This Basset Hound Saved A Starved, Injured Baby Squirrel

And now they’re the best of friends for LIFE!

By Justyne Yuen-Lee


Credit: Instagram / @quasimodo.squirrel

When Pongo the Basset Hound went to do his business outside one morning, he started barking. Since he’s usually a quiet dog and doesn’t really bark, his mum followed him to a tiny baby squirrel on the ground. They decided to name him Quasimodo. Janaki Mahatmama, aka Pong and Quasi’s mom, started documenting his journey on Instagram. She calls Quasi her angel and loves him to bits. Quasi is almost completely blind, has a hump on his back, and has monthly seizures. Janaki believes he was pushed out of his nest. Now, he lives with Janaki, Pongo, and her three cats!

This Instagram video is the start of my journey with Quasimodo (Quasi). It was taken minutes after finding him and I was wrong about a few things. He was starving and injured. I started posting on my original Instagram @janaki_mahatmama but pulled everything over to Quasi's own Instagram when I knew he was thriving. *Quasi was found by my basset hound Pongo in my backyard in Oklahoma on the day I was about to move north. I heard Pongo barking like something was wrong when I let him out to pee. He is usually a quiet dog except when something is wrong. I went out and asked him what was wrong? He led me to a tiny baby squirrel in the ground. I picked up Quasi and felt an instant bond. He was for me, a little angel from heaven. My instincts told me he was pushed out of the nest, and on inspection I noticed he was skinny and had a bad hump on his back. I honestly didn't think he would survive, but I doted on him and made him comfortable and immediately researched formula. He went on a drive with me to my new home and he had a seizure that night. I didn't think he would make it a day. But I kept feeding him, kept him warm, and kept him clean. And then he thrived. And he is still my 😇 angel. My sassy squirrel angel. He is almost totally blind. I think he can see shadows, but uses smell and whiskers to get around. His back has straightened but still has a slight curve in it. He doesn't sit up completely when eating. He has about one seizure a month. We haven't pinpointed the cause. He is under a vets care who said it was probably from his fall at 4 weeks old from the tree. A persistent head injury that also cause his blindness. I hope you enjoy him along with me!!!

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Quasi was in bad shape when Pongo found him. At only four weeks old, he was blind, starved, and injured. But thankfully, a warm, loving family took him in.


Credit: Instagram / @quasimodo.squirrel

Pongo stays close to Quasi and makes sure he gets where he needs to be. He makes sure that Quasi always has company.

They’re never far apart from each other.


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Pongo has been protecting Quasi since day one. And when they’re hanging out with mum, it’s all about cuddles and making sure Quasi hasn’t fallen somewhere unfamiliar!

But the one thing Quasi can brave better than Pongo is the vacuum! We all know that vacuums are dogs’ number one enemy!


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Like any squirrel, Quasi is a big fan of peanuts. His favorite are pistachios! Pongo likes to help himself to Quasi’s nut collection because that’s what BFFs are for!

When Quasi’s not running around or climbing, he’s usually chilling next to Pongo on the couch.


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These two look like they’re all tuckered out and in need of couch time. Plus, Pongo is too old to be running around like baby Quasi.

Janaki’s cats aren’t as loving as Pongo when it comes to Quasi. They don’t seem to understand why he’s even in the house!


Credit: Instagram / @quasimodo.squirrel

So, at the end of the day, Quasi is all about his mom and Pongo. Because they’re the ones who have loved him since day one!

For more photos of Quasi, follow him on Instagram @quasimodo.squirrel!