Even though she didn't need the lavender oil, I let her have her daily run on her "mama tree". She would run on me as I made the bed each morning and she became my little helper!
Sweet little girl
Then after Queen Earl crossed over in January,
I was able to give Miss Nubbins what she really needed.. more space! I increased the height of her cage by three! Now she could really run up and down and all around!
And she would rarely lay still! She had more energy than all my other squirrels put together!
As the winter drew to a close and Miss Nubbins grew older and longer, I knew it would soon be time for her release.
Yes, it is an awesome thing to release these little squirrels so they can have a normal squirrel life,
but it is so difficult to say goodbye to a squirrel child one has nurtured and loved from infancy.
It is not easy to be a human squirrel mother. We are at a disadvantage, not knowing how to climb trees and build nests. And when they move out, we really never know where they build their new homes.
Outside on the porch
So when the time came, I wheeled Miss Nubbins' cage outside and placed it right next to Mr.Nut's cage. After about a week of letting her get used to the outdoor sounds, I opened the door on her cage.
To my utter surprise and delight,
Miss Nubbins stayed close to me and Mr.Nut for the whole first month she was "free"!
She would run on the roof, but always come running back home. She liked to run in the grass and bury nuts. She loved to jump on me and even liked to hitch a ride inside the house. She continued to help me make my bed each morning! I felt so blessed to be her mom!
Then one day she made that leap off the roof into the neighbor's tree. I knew that would be the start of her real independence: I was happy for her and somewhat teary-eyed that my girl was indeed growing up!
Miss Nubbins enjoying her squirrel life
I was so grateful that she took it slow and that we got to spend so much time together! I truly feel her love and appreciation. And I know that she knows she can always come to me if she needs help.
Nowadays, Miss Nubbins drops by unexpectedly... sometimes in the morning and sometimes at sunset.
But no matter when, she is always welcomed with nuts, fruit and lots of squirrelove!
What could be better than that?
I love you Miss Nubbins!