the dog and the chipmunk are in cahoots

I keep a crate of apples outside our front door to encourage us to grab one as a snack. The kids have easy access when they are playing outside, and customers or visitors can grab one as well. It’s a nice cool, shaded spot that is covered and safe from the rain; perfect for apple storage. The only problem is Dean, the chipmunk that lives in a crack in our fieldstone front porch. He drives the cat crazy every day by running back and forth in front of his window (the day the cat went outside it took a few moments for Dean to realize that his protective glass barrier has somehow been removed and a very frenetic chase ensued). Dean eats exactly half of an apple every day. When I get home from work in the evening, I find this every time:

I also find the dog sitting patiently, waiting for me to throw him the rest of the apple. He can’t reach the apple crate because our invisible fence prevents him from coming on the front porch. They seem to have a sweet little set-up going.

This is my solution – I found this fellow (I call him Frank – our rodents have a Rat Pack theme) in the dollar store while scouting out Halloween treat bags. He now resides on my front porch with the apples, to act as chipmunk deterrent. I’m hopeful, but with my luck the chipmunk will find him attractive and make friends or try to have its babies. We’ll see how it goes. In the meantime, Chester the dog will continue to get the occasional apple as a treat. I don’t mind giving him a whole one.

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43 thoughts on “the dog and the chipmunk are in cahoots

  1. Oh dear! At least Dean is a thoughtful chipmunk. Our rats/squirrels/birds seem to taste each fruit ruining at least half of anything they get their little teeth into. Luckily for us they generally eat the tomatoes (there’s always lots of those) and the apricots in the spring. I hope Frank does the trick.

  2. My thoughts are that Dean is well trained to eat from one apple per day, inspite of probably making numerous trips into the box. Frank is pretty scary. I have a similar trick. I use a rubber snake under my kitchen counter to keep away any mice. Chester looks like a real sweetheart.

  3. sista says:

    Love it. Any chipmunk that wants to have Franks babies needs therapy.

  4. that is one scary rodent — reminds me of my son’s band “Rodents and Rebels”- lol

  5. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Great idea about healthy snacks in plain sight; but LOL, hope your ratty scarecrow works! But how could you possibly resist a face like that anyway? (Now if it were inside at dinner time – well that’s another story all together; )

  6. Kathryn says:

    Ha! I can relate! between the squirrels and the local possum(s), it’s a constant battle of wits. Some days I think I’m ahead, but I suspect the critters are only letting me *think* I have the upper hand. 😉

  7. Kathryn says:

    Seriously, I got a bottle of fox urine from the garden center and put it in small medicine bottles with holes punched in the lids. It seems to be working…sort of.

  8. That is one funny scenerio….the cat, the chipmunk, the dog, and now the fake rodent….hilarious..Diane.

  9. Ange says:

    I think this is my favourite post. 🙂
    The girls named the chipmunk at my parents’ cottage Sam.
    I love that you even named the scary rat. I hope it works, and that Chester isn’t too disappointed.

    • I once woke up at a friends cottage to a couple of squirrels racing over our bed. We didn’t bother to name those ones.. 🙂 I think we threw a shoe and went back to sleep.

      Chester will still get some apples. If all else fails, the cat can go outside more.

  10. shoes says:

    Too funny! I love that you name your chipmunk friend. And your dog looks much too innocent and sweet to be in cahoots with a rodent. 🙂

  11. That rat makes a great gargoyle.

  12. What a great idea to put apples out for snacks like that. I wish I could do that. Please keep feeding Chester, he looks so sad 🙂 Another trick for rodents, if you don’t have any toy snakes a piece of cut water hose works as well, you can place it around the garden to keep a lot of animals away too.

  13. Sarah says:

    Hahahahahaha!! I am dying over here. This is hilarious!! I hope Frank is helpful, though I already know my pets would make friends with him….I hope the chipmunk doesn’t! But yeah, I’m pretty sure that beautiful doggie and him have a working relationship. 😉

  14. Brilliant idea! I hope it works. ~Thea

  15. Lauren says:

    I love that you name your rodents.

  16. jenfletcher says:

    LOVE the “Rat Pack” theme…laughed so hard at this. (I actually made my husband read this post, I liked it so much.) We used to have a family of foxes living under our front stoop, but it never occurred to me to name them; just to google how long it would be until they left. 🙂

  17. The dog’s face is precious.

    At least Dean is polite and sticks to just one apple each day… our squirrels take bites out of several and leave them all over the yard.

  18. Chester always looks wonderfully innocent when he’s hungry. He mostly ignores me when he’s not.

  19. Somer says:

    I think this could possibly be your most endearing post yet. Dean seems like such a thoughtful little chipmunk, hopefully he’s not passing on rabies germs to Chester! and Frank is super scary!

  20. You have a beautiful dog!

  21. Jennifer says:

    Genius to leave them on the porch to grab as a snack. Any half rat babies yet or did he keep the chipmunks at bay?

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