# WEASLEY THE SQUIRREL & CHRISTMAS

Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year! 2014! 2014! What?! I remember being a young kid, 7 or 8 and thinking about the years 2000 as so far in to the future, so far away, so “in forever”. Life is so fast and slow at the same time. 2013 was a challenging year for my family. We definitely had our ups and downs. I am looking forward to a new year! Now to catch you guys up…

Over the last month I had the privilege of caring for a little squirrel, whom I named Weasley. Yes, Weasley as in Ron, George, Fred, Ginnie, Charlie, Bill, Percy, Molly and Arthur. Weasley the squirrel came to us because he was attacked by the neighbor’s dog. :( He was left with a shattered right rear leg and a maimed and broken tail. X-rays revealed his broken bones and after consults with my vet and an exotics specialist, it was decided that cage rest, antibiotics and TLC was our only feasible option for the little guy. That or humane euthanasia. The first day, I was seriously considering euthanasia because of the extent of his injuries, but something inside me didn’t feel at peace about it. There was something about the little feisty bundle of fur that tugged at my soul. The first few days were touch and go, but slowly, steadily, he made progress. The dead tissue of his tail fell off, leaving him with a shortened, hairless “stub”. For about five weeks, Nate and I grew closer to Weasley. He began to trust us more and more, allowing us to pet him. He would even take food right from our hands. I have always appreciated all animals, but until Weasley I never realized just how much personality a squirrel had. Weasley’s favorite game was “wrestle with the human’s long hair”. He would grab on to strands of my hair that I dangled in his vicinity, similar to a cat with a string toy. He was such a riot the way he would rub all over his fresh, clean towels at night. His favorite foods were almonds and raspberries, which he ate every day, along with an assortment of other squirrel-friendly fare. Weasley recovered well and lived about five weeks as a pampered, loved little guy before succumbing to what we assume was a blood clot from his prior injuries that dislodged and traveled to his brain or from complications due to a possible underlying cardiac issue. I found him when I came home from work, snuggled in his bed. He was gone. My heart was broken. I cried and continue to grieve the loss of my little friend. I will always remember him, little Weasley. Such an amazing little animal. What a joy to know and care for he was. Having the opportunity to care for him reaffirmed my belief that all life is sacred. All life is precious and should be protected. Everything from the human lives of you and I to the smallest, little almond-loving squirrel. All life matters. This post is in tribute and remembrance of him. I love you Weasley the Squirrel and I always will. I’ll never forget you and your funny little antics.

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2013 has been a year of ups and downs, heartaches and triumphs. I am thankful to be going in to a new year, thankful for another year on this earth. I am thankful for my life and all that is in it, good and bad. Until next time.

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