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Your Friday moment of Zen

Friday, Sep 27, 2013

* It’s been a crazy day. Actually, it’s been a bit of a crazy week. So let’s chill for a moment, shall we?

Here’s a pic I took yesterday of Oscar the Puppy…

* A commenter who owns the same breed of dog as Oscar wrote here not long ago about the phenomenon known as the “nut run.” It’s when dogs just go a little crazy and start running around like a bat outta heck.

When the weather is nice, I’ll take my laptop and Oscar to the back yard. If I’m too busy to play, he’ll sometimes go on a nut run.

Here’s the tail end of one from yesterday. The little guy had already slowed down a lot by the time I started recording his fun

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - anon - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:43 pm:

    I call my cat’s version of that the “psycho kitty freakout.” For what it’s worth, it appears to be correlated to a recent trip to the litter box.

  2. - Pius - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:44 pm:

    It might be good for all us to go into the back yard for a nut run…..

  3. - flippy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:45 pm:

    Our previous dog and now our current dog do that as well. We call it “dog on fire.”

    It cracks us up every time.

  4. - Anna - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:46 pm:

    Our dog does the same - we call those times “psycho dog”.

  5. - Anonymous - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:48 pm:

    I had a Welsh Terrier (like a smaller Airedale) who would do one of those runs after every bath. Tear around the house at full speed, come to screeching halts, up and down on the furniture.

  6. - The Historian - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:50 pm:

    Do you have squirrels out there by the lake? Has Oscar displayed any interest in chasing/ combatting them? Our 13+ year old cocker spaniel has a deep and abiding obsession with them. Just say “squirrel” and it’s off to the races, often in figure 8 loops around several large trees in our side & back yards….

  7. - East Central Illinois - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:51 pm:

    I envision that Pat Quinn did a “nut run” as soon as he heard the judge’s ruling on the withholding of pay for the legislators; especially since the Gov. used to run on a cross country team.

  8. - Rich Miller - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 1:54 pm:

    ECI, let’s keep it mellow.

    ===Has Oscar displayed any interest in chasing/ combatting them? ===

    For the moment, he just likes to watch them.

    However, he has developed a keen fondness for a little chipmunk that has a burrow hole next to my house. Oscar finally caught up to the thing the other day and batted him around a bit, but it was all in fun and when I came outside and saw it I pulled Oscar off. But now he’s completely obsessed with that chipmunk.

  9. - OneMan - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:04 pm:

    I suspect we could all use a nut run once in a while….

  10. - Ron Burgundy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:13 pm:

    Much like the famous “Almond Joy” criminal insanity defense: “Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.”

  11. - Oswego Willy - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:14 pm:

    Mellow, indeed.

    Perfect add on today to just chill and enjoy the moment.

    Thanks for sharing, I know I need moments of Zen, the timing was perfect.

  12. - John A Logan - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:16 pm:

    My dad, who has for years trained black labs, calls them “puppy runs.”

  13. - SM - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:17 pm:

    We have a yorkie-poo who does the same thing indoors. If you play wrestle with her for a few minutes she will stop all of a sudden, look at you, then run like a bat-outta-hell around the couch as fast as she can several times. Her ears and face fur pinned back to the side of her face from the wind! My wife and I laugh our butts off at her.

  14. - Allie - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:20 pm:

    Growing up, my grandma kindly referred to that as going cuckoo.

  15. - Statey McGrady - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:38 pm:

    Rich “Keep it mellow”

    I agree… If the post has a pic of Oscar in it, and it’s Friday afternoon, let’s keep politics out of the comments for sanity sake :)

  16. - Aldyth - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:39 pm:

    Oh, for some of that energy!

  17. - StreetervilleSnookie - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:41 pm:

    Our shih tzu does it every once in a while…and whenever she is wet. Oscar is adorable

  18. - Hamilton - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:48 pm:

    Oscar is indeed adorable. Almost, just almost, makes me want to get a dog.

  19. - mark - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:50 pm:

    Love it! when Satchmo, our puppy does that we call it the puppy 500…he’s at leaat 8 and is still doing it!

  20. - Just The Way It Is One - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 2:56 pm:

    Oscar thinking to himself: “CmON boy, I’LL race ya, cMON! ME first, then YOU run around ME, alRIGHT?! What the, what the heck–MASter, Master Rich, you HERE? Why, why ain’t it RUNnin’ with me, ya know, CIRcles around me like YOU like to try to do sometimes? I, I just don’t GET it!!?”

    Thank God for Oscar…hope you both find some peace and good chuckles this Weekend…(and, HAVE a Nice Weekend)…!

  21. - Curious - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 3:15 pm:

    Thanks for the mental break. What breed is Oscar?

  22. - Rich Miller - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 3:16 pm:

    He’s a Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier.

  23. - Nearly Normal - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 3:22 pm:

    Thanks for sharing Oscar with us. I have had dogs and cats in my life. The young ones would go on these energy burn offs both indoors and out. I would come home at night and find the scatter rugs near the doors had lived up to their name–scattered. The animals aged out of that and became much more sedate later.

  24. - Ggal - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 3:41 pm:

    Nut Run, Puppy Run, scatter run, whatever we call these runs you can’t beat the sheer utter glee on their faces.

  25. - 47th Ward - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 3:45 pm:

    Are you sure he didn’t tree a raccoon?

  26. - Glass half full - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 3:47 pm:

    Rich, you just made my day, it is a wonder to behold, and I enjoy Cody’s everytime

  27. - dupage dan - Friday, Sep 27, 13 @ 4:45 pm:

    This dog is a hoot.

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