Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa

Moral: What Do You Get When You Put a Squirrel & Dog Together?

SquirellyPart1Debby Cantlon brought a squirrel into her house to nurse him back to health.  She planned to release him back into the wild after she bottle-fed him.  She named him “Finnegan.”

SquirellyPart2When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an unlikely nurse’s aide- her pregnant Papillion, Mademoiselle Giselle.

Finnegan was resting in his cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies. Cantlon and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel’s cage twice to her own bedside before she gave birth.

SquirellyPart3Cantlon was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out and the inter-species bonding began.

Finnegan road a puppy mosh-pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth after feeding, eventually working his way beneath SquirellyPart4his new litter mates.

Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed Finnegan to nurse. Family photos and a videotape show her SquirellyPart5encouraging him to suckle alongside her litter of five pups.

Now, Finnegan mostly uses a bottle, but still snuggles with his ‘siblings’ in a mosh-pit of puppies, rolling atop their bodies, and sinking in deeply for a nap.

Finnegan and his new litter mates, five Papillion puppies, get along together as if SquirellyPart6they were meant to. He makes himself at home with his new litter mates, nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap after feeding.

Wouldn’t it be nice if all parts of us could all get along like Finnegan and the gang?


Keep loving every part of you, even the squirrelly ones.

P.S. When I first received this, Cantlon ended her story by asking, “Wouldn’t it be nice if all people could get along?”  Another great moral.

Which moral did you connect with most?

P.P.S. Thinking of the many parts of you, which is your Squirrelly part that would enjoy being accepted?

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