Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day

Yes, it’s a real thing.

35 Responses to Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day

  1. I haven’t seen a squirrel since I moved to eastern New Mexico nine years ago. I have seen black bears, a mountain lion, red fox, gray fox, coyotes, road runners, rattle snakes, blind snakes, toads, mice, elk, pronghorn antelope, jack rabbits, cottontails, deer, a bobcat, and an amazing variety of birds, including a talking Myna in our old Elm tree. But not one squirrel.

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    • How odd. I always thought they were ubiquitous. But then I’ve lived all my life in the midwest. 🙂

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      • I thought squirrels were everywhere, too. I wonder if the foxes and coyotes got em.

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        • Are there any prairie dogs?

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        • rednig says:

          You can have all our ground squirrels. A rancher down the road said he’d pitch in all the pocket gophers you want, as well, but you have to catch ’em.

          But, there’s a squirrel nest in the ponderosa out front, a big green orb, but I have yet to see a squirrel in the tree. MORE THAN YOU WANTED TO KNOW: Tree squirrels are prey for hawks and eagles, some types of weasels (pine marten), and boas (we have two boas native to Arizona). Cats, often, as well, will raid a nest, or owls if they can. One nutty thing about squirrels in California is, they’re resistant to rattler venom. They get nailed, then attack the snakes. Now, that kind of squirrel I can appreciate!

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          • Well, apparently I am a California squirrel! I was born in California. My dad used to tell the story about coming home from work one day to find me sitting on our front porch in Oakland, playing with a rattlesnake. I believe he said I was two at the time.

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            • rednig says:

              I think it was Robert Heinlein who, when he was in grade school yet, was taken on vacation to Florida. He found a friend on the beach, a snake, and took it home to Missouri but told no one. Like my parents,his had a terror of snakes. He had it wrapped around his wrist one day and took it to school to show his friends. His teacher fainted when she saw it. It was a coral snake. When rats became a problem on the farm, we would be sent out to catch black snakes to loose in the basement. By morning, no more rats, and the snakes would take off, as well. While I have no love for snakes, nor would I kill one unless I had no choice. Snakes destroy all sorts of diseases rodents carry and do not pass them on. Everything, as you know, has a reason of God would not have made it. I do not include diseases et al, because those, I’m taught, are not from God. Walk in beauty!

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            • rednig says:

              Much thanks! Here’s something for all of us who love animals, even those darn squirrels.
              January 26, 2019
              An Unlikely Testimony
              “And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?” (Numbers 22:28)

              This tale of a donkey talking has been the object of great ridicule by skeptics. That it is not an allegory or fable, however, but a real historical event was confirmed in the New Testament by the apostle Peter (2 Peter 2:15-16).

              There is no naturalistic explanation for it, of course, but to insist that the event was impossible is simply to deny the power of God. Such miracles of creation are very rare, however, and there must always be a good reason when God intervenes in the laws which normally govern His creation.

              One reason in this case, obviously, was to rebuke the prophet Balaam, who was resisting God’s will simply for monetary gain. Balaam’s voice itself would soon also have to be constrained and controlled by God to force him to do God’s will (Numbers 22:38; 23:16, 26; 24:13), blessing Israel instead of pronouncing the curse for which he was to have been paid by the Moabites, who were desperately trying to keep God’s people out of the Promised Land. The Moabites also needed an unforgettable rebuke. They were apostate descendants of Lot, who had known the true God (Numbers 25:1-3), but they were determined to thwart God’s purposes.

              There may be another, more universal reason: God is concerned about His animal creation, caring even for every sparrow (Matthew 10:29). The animals have been placed under man’s dominion, but they are for his service, his instruction, and his enjoyment—not for his abuse.

              Thus, Balaam’s ass was providentially allowed by God to rebuke not only Balaam but also anyone who would unnecessarily abuse one of His specially and beautifully designed animal subjects. Most Christians need to be much more sensitive to this concern of God. HMM

              Niio!

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            • Have you written a post on this topic? If so, I would like the link, please.

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            • rednig says:

              No, I’m a manuscript research editor. Here’s a cool one!
              http://bereanarchive.org/articles/history/ancient-israel-warfare-and-conquest/
              I like how this is worded, and at the bottom are links to works on the subject. You’ll also find a link to a commentary on Baalam’s ass.
              BTW, Bubba decided to excavate a ground squirrel tunnel. Under the fig planted last summer. Hmm. He was told to get out of there three times (I’m digging a garden trench to get rid of as much caliche as possible) and ignored me. I warned him I was gonna get the hose! He didn’t listen, but the second he heard the water turn on, he ran. Earlier tonight, I let him out. When he didn’t come in, I worried about stray dogs and coyotes, and went out. Sure enough, he was trying to get into the trench. All I had to do was grab the hose and he was back at the door ready to come in 🙂 Yes, we dachshund lovers all know, they’re so sweet they melt if touched by water. Or is it because they have the same bad attitude as the Wicked Witch in Oz?

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  2. LMAO! I loved this! It was so nice to just crack up laughing. Thank you! 😂 🤣

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  3. Patricia says:

    So wonderful LOL post! Thank you 😺

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  4. rednig says:

    Guess I’ll have t get the shovel to help Bubba the dachshund go mine for ground squirrels. No one appreciates ground squirrels more than he does. Some day, he may even catch one! Darn squirrels. Small, but fast.

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  5. colonialist says:

    Sorry that we don’t have any squirrels to appreciate. We just have to make do with monkeys.

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  6. John Maberry says:

    My dog gets SO excited watching them through the window. Unfortunately, the family moved away or got eaten by coyotes, hawks or whatever. We only see an itinerant squirrel now every two or three weeks for a few minutes.

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    • One summer a red fox took up residence under our garden shed and gave birth to no fewer than eight kits (it was hard to count them, because they all looked alike and they never sat still long enough for me to get an accurate count). We didn’t see a lot of squirrels that summer.

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  7. Sadje says:

    Wonderful! 😂😂

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  8. Squirrels not only store up food for the winter. They store up during the winter also. No hibernation for them. 😀 — Suzanne

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  9. -Eugenia says:

    These are fun! Squirrels can be pesky little creatures but they are so cute.

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  10. Love this! And Filbert is a perfect name for a squirrel. 😉

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