Squirrel Watch: the Sequel

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Now that winter is upon us and the leaves on our giant oaks have fallen, Lollie’s Squirrel Watch has reached new heights, so to speak. The disappearance of the leaves has further exposed the routines of those furry little beasts to Lollie, who now focuses her full attention on their chasing, leaping, and flying across the treetops.

You may not have already known this about Lollie, but she is a nature lover, a skilled gardener, an avid birdwatcher and protector of all feathered friends. And so, she has been reading a classic gardening book, Outwitting Squirrels: 101 Cunning Stratagems to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels, and she is starting her war on squirrels with the basic, foundational strategies suggested in the book: watch, listen, learn. Here is a depiction of the first few minutes of a typical morning walk:

 Keep it up girly. You’ll get those squirrels someday!

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19 responses

  1. Yo Lollie! You need to take squirrel-chasing lessons from me — I, *Beagle*! When I was your age I just tried to run right up a tree chasing after ‘em! But you know what? Thos dang things fly from branch to branch! I *still* haven’t figgered out how to get up there in the air!

    Anyway, you keep these comments flying. We’re all in it for the same cause, to help all the shelter animals get in homes with loving, caring hoomins! Food helps. Your foster peeps are fantastic.

  2. Oooh, I know that face! My pittie girl gets it when she notices birds on our walks. You guys are doing a great job with Lollie – what a lucky girl!

  3. I guess it must be a weird concept for dogs to see these tiny critters running around and twittering from the treetops. Our pooches aren’t as attuned to squirrels, but Mr. B is a definite rat hunter. But I always wonder how our dogs would react if they finally met the critter they were stalking. Mr. B was face to face with a rat once, and it just freaked him out.

  4. I have 4 pit bulls squirrel hunters, and luckily for me, so far the squirrels are faster! Although, Trina likes to find little lizards and bring them to me, yes, inside my house! The first time, I didn’t see she was carrying it, and yes, it was still alive, she dropped it at my feet and it scurried across the floor under a chair! After much screaming, broom swishing and cheering from Lily, Lola and Huggy Bear, the lizard was back outside.. Trina was devastated I gave her “gift” away, so 2 days later, she was back, with a bigger lizard hanging out of her mouth, she gingerly set it on the deck, outside, this time thank god, and prances and plays with it, until the little guy made a break for it up the wall!
    So Lollie if you find yourself in a warmer climate, you may find somethings that scurry in the trees, make perfectly nice playmates, just ask Trina!

  5. Lollie is a beautiful girl, I sure would like a squirrel watcher, but I am in Australia so no squirrels here, only Koalas…..lol! Not as fun to watch as they dont move much and when they do we try to keep the dogs away from them as they have big claws and many dogs who have met koalas come off second best.
    To all the Pit Bull rescuers and friends in America(and especially Lollie, have a merry christmas and a safe and happy new year.

  6. I have to tell you that our squirrels are a fiesty bunch. They sit in the Oak trees in our back yard giving Quizz, his girlfriend Maddie (the neighbor’s 90lb dog) and our cat heck all the time. Picture the tree rats hanging off the trunk, waving their little paws, yelling at the top of their noisy lungs. The cat just hopes one will come down close enough for a fight. The sad thing is that I think the squirrel would win despite Charlie’s bravado. Quizz loves the ‘guard the yard’ job. Maddie has sky watch.

    I can’t even begin to start with the bird feeders. sigh.

    Lollie and Chick will have to come south to visit. They can add to the mayhem. That’ll teach the squirrels.

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