Aby-a-Day – November 5: Squirrels are nuts!

Boston is known for many things. One of these happens to be the insane squirrels of Boston Common.


These squirrels have almost no fear of people; generation upon generation of them have evolved to produce a kind of super-squirrel that sees humans as big walking feeders. I’ve had them run up to me and climb up the leg of my jeans simply because I stopped to look at them.


Still, I have to say it took me by surprise when I went to the Common with Jacoby and this happened…



Not once, not twice, but three times with two different squirrels!


In case you can’t tell, squirrels ran up to us while I was pushing Jake’s stroller, and the cheeky buggers climbed right up the front of the stroller looking for handouts!


This guy almost went inside. Jake lunged at him and he pretty much flung himself to the ground in fright.




Contrary to what you may read, squirrels don’t carry rabies. At least, the CDC told Brigham and Women’s Hospital that when my doctor called them after a Boston Common squirrel mistook my thumb for a peanut and tried to run off with it in his mouth. Apparently, they have no known cases of rabies being caused by squirrels. So that’s good to know.


But look at this guy, and then look at the lower left corner of the photo – that’s Jake’s back. Even when he could see the cat, this squirrel still came up to me. There’s a fine line between brave and stupid, as the saying goes.

Clancy and Finnegan – Abys for all seasons

Sherry sent me this wonderful photo of two Abys, Clancy and Finnegan, in their autumn coats…aren’t they handsome?

Clancy (the red/sorrel) is a cat of all seasons…he’s got an outfit for any kind of weather!

And, as a matter of fact, Clancy is Jacoby’s uncle! Clancy’s father is Haro’s Jake of Eszencia, aka TJ, Jake’s grandfather (Scar and Clancy are half-brothers)! Finnegan is also from Eszencia, but he has different parents from Clancy.