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July 25, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Done with sittin’ on the sidelines

People sitting in rocking chairs on porch at Roosevelt Lodge, Yellowstone NP. (USPD: by NPS employee/

Are reservations are required? Curious about what is the hierarchy for position and preferred chairs?(Porch rockers at Roosevelt Lodge, Yellowstone NP./USPD/

The others ask (Not always politely), “Why are you always smiling?”

The quick answer, “’cause I know they are coming.”

“Pshaw. Same every day. No phone call. No cars in the parking lot. Too busy for you.” 

Such negative Nellies. 

But I know they are coming.

The one next to me – the one who wants to hope – tries to defuse the darkness with “It’s really hot. Too hot.

They are all staying inside. And there are baseball games.”

He looks to me for encouragement. I flash an affirmation: a self-confident smile.

They ARE coming. I can feel it.

Could barely eat my breakfast.

We wait. All lined up. Each ready to nod and say, “See, there they are. I knew they’d come today.” 

Except that new gal – on the end.

So darn grumpy no one wants to even sit near her.

Nothing but complaints and moans.

“I can’t believe they put me here. I’m used to much finer accommodations. The disgrace.”

On and on she mutters. Even spurring a kind word when offered by someone well meaning. 

The rest of us edge away from her – tired of her constant harangue.

Hard to ignore the constant whining.

“No wonder her family dropped her here and ran. She’d better learn to zip it and learn to get along…even if it is suffering in silence or she’ll never hear that “Oh Baby, Baby, why don’t you grab a few things and come stay with us for a while?”

Senior citizens siting in rocking chaairs on porch. Miami-Dade. (USPD,, artist life, /Florida state lib. and archives)

Room at the end. (Senior citizens siting in rocking chairs on porch. Miami-Dade. USPD/Florida State Lib. and Archives)

Then, everyone holds their breath. A car has arrived.

For who?

We all sit up a little straighter and try to hear as the car doors open.

“Darn, I’ve spilled some of my breakfast on my ankle.” says one who starts to get up and go to the back.

“Wait, wait,” several of us call.

“It won’t matter. They won’t care. You don’t want to miss them!”

He nods and turns backaround.

The office door opens. They walk towards us.

First in line, I smile broadly and get up to welcome them.

I don’t know who they are…yet…but something tells me….

One of them says, “That’s him. There. The one with the blue eyes. That’s Hank.”

And I am. I knew they would come.

Even if it was hot.

Even when that rain shower poured down forcing us inside.

Never doubted it.

You’ve heard the song “Blue eyes crying in the rain?” No point in playing that.

Gotta get into wholeheartedly into the game: You send out hope and someone hears.

I knew, even with thousands of applicants, my resume would catch their attention somehow….possibly pushed to the top of the pet finder pile by an invisible review committee of elder paws.  

A day to be marked: an ice comet cooly swoops by and Hank with ice blue eyes leaps into his Forever Home. 

Welcome to the pack, Hank

(“Don’t worry about that one little accident in the bedroom. What? No counter surfing allowed here! Leave the Siamese alone – she’s the neighborhood huntress….the Realm’s established treaty says she is allowed in the backyard after 9 p.m.; You’ll just have to accommodate that or use the grass in the front if necessary. We’ll remind her of the “dogs reserve all backyard rights during daylight hours” provision. I thought you might want to catch the tennis ball, not just run past it…)

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Dogs are Old Souls

From Hank’s resume:

"... a little too tall - could have used a few pounds..."thin, but a

“… ‘a little too tall – could have used a few pounds’… Yep, I’m something to sing about. Got the swagger. (Do not believe any rumors that I have stolen this tail from a fox.)”

"Blue is just so hypnotizing, isn't it?" Good planning dog mom whenever you are.

“Blue is just so hypnotizing, isn’t it? Good planning dog mom whenever you are.”

Dog in wading pool. "Wait wait, My cell phone is in here somewhere."

“Epitome of cool. Wait wait, My cell phone is in here somewhere. Leave a message. For goodness sake, leave a message!””



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  1. shoreacres / Jul 25 2022 6:25 am

    Well, well, well. Woof!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. pensitivity101 / Jul 25 2022 6:53 am

    Oh this is wonderful! How old, and how long have you had him?


  3. Kate Crimmins / Jul 25 2022 6:56 am

    Smiling from ear to ear! Welcome Hank! You landed in heaven on earth.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. marina kanavaki / Jul 25 2022 7:24 am

    Oh, YES!!!!!!! Hank, you’re one lucky fella! So happy to see mr. blue eyes in his forever home.
    A vet once told me, that the love you had for a dog will go to the next one amplified. I couldn’t believe how true that is! Hera is receiving our love for Rover, Igor, Milo and Loretta… multiplied! Welcome Hank! Paw waves from Hera! 🐾

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Helen Devries / Jul 25 2022 7:49 am

    Handsome Hank…a lucky boy.


  6. easyweimaraner / Jul 25 2022 8:23 am

    hi hank… we love blue!!! new order are right today is a blue monday..and a good one…


  7. Anne Mehrling / Jul 25 2022 9:28 am

    You had a HANKering for this dog! Beautiful.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. SusanR / Jul 25 2022 9:58 am

    I’ve always been a sucker for blue eyes. Welcome to the pack, Hank!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. walkingoffthechessboard / Jul 25 2022 10:21 am

    Hank just hit the lottery big landing this gig. Welcome home, Hank!


  10. disperser / Jul 26 2022 4:14 pm

    Very nice.

    . . . maybe someday . . .

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 27 2022 10:31 am

      When the student is ready, the teacher will show up….or something like that HAHA
      Enjoy the unfettered pawless freedom!
      Thanks for laughing along


  11. cat9984 / Jul 29 2022 6:03 pm

    Aww! What a cutie


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