I took the dogs out into the garden yesterday for the obligatory pees and poos. Mickie dashed up to the Bird Feeder For Life (which, if you recall has been encased in a steel cage to keep the squirrels away from the birdseed which costs a fortune) to see what was eating the seed.
As we approached I saw a baby squirrel on the cage and Mickie dived straight for it. I didn't realise at first but the baby squirrel had squeezed through the bars and was effectively trapped inside the cage. It was whizzing round and round inside while Mickie was nearly wetting himself with excitement and trying to get at it, shrieking his head off as if HE was caught in a trap.
I unhooked the feeder/cage and was trying to fend off a frantic poodle who clearly thought that this was Lunch In A Basket and was going to remove it to a dog-free zone to release the squirrel. The tricky bit was working out how to do it quickly so that we all didn't die from a heart attack.
However, the squirrel managed to squeeze back out through the bars before I had time to put Plan A into operation, and shot straight up the nearest tree. Mickie, to give him credit, belted after it at top speed and then tried to CLIMB the tree as well. I've never seen a dog climb a tree before and he managed to scramble up it, propelled by his own momentum and sheer will, to a height of around 5-6 feet. Then he fell off.
Fortunately, he landed straight on top of Miss Fat Molly Doggy (his personal cushion) and this broke his fall. I'm not sure who was the more surprised, me, the squirrel, or the dogs.
Squirrels tend to stop suddenly and stare with a vacant expression as in *have I left the gas on?* kind of a look. The baby squirrel didn't do that, he punched the air with glee at his narrow escape. Then he started to chatter at the dogs below and throw twigs at them.
Molly and Mickie, having somewhat pulled themselves together after having had all the air knocked out of them, returned to the fray with yips, yells and more scrabbling to get up the tree. Having satisfied myself that no one required medical attention, I left them to it and went indoors for a cup of tea.
Has anything happened to wreck your peace, quiet, solitude or mental stability?
All quiet at the Western front :)
Frikkin' HILARIOUS..I see it in my minds eye as you tell it
you should write this stuff down!
Kirsty, I am in the process of getting the book together, it's all true and happens just as I tell it. I have an editor, who is also an author and who has several books published, who is urging me forward. I have a deadline to submit the book and he will edit it. If you find this last post funny, you will like the book itself.
I'll buy that book for sure!!!
heh heh, your spunky little squirrels sounds related to the squirrels we have around here, that chase off hawks as the need arises (photos on a travelogue on my Richardson, Texas page)...they certainly aren't easy to intimidate!
Kirsty, I shall market it on Amazon, Bill, I have no doubt that squirrels are feisty worldwide. One ripped my thumb down to the bone while hubby was wondering which was the most comfortable way to transport it to the local vets. It looked like the Texas Chainsaw Masssacre with my blood flying in all directions on the back bank, however, hubby was more concerned about Squirrel Welfare while I was bleeding to death.
Sue, when I read your tales of the dogs, I wish there was a "Like" button on VT as there is on that other site!!
As mentioned, you write such wonderful word pictures that we see everything - thanks for sharing your day.
and no, nothing exciting like that happens around here.
Yow! Sue, I am glad you are in the UK! After a vicious squirrel bite in the American Southwest, the first thought would be RABIES!!! :-0
Funny stuff Sue and very well written.
I'm now glad we don't have squirrels here in Oz - we've got almost everything else though - LOL
Hey, David, we'll send you some...maybe they'll give the dingoes a run for their money! ;-)
Thanks Bill - and reading between the lines it almost sounds like you are up to date on the long running Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton case.
If not see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lindy_...
"On 12 June 2012, an Australian coroner made a final ruling that a dingo dog took baby Azaria Chamberlain from a campsite in 1980 and caused her death."
I have Amazon...Ill wait right ...here!
There is a really good squirrel/motorbike story out there somewhere in netland...dont know if anyine has read it?...it reaaly is laugh out loud stuff
Shhhhh, IP Shhhhhh. We've got enough imported livestock here already.
The funny part, for me, is that Mickie is a puppy and all this is new to him. You can see him working things out and taking it all in, learning that squirrels climb trees and that he can't. He's lying by the back door keeping half an eye on the suet bird feeder which is also favoured by the squirrels. He's already shrieked the house down twice this morning as he's charged off after an incautious squirel. There are small nail scratches on the concrete that he has made in his hast. Poodle Take-Off Points.
Yep, David, the latest verdict was reported here in the States just this week...
Sue, nothing as dramatic as your squirrel panic but on Friday, in broad daylight in the middle of a suburban street here, I turned a corner and came face to face with a fox in the middle of the road.
Makes me very nervous for the safety of my small tabby cat.
Katherine, that can be quite eventful. Especially if you are a little old lady walking a Great Dane. The dog would charge off after the fox dragging the little old lady after it as it gave chase. Or, imagine you are walking 2 or three dogs and this happens, they spot a fox and all of a sudden you are charge of a team of huskies.
We once had a Staffy - Swan face off on the cycle path near the canal....that was something to see...I didnt know who was going to back down...
"Makes me very nervous for the safety of my small tabby cat."
Yep, because of frequent coyotes and the occasional fox, I have to be with my cats for their daily outdoor roll-in-the-dirt and eat-grass-and-barf ritual...fortunately, the two females I have now seem to prefer air-conditioning...or maybe it's just the SyFy channel (was Sci-Fi) on television :-0
Sparky hid behind me when he saw his first duck. I was highly embarassed.
What a crack up Sue!! lol. I love your stories. And yes, I'll have your book too :o)
Ducks can get a bit 'irrational' and see people off, swans are far worse, but the top of the 'pecking order' is geese. Never, ever mess with geese.
Juat as the Romans knew:
"The geese in the temple of Juno on the Capitoline Hill were said by Livy to have saved Rome from the Gauls around 390 BC when they were disturbed in a night attack. The story may be an attempt to explain the origin of the sacred flock of geese at Rome." (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domest...
Aussie... it seems to be like mayhem all the time in my house. It's a fact of life that things *happen* to me whether I like it or not. I got dragged onto a stage in an Irish bar in Fredericksburg during a VT meet as soon as I walked in the door... Iaint and Balfor has gone off to the bog as soon as we got in the place and were somewhat surprised when they came out of the little boy's room that I'd occupied the stage, when in fact it was not my doing at all....
Sue - spotted a sign on a black board - "My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am."
There you go. My dogs think I am the greatest hunter in the world. I come back with tins of dog food, bones, chewies, half a cow, lamb and bread. Mickie is pretty impressed by this.
Haha... Speaking of geese.... You'd better keep your dogs away from them mate!
I don't know how my dogs would react to geese. I suspect Molly would run a mile, Mickie would dance rings round them I suppose. The last Mickie managed to sink his teeth into the bum of a chicken and was dragged along behind this frantic flapping bird, eyes squeezed tightly shut and trying to dig his paws into the ground to avoid being air lifted.
That cost me a bottle of very good wine to restore race relations with the farmer.
You had a dog that wasn't scared of geese IP? Wow! Yes I know about geese attacking everyone. I've been chased by one before and it wasn't nice.
Geese certainly have attitude! lol.
Not to mention Muscovy ducks.... I hate those things. One chased me when I was 18 months old and could barely toddle. I can remember being so scared I panicked.