB was open, not crowded and looked fully stocked with fresh produce and quite a bit of meat and paper products around 9am…looking at the carts coming out, you do wonder about addictions (still with the water flats – still!)
      Thanks for peeling off a comment to leave

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      • shoreacres / Mar 26 2020 7:29 pm

        I may make an HEB run tomorrow morning, then. I’d like to have some orange juice, and some salad greens. Maybe some broccoli, too. I went to Walgreens tonight and picked up two packaages of Twix candy bars for my aunt in Kansas City. She’s been craving them, and none of her kids could find any for her. So, there’s my good deed for the week!

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