The paws that refreshes
Thursday May 24th 2012, 10:11 pm
Filed under: Wildlife

My back patio is made up of long concrete rectangles separated by narrow wooden boards to decorate the space that gives the concrete room to expand and contract with the weather.

I have my squirrels trained: they are free to graze on their half under the birdfeeder, but they may not step past that lengthwise wooden barrier (augmented by a few amaryllis pots); the peanut-suet crumbles are for the ground birds only.

It’s been months since I’ve seen one cross that line. They’ve been remarkably well behaved.

Which made today all the funnier. There was the small black female with the quirky tail standing up, front paws tucked in, looking occasionally between those pots towards the forbidden land but then turning away as expected.

And then I looked up again. She paced to the right and then splayed herself flat under the shade of the picnic table–and, staring at me, placed one paw deliberately on the concrete just barely on the other side of that wood. She knew I don’t ever climb under that table: this was hers.

Stayed staring. Waited for me to react. For something like a full minute, which is a very long time when you are eye to eye with a wild thing.

It was so human and so utterly like the two-year-olds I used to have that finally I could only burst out laughing.

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A lot of dog trainers explain that dogs are perpetual toddlers…

Comment by Channon 05.25.12 @ 6:25 am

Testing, testing! See? I crossed the line. So there!

Comment by Don Meyer 05.25.12 @ 8:40 am

this reminds me of a dog we had — we’d tell her to get out of the kitchen and she’d go and lay in the living room with just the tips of her front paws inside the kitchen door — a sort of canine “naner, naner!”

Comment by Bev 05.25.12 @ 9:00 am

Hehehehahaha! Priceless! Thanks for the great description and a TGIFriday giggle!

Comment by DebbieR 05.25.12 @ 3:15 pm

Allison – Squirrely is on my side of the line!!! Make her stop!

Comment by twinsetellen 05.26.12 @ 8:20 pm

LOL. I wish the squirrels in my yard were that well behaved. I had a cat once who did the same thing. He would sit right at the edge of the fabric I would be cutting out on the floor. He would carefully put one paw on the fabric, and then, slowly, slowly, put the other one. I’d say “Ashley!” in a stern voice, and he’d slowly pull his paws back one at a time. Then he’d wait and then try it again in a few minutes. Hysterical.

Comment by Greta 05.27.12 @ 9:13 am

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