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* In the ''WesternAnimation/ReadyJetGo'' episode [[Recap/ReadyJetGoS2E15MyThreeSunsMagnetPI Magnet, PI]]", Mitchell's dog Cody chases Floyd the Squirrel at the end of the episode.


* ''WesternAnimation/ScrewySquirrel'': Being the TropeNamer for ScrewySquirrel, Screwy was often shown making life hell for dogs. In particular his archenemy was Meathead Dog who would try his darn best to get back at the psychotic squirrel only to be painfully fooled each time. In their debut cartoon, ''Screwball Squirrel'', Screwy gets Meathead riled up by calling him yellow for choosing to chase birds instead of squirrels.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScrewySquirrel'': Being the TropeNamer for ScrewySquirrel, Screwy was often shown making life hell for dogs. In particular his archenemy was Meathead Dog who would try his darn best to get back at the psychotic squirrel only to be painfully fooled each time. In their debut cartoon, ''Screwball Squirrel'', "WesternAnimation/ScrewballSquirrel", Screwy gets Meathead riled up by calling him yellow for choosing to chase birds instead of squirrels.


-->"Easily distracted by moving things. Hobbies include: squirrels."

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-->"Easily distracted excited by moving things.movement. Hobbies include: squirrels."


* ''Inverted'' by [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4489792.stm this story of squirrels attacking and killing a dog in a Russian town]].

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* ''Inverted'' ''[[RussianReversal Inverted]]'' by [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4489792.stm this story of squirrels attacking and killing a dog in a Russian town]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'', the FlavorText for Doggo reads:
-->"Easily distracted by moving things. Hobbies include: squirrels."
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* ''Inverted'' by [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4489792.stm this story of squirrels attacking and killing a dog in a Russian town]].


--> (Parachuting down) '''Gamma''': I HATE squrriels!!!

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--> (Parachuting down) '''Gamma''': -->'''Gamma''': ''(Parachuting down)'' I HATE squrriels!!!



* ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'': In the episode, "Catty Cornered", Secret and Morocco have to secure a cat who's swallowed an explosive capsule. However, the efforts to keep it safe are constantly thwarted by a mean dog who keeps attacking the cat. Eventually Secret is able to get rid of it with a bone and save the cat. However, this was not without Morocco taking quite a few AmusingInjuries and when the professor reveals that the cat had actually not eaten the capsule at all, Morocco [[RageBreakingPoint snaps]] and begins acting like an angry dog. He then proceeds to chase Secret and the professor up a telephone pole.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'': In the episode, "Catty Cornered", Secret and Morocco have to secure a cat who's swallowed an explosive capsule. However, the efforts to keep it safe are constantly thwarted by a mean dog who keeps attacking the cat. Eventually Secret is able to get rid of it with a bone and save the cat. However, this was not without Morocco taking quite a few AmusingInjuries and when the professor reveals that the cat [[AllForNothing had actually not eaten the capsule at all, all]], Morocco [[RageBreakingPoint snaps]] and begins acting like an angry dog. He then proceeds to chase Secret and the professor up a telephone pole.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': Brian is shown several times to have bitter hatred of squirrels.
** A CutawayGag from "Tom Tucker: The Man and His Dream" shows Brian yelling at a squirrel from inside the house; the squirrel calmly walks by while [[FlippingTheBird flipping him off]].
** In the final segment of "Family Guy Viewer Mail #2", Brian chases a squirrel while driving his Prius until he runs over it.
** In "Brian's Play", Brian is jealous that Stewie is a better playwright than him and takes it out on a squirrel in the front yard.
-->'''Squirrel:''' This ain't about me, is it?
-->'''Brian:''' ''(breaks down sobbing)'' No, and I'm sorry. But nobody can ever know that! ''[[NeckSnap (snaps the squirrel's neck)]]''
** In "Life of Brian", after Brian is [[spoiler: fatally]] hit by a car, a squirrel [[SpitefulSpit spits on him]] and tells the Griffins "That guy sucked!".


* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the ''Series/DogWithABlog'' episode "The Parrot Trap". In the episode, Ellen has been getting sick of [[TalkingAnimal Stan]] destroying all her stuff and feels he does because . In his defense, Avery brings up the idea that he might do it because he senses her general dislike for dogs which Stan then feels is as crazy as a dog not wanting to chase an arthritic squirrel.

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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the ''Series/DogWithABlog'' episode "The Parrot Trap". In the episode, Ellen has been getting sick of [[TalkingAnimal Stan]] destroying all her stuff and feels he does because .because. In his defense, Avery brings up the idea that he might do it because he senses her general dislike for dogs which Stan then feels is as crazy as a dog not wanting to chase an arthritic squirrel.


[[CatDogDichotomy Forget cats.]] If there's one animal dogs seem to despise more than anything, it's ''squirrels.'' Often a dog will be minding it's own business. But the moment it sees or even hears a squirrel, it'll go '''''[[{{HurricaneOfPuns}} NUTS]]''''' and chase after it. It's like they are instinctively ''driven'' to go after them. It's one of many common AnimalStereotypes.

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[[CatDogDichotomy Forget cats.]] If there's one animal dogs seem to despise more than anything, it's ''squirrels.'' Often a dog will be minding it's its own business. But the moment it sees or even hears a squirrel, it'll go '''''[[{{HurricaneOfPuns}} NUTS]]''''' and chase after it. It's like they are instinctively ''driven'' to go after them. It's one of many common AnimalStereotypes.



* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the Series/DogWithABlog episode ''The Parrot Trap''. In the episode, Ellen has been getting sick of [[TalkingAnimal Stan]] destroying all her stuff and feels he does because . In his defense, Avery brings up the idea that he might do it because he senses her general dislike for dogs which Stan then feels is as crazy as a dog not wanting to chase an arthritic squirrel.

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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the Series/DogWithABlog ''Series/DogWithABlog'' episode ''The "The Parrot Trap''.Trap". In the episode, Ellen has been getting sick of [[TalkingAnimal Stan]] destroying all her stuff and feels he does because . In his defense, Avery brings up the idea that he might do it because he senses her general dislike for dogs which Stan then feels is as crazy as a dog not wanting to chase an arthritic squirrel.



* Back in TheEighties one of DaveBarry's dogs was named [[http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article1938265.html Shawna]] was an aversion. She was so stupid that even when a squirrel ran by and Dave's family encouraged her to chase it, Shawna would just turn to them with a confused expression.

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* Back in TheEighties one of DaveBarry's Creator/DaveBarry's dogs was named [[http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article1938265.html Shawna]] was an aversion. She was so stupid that even when a squirrel ran by and Dave's family encouraged her to chase it, Shawna would just turn to them with a confused expression.


-> '''Gidget''': Friends, I'm afraid that I have some terrible news!
-> '''Mel''': The squirrels are going to take over the world! I knew it! I always said, squirrels are shifty little guys!'''
-> '''Gidget''': No, we're not doing the little squirrel thing right now, that's not--no!'''

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-> '''Gidget''': Friends, I'm afraid that I have some terrible news!
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'''Mel''': The squirrels are going to take over the world! I knew it! I always said, squirrels "squirrels are shifty little guys!'''
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guys!"\\
'''Gidget''': No, we're not doing the little squirrel thing right now, that's not--no!''' not--no!

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[[caption-width-right:350: Do note that not all dogs are this [[{{Pun}} nutty for squirrels.]]]]

-> '''Gidget''': Friends, I'm afraid that I have some terrible news!
-> '''Mel''': The squirrels are going to take over the world! I knew it! I always said, squirrels are shifty little guys!'''
-> '''Gidget''': No, we're not doing the little squirrel thing right now, that's not--no!'''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets''

[[CatDogDichotomy Forget cats.]] If there's one animal dogs seem to despise more than anything, it's ''squirrels.'' Often a dog will be minding it's own business. But the moment it sees or even hears a squirrel, it'll go '''''[[{{HurricaneOfPuns}} NUTS]]''''' and chase after it. It's like they are instinctively ''driven'' to go after them. It's one of many common AnimalStereotypes.

This isn't just done with regular dogs. Across media, it seems to affect dogs all over the SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism. Whether you're dealing with a NearlyNormalAnimal, TalkingAnimal, PartiallyCivilizedAnimal, CivilizedAnimal, or sometimes even FunnyAnimal, dogs just can't seem to stand squirrels in media. Often the more sapient the canine and/or squirrel, the [[ExaggeratedTrope more exaggerated]] the chase gets.

Often this trope is used a gag PlayedForLaughs. I mean when you have a canine character or pet dog in the cast, what better filler joke than having them lose their mind and run through everything in sight just to catch a squirrel? This trope also serves as a common FurryReminder for dogs. Afraid that your [[InformedAttribute supposedly, mostly normal dog]] is getting a bit too human-like? Have a squirrel run across his path and watch him be humbled as he goes after it. At other times though, the trope isn't be used as just a quick gag. Sometimes, this is employed as a way to separate a dog from his companions or get a pooch into trouble. Sometimes the very dog-squirrel conflict becomes the center point of the story. Sometimes the squirrel will be just going about their own errands, searching for acorns and what not, only for a big, mean old dog to get in their way. On the other hand, the dog's hate for the squirrel may be justified by having it be tormented by a ScrewySquirrel, in which case ''[[HilarityEnsues it better watch out]]''.

As far as real life goes, this is indeed TruthInTelevision, but not to the absurd extent fiction loves to play it up. Many dogs do indeed chase squirrels on sight. But such dogs likely won't pursue a little squirrel anymore than any other small animal. Dogs are indeed carnivores which share a good chunk of their DNA with wolves. Chasing little animals for them is practically instinct.

''As a side note you might notice that this trope is far more common in Western media than Eastern media. That's because urban squirrels are much rarer in the East than they are in Western nations so the people naturally aren't as familiar with the idea.''

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* In the pilot of ''Anime/{{Bannertail}}'', the titular character is playing in a tree when a big mean dog starts barking at him. Far above the dog's reach, he fools around on the branches, taunting the hound, only for the branch to break. Fortunately his mom, an adoptive cat, comes to his rescue.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheNutJob'': During Surly's plan to break into the nut store, he gets cornered by their AngryGuardDog Precious. But before she can rip him apart he gets a hold of their dog whistle which [[WeaksauceWeakness brings her to her knees]]. Surly then uses it as a RestrainingBolt to force her into cooperation as they work with the other park animals to get the nuts. But by the end of the movie she pulls a HeelFaceTurn and helps Surly as friend. This is highlighted by how she helped him even though he had lost the whistle by that point.
* ''WesternAnimation/OpenSeason'': [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Mr. Weenie shows no hostility to [=McSquizzy=] or his squirrel troops at all and in the sequel the other dogs show no more hate for him than they do the other wild animals. In fact, this trope actually gets '''''[[InvertedTrope inverted]]''''' in the sequel as when [=McSquizzy=] disguises himself as a [[{{Crossdresser}} little female dog]] along with Gizelle, a doberman named Rico becomes smitten with him and remains in love even ''after'' he finds out that [=McSquizzy=] is a squirrel. It's not until he reveals that he's a guy that Rico drops the romance.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets'': A lot of the dog characters in the movie are depicted as utterly despising squirrels. The very page quote comes from the scene where Gidget is about to tell the gang about Max's disappearance only for Mel to sidetrack the conversation, assuming she was about to state that squirrels intend to take over the world. One scene has Mel and Buddy barking at two squirrels for being in a tree they just...marked, only to get pelted with acorns for their troubles. Another scene features Tiberius going into a fantasy about being Gidget's friend which includes the two of them maniacally laughing as they swoop in on an unlucky squirrel.
* A RunningGag in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. Throughout the movie, practically every dog from TheDitz Dug to Muntz's {{Angry Guard Dog}}s can't suppress their [[MyInstinctsAreShowing natural urge]] to chase squirrels with all the dogs occasionally raising their heads and yelling "SQUIRREL" in mid-conversation. Russell actually [[ExploitedTrope exploits]] this during the final struggle in the movie where he causes Muntz's fighter pilot dogs to crash into each other by yelling squirrel. And during the credits, Dug can be seen chasing one.
--> (Parachuting down) '''Gamma''': I HATE squrriels!!!
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the Series/DogWithABlog episode ''The Parrot Trap''. In the episode, Ellen has been getting sick of [[TalkingAnimal Stan]] destroying all her stuff and feels he does because . In his defense, Avery brings up the idea that he might do it because he senses her general dislike for dogs which Stan then feels is as crazy as a dog not wanting to chase an arthritic squirrel.
--> '''Avery''': Did you ever think that Stan doesn't like you because he senses that you don't like dogs?
--> '''Stan (thoughts)''': Seriously? That's like saying you don't like joy or smiles or arthritic squirrels-- so easy to catch.
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* ''ComicStrip/PoochCafe''
** Amongst the cast of animals are a bunch of squirrels that the dogs regularly chase. In one strip, the squirrels actually build their own cafe next to the dogs', [[FeudEpisode sparking a war]].
** Averted in one strip in where Poncho chides the house cat about allowing mice to traverse the living room unmolested. The cat merely stares out the window, and Poncho follows his gaze to see that squirrels have set up an elaborate theme park in the back yard. Poncho grouses, "Yeah, well ... yours is ''in'' the house." Neither character budges from the couch.
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode, "Slappy Goes Walnuts", one of Slappy Squirrel's archenemies is Doug the Dog, a bulldog who guards a walnut tree, which Slappy wants to collect walnuts from for her walnut fig-dough.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheGarfieldShow'':
**In the episode, "Up a Tree", we see that Garfield's favorite past time is watching Odie be thwarted nonstop as he chases the squirrels in their backyard. Eventually though he actually catches one of the squirrels who runs into a tree. This makes him actually take pity on the little guy and he eventually makes friends with him and the other squirrels. When Garfield later comes and scolds them for making peace and ruining his pastime, the squirrels give ''him'' a HumiliationConga.
** In a later episode, "Where's Odie", Odie ends up running off while chasing a squirrel. By the time Garfield finds him, he's in a cabin with an old man who thinks he's his [[ThoroughlyMistakenIdentity lost dog Spot]].
* ''WesternAnimation/ScrewySquirrel'': Being the TropeNamer for ScrewySquirrel, Screwy was often shown making life hell for dogs. In particular his archenemy was Meathead Dog who would try his darn best to get back at the psychotic squirrel only to be painfully fooled each time. In their debut cartoon, ''Screwball Squirrel'', Screwy gets Meathead riled up by calling him yellow for choosing to chase birds instead of squirrels.
* ''WesternAnimation/SecretSquirrel'': In the episode, "Catty Cornered", Secret and Morocco have to secure a cat who's swallowed an explosive capsule. However, the efforts to keep it safe are constantly thwarted by a mean dog who keeps attacking the cat. Eventually Secret is able to get rid of it with a bone and save the cat. However, this was not without Morocco taking quite a few AmusingInjuries and when the professor reveals that the cat had actually not eaten the capsule at all, Morocco [[RageBreakingPoint snaps]] and begins acting like an angry dog. He then proceeds to chase Secret and the professor up a telephone pole.
--> '''Secret Squirrel''': Gosh, I never knew Morocco had such a doggone temper!
* ''WesternAnimation/SquirrelBoy'': Rodney, a red squirrel and the main character, along with his friends would often be attacked by a vicious AngryGuardDog referred to as the "Crazy Dog". This got [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in a later episode where they run into his formerly vicious brother who shares the house with the aforementioned hound. Although he's a NiceGuy, he ends up getting frequently beaten up by the guys, because they have him mixed up with the Crazy Dog who's attacking them at the same time.
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* As stated earlier this is indeed TruthInTelevision for many dogs as many owners can attest. Although not every dog has an uncontrollable desire to chase squirrels.
* Back in TheEighties one of DaveBarry's dogs was named [[http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article1938265.html Shawna]] was an aversion. She was so stupid that even when a squirrel ran by and Dave's family encouraged her to chase it, Shawna would just turn to them with a confused expression.
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