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.