If you've been with us from the beginning then you know we shared Sparrow Haven with a feisty Red Squirrel, affectionately known as Little Red. She has scolded us and the dogs, teased the cats, and made us laugh when we found her stash of peanuts under the hood of the truck.
Early this week, PeterC was taking the dogs for the afternoon walk and he found Red in the middle of the road. She had very obviously been hit by a car, then run over by subsequent passing vehicles. It was heartbreaking news considering the place she had in our hearts.
It is, unfortunately, one of the realities of living in todays world. Vehicles, and their drivers, race through the world with their destination in mind and ignore everything else. Many a pet have been hit by vehicles on this road, and several people have come close. That fact alone justifies keeping our cats indoors only, and the dogs are only allowed to run loose if we are outside or they have their radio collars on.
Unlike pets and children, a wild animal cannot be prevented from getting into the road. All you can do is cross your fingers and hope they are smart enough to get out of the way of oncoming traffic. You can also pray that the people driving the vehicles are paying attention and will drive slower through a populated neighbourhood, though I believe it is beyond their capabilities.
On a happier note...As PeterC and I were coming home from work yesterday we saw another Red Squirrel just a block from Sparrow Haven. He too was crossing the street but PeterC does drive slowly through the neighbourhood and so missed the squirrel completely. It darted up the tree closest to the road and promptly began scolding us, and anyone else within earshot. Perhaps, if it was a female there will be a new Little Red to take over Sparrow Haven as its territory when it gets old enough to leave the nest.