Mr. Squirrel loves his home. There are plenty of trees to climb, nuts to eat when he’s hungry, a water feature for when he’s thirsty, and several bird feeders that the two-leggers keep filled with seeds that are easy for him to get to.
The only negative aspect about the place for Mr. Squirrel is that loud, barky, four-legger who lives with the two-leggers. But the good news is that whenever that four-legged barker is in the backyard, the two-leggers keep it on a leash, so even though it barks like crazy every time it sees Mr. Squirrel, that’s just a lot of noise and doesn’t prevent Mr. Squirrel from having free rein in his yard. So he doesn’t feel like he’s tempting fate by showing himself even when the barky thing is around.
Until one day when a mini two-legger went into the yard with the four-legger, who saw Mr. Squirrel and started barking like crazy and pulling at the leash. The mini two-legger let go of the leash and the barky four-legger bounded towards Mr. Squirrel before Mr. Squirrel could skedaddle.
As the barky thing started to jump on the little squirrel, Mr. Squirrel held up his two front paws and squawked something that sounded like the word “no.”
Being a well-trained dog, upon seeing the signal to stay and hearing the word “no,” the barky four-legger stopped in its tracks, giving Mr. Squirrel just enough time to scamper away and to find the closest tree to climb up.
Meanwhile, hearing the commotion, the bigger two-leggers ran out into the backyard, grabbed the leash, attached it to the barky four-legger’s neck collar, and yelled, “Bad dog.”
Mr. Squirrel looked down from his perch on a high tree branch and smiled.
Written for Christine Bialczak’s Simply 6 Minutes challenge and for Jim Adams’ Wednesday Thoughts prompt, where the prompt is “tempting fate.” Photo credit: Mary McGowan/The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018.