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August 24, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Cone of Certainty

Chewed dog toy Pinecone discussing facial reconstructive plastic surgery results (© image, copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

“Ah, Staff. Excellent work as usual with facial reconstructive plastic surgery. Delightful. In many cultures scars are prized as badges of honor displaying surviving life’s battles. You have my grateful thanks.” (© image)

Why can’t there be more Pinecones?

Malamute Molly snatched him up upon arrival, tossed him into the air, and declared “I love you, Pinecone!”

Pinecone grinned widely – thrilled with immediate BFF status.

Not one single frown or annoyed complaint of “Anyone could plainly see I’m a porcupine!”

No, he just grinned. “Everyone knows a nickname is an endearment.”

Not even a complaint about the quick surgery snip and removal of his voice box.

It was squeaky. Even he found it annoying, he said.

And he’d never want to have anything that might inadvertently harm another. No, never.

Considerate; thoughtful. Such a champ.

Pinecone and Molly have been inseparable for over a year – that’s a long time in dog chew toy years.

Others have come and go.

Pinecone remains prime.

Badly chewed dog toy Pinecone on the examining table before surgery (© image copyrighted,all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

“I’ll just lie here on the examining table. No, no need to bother with a fresh paper sheet on the table. After all the places I’ve been, germs do not worry me. Don’t worry I’m not afraid of needles either.” (© image)

It’s not that Pinecone doesn’t know when something is biting him in the butt – or that he just got the stuffing chewed out of him now and then

He’s just delighted to have friend and to provide comfort or fun (and he somehow knows which of those needs to be offered when.)

And always wearing that little lopsided grin.

A grin that’s slowly becoming a little more lopsided as he is loved so intently.

No complaining or limply slipping into victimhood

He waits patiently until  he catches Staff’s eye. Then smilingly, politely, asks for a bit of assistance: “If it’s not too much trouble.”

“Any little thing you can do would be greatly appreciated,” he says.

(Sometimes he has more confidence than I that everything will be set right. Brushes aside any qualms about skill level and the level of possibilities…)

Pinecone is always delighted with the results of the reconstructive surgery. (Staff is grateful he’s the extreme optimist.)

Pinecone the chewed dog toy helping to select thread colors . (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, No permissions granted)

“Oh my, all the thread color options are mind-blowing. You must agree that I must be careful about that right now, yes? Laughter is the best medicine. Would turquoise be too much? Often wondered about a tattoo.” (© image)

It’s not like a one sided love affair – not even close despite the appearances

Real organic pine tree cast offs are rare in this neighborhood.

After a successful dog walk recon resulting in a pine cone recovery and rescue, Molly charges in the front door and marches directly through to the house to the back door – only pausing nod a chin up to Pinecone, “Hey, I’ve saved another one of your clan. No getting smashed by a car or mauled by a squirrel for this one” – and then out to the yard to carefully place it in the pine cone homeless shelter under a particular bush.

Then she runs in to happily tell Pinecone the whole story of how it all happened.

Pinecone always smiles and snuggles in closely – enjoying such a devoted friend.

Smiling Pinecone the dog toy showing off his new slim physique after a tummy tuck (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, NO permissions granted)

“A tummy tuck? What a nice surprise. Can’t wait to show off my new slim physique to Molly.”(© image)

Pinecone the refreshed Kong dog toy feeling smug and self confident with his new buff look (© image copyrighted, no permissions granted, all rights reserved)

“Feeling buff. Nothing like a spa treatment to make you feel confident and ready to take on all the world once again.”(© image)

Pinecone makes the world a little better.

Who knew he was stuffed with so much.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Pinecone dog toy is repaired and ready to return to duty (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, No permissions granted)

“Ready for love” (© image)


  1. Kate Crimmins / Aug 24 2020 6:53 am

    Sometimes the best friend is a stuffed one! 🙂

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 24 2020 2:04 pm

      Agreed! Stuffed doesn’t have to mean stuffy! We’re gathering up for a long stretch of rain…Pinecone will be so busy. Hope you’ve got cooler clear weather so everyone can enjoy the porch sittings. Thanks for leaving us in stitches with your comment

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  2. easyweimaraner / Aug 24 2020 7:17 am

    amazing how much stuffing is inside of a small guy… I always wonder how they got all that stuffing inside… magic trick?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 24 2020 2:02 pm

      Maybe Santa’s elves make dog toys in the off season? This one’s been pretty magical. Paw waves and thanks for stuffing in a comment

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  3. Ally Bean / Aug 24 2020 7:40 am

    Pinecone is a cutie pie. You do him an honor by featuring him here. I’m sure his lopsided smile is one of gratitude.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 24 2020 2:00 pm

      That is one funny little dog toy. A total surprise what a hit he’s been: no long knotted legs to chew off or tail to launch into the air with. We usually keep one or two hidden for storms or long days of excessive heat. None of the newbies have had Pinecone’s charisma and stamina. Thanks for whirling by before the storm with a comment


  4. pensitivity101 / Aug 24 2020 7:49 am

    Fabulous! Reminds me of a bear we saved from drowning in a puddle coming home one night, and we scooped him up. I wrote a story about it, how strange it was ‘seeing himself going round and round’ in the tumble dryer as we were drying his stuffing. E gave him a new nose, new eyes as well, and called him Lucky.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 24 2020 1:58 pm

      Lucky locked on to the best possible eyes to see him. Got a laugh over the tumble drying. Settling in for a few days of storms and rain here. No doubt Pinecone and Molly will be sharing stories. Thanks for stopping up a fun comment to leave

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  5. sustainabilitea / Aug 24 2020 1:09 pm

    Pinecone looks so happy. I’m pretty sure there are a zillion metaphors and deeper meanings in your description of him, but I’m just enjoying the smile. Have to add that all I could think of when I read your title was “Get Smart’s” cone of silence. Makes me laugh just to think about it.


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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Aug 24 2020 1:55 pm

      I loved that show – and Pinecone’s smile.
      Sometimes it good to let things just be what they are.
      Thanks for picking up the shoe phone and giving a shout

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  6. Robin / Aug 24 2020 1:58 pm

    I love Pinecone’s lopsided smile. There’s something kind in it. 🙂

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  7. Littlesundog / Aug 27 2020 6:29 am

    Aw, Pinecone is a sweetie. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to stitch up an old friend. I cracked up over the mind-blowing thread colors… that photo is priceless!

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  8. cat9984 / Sep 10 2020 4:47 am

    I like him better after the surgeries. I thought he was a deer wearing a skunk hat in the first picture)🐗🐗


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