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July 22, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Terror. In the still. Of the night.

scary tree branches at night (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

Scary reaching neighborhood tree sets the dark scene.(© image)

In the still of the night

A noise –

It’s not right

You huddle and slink 

Down the wall of the hall

Wishing there was 

A dog.

To bark

In the still of the night.

‘Cause the doorbell camera

Shows a weird blur staring in

And the noise

In the night 

Just ain’t right.

No. No. No. Nooooo! 

It’s the biggest –

the most giant – 

cricket of them all

Staring in and saying he’s come to call.

In the still of the night…

Do wop. Do wop.

It wasn’t Sir Jiminy

Unexpected consequence of being dog-less

Always an adventure around here

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

For those unfamiliar with the first/last line, on YouTube:


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  1. marina kanavaki / Jul 22 2022 6:21 am

    I’m pretty sure Molly’s protecting you from up there too!

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  2. Kate Crimmins / Jul 22 2022 6:29 am

    I haven’t been completely “petless” in 40 years. The best part is to always blame the odd noises to them. At one point, I had two cats and both were sick and in the vet hospital for 5 days. I didn’t realize how many noises there were at night that were blamed on them.

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  3. walkingoffthechessboard / Jul 22 2022 7:22 am

    Our crickets usually start descending on us around this time. After being in our current residence for as long as we have, I have come to an “arrangement” with both the crickets and my wife. With the crickets, they are allowed to roam and make noise anywhere outside the house with the exception of the concrete slab hosting our outdoor AC unit. If they venture into that area, my wife has requested they be hunted down and removed by any means necessary (the slab is on the same side of the house as the bedroom and they make enough noise to interfere with sleep). My wife also insists on the chance they enter the garage (which is directly under the bedroom), they be “taken away” in those instances also.


  4. disperser / Jul 22 2022 7:33 am

    I wouldn’t have thought the dog kept insects from the door cam (I usually get mud wasps looking for innovative anchor points).

    Still, no slinking! Take control of your safety!

    . . . get a giant can of Raid for self-defense and peace of mind.

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  5. beth / Jul 22 2022 8:28 am



  6. Curt Mekemson / Jul 22 2022 9:13 am

    One usually think of cats more on bug control than dogs. But then again, Molly was special… 🙂 I had a dog in Africa named “Do Your Part.” She actually belonged to the neighbor but adopted us because the food was better and there was much less danger of being eaten. She was great with bugs and though of them as dessert. Each night before we went to bed I would invite her in and she would spend several minutes wandering around chomping down bugs. –Curt


  7. SusanR / Jul 22 2022 11:34 am

    Doglessness takes a lot of getting used to.


  8. shoreacres / Jul 22 2022 6:00 pm

    Dixie Rose was quite a hunter. Even though she never got outdoors to practice, she learned well enough to vanquish any palmetto bugs that wandered in. And of course it only took the first line for the song to come to mind for the first time in — well, a long time. But now I can hear it, even without the help of the video. But of course I’m going to listen, anyway.

    When we got that splash of rain last week (or whenever it was) the crickets and other noisemakers went wild for about ten minutes. Now, it’s all silent again. We need rain to rejuvenate the chorus, as well as the plants.

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