Friday, December 31, 2021

Squirrel Tails

 Greetings friends and fans! This is The Daily Bone and I'm your diligent doggie reporter Chester L. W. Spaniel. 

2021 was a tough year, that's for sure! That terrible covid virus is still around and my ghostwriter, being a nurse, has to always be on guard for it at work. To wrap it all up with a big, sad bow, not only did our Oma pass away, but one of GW's coworkers who had just retired, and another coworker's mom also passed! 

But I'm not going to let the whole year end without a little bit of levity! I have a couple funny squirrel stories for you! Here are a few pictures of one of the more acrobatic squirrels trying to break into our squirrel-proof birdie feeders. 

Hey! Where are the seeds?

He picked a bad time for his raid, since the feeders were almost empty that day! 

This one looks like it has some seeds.

He thought he was so smart jumping to the other feeder, only to discover his weight on it caused the ports to close.

Aw nuts!

Screwy squirrel! 

Another day, alias Twinkletoes III decided he was going for the window feeder. He jumped up there several times even with my ghostwriter looking straight at him, and me barking too!

He became quite disgruntled when he realized the suet cages were still empty.

"Hey dogface! Yeah, and your ugly human too! It's the end of December and there still isn't any fresh suet in this here feeder! I'll have you know, that with interest, you now owe me 20,000 peanut butter sandwiches, AND at least as many hunks of suet, preferably the kind with seeds and fruit in it!" 

I replied, "OK, sure. I'll have Dad do that right away!"

So Dad filled the suet cages, and put fresh seeds in the feeder. Then GW sprinkled the lot of it with hot red pepper powder! We haven't seen him since!


Hope you have a Happy New Year! 

Thank you very much, Ingrid, for the beautiful memorial picture of our Oma. And thank you to all of our blogger friends who gave their kind condolences. 


  1. I bet Twinkletoes III won't be back for awhile and I bet he's more cautious next time knowing that you own hot red pepper powder! Covid is awful. It's taken so many loved ones from us. Will it ever end?! Happy New Year to you and your peeps, Chester.

  2. We're sad to hear about your Ghostwriters' friends and family passing recently. Those squirrels sure were trying hard to get to the nonexistent seed. We use the suet that already had hot pepper in it and the squirrels stay away. Have a Happy New Year!

  3. Chester...I normally am in dreamland at midnight...however, I'm considering staying up tonight to make sure the door not only shuts behind 2021's exit but that the dead bolt and security system are armed.
    I am so sorry to hear about GW's friends passing

    Squirrels are furry piggies.
    Hugs to you, GW and Dad.

  4. It has been a hard year but frustrated squirrels always make us smile.

  5. The squirrels gave up with the feeders here, because the poles they hang from have stovepipe around them. Looks kind of odd, but trust us, they cannot get a grip to climb...and the whole affair is too far from the tree or house for other means of access. They have to satisfy themselves with the seeds that fall to the ground...suet?? Nope they cant get at that either.

    Petcretary uses red pepper flakes on the ground where Benji has dug, or might, it deters him...till he finds a new spot to work his excavations. BOL!

    Sorry that you lost so many dear ones...we lost 16 residents in 3 weeks last year.(Nov2020). We now have 3 new cases of covid, in our staff, hope they didn't deliver that variant to our residents. I will find out tomorrow what is what over there, since I have been off for a nice long stretch:)

    Happy New Year, Chester...and to your whole family!

  6. We are sorry for all the loss you had in 2021. Thank you for sharing the squirrel joy! Wishing you all the best for 2022. Lee and Phod

  7. Oma was a tough cookie and we will miss her a lot. She was an inspiration. Squirrels don't learn easily, but hot pepper is an easy lesson, I guess...

    Love and licks,

  8. Squirrels will try everything to get into the bird feeders. Pesky little things but fun to watch. So sorry you lost your Oma.

  9. Oh, I am so sorry to hear your Oma passed away. What a lovely photo of her though. I bet you miss her lots.
    Hoping 2022 will be better and that the Covid disappears to give some rest to GW.

    Big klem