Wednesday, 21 September 2016

the tail dance

Oh hello there.  I was just watchin' that ol' squirrel...

Well technically, I don't know if he is old or not.  I don't know if he's old, or young, or somewhere in between, on account of my never havin' asked him; not to mention never havin' been invited to any of his birthday parties where I could count the candles on his cake.  But as I was sayin'...

Well TECHNICALLY, I don't even know if he's a he.  He could be a she. Never asked him that, either, and to be perfectly honest, I can't really tell the difference.  I suppose other squirrels can tell though.  But that's neither here nor there, 'cause I'm a cat, and cats aren't squirrels.  MOUSES!

Hmmm...  I just had a thought.  I'll go out there and ask him his name.  That's a perfectly reasonable question to ask of a squirrel, and his answer will tell me if he's a boy or a girl.  Be right back.

Great.  The name is Ashley.  THAT DOESN'T TELL ME A THING!!!  MOUSES!

So anyway, before I got all caught up with the business 'bout whether that squirrel was young or old, or a boy or a girl, I was watchin' him...  Her...  WHATEVER.  I was watchin' Ashley goin' about his or her business on that ol' oak tree at the end of my driveway, and...

And just to set your mind at ease, the oak tree most definitely is old.  No question 'bout that, for sure.

But anyway...  Ashley was kinda climbin', or standin', or maybe just hangin' out, on the ol' oak tree, but he (or she) was upside down.  And his tail was doin' a dance, movin' this way and that, which reminded me of my sister Tess, who is always flippin' and floppin' and floppin' and flippin' that ol' tail of hers...

And by the way, Tess' tail is kinda old.  At least as old as her.

But like I was sayin', Tess is always flippin' and floppin' and floppin' and flippin' that ol' tail of hers, on account of her bein' a somewhat moody cat and a real fan of the growls, not to mention the tail flops and stuff.

I don't think Ashley was growlin', though.  At least I didn't hear him.  Or her.  WHATEVER.

And as far as I could tell, unlike Tess, he wasn't flippin' his tail in the path of any unsuspectin' peeps, as there were no peeps up in that there tree.

Oh yeah, Tess does that, for sure.  I mean about the flippin' and floppin' of her tail in front of unsuspectin' peeps.  Peeps have to be on the constant look-out for Tess' tail, floppin' in front of them, on account of Tess not lookin' out for it, herself.

And why should she?  I mean, why should Tess have to watch, to make sure her tail doesn't get in the way of the peeps?  IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PEEPS to make sure they don't step on our tails, or any other part of us, for that matter.  It oughta be a law or somethin'.  Maybe it is. MOUSES!

You know, once, not all that long ago, Peep #1 had a skid to a stop, jump, leap and stumble moment that almost included a somersault as its finale.  Luckily for the peep, a wall stopped her from somersaulting, 'cause let me tell you, that would not have had a happy ending.  I'm pretty sure my peep does not somersault well.  She might never get back up.  MOUSES!

Tess, of course, just sat there, flippin' her tail around, as if nothin' had happened.

And I suppose, for Tess, nothin' did.

By the way, turns out Peep #1 can growl just like Tess. Who knew?  MOUSES!

But back to that squirrel.

He was hangin' onto the tree, and doin' his tail dance moves, for the longest of times.  Never seen anythin' like it.   Have you?

Don't worry 'bout answerin'.  Whether you have or you haven't seen such a thing, I still think it's weird.  I mean, who dances with their tail, half-way up a tree?  Do you?

Uh never mind.  If you do, I really don't think I wanna know.  Some things are best kept private, for sure.  MOUSES!

You know, it was like that squirrel was doin' synchronised swimmin' or somethin', minus the swimmin' and minus the pool and minus the water, too, and...  Well pretty much minus everythin', but with the addition of a tree.  MOUSES!

Of course, that could be how squirrels do synchronised swimmin', I suppose.  Hmmm...

Anyone out there know of any synchronised swim teams involvin' squirrels?  MOUSES!

Personally, I've always found squirrels to be more into sports that involve the droppin' of acorns on the heads of unsuspectin' peeps.

Oh, squirrels would drop their acorns on us cats, too, but we're not unsuspectin' like the peeps, you see.  We cats know that if you give a squirrel an acorn and a target, that squirrel is gonna be doin' target practice, for sure.

I always find it smart to stand back as far as possible, when I see a squirrel holdin' an acorn in its paw.  Unfortunately, peeps aren't smart enough to realize this, which is why, my friends, Peep #1 has taken more than one acorn to the head.

You know, that could explain a lot of things...

MOUSES!

Anyway, like I was sayin'...

What was I sayin'?

Awww....  MOUSES!

Oh yeah.  So there was this squirrel named Ashley, who might be a girl or might be a boy, might be old or young or somewhere in between, doin' a tail dance - which should never be confused with a pole dance 'cause it was a tree, and not a pole, and pole dancin' squirrels is wrong on so very many levels - on the ol' oak tree at the end of my driveway, and...

Come to think of it, for a squirrel, maybe that's not so weird after all.  I mean, squirrels do do weird things. IT'S A KNOWN FACT.  Squirrels can be crazy. Crazy as crazy can be.  There's a reason they say, crazier than a squirrel makin' nut pies kind of crazy, for sure.

And for all I know, Ashley might have just baked up a nut pie and was usin' that tail of hers to cool it off. You know, like a fan.  'Cause I'm pretty sure they don't have any fans in trees.  That would be kind of RIDICULOUS, don't you think?

Well at least there aren't any fans in the ol' oak tree at the end of my driveway.  I know I've never seen any up there.  Not even one.

On the other paw, I really don't think Ashley was bakin' any pies.  I mean, I did go out there to ask him or her, his or her name, right?  Had there been a freshly baked nut pie sittin' out on a tree branch or somethin', I think I would have noticed that, for sure.  MOUSES!


28 comments:

  1. My Dad says he can tell how old I am by counting the rings on my tail!

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    1. He can? I have rings on mine, too. I'm gonna go count 'em right now. MOUSES!

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  2. That is one oddball squirrel Seville! We've never seen anything like that for certain.

    Sasha, Sami, & Saku

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    1. I think maybe ALL the squirrels 'round here are odd. Bit squirrely, for sure. MOUSES!

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  3. I see Ashley, whatever s/he is and his/her age, offered up some interesting Squirrel TV!

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    1. Oh yeah, we have a LOT of Squirrel TV 'round here. MOUSES!

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    1. Me too! Crazier than a squirrel makin' nut pies kind of crazy, for sure. MOUSES!

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  5. Hehe, I do declare the image of squirrels swimming in synchronicity really got my Kraken very interested, any chance Ashley is doing a tour? purrs ERin

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    1. Hmmm... I'll have Ashley's agent talk to your Kraken. purrs

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  6. Ashley? You have a squirrel called ASHLEY??????

    Perplexed Purrs,
    The Chans

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  7. In the UK Ashley is usually male, and Ashleigh female, or so my mum says. I told her that's not much help as Ashley doesn't live in the UK. Seems like it made for some interesting TV anyway.

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    1. Hmmm... He or she didn't spell it out, I'm afraid. purrs

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  8. Tess' tail is as old as she is? Is she looking for a new, younger one? Has she had work done on it?

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    1. No work done 'cept for some combin', I'm afraid. purrs

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  9. dood....pleez rememburr... noe matterz...if ashley izza gurl ore a boy...

    squirrel....iz...vizshuz.........

    trust uz on this one, we haz seen squirrel... a tax peepulz..... thatz rite ...peepulz....

    N with out even a slite twitch oh de tale...

    pee ezz....we hope tess doez knot reed thiz post....just sayin ☺☺☺♥♥♥

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    1. You're SO right! The other day, Peep #1 was outside fillin' some cracks in the driveway when she was PELTED with acorns. Then a big ol' black squirrel scampered down the oak tree and across the driveway. MOUSES!

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  10. We have some crazy squirrels living in our trees. They hang from their back feet on the bird feeder, sun bathe on the deck rails, and steel all the coco "stuff" out of the planters to make nests. They amuse us everyday. But we have often tried to figure out how to tell if our squirrels are boys or girls. If you figure it out, let us know. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

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    1. I still don't know if Ashley is a girl or a boy but judgin' by the squirrel population, we've got 'em both. MOUSES!

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  11. My squirrels are always dancin' those tails...especially after Mom L has chased them out of our bird feeder. They can't get in it cuz of the cage around it, but they swing from that cage, upside down and reach their sneaky paws into the tray to get what the birds have dropped. It's pretty entertaining actually

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    1. Squirrels are known 'round these parts for raidin' bird feeders, too. MOUSES!

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  12. Lots to look out for in your parts, Seville! Between Tess's tail and the armed squirrels ... not to mention Sir Farts-a-lot! MOUSES! How do you survive?

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    1. To tell the truth, I don't know. I'm surrounded by nuts. MOUSES!

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  13. As you know Seville, a lot of times boys have girl names and vice versa. My boy cat Millie is a boy and I used to have a girl named Barney.

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    1. You don't have to tell me twice! Mason and Tobias are girls. Nerissa, Desdemona and Callista were boys. Of course, a lot of that is the peep's doin'. MOUSES!

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  14. Well we would assume Ashley be a girl, but we just might be wrong. As fur da tail swooshin', we do dat all da time. And you're right, it's mommy's job not to step on us. Oh and we think you'd have smelled a furesh pie. MOL Hope ya'll have a blest day.

    Luv ya'

    Dezi and Raena

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    1. It sure is. It's right there in our contract with the peeps. Do NOT step on our tails. MOUSES!

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