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.