Along the Lakeshore: Oct. 8

Getting inside the head of animals

Susan says that I am a little nuts when I read some scenario like this into my observations of my critter visitors.

Watching a squirrel work up a method to get to your birdfeeder, you can certainly sense the logic that they possess and the great excitement they feel at being successful in their quest. Some are Olympic high jumpers and leap impossible distances, while others work out some devious attacks. We had one squirrel that was not a high jumper and landed on his nose a couple of times. He decided that he was a long jumper and got a running start along the deck railing, leapt out horizontally, and wrestled himself to the feeder.

My pal Mr. Lemon doesn’t exhibit these clever problem-solving tendencies. He uses his eyes to tell you he’s glad to see you and, after a few feeble tail wags, that a treat would be good about now. He reserves his most enthusiastic welcome for a new face or a youngster close to his altitude. With the young’uns he can lick up a storm.

I learned the other day that Eagle Newspapers has a spot on the Internet. My column and Mr. Lemon can be found anywhere in the world. So I guess he can truly be considered “World-famous Mr. Lemon.” I think that sounds just nifty.

Joseph Spalding is a long-time Skaneateles resident who enjoys sharing his observations about the Skaneateles lakeshore and community. He can be reached at 685-6937.

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