Yup, they always run. Always. MOUSES!
You ever notice how on television and movies, in crime dramas and stuff, when the police go to approach a suspect, the suspect always runs? They do. It's true! I've seen it with my very own eyes. MOUSES!
Doesn't matter if the show is filmed in America or Britain or right here in Canada, they always run. Doesn't matter if the show takes place in the present or in the future or if it's an historical piece, they run. Doesn't matter if the suspect is indoors or outside, he's gonna run. Doesn't matter if the suspect looks like he hasn't run anywhere in a very long time, like thirty or forty years kind of long time, he's still gonna run. Might be huffing and puffing a lot, but run he will, nonetheless. Doesn't even matter if he's a she and wearing high-heeled shoes, you can rest assured, there will be running involved.
Sometimes the suspect runs down a back alley, only to be caught at the other end by the officer's partner. Sometimes the suspect runs across a parking lot or something and straight into a fence, only to be caught as he attempts to climb said fence, which you just knew was gonna slow him down, for sure. Quite often, it appears, the suspect runs through a hotel restaurant's kitchen, only to be caught when exiting the back door which, for some strange reason, the suspect always knows exists even if he has never been in that particular kitchen before.
Judging by what I've seen on television, this running of the suspects through restaurant kitchens is a very common occurrence, indeed, although oddly enough, it has never happened on any cooking shows on the Food Network and stuff. At least not to my knowledge it hasn't. MOUSES!
Quite often the suspect takes the time to shove something in the path of the police officers chasing him like a conveniently placed table or whatever that just happens to be sitting there in the middle of nowhere. Of course, these obstacles do slow the police down but setting up the obstacle course in the first place slows the suspects down, too.
Once, I saw one of these suspects run into a room with no exit other than the door through which he ran to enter the room. Yeah, that didn't work out too well for that suspect at all. MOUSES!
Doesn't matter if it's a comedy or something serious or a little of both, running will still be involved.
There was this one show, when the suspect tried to run away while on an airplane, flying in the air. Now I ask you, my friends, exactly to where did she think she was gonna run?
I've seen 'em try this technique while on submarines underwater, too. MOUSES!
Or they run into a bathroom and lock themselves in. More often than not, there are only two ways out of a bathroom, my friends. The door through which you entered and by the flush of a toilet. One is decidedly preferable to the other, however you will be caught while exiting.
Of course, some bathrooms do have a window but unless you're on the ground floor, that window is an exit one should definitely not take.
Or they run to the end of a pier and, seeing no other route of escape, they jump off the pier and into the water. Then they're caught when the police have to jump in after 'em to rescue them because they forgot about their not knowing how to swim. Yup, happens more often that you would think. MOUSES!
And then there are the suspects who try to outrun the police in the police cars. Yeah, like they can run faster than a car can be driven. Need I say it again? Of course I do. MOUSES!
Now this epidemic of running has become so bad and so widespread that when peeps see it happening they sigh, "Yup, they always run."
Even the characters in these shows are joking about it now. The police spot the suspect off in the distance. The suspect realizes he has been spotted and momentarily freezes. Then one of the officers says something like, "Oh, he's not gonna run, is he?" or "Don't you run now," and that would be the cue for the running to begin. MOUSES!
But all this brings me to my intended subject at paw. Mice. MOUSES!
Yeah, like suspects being chased by the police, mice will run from a cat, lickety-split. They will also run from a peep, to be sure.
We don't get many mice in our house as we cats have kinda moused the whole place out but every now and then, one is caught and brought in and when that happens, we bring 'em in alive. Then we let 'em loose and then the running begins.
Those mice take one look at Peep #1 and start running for the hills but as we have no hills inside our house - we live in a valley, you see - they end up running under furniture and into bathrooms and stuff. Yup, just like those suspects on TV.
Of course, a mouse has the advantage of being smaller than a peep for which peeps can be grateful, for sure, for if they were the size of mice, interactive play between cats and their peeps might take a turn for the worse for those peeps, if you know what I mean. MOUSES!
But that thought aside, a mouse is small, smaller than a peep, and therefore can run right under a peep's feet or at least between their legs and exit on the other side. Thus, the exit through which they entered thing not working does not apply to mice. MOUSES!
You know, now that I think about it...
Now that I think about it, whenever one of us cats brings a mouse or squirrel or chippy into the house, we lose interest in said creature rather quickly. It's far more fun to watch the antics of a peep trying to catch the mouse or squirrel or chippy than to do the chasing, ourselves.
So really, it's a whole lot like watching all those crime shows on TV. MOUSES!