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September 16, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

The boyfriend’s back

Sean Connery. 007 leaning agaisnt car (image: Official James Bond 007 website)

He has an air of European sophistication about him. (image: Official James Bond 007 website)

For the longest time, she could only watch from a distance and sigh.

Few met her standards. Being something of a 10 herself.

Stuck inside. Sheltered beyond tolerance…sort of…Isn’t everyone these days?

He was always impeccably groomed – even when just headed to the mailbox.

Not a dandy or fop with attitude.

More Bond, James Bond. A whole different breed.

That elegant tuxedo. That soft black hair that even a breeze can’t resist ruffling.

The solid way he steps out – not prancing, totally dignified.

Those obvious good manners when he passes people. The complete attention he aways directs at his companions.

Double sigh. A real dreamy guy.

Bond. James Bond. Movie poster/still (USPD., artist life)

Nothing like a tuxedo to ooze cool.(Movie poster/still /USPD.

She waits by the window hoping he’ll stroll by…perhaps glance her way.

Probably totally oblivious to her existence.

A girl can hope.

Molly has a new boyfriend: an older Gentleman down the street named Norman.

Norman is a terribly handsome Bernese Mountain Dog.

At 7 yrs, he is somewhat flattered by Molly’s attention, but was a bit aloof at first.

Awkward. Pretty sure it’s not the age difference. Fear, perhaps

Bernese Mountain Dog. (AKC website image)

You can easily see why Molly Malamute is enchanted by Norman. He looks exactly like this. (AKC website image)

Molly has always been the pretty party girl, but a little overly enthusiastic at times.

“Oh,” she said, “Bernese tend to be cautious. Being so affectionate and tenderhearted with feelings easily hurt, he must want to go slow until he’s reached a comfort level.”

She does have instincts and became very docile: non-threatening  poses- laying down to be smaller as she does with her petite dog friends.  Shyly, only giving a small polite sniff when he didn’t stiffen so much at their early encounters.

Norm is usually glued by his person’s knee even without a leash.

That dog has the best dog manners around…which makes him even more charming. He always – always – glances up at his person and clearly says, “Is it all right?” before acknowledging another.

An elegant gentleman with something of a story all his own.

According to Norm’s teenage girl (who always has time to pet Molly), he belonged to a cousin who works all the time. Norm’s entire world was a crate. Because Bernese Mountain Dogs bond very closely to their person, when left alone – feeling abandoned – they tend to act out…destructively. So jailed. A small world.

Eventually extended family members persuaded the lovely owner, who loved Norman very much, but had little time to spare, that his life was barren, cruel, and that constant confinement had begun to badly affect him.

Norman was afraid of everything – and had panic attacks. He did not want to go out for walks. He was too worried to leave his crate. A large dog with a caged emotional mind.

But, lucky dog, a new leash and a new life.

Dog looking at you. (© image. Copyrighted, no permissions granted. ALL rights reserved)

“Mom, I’m bored. Can’t we go outside yet? I bet all the other dogs are outside. Please?”(© image)

Molly noticed Norman out reluctantly for a walk one day and was desperate to go meet him.

After all he was so handsome – and big enough to play with – bigger than she! (and at her sturdy 85 pounds, that’s rare).

And they’re the same colors – like Twinsies…Sort of..He’s always show ring silky, shiny clean without muddy paws. Sigh.

Just like a kid who has heard the ice cream truck, Molly pleaded with staff to go out. Could barely get harnessed up fast enough.

The first time we ran into each other at the mail box, Norm seemed to panic and wanted avoidance at all cost.

But his teen walker, motioned for him to be still…which he reluctantly the far end of his leash.

Molly slowly and gingerly slipped forward for a nose to nose touch. And that was OK.

But feeling confident, she raised a paw for a high five – and poor Norman almost freaked. But he survived.

We left it at that.

Molly pranced off looking as happy as she possibly could saying, “He’s playing hard to get. Isn’t that cute!”

It’s been a few months now. Even with the summer’s heat when large, double-coated dogs don’t venture far from AC, there have been a few brief meetings between the two dogs.

Everyone’s happy that Norm is relaxing and gaining confidence in social situations. He actually perks his ears up when he see Molly a bit down the sidewalk.

He’s quick to look up at his owner to ask and receive permission to bounce over and talk…He’s really cute.

(007 movie still/poster USPD., artist life/All poster)

Molly thinks they make a cute couple.(007 movie still/poster

Molly of course, is now playing coy.

Spots Norman at a distanced, tugs and tugs on the leash in his direction, but once he’s noticed, she shifts gears and nonchalantly, casually, saunters the girl who goes “Oh, hi. Didn’t see you there.”

Then a little close circling tango.

A small retreat behind staff legs with “Oh, watch that  nose, mister” – said with a beguiling smile.

Yesterday she was on cloud 9. He puppy bowed her. Puppy bowed!

Careful Molly. He may not be quite ready for a Malamute high five, but he’s come a long way.

Seems you can only live twice.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Dog. Molly Malamute smiling ((© image Copyrighted, all rights reserved, No permissions granted)

Norman’s pawsome, right?  (© image)




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  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 16 2020 6:57 am

    that is super touching to read… and we hope for a date with the swiss boy… maybe with a fondue?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. marina kanavaki / Sep 16 2020 7:27 am

    Awwww…… Molly be gentle on the boy! 😉 …but what am I saying? You know better, don’t you! Paw waves! 🐾


  3. Littlesundog / Sep 16 2020 9:19 am

    I can’t wait to read more about this friendship. He sure is a handsome beast!


  4. Carl Long / Sep 16 2020 10:28 am

    Love it. I had to leave my Basset Hound when came into the nursing home. I miss her almost as much
    as my 2 legged family.


  5. Anne Mehrling / Sep 16 2020 10:53 am

    What a lovely tale about two tails!


  6. The Coastal Crone / Sep 16 2020 11:58 am

    What a sweet love story! So happy Norman found a new home and is getting along with Molly. I bet they do make a cute couple. Shades of 007!


  7. pensitivity101 / Sep 16 2020 1:35 pm

    Cute story.


  8. Kate Crimmins / Sep 16 2020 1:50 pm

    Gotta love puppy love!


  9. sustainabilitea / Sep 16 2020 4:13 pm

    And they called it puppy love. But if Molly’s dogged about it, James, er…Norm, maybe the world will not be enough for the two of them. Just so Molly doesn’t end up like poor Diana Rigg’s character! (So sad that she’s now passed away.) Perhaps she can bring Norm a quantum of solace.

    All right. I’m done now.



  10. shoreacres / Sep 16 2020 7:58 pm

    Are you saying that Norm and Molly are going to ‘bond’? How appropriate! I used to know a blogger on Cape Cod who had a Bernese. I can’t remember his name now, but once you’ve seen one of those handsome critters, you don’t forget it.


  11. disperser / Sep 16 2020 9:32 pm


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 17 2020 2:18 pm

      Fabulous find. (No doubt Molly will want that saved on staff cell phone so they can have musical interludes when they waltz around the trail)
      Thanks for the big smile ( and tail wag)

      Liked by 1 person

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