The rain returned to Eugene overnight. Not a lot of rain, but it’s wet and intermittently cloudy. We were totally out of dog treats here at home, so I told Ozzie that if he’d go with me to Costco, I’d take him to the dog park on the way home. As you can see, it was a lot less crowded today than yesterday:
Costco was a whole lot more crowded than this!
Anyway, shortly after I took this picture, I heard the gate bang and another dog and owner came in. Havoc (appropriately named dog) is a huge German Shepherd, but she is really a sweet dog and likes to run around after Ozzie. Well, a lot of the dogs like to chase Ozzie – especially the herd dogs (Australian Shepherds, Corgis, Blue Heelers, etc). They all think he’s a small sheep. Today, Havoc’s owner (nice man to whom I have spoken several times, but I don’t know his name) threw his dog’s ball at about the same time I threw Ozzie’s. Ozzie ran to get the ball, but got Havoc’s instead. This would not have been a problem, but he took exception to the fact that Havoc took his ball, and he decided he was going to get it back! A fight ensued, broken up by two very worried and embarrassed dog owners. Havoc probably has a good 60-80 pounds on Ozzie. She’s a BIG dog, and he only weighs 20 pounds. He ended up being okay, just totally terrified, nearly jumping into my arms when it was all over. We’ve had a discussion about playing with our own ball and dogs of our own size, but I don’t know how much of an impression that made. I think we’ll do our best to avoid Havoc in the future.