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“Dirty Jake” and family 

I’m held at ransom by this little guy which is otherwise known as “Dirty Jake”. Some of you may know that he lives in my backyard, under the house, or up against the house to be exact. Various, elaborate holes are pushed up against the house foundation, entry and escape routes and my mind imagines an extensive subterranean pad with separate rooms such as a sleeping / lounging area and a huge pantry to store all the food he is collecting from me. Daily appearances are pretty common to pick up his food ration and stock the pantry. He is not too picky and eats everything from vegetables to fruits to nuts, even grapefruit has been on the menu. But he definitely has a sweet tooth and goes crazy for mangos. Besides living here rent free, he long has demanded to be fed in order to leave my flower bulbs alone. Should I miss one day, I can with certainty find a few craters and holes dug where there used to be a beautiful tulip grazing the land. Urghhhh. I kid you not that I suspected the neighbors dog the first time, due to she sheer size of the holes he digs. That was until one day when I was home and heard something hitting the house over and over. It appeared to be sand, only problem, it was a beautiful calm day. I looked out the window and right in front of me I got a backside view of this little rascal digging through the dirt of my flower bed while throwing it up against the house. BUSTED. 

Still he remains to be one of the cutest thieves I know and he has invited a friend as of recently. Perhaps he has found love and she is his significant other. Soon I will have to make adjustments for extra rations and once more feed a cute, furry, bushy tailed family.



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16 thoughts on ““Dirty Jake” and family 

  1. So cute picture of a full blown naughty squirrel and you have named him so aptly, Dirty Jake. So well written post, Rhapsody and I too have seen them at one of the places that I very often go to and they come and eat peanuts from our hands and are enjoying themselves. So beautiful.

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  2. If you ever need help with a Jake relocation plan, let me know. Last winter we trapped and rehomed 7 of the little buggers. Mine were the red version and they tend to be destructive to houses. I hated to see them go, but I’d hate seeing electrical wiring exposed even more. Damn they are cute little bushy-tailed rats.

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  3. Well at least that Jake has spirit. I mean he comes and visits you often and that is a good sign even if he has a dirty side to him. And even though he might have a dirty side to him means there is something that you can learn as well from him. And what that is your going to have to search deep inside your soul for that..

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