Friday, October 7, 2011

Just Say "No!" to Squirrels

It's been quite the day of Huskies vs. Squirrels here. All ending very badly for the adorable furry rodents that stumbled out of a tree and into our Siberian Husky yard. Yes, while our sweet FiveSibes™ were just relaxing in the Indian Summer warmth on the deck, a sudden commotion accompanied by high pitch yelps could be heard echoing through the land...

...but let me first take you back to earlier in the day when the sun woke up, breaking through the day as the Sibes went outside to greet the morning...and a stray baby squirrel. Oh yes, I said baby. Alpha Queen Harley snatched it quick and no matter how we tried, we could not save that baby squirrel from her strong jaws, which chomped that little baby into a flat, non-breathing "toy." When we managed to get the body away from her, it was missing a part. Just then, we glanced up to see Harley, with the tail in her mouth, pause just a beat before swallowing it whole without batting a blue eye at us. I guess that's the canine version of a phrase I can't type on this family-oriented page.

That was all before morning coffee.

Not to be outdone by the leader of the pack, Bandit (the wanna-be queen) decided it was her turn. And that brings us full circle to the yelping and commotion in the yard with a floofy tail hanging out of Bandit's mouth. We did manage to rescue this squirrel (who we sadly wondered if it was the deceased AM squirrel's mom looking for her baby, but it does no one any good to go there). Unfortunately, Bandit had already paralyzed the poor thing, who was now crying (yes, crying, it was heartbreaking) and breathing rapidly, rolling its frightened eyes at us. My teary-eyed daughter immediately phoned our vet, and together with my husband they accompanied the squirrel (now on a blanket in a box) to our vet's office, where it was peacefully put to sleep.

Back on our deck, after having exercised their strong prey instinct for the day, all five furbabies are back to quietly dozing in the early evening sunset. Meanwhile, the humans are gorging themselves on chocolate to relieve the stressful events of the day.

Note to Squirrels: Please, for your own safety, stay out of yards owned by Siberian Huskies.


  1. Awwww {sniffle} This is really rather heartbreaking. That hunting instinct kicks in and there is no stopping it. It's very hard to watch for anyone who loves animals. Let's hope the squirrels' extended family moves to safer ground during the night.

  2. Hi, that would have been a scary morning for the humans, my mum would have freaked out too!

    Squirrels please stay away!

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie

  3. Nature red in tooth and claw, I suppose. I have no love for squirrels, after having to pay a squirrel removal professional to remove squirrels from my house, but the fact that they were terrified is sad. Ah well; it's also a bit of natural selection.

  4. Change the word squirrel to rabbit and a similar scene could have been reenacted here:) TD is great at swallowing whole as well:( Sad, but it is what it is. Mom can never understand why the rabbits never learn their lesson.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  5. Oh my goodness! What a day you all had!

    Still, I'm hoping you had a happy World Smile Day! :)

    Woofs & hugs! <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  6. Awww, what a day! I love you for taking the squirrel to the vet. Koly caught a squirrel once, but I don't know if he was surprised that it was MOVING or if it was that it was FUZZY, but he panicked and let it go. The squirrel was a little damp, but otherwise OK.

  7. Mom says woo need to start fixing coffee a bit earlier in the morning! Haroo roo roo to the Sibes!

    Mya Boo Boo

  8. Catz. That's my speciality. Small ones are easier of course. Rats too :)


  9. ACK! Tell that pack that if they are going to play with squirrels they need to go in for a clean kill from now on. I swear squirrels go through some sort of teenage initiation which involves running under cars or into the jaws of doom.

    Mango Momma

  10. What a day! Those squirrels....

    Teddy Bear & Sierra

  11. Gosh what a day. In in all our natures. We managed a pigeon and a rabbit the other day!

    We don't get any squirrels around us.

    Big nose pokes
    The Thugletsx

  12. RIP squirrels...should know better than to try to play with the Sibes. :)