How Strong Is Your Prey Drive?

Posted by F&S

You may recall that we Frenchies love to chase squirrels and we nearly got a little varmint yesterday.  We have to admit that one of us kind of gets carried away with the whole prey drive thing.

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Sharkey, we chased that devil squirrel clear across the lawn, but it managed to escape our hunt by fleeing up this cypress tree.

1 Sharkey, we chased that devil squirrel clear across the lawn, but it managed to escape our hunt by fleeing up this cypress tree.

Why do they always get away like that?

2 Why do they always get away like that?

I'll just have to try my gymnastic skills to see if I can reach him.

3 I'll just have to try my gymnastic skills to see if I can reach him.

Just a little higher, Franny!

4 Just a little higher, Franny!

Too bad!  You just missed!

5 Too bad! You just missed!

So, why do dogs chase squirrels?  We can't help ourselves.  Dogs are canids, or coursing predators, meaning we run our prey down.

6 So, why do dogs chase squirrels? We can't help ourselves. Dogs are canids, or coursing predators, meaning we run our prey down.

With this predatory response, anything that flees is apt to be chased.  It's actually called

7 With this predatory response, anything that flees is apt to be chased. It's actually called "prey drive." When it comes to squirrels, we Frenchies have a high prey drive.

Sharkey, do you know why there are cages around most of the trees at the farm?

8 Sharkey, do you know why there are cages around most of the trees at the farm?

You keep an eye on that squirrel while I lift this cage and gnaw down the tree!  My prey drive is going into the accelerated mode!

9 You keep an eye on that squirrel while I lift this cage and gnaw down the tree! My prey drive is going into the accelerated mode!

It shouldn't take me too long before I yell,

10 It shouldn't take me too long before I yell, "TIMBER!!!"

On second thought, this isn't going as fast as I had anticipated.

11 On second thought, this isn't going as fast as I had anticipated.

Come to think of it, Martha might be upset with me if she sees what I've done to this tree.  I should really learn to control my instincts.  Darn prey drive!

12 Come to think of it, Martha might be upset with me if she sees what I've done to this tree. I should really learn to control my instincts. Darn prey drive!

Comments (14)

  • ..yeah..I can understand that prey-drive..we ferals are experts in that field..but gnawing down a tree may be a bit much for you...but keep up the good work! over and out Black Mama

  • I too get the 'prey' drive when I see a chocolate bar looming in the distance! :)

    Wonder what Sharkey sees up in the tree? A squirrel in waiting?

    Happy Tuesday!
    gail

  • Good morning everyone,
    Geez Francesca, you are like a lioness climbing that tree. I am too chubby to jump up like that. Keep trying girls, keep trying. Funny, one day someone is trying to save a squirrel and another day someone is trying to eat one for lunch. Hey, where are Molly and Jake? They have not commented for a while. It was nice to see Miss Abby post a comment. She was busy posing for pictures. James Dean is bird watching. Lucy, Riley and Martha I bet you feel so good with your fur cuts I wish they would shave mine off sometimes but my fur is like a babe magnet, girls love my coat. Frenchies like to curl up in it to keep warm.
    Lots of gardening going on with Glue Squad members. Kirby, don't feel bad that you can't help plant flowers. You can do the other part of it. You can water them hehehehehehehe
    Rebel, you could get Ruby to dig up the dirt for you to help get started with your planting.
    I guess Zoe will be skinny dipping again today. Dudley and Baby Favor, what are your plans today? Missy Chow, do you get shaved down? Black Mamma, that is such good news about James getting better. Tell him that when he is back to his normal self he should talk Lucinda out of the rat, hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, anything like that. It is not fair to you because you took over for Cora-Belle so that makes you highest on the totem pole and it is just plain wrong for any mouse like looking animal to be on display in the house when you sneak in to use the computer. It is like looking at a big thanksgiving meal but you can't eat it

  • Good Morning F & S

    So that is what's wrong with me my PREY DRIVE is acting up when I run through the house and rip off all the TP :) I knew it was something internal.
    F & S I'm with you I can't stand those pesky squirrels. I also have issues with the chipmonks and their fat little cheeks. One day I'll catch one I'm not giving up. Franny I'd cover up the bottom of that tree with a little mulch - moma Martha won't be too happy. Or just blame GK - that's right GK did it ;)

    So Abby the cicadas have arrived - OH NO!! I haven't heard them yet but I'll let you know when I do.

    Beautiful morning here in South Jersey this morning. The sun is bright and very cool - love it!!! I'm sure this will be a deck day for Zoe,
    T-Bone and Sohpie. Poor mom has to go to work - oh well, someone has to bring home the bacon so I can keep my lavish life style :) Thanks mom!!!

    Zoe

  • Big Fat paws Did It Again
    I was almost done with my comment but before I could finish I hit the wrong thing with my big paw. Getting back to Black Mamma, I think they should get another dog. A dog will give them kisses when they are sad, a dog will make them laugh. And the biggest thing of all is that a dog will be able to wear a certain sweater vest. Ah Ha. And the dog may even want to play with you. A rat like creature won't bark if a stranger comes to the house. A rat thing won't give them kisses and hugs when they need it. And rat like creatures have beady little eyes. So tell James to get well so he can talk Lucinda out of a rat like creature
    Lucinda, I know it is your choice but before you make your final decision I will just say this to you. Think woman, think. Do you want to wake up every morning to see a rat like creature with beady eyes staring at you or would you rather wake up to see a dog wagging it's tail because it is so excited to see you and can't wait to spend the day with you? Just say'in' girlfriend.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Hello Girls & Glue Squad Buddies,
    Franny, I must say you are quite the gymnastic gal. Mom about blew a fuse when she saw you jumping and twisting. Before I was in The Glue Squad, she said you had disc problems like her and you were in a cage for a month. OMG, and now you are a Flying Frenchie. What love and steroids can't do, right girlfriend? I had the same situation this morning but with a raccoon. The raccoon clan is out at night in my kingdom, especially now that the ditch is on, and well, one was still eating at 5:30 when I was checking the kingdom. When we saw each other he was like lightening. Up the tree. I sat for a half hour, just in case he came down. You see there was a fence between us, or there might have been an incident. He and his clan are an o.k. part of the kingdom, but only at a distance. The coyote is our enemy, but the rest of us can exist in the same proximity. Abby, tell Mom congrats on the race, and use aloe on her burn. Missy, I bet you are lounging on your deck bench in the mornings, like Maddox on his deck. Now, Riley, Martha and Lucy, I have to see photos of the buzz cuts. I bet you are excited for the time at the breeders. All the family and cousins, a family reunion I bet. Baby Favor, Mom says she saw Wicked and it is really cool, sister even saw it in N.Y. Rebel, how was planting day, and Dudley and Kitty, can you see the smoke from California and our fires? Hugs to Jimmy Jay Gatsby. Better be off,I need to give Dad kisses goodbye as he is going to medical stuff. Have a GEM of a day all.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Boy there are lots of things going on around here. First off, Mommy has to clean off her flowers. Yep, I said clean them off. It rained the other night and it was so hard that it kicked up dirt and got all over the flower leaves. It rained almost five inches in less than half an hour. In places, small streams took out some roads and carried them away. And to think, I was out walking and just came home when the first few drops started to fall. Could you just picture me in that much rain. On second thought don’t picture that; it’s not a good sight. It rained a little, about half an inch, yesterday afternoon again. Mommy called that big rain a ‘frog strangler.’ Hehehehehe
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, You sweet girls sure had fun chasing that squirrel and I always chase the rats that I see in my yard! Trying to climb that cypress tree was amazing Francesca! Sure glad you didn't hurt yourself doing it! I'm sure Martha wouldn't want you to timber that tree so I'm glad you stopped! You both looked so excited! Hope you have a great day and say Hi to handsome GK! Black Mama, you are so charming! Gail, you are very charming. also! Maddox, you are amazing and I will help Mom cut more of our tall grass today! Zoe, hope you enjoy you nice sunny day! Ruby, you are not only amazing, but you are very charming, also! Hope to hear from the rest of you soon! Have a great day and stay safe! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Flying Francesca, Sharkey, Ruby Tuesday, Maddox, Super Zoe, Kitty, Black mama cat and all my glue squad buddies,
    Flying and acrobatics Franny! What a difference a year makes! Maybe Lynn will be jumping and running around soon. PREY instinct, yep, I know it well. I fly across the room with my big persian paws and nail any bee that is unlucky enough to enter my bedroom kingdom. When i was first rescued they found me protecting two little fat boy kittens that I was catching birds to feed. Now my birding days are over, play "Glory Days" by Bruce S. but I remember the chase!
    Zoe, you are really too funny girlfriend! That t.p. must be prey related. What is this about skinny dipping? Abby is really worried about the cicada invasion, sounds like aliens are in the trees.
    Maddox, we knew you were a babe magnet! Kirby, do you get shaved down? Missy Chow?? I used to get a lion cut but not this summer. I think Black mama would be tempted if a rodent friend lived in the house... makes me tempted, have to think about fancy feast now.
    Ruby, sorry to hear about the forest fires. Hope you are playing in your pool today. Mom is using some kind of aloe solarcaine stuff on her shoulders, don't forget sunscreen people!
    Well back to The Last Tycoon by F.Scott Fitzgerald. Have a great day everybody!
    Jimmy Jay Gatsby Dean the cat boy

  • Morning Girls, GK & Glue Squad-So that's what it is called; prey drive, that's what I have especially when the squirrels invade my space. I like to run across the yard and chase them too-never caught one yet! I don't think Mom & Dad would be too happy with me if I did. Yesterday's post was great, & meeting Roger. Mom's peonies are starting to bloom also. Beautiful morning, cool, clear temperatures. Ruby, Yes, I spent some time on the deck, felt great after a hot weekend. Maddox, I don't get shaved down for the summer, but the mobile groomer is coming to the house tomorrow for a tubby and touch up. Kirby, I can whine too when I have my mind set on something and boy, that doesn't win points for me. Rebel, have you seen the ducks again? Dudley Do Right, what's new? Abby, great to hear from you, tell James Dean, a girl needs her beauty rest. Zoe, sounds like you are enjoying your new bed. Hi to all my buddies.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hi everyone, just a quick check-in and reading/responding to older posts...
    DDR and Rebel, Kitty and I are OK...thanks! Maddox, Kittie's new BFF has not come back for a long time, I think he might have been turned into the Animal control, there is a new cat that came yesterday, a pretty mottled grey that Kitty went in the woods with ;-)

    We can't see the smoke from California or Colorado since that's about 1,000 - 1,800 miles from them...and we don't plan a trip..no matter where you go, right now you have Rain, Tornado's, Floods, Fires, Smoke and it goes on and on..you know, the things that can make you happy...nooot! :-(

    The ENT doctor appointment went OK, so now to a Neurologist...oh fun!

    I thought I read somewhere that Jan K's BD is close or coming, or I forgot...well anyway, Happy Birthday Jan K. before or after.

    Till later...Hugs to All,
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hey glue squad buddies,
    Jimmy forgot to tell you about my squirrel chasing skills. I love chasing the squirrels! My frenchie part really comes out and all my hair stands up on end.
    Dudley's special day is coming up soon! Also Jimmy sends his happiest purrs to Kitty!
    How did Franny mend the tree?
    Abby the pug/peke/frenchie

  • Strongest prey drive? I just knew it had to be Franny. Like Ruby GEM girl's Mom Lyn, I was worried to see you tree jumping again after you had your disc problems not that long ago. Try not to hurt yourself OK?

    Looks like everyone is having a grand time chasing stuff around. As Kirby likes to say, "cats and squirrels are for chasing." Have a great day everyone! :smile:

  • That's my girl!! Francesca Baby, you take SO MUCH after your mother. My prey drive is very high and I have been known to climb a tree or two to try to get to the object of my keen attention. Keep up the good work. Miss Martha will just have to forgive a little tree chewing once in a while.
    A bientot!

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