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Tense Standoff at Dog Park: Chihuahua vs. Gopher

Lots of staring. Lots of twitching. Lots of fun to watch.

The standoff was as tense as they come. It teetered on sweet friendship one second, then veered toward lethal violence. Heart rates were off the charts.

One day last week, a friendly gopher was teasing a 1-year-old rat terrier/chihuahua mix named Pico at Dogbone Meadows dog park in Novato. A small group of dog owners watched the staredown in amusement. In the end, everyone won — no animals were hurt and there were a lot of smiles.

Steve B February 21, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Good show!
Donna Borok Moss February 21, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Absolutely adorable . . . nice to see something cute! What a brave gopher.
Will Lamers February 21, 2013 at 04:43 PM
wonderful!
D Duigou February 21, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Huh, just wait until your dog hurts his foot running into one if those gopher holes, or your child trips & falls. That field is never taken care of & it is a real shame since it is the only 'safe' place for dogs to run off leash in Novato. Want to see my vet bill for a dislocated toe?
Robert B February 21, 2013 at 07:00 PM
Let us return the land to the indigenous gophers. The dogs must go, just like the oysters of Drakes Bay. Return the area to nature so no one gets hurt. Great video.
Novato Native February 21, 2013 at 08:45 PM
Here is the City's page for the dog park. Perhaps you can send them an email and ask what is being done about the gopher holes if anything and help prevent future injury. http://www.ci.novato.ca.us/index.aspx?page=714
Alex Horvath February 21, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Very fun, and I also find it ironic that the "pet emergency" ad shows up at bottom of this feed...
Maggie February 22, 2013 at 12:47 AM
There will always be gophers in fields. They are an important part of the ecosystem. Would you rather have gopher traps in the holes that could REALLY hurt the dogs?
D Duigou February 22, 2013 at 01:54 AM
I have nothing against the gophers, just a little maintenance, like any park. Maybe we are the ones who should go?
D Duigou February 22, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I have nothing against the gophers, just a little maintenance, like any park. People are everywhere, the dogs have only this small fenced parcel. Thanks for the dog park link.

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