Squirrels as Pets?

This is going to be a quick post because we have fresh snow.  No time to waste.  There are no paw prints yet on our driveway.


But we must alert The Squirrel Patrol to a new danger.  The Squirrel Patrol is made up of:

Kira – Creator of The Squirrel Patrol Award and who clearly knows from today’s post the difference between a toy squirrel and a real squirrel.

Khyra – The master squirrel watcher who combines this with the difficult art of paw placement.

Rusty – So dedicated to the art that his blog is named Chasing Squirrels with Rusty

Maverick – Always good to have a swashbuckling pirate on your side.

Mya Boo Boo – Guards from the window with extraordinary skill

Moxie and Izzy – Corgis are the powerful tunnelers and a key part of the squirrel assault

Ozzie – Rapidly learning the ways of the Siberian, including squirrel chasing.

Meeshka – Who discovered squirrels can drive

So this our pathetically obvious attempt to be added to the patrol.  Our problem is that we live at an altitude where normal squirrels do not live.  Really.  None.  But we do have flying squirrels.  Squirrels with wings.  Well, sort of.  More squirrels with gliders.  They can’t flap but they can float.  And that makes catching them totally difficult.

So, anyway, we only get to see normal squirrels when we are out on our adventures and then the humans always have those pesky leashes on us.   Sigh.  But that brings us to our story.

We were at a flea market yesterday.  Not sure why, we don’t want no stinking fleas.  But flea markets do seem to attract the most interesting people.  We were patiently sitting in our jeep looking all cute and fluffy and watching people come over to us and say how cute and fluffy we are.

A gentleman walked up wearing overalls and he had a fascinating long flowing beard as in the fashion among some men here in Appalachia.  We found him to be very interesting to watch and sniff.  And then we discovered a horrifying secret.  He had a pet.  In his overall pocket.  Yes – brace yourself – the horror, the horror – a pet squirrel.  Poking its little head out and watching the action.

We were shocked, we tell you.  And we have suddenly decided we want to go back to that flea market.  Maybe they actually sell pet squirrels there.  Now THAT we could all get into.



  1. Wild Dingo on July 12, 2009 at 1:19 am

    Ok, so I have a vet, who’s my friend and I’m doing some marketing work for her (logo/website design) and we’re talking about animals that vet’s service, etc… and the topic of rodants/exotics come up. did you know it is illegal to own a squirrel or racoon? that is what she told me. they are considered wildlife and you are not supposed to own or home one. i bring this up because i had a story about someone who owned one and i thought it was preposterous and silly. now i know its illegal. its fine to rescue one in need of medical attention, but not to permanentantly own one….

  2. Steve & Kat on February 24, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Oh wow. If I had been there, I might have had to eat that squirrel’s head. I mean, squirrel heads are very tasty. I’m sure their bodies are tasty too, but I haven’t tried that delicacy since Dad stole the squirrel I caught before I could get to the body.

    Anyway, sorry I got distracted. I can’t believe you don’t have squirrels and when you do, you have pet ones. Do you at least have birds to catch?


  3. the Army of Four on February 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Great Balto! What was he thinking bringing that squirrel near you!?!?!
    We don’t have any here at Ao4 HQs. The nearest ones are a few blocks away. I think they must fear us.

  4. Mochi on February 23, 2009 at 2:24 am

    We don’t have any squirrels, but mom and dad go to the flea market all the time.


  5. The OP Pack on February 22, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    We don’t get to see squirrels here very often either. Not sure why. But we figure that one of these days as the above mentioned members of the Squirrel Patrol start scaring them away from them and toward us. So we asked Kira if we could be members and she said of course.

    If woo find any of those pet squirrels, maybe woo could get a discount on a case of them – we’ll take a few too.

    Tail wags, the OP Pack

  6. Kira on February 22, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Wooo! We have flying squirrels too, but I have not caught one of those yet…. working on it….
    I think I am going grocery shopping at the flea market, mmmmm, yummy squirrel for dinner for sale there you say!

  7. Mya Boo Boo on February 22, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I’m in total shock over FLYING squirrrels?? What the???? They fly? Glide? Oh my dogginess! This could lead to some furry disturbing situations…even for the seasoned patrolers like Kira and Khyra!! And to make it worse, someone has a PET squirrel? I may faint….

    If the squirrels are flying, I’m keeping the window closed! Harooooooooooo!!!!!

    Mya Boo Boo

  8. The Kapp Pack on February 22, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    We should be on the squirrel patrol too. They are all over our backyard and seem to taunt and torment us!

    Royal Kisses, KSB

  9. priincess eva on February 22, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    we think Huffle is right, you must be doing a great job keeping the squirrels out of your area.

    Princess Eva

  10. The Bumpass Hounds on February 22, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    DARN EVIL SQIRRELS, Check out what happen to us a few weeks ago:- http://bumpasshounds.blogspot.com/2009/02/this-never-happened-before.html – Whatda ya think about that guy.

  11. Sparky on February 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Thundering Herd!

    OMDog! Flying squirrels! First driving, and now flying! These are smart little fellas. I’d better start keeping a better eye on them!

    You guys keep up the good work, I’m sure you’d make a grrrrEAT addition to the squirrel patrol team.


  12. Huffle Mawson on February 22, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    I don’t see why you all couldn’t be part of the Squirrel Patrol. If you don’t see them often, it means you’re doing a good job!

    Huffle Mawson

  13. Khyra on February 22, 2009 at 10:31 am

    I seem to think my furiends the Three Happy Heelers have pets like that!

    SO, is that a skhwirrel in your pokhket or woo just happy to see me?

    If woo go bakhk there, I’ll take a pair please…let me know what I owe woo and I’ll get payment to woo!


  14. Biloxi and Siber-Sibs on February 22, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Dat Shquirrel Peetrol sounds cool! Hey Rusty, be furry furry careful if you sees a shquirrel in a unifrom. He is furry sneaky.
    My Maw and Pa is always goin’ to fleasy markets. Thank dogness dey don’t bring dem pesky fleas home. Just lots of goodies.

    Husky kisses,

  15. Ozzie on February 22, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I am SO at the flea market! JOHN! KELLY! Where do they sell the fleas around here??

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