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Jan 15, 2006

Holy inter-species bonding!

Here's the deal. "Finnegan" the squirrel was found under a tree in Renton (state unknown.) Finnegan was brought to the home of Debby "Sure I'll take care of him!" Cantlon for care. Meanwhile, Debby's papillion pup "Mademoiselle Giselle" (I am not making this up) decides she can help out too, and brings Finnegan in with her new puppies. Finnegan proves to be one sweet squirrel, riding mosh pits of puppies and cuddling with his littermates.


Riding the puppy mosh pit


Cuddle Central™


"Dood. wot's up?"


Puppy: "ZZZZZ" Squirrel: "zzz"


Thanks, Michelle Matthews. ADDENDUM: Huge apoloprops to Elisabeth who sent us this back in the '05.

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Awwwww, look at picture 3! Never seen anything sweeter n.n

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 11:37 AM

Love is blind. How cute I want a squirrle for a brother. Woof woof

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 11:37 AM


M Gomez
 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 11:53 AM

Awww! This has got to be one of the cutest things ever. Love knows no species. <3

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 11:57 AM

That is the cutest thing I have ever seen! And Renton is in Washington near Seattle. Lots of squirrels there :)

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 12:22 PM

Proves us humans can learn a thing or two from "man's" best friend!:)

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 12:48 PM

This just kills me....I love the pics of it all cuddled up napping with them :o)

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 01:21 PM

These would be really heartwarming if they were real...

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 02:21 PM

Have to agree with flapper, those photos are fake. They did a reasonable job until you blow them up and then you can see some obvious edges.

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 02:42 PM

That fur looks sooo soft to the touch. Any confirmation tho on whether they're real/fake? If fake, it still calls for a real arrangement of what's going on!

Torley Linden
 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 03:16 PM

Come on, it's a direct camera flash. Not fake.

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 03:24 PM

re: the is it real debate....
do we really care? santa isn't real yet we embrace that fat chump with all the commercialism and ignore is inability to locate the poor.
most actors' bods and faces aren't real, but we shell out the cowries for their so-so flicks.

the site is for cute photos. there's no funding for investigating the truth behind the photos. we also don't know that the mother dog doesn't beat the adopted "red-headed stepchild" when the photographer leaves. and we don't have cuteoverload decorations making our city tacky in december.

ah eeenjoy the faaaahntahsy, tatu. all cute photos are real and steve buscemi wants me.

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 03:33 PM

Word Toast!!! I dont care if it's fake. It's still the cutest thing EVER!!

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 03:38 PM

Awww, he thinks he's a puppy.

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 05:00 PM

If not already declared, I claim recognition of the Superior Cuteness Value of Interspecies Nursing, uh, Rule.

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 05:20 PM

I'd like to cuddle with that pile of puppies!

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 05:28 PM

Just to put the debate to rest, these photos are real according to the Urban Legends Reference, Snopes: http://www.snopes.com/photos/animals/finnegan.asp

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 05:28 PM

I saw this gallery in an online news story months ago. This is real. The lady was known in the neighborhood for taking in animals in need of care, and someone gave her an orphaned baby squirrel just days before her Papillon was due to give birth. The dog kept dragging the squirrel's cage up next to her birthing basket while she was delivering the puppies, and a few days after that, she let the squirrel nurse on her.

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 05:56 PM

Renton is in Washington. How hard is it to do a little research?

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 06:22 PM

It seems for every cute pic, someone complains that "it's not real". Isn't the idea of this site is to show pics that make us smile and go "awwww"?? Not
to challenge its authenticity. Think what you want but please keep your negative comments to yourself!!

the red one
 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 06:27 PM

Squirrel & puppy = CUTE!!

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 06:29 PM

I LOVE happy endings!! ^_^

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 07:07 PM

aw, sweet!

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 07:15 PM

It doesn't matter if the pic's are real or fake. They are still adorable. My family used to raise squirrel's that were abandoned by there parents. Our cat had kittens and she adopted two of the squirrel's. No pic's though sorry.

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 07:46 PM

I believe it. Dont forget about Owen the baby hippo and Mzee the geriatric turtle. Awwwww.


 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 08:47 PM

Renton is a suburb just to the south of Seattle. The pictures are real, there was en extensive article in the local news, and they were taken by the newspaper's photographer. I saw video as well on the Early Show several months ago when the story made national news.

I love Finnegan!

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 08:53 PM

Have to agree with flapper, those photos are fake. They did a reasonable job until you blow them up and then you can see some obvious edges.

The only "edges" are in your sad, paranoid imagination. Not everything that's out of the ordinary is fake, for Christ's sake. This trend of arrogantly dismissing every photo online as fake is ridiculous. It's a strange world. Deal with it.

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 09:34 PM

I must admit those photos look fake but they aren't so...yeah.

I adore this, I'm a big fan of papillons and squirrels, too.

Btw, a papillon with ears that flop down is called a 'phalene' (French for 'moth')

 |  Jan 15, 2006 at 11:23 PM

3 is cute with all of them sleeping but 5 has to be even cuter because its kinda like "guess the odd one out." ^.^

 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 02:01 AM

Not only did Mme. Giselle keep dragging Finnegan's cage over to her birthing basket... she kept dragging it over from ACROSS THE HOUSE. Gotta love ultra-maternal dogs.

 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 05:42 AM

Awwww man, I've seen this before but dang, photo three is sooo freakin' cute! Arggg!!!

 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 06:14 AM

damn, this site and all its cuteness... :) thanks for bring us such cute content.

 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 07:33 AM

"riding a puppy mosh pit."

That alone brings the cute up a few notches. :)

(Hey, doubting people - it's true, Snopes corroborated it, and just bask in the glow of cute, OK?)

 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 07:57 AM

Well, my head a splode. Poit.

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 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 11:32 AM

i'm 31. i just made the *squee* sound Out Loud.

at Work.

*dies of teh cute*

 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 12:58 PM

this squirrel is going to have a serious idendity crisis when he grows up. A squirrel fetching your slippers!!!

 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 01:00 PM

Hey, I submitted Finnegan around Christmas! My dream was to be on the cute blog...shattered! *sniff*

Until I discovered the cute blog, he was my daily source of cuteness.

 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 04:34 PM

Reminds me of that Sesame Street song: "One of these things is not like the other..."

Very cute!

 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 05:52 PM


Latest on Finnegan. He's left home now, and if the couple have correctly identified Finnegan then he's still around :)

 |  Jan 16, 2006 at 10:28 PM

Ever watch animal planet's funny video show?...animals take care of other animal babies....not unusual or fake......way cool to the owner who did that.every baby deserves a chance!

 |  Jan 17, 2006 at 03:26 AM

oh my god.
I think I might die from cuteness overload!!!

 |  Jan 17, 2006 at 05:55 AM

Good old oxytoxin! It gives mom that cozy maternal instinct! Babies must be cared for and nurtured! One of the reasons we all love these baby pics too!

 |  Jan 17, 2006 at 08:17 AM

The cutest thing in the world, and you question this?
' They did a reasonable job until you blow them up and then you can see some obvious edges.'
Why would you want to blow it up and examine the edges. You. Are. Not. The. Cuteness. Police.

I love this site and those pictures!

 |  Jan 17, 2006 at 01:29 PM

I realize it's basically already been said, but:


 |  Jan 17, 2006 at 03:02 PM

The puppies are also faked. You can tell, because they have ears.

 |  Jan 17, 2006 at 03:29 PM

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