Wednesday, January 23, 2008



so i'm still very busy...
which is good.

i wish that i had more to show at the end of the day for my time, but i'm starting to really get into the rhythm of all this again.
that, said, i'm fudging today's blog by copying over a sweet e-mail i got from heather (who has raised squirrels herself...!) the other day.
i'll have darker/creepier things to talk about friday.
and some questions...



Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel,
back into the wild, bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house.

When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him,
she found herself with an unlikely nurse's aide: her pregnant
Papillion, Mademoiselle Giselle.

Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle
was due to deliver her puppies.

Cantlon and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel's
cage twice to her own bedside before she gave birth.

Cantlon was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the
squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began.

Finnegan rides a puppy mosh pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth
after feeding, eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates.

Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan
to nurse; family photos and a videotape show her encouraging
him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups.

Now, Finnegan mostly uses a bottle, but still snuggles with his
"siblings" in a mosh pit of puppies, rolling atop their bodies
and sinking in deeply for a nap.

Finnegan and his new litter mates, five Papillion puppies,
get along together as if they were meant to.

Finnegan naps after feeding.

Finnegan makes himself at home with his new litter mates,
nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap after feeding.

smell ya later!


Christian D. Leaf said...

All I can say is, "Awwwwwww."

Excellent moniker on that squirrel, too. And, of course, he prefers the bottle—he's Irish.

renecarol said...

Awe that is absolutely adorable. I love squirrels. We used to hand feed squirrels at the park. They'd just come right up to us. I'm always amazed at how unafraid of humans they are.

Matt Wieringo said...

Cutest thing I've ever seen!

Colin said...

My dad had a pet squirrel growing up, of which I have always been incredibly jealous.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing that.
All I can say is, "That is soooo effing COOL!"

renecarol said...

My daughter wanted to know if we could go to the animal shelter and get a pet squirrel. I said I don't think they have squirrels at the animal shelter. Then she wanted to know if we could catch one in a pet carrier. I said I don't think it'd be cool to steal squirrels from the park.

Adam Hutch said...

Very cute!

Brian said...

Awwwwwww . . .