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Forum topic by Betsy posted 10-20-2007 05:47 AM 1360 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Betsy

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10-20-2007 05:47 AM

What a way to start a Friday night. I’m at home alternating between twiddling in the shop, surfing the net and watching the Louisville game. The PERFECT Friday night. Let my dog out. 20 minutes or so go by and I hear a funny noise at the back porch door. Look out——it’s dark but I see the outline of my dog—- not thinking to turn on the light. I let the dog in. Then all you know what breaks loose. My dog, the fat, lazy one who can barely catch her dinner in her bowl on the floor——caught a squirrel! What’s worse she did not kill it, but managed to bring it home to Momma as a prize I’m sure. The squirrel was not pleased.

Picture one not to old, but not to young, woman with a slipped disc, one artificial knee, one knee wanting to be artifical and just plain tuckered out from the week. Now picture this same woman trying to catch a not so slow, frightened out of its mind squirrel, all the while trying to lasso the dog back outside. The dog has not had this much fun in a very long time, she thought it was great! So did the cats. To say the cats have not had a squirrel dinner in a long time would be an understatement. I really wanted to keep it that way. Was not having a lot of luck cathcing the darn squirrel and did I mention, that scared squirrels seem to have a bit of a bladder issue – yuk!

After about 10 minutes of shear nastiness and trying not to knock over the few precious items I have procured over the years, I managed to get the furry little creature cornered in, of all places my bedroom. I don’t want a squirrel in my bedroom. Did I mention this little fart was fast?

Did I also happen to mention the cats were helping? Now picture me, two cats and one bushy tailed squirrel all in one small bedroom with the door closed. I figured if I closed the door at least I had the situation at least a little bit contained. Yeah right. The squirrel managed to get itself nestled into the corner behind my bedside table. Both cats were trying but both could not fit under the table at the same time. Here was my chance to at least get a little control. I caught the cats! Threw the cats out of the bedroom door, all the while hoping the squirrel would not make a break for it while the door was opened.

I’m just a tiny bit scratched up at this point, but not to bad. But I admit that I’m breathing just a little bit hard at this point and my ticker is going a bit faster than I’d like. I just don’t go in for this type of aerobic exercise.
So now it’s just me and the squirrel in the bedroom. How pray tell does one catch a squirrel. The answer I’ve discovered, and you may want to tuck this tidbit away in the back of your brain’s filing cabinet, is that you don’t. I think the squirrel sensed that it was just me and him/her and it thought it might have the upper hand because it starting moving out of the corner. One move toward the squirrel seemed to make it think twice and he retreated back to the realative safety of the corner with my dust bunnies for company. As I was catching my breath watching the little furball in the corner I came to the realization that the only way I was going to get this taken care of was to be really, really lucky. Cause I knew there was no way I was going to catch the booger and come out on top. Sooooooo I decided to take the screens out of my window. My initial thought was this would let the fresh air in and maybe Rocky, yes we are now on a first name basis, would smell the fresh air and get the idea. Now how to direct the little fart to the window——Rocky is no bodies fool—I moved to find something to shoo it toward and window and the little fella bolted. His first attempt went awry and he didn’t make it to the window sill. My hopes of a quick exit were dashed. But I decided he knew where the window was obviously so I reconsidered the necessity of shooing Rocky toward the great outdoors. I took my chances and sat down in corner and waited, and waited, started to wish I would have had a magazine to read. I did not want to leave the bedroom because I would not know when the squirrel would get out and I certainly did not want to find him still there at bedtime. (I only now have realized that I probably was taking a chance of letting something in as well as hoping to get something out while I had an open window with no screen, but I got lucky there.) So I waited, and waited very still in the opposite corner. Ten minutes later the little fur ball, fart Rocky tried again. MADE IT!!!!!!

Now all that’s left is cleaning up and replacing my screen. Of course there is the stearn talking to too give to the dog.

So what did you do on this Friday night?

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine


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WayneC

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#1 posted 10-20-2007 05:53 AM

Lol. Nothing that exciting. Helping SWMBO tile….

Reminds me of a night about 17 years ago when our cat chased a baby jackrabbit into the house at about 2 in the morning. The cat chased the rabbit into our then 1 year old daughter’s room. Ever heard a rabbit scream? Really eerie. Not a good thing to wake up coming from your baby’s room. Took a while to get it out of the house as well.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-20-2007 06:09 AM

I have em around here as kind of pets.
Got three this year that come to their own feeders.
Like you say, they can really move.
One got in the greenhouse so I just left the door open and eventually she made a break for it.
I used to have one that came right in the house and looked in my shirt pocket for food.

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bob

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#3 posted 10-20-2007 06:11 AM

My Friday evening was great! I laughed so hard when I read this really entertaining story about a woman who had a squirrel in her house!

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#4 posted 10-20-2007 07:08 AM

Glad it was entertaining Peter!

Bob – I gew up in the county but can’t imagine wanting a squirrel that was not dinner to rest in my hand or be near the glass of wine. (Perhaps I’ve been in the city to long.) Of course if that glass was in my house tonight it would probably not have survived the first 10 minutes of the chase. However, since you are in such good terms with squirrels——Do you know what’s the best way to clean up squirrel urine. I’m convinced my dog caught the little guy on his way to the laterine. I figure he had to be crosseyed and desperate for a laterine run – that’s about the only way my slow fat dog could have caught it. I’ve used pet stain remover so far and it seems to be doing ok on most spots. But there are a couple that are being stubborn.

While this was a grand adventure I hope to not have a repeat performance of, I’m hoping I can get up the stains without having to pay a carpet cleaning company to do the job.

Thanks in advance

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 10-20-2007 07:21 AM

Betsy, gripping action tale. Sorry for all your excitement, and I hope the scratches weren’t from the squirrel.

Bob, those pictures are priceless. You must truly be a gentle man to win over your squirrel pals. Maybe the Shiraz helps…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 10-20-2007 10:53 AM

well thanks for sharing that adventure with us.
We used to raise rabbits and they got loose several times – now that was entertaining to our neighbours who pulled out a lawn chair and watched as 2 adults and 2 young children ran around the yard chasing bunnies.

re: urine, trying rubbing some Borax (laundry cleaner/disinfectant) into it.

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#7 posted 10-20-2007 01:35 PM

Betsy most stores carry commercial spot removers and one specifically for pets.
That would be my first recommendation.
MSDebbie has the tried and true home remedy above.
To be truthful I have not had a problem with messing with any adult squirrel in the last 15 years that I have been handling them.
Mind you I don’t keep them in the house like dogs or cats.

They will, on occasion pop in if they have been hand feeding as they loose their fear of humans.
The little ones will dribble a bit but I generally have them in a cage or the like if they are orphaned or leave a drey too soon. They are good to go in less than a week so far.
Doug:
I was raised for part of my life in the wilder part of Canada and have a special place for wildlife as a result.
I have had some rather exotic “pets’” as a result of that experience.
dscn2802
Bob

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#8 posted 10-20-2007 04:08 PM

Last time the “squirrel” visited, he borrowed my mitersaw. Now I gotta go hunt him down to get it back!

Love your pics Bob!

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#9 posted 10-20-2007 04:26 PM

I love the pictures. Squirrels seem to me to me the monkeys of North America. As I am from Kansas originally, I found it fascinating that there are a mixed bag of jet black and regular fox squirrels here in eastern Nebraska. All of them are fun to watch at play.

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#10 posted 10-20-2007 04:43 PM

I didn’t find this until Saturday morning but it sure is fun to laugh at someone elses happenings. It reminds me of Ray Stevens “Mississippi Squirrel Revival”. Thanks for the laugh.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 10-20-2007 04:49 PM

Doug – scratches were mostly from the cats and dog and one nasty dresser corner. But I’ll survive. Hopefully Rocky is now nestled back in his little nest retelling the story of how he won the good fight against the human. I’ve tried the think of his point of view of the whole event. All I think I can be sure of, is the next time he sees my dog – he’ll stay in his tree!

Bob – I’ve tried the commercial stuff that I have around for those accidents of an 11 year old dog and 20 year old cat. It worked on all but a couple of spots. Going to the store for some borax to see if that does the trick. Thanks for the tip MsDebbie.

Bob – you must be a gentle spirit to be able to have the little critters sit on your arm like that. Couldn’t imagine after last nights excitement, wanting to have Rocky come back for a little cuddly time. Maybe next week I’ll have a different perspective.

One lesson I learned for sure, was next time I hear a funny noise coming from my dog——turn on the light – BEFORE I let her in!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#12 posted 10-20-2007 06:45 PM

:)
Squirrels are a horror if they decide to make your house their home (without being invited that is.) I’ve heard of houses being destroyed from the damage they create to attics!

Did you know that some grey squirrels are grey, some are black, and some are a mixture of the two colours?

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#13 posted 10-20-2007 07:45 PM

Betsy I enjoyed your story, We have a bird flying around out home now and haven’t been able to catch it. Hoping it will slow down.

There is a lady here in LJ’s named OspreyBait and she has an interesting story that she posted here. This was posted over a year ago so some of the newer members might not have read it.
here

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#14 posted 10-21-2007 12:50 AM

I’ve got tears in my eyes——that’s a hilarious story. I’m glad I only had to confront a lone squirrel——an angry osprey mother would have been one animal I would not wanted to mess with. Thanks Karson for pointing out the story. It’s worth saving!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#15 posted 10-21-2007 03:02 PM

Great story, I used to love squirrels until I started feeding birds. I still like them but they are a pain sometimes :)

“Squirrels seem to me to me the monkeys of North America.” That is great, I’ll use that in the future for sure. North America Monkeys.. love it :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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