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October 22, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

The Downfall of Fall

Dog on floor. (© image. Copyrighted, No permissions granted, All rights reserved)

Such a ballet of effort. So little appreciation. (© image)

“They should have let you keep it.”

“I would have shared with you.”

“We watched from the window. Held Our breath as you periscoped up to check out the top of the bush for possible escape routes. The seemingly nonchalant circling. A long stalk worthy of many ‘bravos’. And We had worried you were paying no attention to Our instructional lectures. Your pounce worthy of the greatest cat hunter, even if you are a dog. We raised paw to window screen in tribute to your success. Sigh.”

“Staff was frenzied. I though it best to sit when asked…and to drop my hard-earned prey proudly at their feet. A bit miffed about being hauled off by the collar and shoved undeservingly into the house.”

“It didn’t run off to chase another day. Darn. Scooped unceremoniously and taken out the gate.”

“I would have shared with you. Even if it was still. And not catnipped. I know how much you cherish your fabric mouses. I thought this one…”

“A soft cheek pat as reward for your thoughtfulness – even if intercepted. Now. Think. That hole under the fence. Is there any possibility that another…?”

Fall is the hunting season.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Cat sitting in window expectantly (© image. Copyrighted, NO permissions granted, All rights reserved)

“We warm their feet when cold. We cheer them when sad. We entertain them with ‘Guess what I will eat for dinner today’. And they cannot let us have a small bit of wildness and game? We shall petition for treaty revisions.” (© image)




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  1. Kate Crimmins / Oct 22 2020 8:13 am

    We’ve had some insects caught this week. Unfortunately Sasha doesn’t share that bounty. One swallow and they were gone.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2020 8:18 am

      You don’t need a Roomba vac. in your Realm. The critters know winter is coming – we’ve seen bird flocks, and advanced south of humming birds and monarchs….RC in the window keeps inviting the latter two in for B&B but so far no takers. Mosquitoes are just not as interesting. 😮
      Thanks for capturing a comment to leave

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  2. Ally Bean / Oct 22 2020 8:41 am

    “We shall petition for treaty revisions.” I’ve no doubt that’s exactly what your crew is thinking about doing. Clearly they have a valid grievance…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2020 8:48 am

      RC Cat: It would be much more convenient if staff simply removed the window screens. The Molly and I could manage ourselves. Door knobs are a pawsome irritation. A soft cheek pat for your understanding…and perhaps you could just push that screen out on one corner a tiny bit…No? Oh, then au revoir.”

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  3. Beth / Oct 22 2020 9:48 am

    Quincy brought me a squirrel, and when I said “drop it” he blinked with great disdain at my daring to issue a “dog command” at him. He then padded off with his treat, fearful I’d claim it for my own, and left me a tail. 😦 It is indeed hunting season. 😦

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 22 2020 10:56 am

      Molly seems to think squirrels are odd cats – and she knows she’s not allowed to chase cats – any cat (RC will find out…) She likes to watch them and race them down the fens line when they come foraging for figs, tropical fruits, palm tree nuts/dates, neighbors’ veggie gardens and crepes myrtle seed pods, but then laughs “Fooled ya'” and wanders off. She does however stalk and grab mice (who show up looking for water or any of the food listed above). The neighbor behind us has a total trash and junk kingdom back there, so sadly she does have opportunity. We don’t let her in the backyard after dark or it would be safari time. We are thrilled the hawks sits on nearby roofs and the owl spends the day in the oak out front. We tell Molly she has to leave prey for them.
      RC gets pretty annoyed hearing about it…if only the screen…..
      Thanks for gearing up with a comment

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  4. sustainabilitea / Oct 22 2020 5:55 pm

    Our younger daughter’s cat takes care of any mice that happen into the house, but she likes to play with her food a bit before catching it. 🙂 If the mouse freezes, thinking to throw her off, she eventually bats it back into action and goes after it. Naturally, she proudly presents her trophy to our daughter for approval and appreciation.



  5. Robin / Oct 24 2020 7:15 am

    Oh yes, it is hunting season indeed. Dead crickets (or just parts of them) have been showing up in the mornings. Bella proudly brought us a skink she caught and Izzy chases rabbits (without success so far). Everybody wants to move inside now, even the snakes are coming close to the house (we carry them off and they never look too happy about it). I imagine we’ll have mice coming around soon and there will be much rejoicing in the cat realm.


  6. Pied Type / Oct 26 2020 1:55 pm

    Rowdy keeps trying to catch the “bug” on the front door. I keep telling him it’s just the peep hole, but he keeps jumping at it anyway.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 26 2020 3:43 pm

      They are so protective – even if you don’t recognize the danger! Hope he’s got a sweater for the winter – it looks like it’s arrived there. Nice to have the luxury of not having to get out, right? Thanks for slipping a comment not this pile


  7. Philip Edwards / Oct 30 2020 9:10 am



  8. cat9984 / Nov 8 2020 11:13 am

    Hunting trophies are so underappreciated by humans. Purrs Snoops and Kommando Kitty


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