Thursday, May 15, 2014

When squirrels attack!

We live on an acre of land, and the neighbors have about the same size lot. There's no fence, and they don't care if my dogs are roaming around over there because 1. my dogs ignore the chickens and 2. more poop=more fertilizer.

After the incident of Tucker getting tagged by a car while attempting to get into a garbage bag left by the side of the road, I've been much more diligent about always going out with the dogs and keeping them within sight while they're doing their business (which includes scrounging under the neighbor's rabbit hutches for dropped food).

This morning, while half awake, I was standing in my jammies in the shade of a tree while observing my pups water the flowers (so to speak), when suddenly I was nearly beaned in the head by a bagel.

Yes, a bagel. From the sky.

As I stood there stupidly gazing at the bagel lying innocently in the grass, my sleepy brain trying to process it, I heard a rustling up in the tree and quickly looked up to spy an EVIL SQUIRREL looking back at me with its beady black eyes.

"Ah HAH," I triumphantly crowed. "Behold the villain of the piece!"

Now the question is: Did the squirrel really try to hit me in the head with the bagel? Or was it trying to appease the canine brute squad by tossing the bread down to them in the hopes that it itself would be ignored ("Please, for the love of all that's holy, TAKE THE BAGEL BUT SPARE ME! I have kits in the nest that need me!").
 There is some truth to this, because my dogs did run over immediately after they literally saw manna fall from heaven, and only my sharply-spoken "Leave it!" deterred them from starting to nosh.

Of course, the most mundane explanation is that the squirrel merely lost control of the too-big-for-it-to-carry-easily food item, and the timing is just coincidence...but considering the look we exchanged as we made eye contact...


Gonna have to wear a hard hat when walking the dogs now.


Blondefabulous said...

I have been feeding the squirrels here in an attempt to keep them from breaking in to the attics in search of food. They prefer Cheez-Its and cookies. I figure if I keep it up, I will have an army of squirrels raining down furry death from above the next time Jehovah Witnesses knock at our door!

Bob S. said...

Reason #449,874 to carry at home; When Squirrels Attack.

This time they tried a bagel; who knows what nefarious plans they have for the next attack.

Knucklehead said...

Yes, squirrels throw stuff down from trees at people and dogs. Lil' bastids are terrible that way, well all ways.

Old NFO said...

LOL... Not going there... :-)

Home on the Range said...

Thank heavens he hadn't had an espresso with that bagel. Squirrels on caffeine are unstoppable.

Christina RN LMT said...

Blondie, I would pay good money to see a video of that! And btw, my neighbor confessed to throwing baked goods into the yard for the squirrels, in the hopes they will leave his fruit trees alone. Heh, I'll just call him Chamberlain from now on. ;)

Bob, I shudder to think!

Knucklehead, gussied-up rats is what they are! (But cute, I'll admit.)

NFO, why not? ;)

Brigid, have you seen "Over the Hedge"?!