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April 30, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Realignment Dogs

Two dogs looking over fence. German Shepherd (© image, copyrighted, all rights reserved, No permissions granted)

“Hey Molly, we missed you. Ask the Dunderheads inside if we can schedule a playdate. Rocky and Scooby are tired of the stay and play at home.”(© image)

Dogs consider social distancing cruel and unusual punishment. Stupid.

How can you be “social” at a distance? Conflict in terms.

More like “anti-social”.

Quiet dog mutterings about humans’ need to realign the meanings of words and actions.

Our dog Molly Malamute must need an alignment. Every time we go for a walk she leans sideway and pulls to the left.

Senior staff: “Molly, you walk like a distracted driver all over the freeway.”

Molly: “Free way? No way a cheap date. Not that kind of girl.”

(She chortles at her own joke, She does grin and laugh….You do get her joke? Don’t let her know you are scratching your head….She’d only, kindly, think to herself , “Poor human”.)

Opposite world trying to normalize itself …with questionable results

  • Small city catches in the act 3 men burglarizing multiple cars. (If only that was the start of a joke). Caught own camera. Arrested, charged by DA for 3 counts each, and then? It’s the Corona Virus Shuffle and Turnover: County jail/sheriff refuses the admit the criminals: orders from County Judge (County executive officer) to not take in those without priors – it’s the Corona clearing of the cells! Sadly, not virus cells…So cops let them go. Gee, how will these guys ever get a prior at this rate? What about street cred? Career damaging, I say! Maybe they can sue.
  • Food may desert, you know: “abandon” , “forsake”, “cast off” – as in chicken nuggets or French fries leaping onto the floor which surely you’ve witnessed yourself – but food actually becoming a desert? Realistically around here, only possible if crummy, old and dry. A human confusion. Still there is no doubt many people are hungry (Wish people would just say “wide spread hunger” rather than trying to be cutsey, or impress how much big words smarter they are than little you.) Same problem with “food insecurity”.  Food is not “insecure”. Scared maybe, but not insecure. Even if mushy, over-baked, or cracked, food is pretty sure it knows exactly what’s ahead for it on the plate. More than many people these days.
  • Speaking of hunger, thank goodness for benefactors and business donating to keep food banks stocked for humans and pets. As usual there’s some rotten apples lined up. During a recent drive-up food give-aways, volunteers noticed a couple of odd things: 1). boxes of food already in the car trunks – turned out food previously picked up at another location not far away. Even better: 2) a minister noticed a car and driver looked familiar – Well, yes, they picked up their food batch, then turned around and got back in line to score some more. Guess someone should have expected an enterprising person to see an business opportunity: 3) Shortly after being handed out to a needed family, boxes of produce, meat and pantry food items were offered on eBay /being sold in the neighborhood. You have to applaud someone taking initiative to improve their situation, but these attempt doesn’t seem quite aligned with the Food Bank’s original concepts. Maybe they should hand those car occupants over the ones at the back of the line after the food ran out. Or stake them out in the desert where they can really experience real deserts and real insecurity.

Oh, such dogs us. But we don’t seem to take the direct realignment approach of canine packs.

You know, “Try that again and I’ll bite your face off.”

Dogs grin widely for a reason.

They know sum-thin…like who gets to sit on the couch all day…at the appropriate distance to be social.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Dog. Molly Malamute talking. (© image, copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

“First you tell me I can’t sniff butts. Now it’s stay out of people’s faces. Humans have no idea of how to be social. (© image)





  1. easyweimaraner / Apr 30 2020 8:28 am

    that’s mean to act that way at food banks…and to sell this things at eBay is more than cheeky… ;O(


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 30 2020 8:35 am

      About as kind as I can be with that bunch is to say “Fifty lashes with a wet noodle!” while thinking worse.
      Fortunately there’s a good deal of people trying to do the right thing these days…not politicians, but that I guess might be asking too much HAHA
      Thanks for lining up a growl!

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  2. Ally Bean / Apr 30 2020 8:46 am

    Great doggo photos. Lousy humans can make a good thing rotten. Shame on those people for stealing from the food bank.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 2:59 pm

      Certainly a bonkers bungle these days. Dogs. Hang out with them and you may get fleas, but with some people, it could be worse? You just have to shake your head at some of the recent antics. Difficult to retain the “people are basically good” philosophy. Hope you’re doing well. Thanks for driving in with a comment

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  3. pensitivity101 / Apr 30 2020 10:14 am

    Lovely pics. Dogs don’t understand why a little while ago they got fussed by everyone they met and now nobody does. I feel out on a limb, but got round it the other day by ‘petting’ the air as the owner petted the dog. It seemed pretty happy!
    Take care and keep safe

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:05 pm

      You are right about the dogs being confused. Some of us are letting the pups sit some 10 feet apart and at least see each other. They do seem to enjoy a few doggy admiration comments – even from a distance.
      Our county is partially open – not soon enough for the teenagers who had found circling endlessly on borrowed golf carts was reaching diminishing returns. With the beaches available, fewer are out walking little kids and dogs, it seems. Just the way we like it. Fingers crossed all are taking steps to some safe distance – if sun and heat is good, we’ve got plenty of that.
      Paw waves of encouragement and thanks for stopping by to chat


      • pensitivity101 / May 3 2020 3:06 pm

        Our beach and park has remained open, but tourists are coming despite the lockdown. We are simply avoiding everyone.
        Glad the dogs can see their buddies.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:59 pm

          People are bonkers here after being so locked in – we hope most will go back to playing video games or watching movies shortly so we can go out without worrying about a crowd.
          Best to keep some distance right now. How life has changed


          • pensitivity101 / May 4 2020 2:42 am

            Indeed, and I read that the social distancing is to continue after the lockdown restrictions are lifted. We keep ours anyway and that won’t change, nether will masking and gloving up to go shopping. There will be a second wave which will be worse than the first, and everyone will blame everyone else for it. Keep safe.


          • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 4 2020 8:00 am

            There is still much unknown about this virus. Used to be said, “No one will take care of you as good as yourself”. Might be a good time to revitalize personal responsibility, commonsense, self reliance, , and stepping away from dependence on other people to make your choices (and take the blame so you don’t have to?)
            The data from the original city’s outbreak/”recovery”/fear and behavior of those local residents is pretty grim.
            A paw wave in solidarity from this realm.

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          • pensitivity101 / May 4 2020 8:20 am

            thanks. Take care.

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  4. D. Wallace Peach / Apr 30 2020 10:27 am

    Yep. The dogs don’t get it, but they sure do love having us home every day. Woo hoo!
    And I’m so bothered that some people are scamming and taking advantage of others’ needs or kindnesses. Every day, I hear stories of great heroism and then stories of losers devoid of compassion and empathy. I hope that karma is quick and obvious on both counts. ❤

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:16 pm

      Yes, karma and “what goes around comes around” – we can only hope and encourage the good and brave ones.
      (Sometimes I think the dog and cat would be glad if we did leave for a bit…you know they can’t be seen as being BFFs when we’re around, although we know the truth. Security cams don’t lie! HaHa.)
      Thanks for slipping onto this porch to chat a bit

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      • D. Wallace Peach / May 3 2020 3:38 pm

        My husband is a dog-hoverer. The poor dog just wants to hang around and sleep. Lol


  5. Anne Mehrling / Apr 30 2020 11:05 am

    The Food Bank rip-off takes the cake! How the needy have become greedy!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:17 pm

      They must be seedy! Not even kind enough to take the first batch of food out when running through again to get another! Now that’s cheeky. Take care and thanks for rolling down the window to chat

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  6. robstroud / Apr 30 2020 11:44 am

    I hadn’t really thought about how all of this affects people’s dogs. Living out in the country, our border collies’ routines have changed very little. They do miss their normal amount of interaction with “family” in the form of our grandkids. But even they are able to be around occasionally as we all stay outside and visit.

    Pets without access to their own yards must feel like they are in some sort of purgatory.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:23 pm

      I’m glad to here you’re got some space – for both you and the dogs. Seems like close quarters are the big danger. They always said to stay healthy you need fresh air and sun – now more than ever? (Will people once again start trying to send kids out of the mega cities to relatives in the country for their health? …”Leave the computers at home kiddies – the country means chores to be done”….that said, the swap probably wouldn’t work these days. It will be interesting to see how all this sorts out.
      Our lives haven’t changed all that much as we worked from home for some time…with cat in lap/window and dog underfoot. All the neighborhood dogs are going through severe friend withdrawal. Most are very social creatures…there’s probably a book concept waiting to be explored there…
      Take care – always good to here you guys are doing well.


  7. Melanie B Cee / Apr 30 2020 1:33 pm

    😆 I laughed loudly (scaring my own stay at home canines, who are now eyeing me warily as if to say “Has she truly lost it this time??” and slinking around with ingratiating grins on their faces “Treat her with respectful distance in case she has lost it” I laughed, until I read the last bit. Despite C-19 and the jail/law system right now, folks that take free food that way, and then try to sell it or try to get more than their share, should be jailed. Maybe catching C-19 would teach them something about being greedy and soul-less. And then maybe not. Up here, those young hooligans breaking into cars (although they get away with it a lot) take the risk of being shot by somebody overly familiar with the NRA and exercising their rights to bear arms. Hooligans beware. Going to jail might be a better option…. thanks for a smile at the cute dog thoughts. I don’t know what my two think, but I can guess. Best left unsaid.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:25 pm

      Glad you got a grin! No doubt your dogs are true philosophers and kind enough to overlook human frailties…if treats are possible…
      Thanks for bouncing in with a comment


  8. Kate Crimmins / Apr 30 2020 4:10 pm

    I’m with the dogs. Not about the butt sniffing but just about everything else!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:29 pm

      Cats want to remind everyone that while dogs are mood enhancing and cheerful, cats are the ones who know not to consume bad stuff…most of the time…and therefore felines, who understands the power of “The Paw”, should be the ones sensing whether it’s safe of not…or whether more naps are needed. Usually naps are needed. To ask is to show lack of intellect…..
      Hope Mollie and all are doing well. take care. And thanks for bounding along


  9. disperser / Apr 30 2020 5:14 pm

    See?! It’s not just the corporations that are greedy bastages.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:31 pm

      Yes, and wolves are threatening action if humans don’t stop using the phrase “…raised by wolves”. Obviously slander and intentional misinterpretation…


  10. Roxie / Apr 30 2020 7:01 pm

    Indeed insecure food! Still laughing, love pet points of view!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:33 pm

      Now I can see food insecurity while they are in the grocery store bins…who wouldn’t be insecure watching people come by, pick up one, closely examine it, then put that one back and choose another instead. Most emotionally damaging!
      SO glad to hear from you. Hope you and yours are taking care. Thanks for giggling along

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      • Roxie / May 3 2020 5:25 pm

        That’s true too many fingers touching with the same hands used to touch every other item! Different normal for sure.


  11. marina kanavaki / May 1 2020 11:13 am

    Rocky and Scooby are so perfectly aligned but it seems to me that they’re less than a meter apart!!!! 😉 Oh, Molly dear, you’re so right… humans duh, at least you get the couch, right?! 😉
    Paw waves from Hera who’s fed up with the half hour cleaning process every time we return from a walk! 😱

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:39 pm

      Hera isn’t the only one miffed at the after walk rituals. Molly has started bolting once in the door and trying to rub allll the way down the hall before we can grab her…and she grins so big like “Hey, I do a better job and faster, too!”
      Molly was being a bit of a show-off on this morning’s walk, She picked up a huge 4+ foot branch/tree limb and carried it home…being sure to pause at each of her pal’s windows to wave her “trophy” to those stuck inside. Don’t tell me dog’s don’t have community, miss friends, and play jokes.
      Take care and thanks for pacing along


      • marina kanavaki / May 4 2020 10:06 am

        Molly is very clever!!!!!! I can picture her with that branch!!! If only there was a way to explain this absurd reality to them! Hera for now remains in place, annoyed but expecting her treat afterwards! 🐾🐾🐾🐾🐾

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  12. Curt Mekemson / May 1 2020 4:33 pm

    Just thinking that the folks ripping off the food banks are bad, but they are small potatoes in comparison to the large corporations ripping off money that was supposed to go to small businesses.
    I petted a dog the other day. I needed a doggy fix. And then I thought to myself, I sure hope the owner doesn’t have Covid-19. I’m sure the owner was thinking the same thing about me. 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:45 pm

      It would be really great if our legislators would spend some time and actually read proposed bills ( and analyze them to consider all the possible consequences). instead of all rushing around and being in a hurry to shout – “we did good” and grab some photo ops. Read the darn thing and think! Oh, TLCBB (too long – can’t be bothered)
      That doggy probably needed a people fix, too. Sunshine. Outdoors. Worked for the Spanish flu, tuberculosis, bad colds….old relatives used to bundle ailing kids up and set them in a sheltered spot outside – Maria Montessori firmly believed it – in all weather – for healthy kids. A little retro is not always bad
      (So you wanders are in good shape! Dogs, fine, people, well, we’ll skip them for a bit HAHA)
      Take care and thanks for settin’ here a spell


      • Curt Mekemson / May 4 2020 3:13 pm

        I worked as a legislative advocate for health and environmental issues for a while, Phil, and you are absolutely right. Part of the problem is that there is so damned much legislation proposed. It’s close too impossible to read and analyze it all. A good start would be to limit the amount of legislation that can be introduced each year. There would be a lot more care put into developing and analyzing the bills.
        We are in good shape although I confess I am getting itchy feet! 🙂 –Curt

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 4 2020 5:11 pm

          One item or topic per bill. Anyone who’s been there understand. Simple is the only hope.
          Take care – (and ditto on the wander thoughts – darn this virus!)


  13. Littlesundog / May 2 2020 5:17 am

    I see lots of folks walking their dogs (and letting them poop in the neighbor’s yards) since the Safe at Home orders went into effect. Nothing much has changed here, since our dogs still get out several times a day and roam the ten acres with me… and of course we go for buggy rides to the orchard just to check fences and see what’s changed.

    I’m not surprised about people ripping off food banks, or any other kind of theft. I saw a couple walking by the front fence the other day, eyeballing our asparagus patch. I’m pretty sure the fella was attempting to sneak in and get some, but I foiled his efforts by popping up out of the iris beds asking, “Can I help you?” He dashed back out of the driveway and they picked up the pace going down the street. It makes me glad the actual garden is hidden from street view.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 3:56 pm

      People can be so darn annoying. At our first house, I had some lovely zucchini in the backyard garden and when I went out to pick them for dinner, they were gone – come to find out our next-door neighbor saw them and “didn’t want them to go to waste” and just came over and took them. Not a great way to meet your new just moved in neighbors…they were weird, but never stole produce again.
      The foot traffic/bikes/golf cart careening in the neighborhood was heavy as walking kids and dogs walking and outdoor exercise was “permitted”.. Like you say, not everyone was picking up.
      Now that the beaches are open and the county itself is opening, things are back to normal – we didn’t see anyone at all during our morning walk. Fine with us…Molly found a branch although see didn’t see any dogs, she did enjoy dragging the almost 5 foot branch home and pausing on the walk in front of each dog friend’s house and waving it at them. Don’t tel me dong’s don’t plan, think, or plan jokes. She was just thrilled with herself.
      Enjoy all those wide open-ish spaces! Thanks for pulling in here to chat

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  14. illignis / May 3 2020 2:38 pm

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / May 3 2020 4:02 pm

      The creative and analytical are always welcomed. Remember things are often not as they first seem here and to always pack a sense of humor. Thanks for coming by to wander and ponder.

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      • illignis / May 3 2020 6:41 pm

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