Squirrel Appreciation Day is January 21!

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By Dave Coulter

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Add a bag of peanuts to your shopping list, dear readers. Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!  

I like squirrels, and I do try to do my share for the little buggers.  Not that they're fussy - there is a colony in my neighborhood that raids the dumpsters all the time. I'm not sure this puts them in the same league as the vile raccoon, but as the years go on I find their shiny beady black eyes ever more unsettling.

In the final analysis I guess they're cute.  They frolic, they scold, I remember that Beatrix Potter book Squirrel Nutkin from my childhood. And while I can't speak for her I'm pretty sure that E has adopted them as her totem spririt.  I reckon that society has conditioned me to embrace a creature that is a cuter version of a rat.

So, Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day, Americans.  Embrace your local squirrel.

You first.      

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Posted: January 22nd, 2011 11:19 AM

Perhaps one of the foo-foo eateries in town will take the idea and run with it!

David Hammond  

Posted: January 21st, 2011 6:10 PM

I've never had an authentic Brunswick Stew. That is how I would like to appreciate squirrels.

Tom Scharre from O.P.  

Posted: January 21st, 2011 4:10 PM

After we bought our house, it took us almost 8 years to completely evict them -- a new roof and a total gut rehab of the 2nd floor finally did it. Nonetheless, I gotta admire their work ethic and -in the dead of winter- I do feed them.


Posted: January 21st, 2011 12:26 PM

Squirrels are cute, squirrels are furry. They'll bite your toes off.


Posted: January 21st, 2011 9:18 AM

By the way, those dumpster diving squirrels need to go on a diet.


Posted: January 21st, 2011 9:17 AM

I'll put out some extra bird seed!

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