Tuesday, June 22, 2010


A young homeless squirrel was brought to the Cantlon home, and was named Finnegan.

Debby Cantlon plans to release Finnegan back into the
wild, bottle fed the infant squirrel.

When 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 a nest in a 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.

Cantlon was concerned, yet ultimately decided to allow the squirrel out and the
inter-species bonding began. Two days after giving birth, mama dog Giselle allowed
Finnegan to nurse; family photos and a videotape show her encouraging 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 rides a puppy mosh pit of sorts, burrowing in for warmth
after feeding, eventually, working
his way beneath his new litter mates.

Finnegan naps after feeding.

Still napping after feeding.

Finnegan and his new litter mates, five Papillion puppies,
get along together as if they were meant to.

Finnegan makes himself at home with his new litter mates,
nuzzling nose-to-nose for a nap after feeding.

Humor -

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off them, he asked his dad: 'Why is he whispering in her mouth?'


  1. I still have a clear memory of myself as a little kid (preschool, so probably 3 or 4) playing in a litter of 14 beagle puppies :-}