Finnegan The Squirrel Adopted By Dogs

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I just got this story by email showing Finnegan a squirrel adopted by a dog and her litter of puppies. When I saw the email it reminded me of Pink and Tink the Piglet and Dachshund Mother. I did a little research to check the validity of the story and found it on This story and picture have been circulating around the internet since 2005 and according to Snopes is a TRUE story.

Here’s a little more detail on Finnegan the Squirrel and the Papillon dog who adopted him.

For more information check out the full story on Finnegan The Squirrel

Finnegan The Squirrel


…Finnegan the squirrel, who was found injured and malnourished in the Seattle area in September 2005, when he was but a few days old. He was brought to Debby Cantlon, an area resident with a reputation for taking in sick and injured animals and nursing them back to health.

What happened next was a bit unexpected. Ms. Cantlon reported that her black and white Papillon dog, Mademoiselle Giselle, who was pregnant at the time, twice dragged the kennel in which Finnegan was being cared for across the house and deposited it next to her own doggie bed.

…After Mademoiselle Giselle gave birth to her pups but continued to pay as much (or more) attention to Finnegan than to her own litter, Ms. Cantlon decided to let Finnegan out of his cage and see what happened. And what happened was that Mademoiselle Giselle adopted Finnegan as one of her own

Squirrel and Dog

When Cantlon took in the tiny creature and began caring for him, she found herself with an unlikely nurse’s aide: her pregnant Papillion, Mademoiselle Giselle.

Squirrel and Dog

Finnegan was resting in a nest in a cage just days before Giselle was due to deliver her puppies.

Squirrel and Dog

Cantlon and her husband watched as the dog dragged the squirrel’s cage twice to her own bedside before she gave birth.

Squirrel and Dog

Check out more picture and information at the Snopes story: Finnegan The Squirrel

Apparently it’s not uncommon for an orphaned infant of one species to be accepted by a totally different litter from another species. Since posting the Pink and Tink I’ve heard of several other interspecies adoptions including a baby goat and dachshund, sheep and dog, and of course today’s post on squirrel and dog.

How about you? Have you come into contact with any interspecies adoptions?

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