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Clarence vs. the Squirrel

June 4, 2013
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Clarence, our crazy young lab mix has devoted his young life to chasing the squirrels in our yard.  Recently, he succeeded in either almost drowning one, or in rescuing one from drowning—we are not quite sure which.

Clarence’s typical modus operandi for squirrel hunting involves taking a flying leap off the top of our stairs onto the millstone when we let him IMG_2996outside so he can stage a surprise offensive.  One day recently we came out in the afternoon to find that Clarence had dug up all of the buried plastic pipe that diverts the water from the downspout away from the house.

My husband was not impressed.  When he went to investigate later that day, he started taking apart the piping and when he removed one piece, out gushed all this water—and this gruesome looking animal, running at top speed.  We weren’t sure what it was, just a scraggly black mass, slowly creeping up the trunk of a nearby tree.  My first thought was that it was a newborn rat or something, but it was way too big.  (You can just make it out on the middle branch close to the trunk of the tree in this picture.)IMG_1888WWe finally figured out that it was a squirrel that had gotten stuck in the drainpipe underground, and somehow had gotten caught up in section that was blocked with water and had nearly drowned.

Either Clarence is responsible for forcing the squirrel in, or is responsible for smelling the trapped squirrel and getting him out.  I’m not sure which.  But I sincerely doubt his intention for the squirrel was altruistic.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. aunt jackie permalink
    June 4, 2013 11:37 am

    If Roscoe, the beagle, is giving me a hard time about going out to do his business in the morning all I have to do is stand at the back door and say, “Is that a squirrel?” and he charges out.

    • June 4, 2013 1:49 pm

      I need to start using that phrase to sucker Clarence out of the kitchen when he’s being a pest. So cute about Roscoe!

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