We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As I understand it, according to strict doctrine, Mohammed hates dogs, pigs, monkeys, Jews, Hindus, gays, and Christians, and isn't overly fond of women either, except as physical objects and cooks.
I do not know how he feels about squirrels, but their thefts of my bird seed are beginning to turn me against the filthy little rodents and I am considering issuing a fatwah against them.
But, back to dogs: readers know that we are dog-lovers here, so we are deeply, deeply offended by news items like this, and are considering some serious rioting, car burning, and peeing on hydrants until such offenses cease.
I'm with jappy - they are just rats with cute tails, to throw you off. Pigeons are just rats with wings.
There is a book Outwitting Squirrels, which we got for my son after his 6th-grade science project. He kept video record of which birdfeeders were most squirrel-proof. Short answer: squirrels aren't that smart, but their persistence eventually overwhelms all feeders. Get a couple of good types and use them in rotation.
It was a great video, BTW. He's now a filmmaker by profession. Odd how these things work.
Assistant Village Idiot