How it All Began
It was actually one of Miki’s clients who found Sweet Pea at the base of a tree. The squirrel’s mother didn’t show up, and so the client decided to bring Sweet Pea to Miki’s daughter Vannah since she was interested in becoming a rehabber. Miki took the squirrel to the vet since the squirrel didn’t have fur on her tail. The verdict was clear — Sweet Pea wouldn’t survive the winter without the warmth from her tail fur. That’s when Miki decided to take the wild animal in and take care of it.
Forming the Human-Squirrel Bond
Whoever thinks that domesticating a wild animal is easy, should think twice. There’s a lot of painful bites, special dieting, patience, and studying that goes on behind the scenes. Miki dreaded the idea of someone keeping Sweet Pea in a cage because she didn’t have enough fur to be free in the open. So, she did her best to keep her squirrel healthy and happy. After a while, they started taking drives together with Sweet Pea finding odd places to snuggle into her companion.
At first, Sweet Pea rode in a crate but, seeing how much she wanted to break out, Miki made the decision to let her explore the car outside of it. Fast forward to the present day, and the travel buddies go everywhere together. Well, almost everywhere. Miki only leaves Sweet Pea at home whenever she’s meeting friends or shopping indoors where animals aren’t allowed. The duo is truly fond of each other, and that’s evident from all their pictures and videos together.