You may remember Tiki from a few months back. Quite suddenly, after a text message, I found out that I was the proud mom of a baby squirrel who was very, very sick. Read the full story here.
After Tiki made it and began to get stronger, we werenâ€™t sure he would bond with Chubs but I held out hope. Usually, squirrels are pretty territorial and after doing some reading, we knew the prospects werenâ€™t great.
Chubs is our pet squirrel (yeah, my family is weird) who literally fell down our chimney 3 years ago. The funny part is, our dog Rocky and Tiki bonded right away and spent many afternoons cuddling. Thereâ€™s nothing cuter than coming home to see a little white dog and a baby squirrel waiting for you at the top of the stairs!
Anyway, as Tiki grew, bonding with Chubs seemed less and less likely but I didnâ€™t want to deal with the thought of parting with him. After you have a baby animal nearly die in your hands and then miraculously pull through, giving them up is not something to take lightly and I was already super attached.
Then, while I was in Italy a few weeks ago, Joey called and said the situation was getting much worse â€” Chubs was being territorial and super mean to little Tiki, who is only about a third of his size. I knew it wasnâ€™t going to get better (weâ€™d been fighting the situation for a few weeks by this point) so Joey found a new home for Tiki with some friends of friends who agreed that we could squirrel-sit on holidays (haha).
Itâ€™s been a hard adjustment not having Tiki around but then, this week he came for a visit and looked so happy and healthy. Tiki is absolutely thriving with his new mom and dad so that makes everything much easier.
BUT! As these things often go, thereâ€™s a serious plot twist I wasnâ€™t expecting AT ALL. HE is actually a SHE! We just found out that Tiki is actually a girl! Luckily, Tiki is a pretty cute girlâ€™s name, too. At least we think so. 😉
Giving up Tiki was so hard but knowing she is so happy and thriving with her new family is what matters most. Even though Tiki doesnâ€™t live with us anymore, I will always love her. And hey, is that a semi-smile Iâ€™m seeing?!