Archive for Squirrels

Squirrel 1, Hawk 0

This furry little crunch-time strategist has quite the story to tell, worthy of sharing with generations of grand-squirrels for years to come.

Hi, I’m Spunky and I’m the guest dog-blogger and film reviewer today.

Even I, a card-carrying squirrel-hater, have to grudgingly salute this literally over-the-top film, its producer and, above all, its leading-critter. He is a remarkably clever, gutsy, quick and agile little squirrel.

Even I, an avid squirrel chaser, had to feel empathy and grudging respect for the little Olympic-class evader. In an epic performance with a formidably accomplished hawk, he steals the show.

In a spirit of solidarity with all creatures great and small, and the thrill of the chase (I wouldn’t know what to do with a squirrel if I actually caught one), two paws up. I commend and recommend this film, its cinematographer and its unscripted stars.

The squirrel deserves a gold medal in a newly created event:

The World-Class Undercover Tree-Climbing CIA/Animal Division, Olympic High-Bar/Parallel Bar, Pole-Vaulting, High-Jump, Branch-Hurdle Steeple-Chasing 5000-Meter Predatory-Bird Dodging Heptathlon – Small Rodents Category.

But we know he’d just bury the medal.

The hawk makes an impressive showing, too. He is a reminder that, although I’d never admit it to my humans, being a well-sheltered “house pet” isn’t such a bad life after all!

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“I Hate Squirrels,” by Spunky

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“Squirrels lack humility.” – Spunky

Hi. My name is Spunky, and I’m the guest dog-blogger today.

You may have heard that January 21st is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. On this day, I want to express my solidarity with card-carrying squirrel-haters everywhere who think that whoever came up with the idea for this national event is, well, nuts.

I don’t know why anyone would want to tolerate – much less appreciate – squirrels. (With one raptor-dodging exception.)

Unless, perhaps, for the sheer fun of chasing them. They are fast. And dodgy. In addition to their scientifically proven tendencies to lie, cheat and steal, they like to taunt and run. I have never actually caught a squirrel. I know of a very large dog who did once. This was only after the squirrel darted back and forth along the top of the deck wall. He chattered, hissed and generally mocked the large dog. The big, angry and sharp-jawed canine appeared to be – to the squirrel anyway – safely hemmed in by the wall.

This wasn’t the brightest squirrel in the family tree. It did not end well for the squirrel. Read the rest of this entry »

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