Totally Quotable Arlo: giant ground sloth edition

Arlo is at a pretty good age right now. He’s still a little kid, but his mind is starting to work in a more interesting way. His play is more imaginative. He’s talking to himself more. He’s making more interesting connections. Every day, he says something that strikes me as interesting. For the most part, I’ve stopped jotting down the things that he tells me. Tonight, though, when he crawled up next to me with his giant ground sloth, and told me his name, I felt as though I should probably document it. The following is a direct quote from Arlo.


I love the name Doctor Squirrel Pants. It brings to mind a settler on the American frontier… a self-taught doctor, rugged and shirtless, wearing pants made of squirrel pelts.

[If you’ve got a few extra minutes, be sure to check out our Totally Quotable Arlo archive.]

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    A prehistoric ancestor of Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman.

  2. Eel
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 8:07 am | Permalink

    I’m more partial to his female counterpart, Dr. Squirrel Slacks.

  3. Kim
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 11:07 am | Permalink

    Hipster scum, making your kids play with giant sloths. What’s wrong with army men and matchbox cars?

  4. Squirrel Pants
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    This is the only thing to come up on Google when you search for “doctor squirrel pants.”

  5. Steve Swan
    Posted October 21, 2015 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    The called the old doctor “Squirrel Pants” because there was a lot of activity beneath his scrubs. One nurse, when trying to describe it, said, “It looks like a squirrel running up and down the trunk of dead tree. There was constant activity around his left leg.”

  6. Jean Henry
    Posted October 22, 2015 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Former Ann Arbor person, Del Rio and Zola’s barkeep, occasional be-wigged table top dancer and, more recently, reformed food gatherer & BBQ queen, Missy Orge also has a sideline in squirrel pants. Just FYI

  7. kjc
    Posted October 23, 2015 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    I love (and have bought) her stuff.

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