Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rescue Squirrel

This morning our dog stayed outside extra long, which was very uncharacteristic of her. Usually she does her business then bark at the sliding doors.

Curious, we called out for her. She took her time coming to the door and was sporting a guilty look.

Dogs wear their emotions on their sleeve. I knew she was dying to tell me something. So, she followed closely at my heels when I reopened the door. She took off ahead of me, and led me to the fence of my garden. I looked down and found this baby squirrel.

You see, we've turned our dog into a monster. All we have to do is say the word squirrel, and she'll dash for the door in a frenzy. I don't like squirrels either. They like my garden too much!

But as I stared down at this helpless breathing creature, I sat aside all animosity.

So now it's wrapped all snug and cozy in a soft shirt.

Digging out the heat lamp that I had used for our baby chickens, I gingerly cradled the squirrel in an old box and sat it under two lights.

Following the advice of a website, I created an oral hydration solution of warm water, 1 tsp of salt, and 3 tsp's of sugar.

Keeping wildlife is against the law, so I requested help on Craigslist for volunteers, and had to cancel my post in less than 20 minutes! My phone was ringing off the hook. So, in about five more hours, a woman who is trying to get her wildlife license, will be over to adopt.

In the meantime, we won't be calling him a squirrel, because we taught our dog to dislike squirrels.
As for my garden, I will learn to get along with these furry creatures. Somehow.


Patty said...

How cute, but I don't think I would be putting it in my house; what would you do if it woke up and started running all over your house and you couldn't catch it!?

I see from one of the photos you now have a quilt and quilt stand in front of the fire place. Is it working the way you had planned?

courtney said...

Oh, the sweet little thing! You're wonderful to rescue this sweet baby!

Lancashire rose said...

Will there be an update on the s health, hush!!? Cut picture of the s. in the blanket.

Helen Ruth said...

I am sad to report that the squirrel did not survive. :(