Thursday, December 09, 2010

No Christmas for Chippy (The Squirrel) Because He’s Dead

Santa doesn’t need to buy him a gift this year.

Ever since my daughter was around 2-years old we’ve both called every squirrel Chippy. It doesn’t matter where we are, it could be 1 mile or even 1,000 miles away from home they’re all Chippy.
Chippy’s been one lucky little adrenaline hound over the years pulling stunts like jumping long distances from tree to tree, teasing cats and dogs, running on electricity lines, or sprinting into streets without looking both ways first. When riding in the car if my daughter were to see a squirrel running into traffic would she would always yell out “Watch out Chippy!” and then look back to see if he was all right. There’s been a whole lot of close calls but Chippy always seemed to get away just fine.

Today Chippy wasn’t so lucky.

While driving my daughter to school this morning Chippy decided to run down a tree in front of a large SUV, and just as my daughter yelled “Be careful…!” Chippy was moving in slow motion through the air, towards the front grill of my car.

Later, while hosing off the car in the driveway I had strange flashbacks of "the bunny incident" from 5 years ago. Difference is, that time my daughter was a baby and wasn't yelling ,“DIAL 911! DIAL 911!!” from the back seat and I wasn't explaining to her why squirrels don't have health insurance.

A Season of Giveaways!!

Continuing with the theme giveaways, this week’s is DISNEY TANGLED: The Video Game for Nintendo Wii (TM) from Disney Interactive Studios.

It’s a very fun action, puzzle, and collection game where you can play as either Rapunzel or Flynn Rider and from my own experience is appropriate for kids 5 and up. Once my daughter figured out the controls she was pretty much playing on her own most of the time.
Comment below with your email address or email me at the address above (U.S. residents only for this one) before 9PM Pacific December 13th – A winner will be chosen randomly. Good luck!


for a different kind of girl said...

While of course, Chippy's passing is tragic, now is a fantastic time to introduce the ideas of zombies into your daughter's life. The next squirrel you both see? Zombie Chippy. Watch out! Those aren't nuts he's eating!

(unless zombies cancel me out...)

Eric said...

A Zombie Squirrel would be pretty sweet...

We call all the squirrels "George". It started when I was in college and we'd see squirrels on different part of the campus, but never more than one at the same time.

santa's bringing a red wii, so this would be great. have a great weekend.

Yunia said...

funny chippy story, poor guy

my daughter would love this game
sign me up for the contest

Starr said...

Seeing as how I was just the runner-up for the robot book, I don't feel good about my chances here. Fate will probably not choose me again. Never hurts to try.

starrcliff at gmail dot com

Whirlwind said...

I love the Zombie Squirrel idea. My girls would love that game!


Superfluous Voyager said...

I just came across your blog. It is so funny. Let me know how the training for baby drawing (in 2006)went as I am going through this now.

Sue said...

Oww! My daughter would love that game.
sue tr 18 (at) g mail dot com

Nathalie said...

Zombie Squirrel? (snurk!)

nathalierle at yahoo dot com

Surfer Jay said...

Dude hook me up!
I'm gonna take my to see this movie for his second theatre experience.

izzy said...

Hahaa!!! Poor Chippy. Your girl must be so upset..

Anonymous said...

You call him Chippy in our family every squirrel we see is Elvis. It's the little white jumpsuit and pompadour that gives him away.

Zombie Squirrel Elvis?

creative-type dad said...

Elvis? That's pretty funny.

Whit said...

Geez, a guy falls off the internet for 10 months and misses awesome giveaways. Story of my life. Literally.