Friday, 18 January 2013

Dog House Blog, Squirrel Mayhem!

Molly The Wally & That Squirrel!

Squirrel rescued from pond by not one but three fire engines!

This we dedicate to Parsley whose old man is a brave fire fighter and to all the fire fighters out there!

Call the fur brigade, it’s operation 'Squirrel Nutkin'! How many firefighters does it take to rescue a squirrel? Not one, not two but three. Yes three fire engines made an emergency dash to save a squirrel stranded on a small island in a pond. Nuts I hear you say but this was a genuine operation involving three fire engines, two ladders, and one very soggy tree rat. It took at least six highly trained firefighters to recover the grey squirrel when it became stranded on a tiny island of reeds in the middle of the town center pond in Watford, Hertfordshire. Most interesting thing to happen in Watford town center all year no doubt! The fire crews laid a ladder between the pavement and the island in an attempt to persuade the squirrel to crawl its way back to safety. The rodent ended up in the water again, but it managed to swim to the ladder and climb up the rungs to reach dry land, bedraggled but apparently none the worse for its’ ordeal. The pesky little blighter then proceeded to run off without even saying thank you. Fire brigades spent at least £3.5million in three years rescuing animals, including a snail, seven dolphins, a lost duckling, a chimp in a chimney, an iguana on a roof and a kitten with its head stuck in a bongo drum. Rescuing the Watford squirrel is actually not that unusual then but a snail, beggars belief?

As for the snail we had to find out what it was about. Hold on to your seats. It wasn’t the sort of emergency that required the fastest response nor was it something moving at the speed of fire. The target a snail and the caller an elderly woman distressed by the mollusk presence 8ft up a wall in her hallway. A crew duly swooped, carefully removed the snail from the wall and showed it to the door. They then turned their expert services to comforting the distressed householder. You could not make it up!

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  1. A snail, you say? A SNAIL? We want to know that story!

  2. A snail..I can't believe it. That is ridiculous, 3 fire engines for one squirrrel..Should of sent you Molly to save the squirrel :).. Clicked for the circus, we don't know what its about but there was nothing there :) xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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  3. Little Molly
    You are such a sweety
    We wish you a nice day
    Lots of love from your furry friends
    Pepi, Xixo, Juja and Jujuba

  4. There is SO much going on in Blogville at the moment - it is PAWSOME!!!

    Wally & Sammy

  5. These rescuers should write a book about all the things they do besides fight fires. I wonder how much of their training is for this kind of stuff? Too funny!

  6. Lucky squirrel!!!
    It seems February is a busy month though, so many happenings!

  7. OMD you are unreal. Miz Molly, keep typing away at all the news flashes that come in; we have plenty of garden stories to tell here! Those ungrateful tree rats! Imagine that, not even a thank-you! teeeheeee

  8. All of that for a tree rat? Goodness, do you have a shortage of them over there or something?

    Oh, the Circus, we would love to go to the Circus! We'll be waiting.....

    Lily Belle & Muffin

  9. That is one pretty amazing story, Molly. And to think that just yesterday Mom couldn't get animal control to come here where there was an injured possum just outside our fence. Poor little guy drove us nuts for hours but he could barely hobble. Animal control said they have to let nature do its thing. POor fella finally made his way up the hill and down a storm drain.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

  10. My teenie weenie head is spinnin! That's a lot happening in Blogville! Now, as fur the tree rat! I think he was saved so you could hunt him down!

  11. Thanks for helping us get the word out about our V-Day Ball.
    I can't wait to meet ya there.

  12. a chimp in a chimney? how could it happen? that's a weird kind of bbq ;o)... and a kitty with the head in a bongo drum? why?....oh and a circus is coming to bloggyville... that's great, can I sit in the first row?

  13. A snail?! A SNAIL?!!! I need to go lay down after reading this madness.

  14. Saving a tree rat??? Oh my!
    Lovies, Miss Mindy

  15. Wow! You sure are staying busy with all of these events, blogging, and keeping us laughing all the time, Molly! You are a busy girl, indeed!

  16. I would have totally "helped" that squirrel!

    So many cool activities going on for the next month. So excited!


  17. Squirrel Nutkin??? My mom went alllllllllll squeeeeeeeeeeee when she saw that name... she used to LOVE to read those books to her students...

    Now about those squirrels and water... trust us on this Molly... WE HAVE PICTURES.. of a squirrel that SWAM over one and a half MILES ...across the Lake where we kept my pontoon boat... we floated along Beside HIM... and took 87 bazillion pictures of his HOOOOGE swim... SQUIRRELS do NOT need to be saved.. for more reasons that one.

  18. MOL Molly...and we send thanks to first responders everywhere!!!

    There is so much happening in Blogville I had to buy a calendar.
    Hugs Madi your BFFF

  19. Perhaps there should be an animal saving division that could operate more effectively on a smaller budget? Wait . . . did you say circus??

    Keep Calm & Bark On,

    Murphy & Stanley

  20. Blogville is making my head spin with all the activities planned, plus now maggie thinks she is a diva and asking every boy out there for a date, she says she wants to walk in the door with three on her arms.
    I am going with Stan, and I have a feeling it is going to be a night of just babysitting!!
    stella rose

  21. The snail was what stood out for us! What a crazy squirrel.....or crazy firemen...

    Anyway, gave us a smile this morning.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

  22. Those squirrels are always causing a ruckus
    Benny & Lily

  23. We were not expecting THAT, he he!
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  24. I would haves soooooo "saved" dat squirrel...okay not really. I bet he was tired from bein' in da time to hunt them.


  25. Not even a thank you? No wonder you dogs love to eat squirrels.

  26. Hi Molly! Momz signed me up fur yur circus today :) Can't believe it took all dose hoomins fur one sill sqwirrel...Iz wud have grabbed him and put da bitey on him no problem

  27. I'm scared of squirrels.
    They kind of look like Waffles Too...but don't tell him I said that. I need all the leverage I can get with that kitten.
    ; ) Katie

  28. I am a wee bit scared of heights so I am definitely NOT ending up in that tower. Puddles ...not so sure!

    Your pal, Pip

  29. So many events coming up in Blogville! And apparently lots of small animal rescues! :O


  30. FaRADaY: Seriouslies? You canz call the firemen for a BUG on the wall? Do NOT tell Mommy this. We would be mortified if she did that.

  31. Well at least you live in a safe place if you ever get stranded or lost. I am so excited about all the activities coming!!

    Loveys Sasha

    p.s. Remington and I will be celebrating our first anniversary on Valentines Day

  32. Jimmy says he would have been happy to "rescue" that squirrel, if you know what I mean ;-)

  33. Hey Molly!
    Wow, that's totally crazy! Squirrels, bongo drums, snails. My Dad the retired policeman is saying those firemen are NUTS NUTS NUTS! Butt, I can guarantee you that he'd be first at the scene to save them all too. BWAR HAR HAR
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  34. What a fuss for a squirrel don't know why they didn't just bring all his friends and keep them marooned together. They have devious minds Molly - I saw a Naturewatch tv programme in the UK which is following these little rodents around peoples gardens to see what they get up to - these squirrels were given jars of fruit, nuts without shells or nuts with shells - they chose all the nuts with shells so they could bury them in 84 (yes, 84) different locations to return in the Spring - I spied on our tree rats recently burying acorns in my lawn - will have to bring Scrappy the borrowed dog over to dig em up and bury them elsewhere to confuse the little devils. We have snow here Molly - Scrappy's family went tobogonning at the park but left him home as they think it's too cold for him - bet he was miffed - not to worry, I am taking him on my very own woodland snowy adventure soon to make up for it. Betty x

  35. I don't know why there was such a fuss over a tree rat... Seriously. They are evil, evil, evil things.. Probably trying to take over the world, a tree at a time.

    Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,

  36. Hoorah for the firefighters! They should of gave you the Squirrel as your pet. Didn't it need a good home?

  37. All they really needed were some brown dawgs who know "fetch"! teehee