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Friday, April 11, 2014

The Dog's Guide To Outwitting Squirrels

              Illustration by Patricia Wall/ The New York Times

O.K., this guide was really written for humans by humorist, Bill Adler Jr., to keep those glorified rats squirrels from gorging on the birdseed he kindly leaves for his avian friends. This Q&A in yesterdays Times gives you a hint at the way Adler's brain works: "Squirrels have all day long to figure out how to break into your feeder," he says, so Adler's days are spent concocting ways to subvert these bushy-tailed thieves.

In his most recent book, Outwitting Squirrels: 101 cunning Strategies to Reduce Dramatically the Egregious Misappropriation of Seed from Your Birdfeeder by Squirrels, Adler devises even more ways to thwart his backyard nemesis—this is the third edition of the book, by the way—the first was published in 1988, so Adler has had a squirrel problem for quite awhile now.

Does this remind you of anyone you know? Every since my adoption day, I've spent countless hours successfully ridding my backyard and surrounding parks (heck, everywhere I go!) from those nasty varmints. I think Mr. Adler should interview me for the next edition of his book!

                                     Me hard at work...


Unknown said...

We think an interview Bocci is well in order. LOL we have been out hunting in the park today as well. Have a fabulous Friday.
Best wishes Molly

Sheltie Times said...

Ours are getting lazy and bold after a winter of hiding out in the trees. One almost didn't make the fence today.

Bocci said...

Wish our squirrels were lazy...but bold those critters are! We also have a possum friend who's pretty bold, too. We think he might come on in and raid the fridge!

Duke said...

Mr Adler definitely needs to talk with you, Bocci! Your back yard looks so pretty. Keep those squirrels out!

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

Sagira said...

Catching those squirrels is hard work. We have been trying for years with no such luck.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

WE think YOU should write a COMPANION book fur this one.
Filled with YOUR methods fur Ridding the World of the Evil Ones.

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