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“Finnegan” the squirrel

"Finnegan" the squirrel


       For about as long as she can remember, Debby Cantlon says, friends and strangers have brought her animals in need. So it wasn’t much of a surprise when someone asked her if she’d care for a newborn squirrel found at the base of a tree somewhere near Renton.


Debby Cantlon, who plans to release Finnegan, the young squirrel, back into the wild, bottle-fed the infant squirrel after it was brought to her house.


When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him,  she found herself with an unlikely nurse’s aide: her pregnant Papillon, Mademoiselle Giselle.


Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies. Cantlon and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel’s cage twice to her own bedside before she gave birth. Cantlon was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out  and the inter-species bonding began.


Finnegan rides a puppy mosh pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding, and eventually working his way beneath his new litter mates.


Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse; family photos and a videotape show her encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups.


Now, Finnegan mostly uses a bottle, but still snuggles with his "siblings" in a mosh pit of puppies, rolling atop their bodies and sinking in deeply for a nap.


Finnegan and his new litter mates, five Papillon puppies, get along together as if they were meant to.


Finnegan naps after feeding. Finnegan makes himself at home with his new litter mates, nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap after feeding.


Send this along to brighten someone’s day! We should all learn from Finnegan and the gang to get along with one another… no matter what "species". Check out the photo album for more pictures.



14 responses »

  1. OH WOW!!  I just love this story and the pictures are adorable.  My favourite is the one where he\’s cuddled around the neck of one of the puppies.  And truer words were never spoken.  I wish the whole world could settle all it\’s foolish differences and get along.

  2. I love how you find these little animal life lessons demonstrations. If only people could be that smart! From one crakpot to another thanks 

  3. Stepmonster... some call me wicked

    Where on earth do you get all of those cute pictures???  My kids are animal lovers and I always show them your pictures…..

  4. hi rosebay i thot you my freindbut you be meen to me in jens blog thing but i nise to you anyway becuz my gran told me inise person an to be nise to peeple i try to be nise ant em bye me new cooky jar an i put oroeo cooky in it an but i like oroeo cooky to love daisy

  5. OOoooooh!  They\’re so cuddly! 😀

  6. I love this entry!  The photos say as much, if not more, than the actual words.  I\’ve seen you at many other peoples spaces and been meaning to get by and visit, just haven\’t had the time I would like.  Thanks for letting me poke around a bit!

  7. Stopping by to say hello!  I like your new profile photo – been meaning to tell you.  Have a great rest of the week and weekend.

  8. That is the coolest thing I\’ve ever seen.
    puppy love I guess.

  9. That\’s awesome!  I almost died when I saw the squirrel snuggling with the puppies!  It\’s such an amazing picture, you almost don\’t need the background story to enjoy it! Thanks for sharing that.

  10. Just droppin in from Magick\’s site. With her problem with the person she described, why cut it off? A hollow glass tube up the urethra, then shattered, two IV\’s wide open and water pills would cure the pervs. Or is that a bit much? Maybe for someone who has never been affectedd by pervs like that.
    Peace & Blessings.

  11. Loved the smile, Rosebay.  Those are the sweetest photos of Finnegan and dogs.  What a sweet story.

  12. Good Afternoon,
    Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to come again if you wish.
    I love the pictures of the animals, they are so great! Squirrels and dogs getting along, people need to take life lessons from the animal kingdom. Swans & wolves & other animals mate for life but they get to know each other really well first. Too many people being self centered and getting married results in too many divorces.
    I accept the postition of Chief of Corporal Punishment. The education I have had about how other countries torture their criminals will come in handy. The techniques used by Native Americans on evil people, the treatment by slaves & how the U.S. government treated Native Americans. I really empathize with those who have been abused.
    Peace & Blessings.

  13. And a happy friday to you too!


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