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Thursday, December 6, 2007

FRAP trax

We found these odd circular tracks in the new-fallen snow this morning, like someone had been running an RC 4X4 in circles in our yard. It only took a moment to determine that they weren't car tracks, rabbit tracks, or miniature railroad tracks...they were FRAP tracks.

FRAP is a Corgi enthusiast term we found back when we were thinking about a new puppy. It means "Frequent Random Acts of Play...more scientifically known as Frenetic Random Activity Periods." The best explanation I've seen comes from CorgiPants, a blog by a woman named Jenna:
Most dogs, when they are puppies, race around excitedly for seemingly no reason, flailing and turning, racing in circles and figure eights at top speed, only to stop mid circle and crash onto the ground like nothing happened. And most breeds discontinue this activity once they leave their puppy teeth on the carpet. This is called a FRAP. Corgis...FRAP their whole lives.

And believe me...Penderyn does. He was FRAPping like mad in the snow, little legs churning madly and crisp white powder flying out behind him in a twin roostertail. It was something to see.

Okay, back to booze!


Dave said...

Our Black Lab is 5 and she still FRAPs all the time. In the lab community it's referred to as "butt tucking" because they scoot their butt down lower than the rest of their body and just take off in circles. Sometimes she gets so excited she'll just start spinning in place. Then, like you said, it just stops abruptly. It's certainly a sight.

Anonymous said...

My 180 pound Cane Corso does the same thing when it snows. Come to think of it; I've seen beer geeks do the same thing when a brewery announces a new double/imperial/smacked ass, limited supply, small batch, cask or bottle conditioned, unfiltered brewer's reserve ale - or when it snows.

Anonymous said...

Could this be an explanation of Crop Circles as well???

Rich said...

I have a 2 year old Lab that still does this...its quite a scene to see a 65 lb dog bucking around the living room like a bull...or making circles in the yard. I love to get her going then watch and laugh!

Lew Bryson said...

My wife had the same thought about the crop circles: herds of frapping Corgis.

Dean, I LOVE the geek behavior comparison.

Rich: "getting her going." My daughter does it to Penderyn, she calls it "inducing the FRAP." Sure is fun to watch...both of them!

Anonymous said...

I did the same thing when I tasted the Bud Chelada.. So did the beer distrubutor in Glemont, NY (I almost got banned for life for bringing him that stuff..hehe)

Jenna Z said...

Hehe, glad you liked my explanation! Did you see that awesome list that everyone came up with for other FRAP terminology! Corgi people are awesome!

Lew Bryson said...

Glad you saw it, Jenna!

CORGIS are awesome! I'm away on a trip, and I'm missing my little guy.