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September 5, 2022 / philosophermouseofthehedge

High Jinx and Low Winks

“On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” (Author George Orwell, 1903-1950)

There’s lots of drips around – the ones from over a week’s worth of rain much less bothersome than a few others pouring out in public.

Two goats laughing. Russian fable 1914.(USPD pub.date, Artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Hey, it’s goat tea party time!”(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Take that G.O.A.T. thing: “Greatest of all times”

What a burden to drape on someone – usually thoughtlessly awarded at the worst possible time – when pressure is the highest. Don’t they understand they’ll jinx them?

First it was our local gymnast and Olympian Dominique Dawes. “Awesome Dawesome”: was enough when she was competing. Putting “G.O.A.T.” on her clothing and all over media was tempting fate. Just too much.

Looks like Tennis star Serena Williams was the latest to suffer from well-meaning fans screaming accolades in the stands.

While maybe not baaaa-ing out in the style they might have preferred, G.O.A.T looks pretty good on them now.

One thing that will get your goat is all the antics of new dog, HRH (Happy R Hank).

There’ always shakedown crews (We ain’t going anywhere, but the crew here is really shakin’ down by exhaustion). 

At the sight of a cat, Hank can leap vertically high in the air and spin like a ballet master. Quite a show. Just hang on to the leash for the landing and easy to anticipate ballet reindeer-style lunge. Dog whisperer would probably scold us for laughing. Actually he’s slowed down those little performances as long as we see the cat first and warn him not to try…

But you know cats…mischievous creatures; some think it’s hilarious to lurk out of sight until the last second. 

Two cats in human clothes chatting by window.1913 book of fables (USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Did you see that fool dog get tangled in the leash and almost fall down? Let me check my watch. It may be time to saunter on back over by that hedge along the sidewalk and see if we can do it again.”(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Yesterday was pretty calm – if you dismiss the snatching of my toast when the phone rang, noticing the toothpaste tube on the counter had been quietly snagged off for examination, and about the teeth marks on the new light-weight pet-hair cordless vac.

“Mom, I was just trying to get those lingering dog hair strands wrapped around the wheels for you while you washed out the collection canister. Helping R Hank!”

Now that the results are back, Hank is dripping with some high and mighty attitude. 

Our new vet and his wife work closely with the local Husky rescue group. Dr. Vet was pretty amazed that Hank was a street stray. Kept saying “you got a really good one there.”

Intrigued Sr. Staff decided to DNA test Hank. Like it matters.

Sr. Staff sent Molly Malamute’s slobber for DNA testing a few years ago. The results came back with wrong name, “male” as gender, and the wrong owner’s name. When we asked politely for Molly’s report, the company rep was pretty ugly and said “We don’t make mistakes.”….but “male, wrong dog name, wrong owner’s name???” “It’s a typo” she screamed. “Just a typo – That’s your report.” UH, no. Futile to ask and no retest offered. I was so not inclined to chase that unicorn again for Hank. Who needs the aggravation? 

But it’s been a few years and this is a different company, so for laughs….

Hank, as it turned out, is 100% Siberian Husky DNA – no other dog DNA except for a good amount of “wolfiness” = high number of ancient wolf genes. 

Any wonder HRH is feeling pretty wild and wonderful?

Resisting any suggestions to change his name to something more arctic-y or regal. He’s just Hank. Low key self confidence. Sign of someone knowing who they are. 

Although Hank is the perfect animal shelter poster dog. Proof no matter what kind of dog you simply must have, there’s one waiting for you in a shelter. Waiting…waiting…

I’m also rather amused that the dog DNA company also sends information on dogs in their data base that show some family relationship to yours. Sort of like Ancestory does with people. Lots of dog owners (not us) have upload their dog’s pictures.

It’s like Facebook for dogs.

If you choose to “connect”. 

Pack of dog pointing at another wild animal. 1847 (USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Admit it. You ain’t nothin’ like a hound dog. You stole some DNA from an unguarded dog bowl. No pack invitation for you!” (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Uh, no. My dog doesn’t need a screen hobby. 

We’ve already been messaged from another rescue shelter dog parent in Austin whose dog has 30% shared genes with Hank (She calls them cousins!), but is a lovely, yellow flop-eared haired Lab-ish dog  – and her parents live in the area near us, so maybe a playdate sometime?…

Amused but, polite paws to decline. 

Hank, yawned and  muttered something about, “Once you win the lottery or become royalty, distant relatives just come out of the woods…..” 

Perhaps if you replaced the words “human beings” with “dogs”, the Orwell quote at the top would be equally valid?

But don’t quote me own that.

A couple of wink worthy sayings from Benjamin Franklin:

  • “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”
  • Now the most important one for the Labor Day barbecues: “Beware the hobby that eats.”

Happy hijinks and may the only drips in your day be dinner dripping from your chin.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

Smiling dog. (© image copyrighted, no permissions granted. all rights reserved)

“Hobby or habit – doesn’t matter. HRH is in the house.” (© image)

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  1. easyweimaraner / Sep 5 2022 6:19 am

    we had lots of that drips… it makes our kitchen to a skaing rink, so mealtime is like going to the movies… entertainment & food :O))) happy labor day…

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2022 3:44 pm

      Nothing like a few dog slobbers…somehow dogs never seem interesting in cleaning up those messes. Maybe dogs trying to educate humans on safe footwork? HAHA. Thanks for spilling a comment over here
      (And Thanks for rememberance and journeys to Normandy. Your classy act appreciated more than you can know.)

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  2. beth / Sep 5 2022 7:02 am

    so many drips, so little time -)

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  3. Ally Bean / Sep 5 2022 7:25 am

    The whole idea of a dog DNA company seems farfetched, but what do I know about dogs? Hank is the GOAT Hank there is.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2022 3:41 pm

      I think it’s odd, too. It’s a dog. It’s here. What else do you need to know? That there’s multiple companies is even weirder ( Most seem to be just owner ego driven or simply owner data collection?
      Hank sends a smile – me, too. Thanks to pawsing to chat

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  4. shoreacres / Sep 5 2022 7:38 am

    Dog DNA? I can just hear it: “My dog’s ancestry is better than your dog’s ancestry…” Those blue eyes would be enough to make me happy, although a little less toothpaste grabbing and vacuum gnawing would be good. Eliminating cat-induced ballet moves may take the longest.

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    • shoreacres / Sep 5 2022 8:43 am

      Beware the mighty algorithm. Since posting my comment, my gmail spam file has received six invitations to join groups with Ancestry.com, or to have my DNA tested, and I have a dozen of the same in WP spam. The first one arrived ten minutes after I posted my comment. Hmmmm……

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2022 3:21 pm

        (Insert Twilight theme song here)
        Very much like that song by The Police “I’ll be watching you’.
        WP doesn’t seem to be catching spam very well right now. Been getting far too much recently – and some even emailed through WP comment sections of blogs.
        Everything is broken?
        Luckily less humid weather predicted and we can all chunk it all and go outside!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2022 3:39 pm

      We managed to get an understanding about squirrels – but a cat sitting in the driveway across the street during final bedtime walk? No quite there yet. We were relieved to find out that DNA shows none of the breed health abnormalities markers are present – there is one of a leg of Gwen pair about liver function that means the standard test will read a bit different and appear abnormal when it’s not – so we OK-ed sending results to our new vet for his record there. New recommended by shelter vet is so much like old retired vet but younger – do we feel lucky about that too.
      (But this whole “hey I just found out why dog shares DNA with yours” Doggy Facebook thing is weird.Mostly it’s 30% or less shared genetics…sooo not really. Maybe people need to get a life…till in the COVID isolation bored to death thing? HaHa) Thanks for leashing a comment here

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  5. disperser / Sep 5 2022 7:47 am

    One reason we haven’t had our DNA checked is that we’re comfortable with who we are and don’t want to be swayed into thinking we’re someone we’re not (amazing how many people come from important lineage — it’s like important people used to (?) screw everyone in sight). Plus, our DNA ends with us. But, most of all, not interested in finding more relatives (distant or near). Besides, I know nothing of my father’s side of the family, and never cared to find out.

    We keep talking about a rescue dog, but after our last pet, we’ve unconsciously adopted a life that isn’t really suited to pets. But, who knows . . . still, if it ever came to be, there would be a discussion about size.

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  6. Kate Crimmins / Sep 5 2022 9:54 am

    Hank is a looker. I expect he will break a few hearts, canine and human. Best to keep him on a short leash!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2022 3:28 pm

      As Hank was a stray picked up, I worry some unknown person will arrive at my door with crying children saying “that’s our dog…”
      Animal control kept him on “hold” for a very long time (he had no tags or chip, but was a obviously a crate trained pet at some point in his life – we have all sorts of documentation of ownership now – reminds me of a friend who adopted an infant then the “mom” showed up years later wanting to “be part of her life”. Arrrrgh!) So we will not be posting his glamour shots on the DNA registry…and he got another doggy Facebook “distant relative” notice today – Hank is much too busy for FB-ing. HaHa (and we got to sleep until 6:30 am this morning – YEA! He’s settling in! Being much larger, he was harder to ignore than RC Cat when she was hungry before dawn…
      Glad your Starbucks is up and running again. Coffee makes everything better – just like a comment left. Thanks!

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      • Kate Crimmins / Sep 7 2022 4:07 pm

        OMG! None of my pets were pets except maybe Morgan but she was running the streets for weeks before pick-up. Gus was found in a field as a baby chewed up by a predator. Gracie was part of a hoarder’s group (very socialized except for eating manners — loved garbage surfing). Sasha was part of a feral litter. I can’t imagine someone trying to claim my pet. As for kids, when they are adults it’s fair game but until then, you made the decision, you stick by it.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 8 2022 3:59 pm

          All the cats that picked us were either kitten of neighbor’s feral backyard cat, tiny kitty in tree just before monster thunderstorm, or left behind after they moved “please if you don’t let me in I’ll die on your porch of starvation and sleet” cat. There’s got to be an invisible “vacancy” sign out there…..
          Even having evaluated Hank’s behavior from across the street, the neighbor’s cat still is showing up on the porch when their owners are MIA for the weekend because she’s lonely/hunger/hedging her bets…

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  7. SusanR / Sep 5 2022 10:48 am

    Pure husky. What were the odds at a shelter? Both you and he won the lottery. (I was up til 2 am filling out an app for another dog from the same rescue group that I got Annie from. We’ll see how that goes.)

    Don’t get me started on the G.O.A.T. thing. Not as long as I can still remember what being the “goat” used to mean.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 7 2022 3:31 pm

      Yeah for hanging in there and finishing that application for the rescue group. Despite the added chaos, Hank has been worth it – nothing brings smiles like a silly grateful dog! Fingers crossed one finds the way to your door soon. Thank for crating a comment here

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  8. walkingoffthechessboard / Sep 6 2022 2:02 pm

    HRH Of The Realm aka Happy R Hank. I don’t know if we’re to present anything as tribute (perhaps toast or toothpaste?), but it is so nice to hear you have won the lottery with your forever home. And yes, it is a given when you win the lottery you’ll hear from all sorts of “long-lost” relatives. I am sure your Mom will successfully navigate those waters on your behalf. Enjoy the cat-watching!

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  9. cat9984 / Sep 10 2022 6:56 am

    He is definitely a cutie. No wonder the other dogs want to play with him. 🙂

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  10. jacqueslebec / Sep 24 2022 10:22 pm

    A neighbor came to the door with a male Husky that looks a lot like yours, he was at the Post Office (we don’t have home delivery) the Husky was tied to a post and abandoned. Today I was down the Levee when I ran into the Husky again, I told the neighbor if he followed me home I would keep him. He didn’t so I didn’t. However; I just finished reading “Coyote America” by Dan Flores an animal behaviorist who’s specialty is Coyotes, he has a Husky. He said Coyotes are afraid of Huskies because they cannot tell the difference between them and the American Grey Wolf and avoid them at all costs. This is lengthy but worth hanging in there. The Southwestern Red Wolf they are not afraid of. Why? Because the Red Wolf is a Coyote hybrid, They breed with one another. You being a Texan may have known that, I didn’t and find it interesting. I took the entire book with a huge grain of salt.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Sep 28 2022 1:46 pm

      That book sounds interesting. Here’s a link about a fairly recent discovery of a pack of hybrid coyotes /with a heavy percentage of ancient red wolf genes living on Galveston Island. How they have manages all the decades is a mystery although a good park of that island is still open range/wetlands. where the pack lives now is in a recently purchased by private funds/established wetland/coastal prairie protected parklands. The Galveston police dept as well as environmentalist and researchers are watching over these guys. (Link From TX. Parks and Wildlife)
      https://tpwmagazine.com/archive/2019/dec/ed_3_wolves/
      This discovery is wonderful as well as critical since few red wolves are left – and the breeding program ha had limited success due to limited genetics. Here’s video/pictures of them (And they do have those fluffy tails like Husky Hank. Our Last dog, a larger Malamute also had a good bit of wolf – but she was aa dead ringer for a European/Siberian/North American wolf). That DNA makes their behavior and attitudes a bit different from more domesticated breeds…smart, clever, and always thinking – along with a sense of humor..they do make up and play jokes. Hank talks, a lot. Keep life interesting. (You can tell we have become wolf fans and work with groups to protect them)
      Hope your weather has moderated and your re able to get out and enjoy the fall. Thanks for stopping by
      https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2022/08/11/red-wolf-dna-discovered-in-galveston-coyotes-researchers-say/

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