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23 November 2004

Sheila may be getting the reputation of the park bully.

I've noticed that she is very protective of the underdog.  She may play and play with all the dogs, but if there is a dog who is being "attacked" (in her mind--it may be only a play attack), she immediately starts growling and nipping at the heels of the dog who is on top.  From there on out, whenever she gets near that dog, she growls and goes after him.  When there is a large group of dogs, she doesn't seem to mix in so much as she does to "ride herd" (gee?  ya think she's a herding dog?) on the group and take it upon herself to keep peace by going after those who don't seem to be playing nice.

Owners of the dogs being "attacked" don't seem to like that, for some reason.  I wonder why!

So today we were at the park with four lovely dogs.  There was a Shepherd mix, a border collie mix, a lab-shepherd mix and a 6 month old terrier puppy (big terrier, like pit bull size, tho not a pit bull). 

Anyway, Sheila was playing nicely with all the dogs, and had a few romps with the puppy and everything was going just swimmingly.

Then a border collie puppy showed up.   Same age as the terrier.  All smiles and wagging tail and legs.

There was the requiste butt sniffing and some racing around the park, and eventually the dogs went to neutral corners to sniff and explore.  Sheila took up her usual place by the fence looking for even more dogs to join the fun.  The two puppies started rolling around, as puppies do, the border collie pup on top.

Well, Sheila didn't like that.  She ran over and started nipping at the feet and back of the border collie and the puppy began yelping. 

Probably if we had all just left them alone it would have sorted itself out, but the border collie's owner and I stepped into the fray, he to try to push Sheila away, me to try to pull her away and the puppy to continue to yelp, while the terrier puppy was having a wonderful time with all this play and attention.

The guy started getting kind of rough with Sheila--and I could see why--he was protecting his puppy.  He finally picked the puppy up and Sheila began leaping up to nip the puppy's feet.  He kicked Sheila and screamed "WHY DON'T YOU GET YOUR DOG, LADY!" 

I tried to explain that I was trying to get her, but that his foot was in my way, but he was having none of it.  He took his dog outside the gate and began soothing her. 

While this was going on, all the owners retreated to different parts of the park with their dogs and after the guy and the puppy left, an awkward silence descended, making me feel like Sheila and I had developed a sudden case of leprosy.

The dogs went back to playing, Sheila chased the terrier puppy and tumbled around with her and peace descended again, but I definitely got the idea that the owners were eyeing her warily now.

It was cold, the wind was whipping the leaves around and we'd already been there for 45 minutes, so I decided it was time to leave.

When we left the park, the guy and the border collie puppy were sitting on a nearby hillock watching the activity in the park.  I apologized again and explained what she had been doing.  He just grumbled "well, I didn't want my dog to learn to be aggressive." and went into the park again, now that the park bully was gone.

I feel so bad about things.  Sheila is normally just wonderful at the park, but she has had clashes with a couple of dogs, and it's almost always when she seems to be trying to get one dog off of another dog

Of course it's a big problem that she doesn't drop whatever she's doing and come when I call her.  She has this "leave a message and I'll get back to you when I'm good and ready" attitude about her (which makes me wonder if she's part Aussie shepherd and part cat).  But she's really so sociable 99% of the time that I haven't decided if this is a problem or not.   Obviously the puppy's owner saw it as a problem, and so did I.  I just hate thinking that there is someone who is going to go home and tell his family about the "mean" dog he met in the park today, when she really isn't mean at all.   Most of the time. 

Tired of Turkey?  Here's a suggestion...

Whole Stuffed Camel

In a cookbook called International Cuisine, presented by California Home Economics Teachers, 1983 (ISBN 0-89626-051-8), you will find:

Stuffed Camel

1 whole camel, medium size
1 whole lamb, large size
20 whole chickens, medium size
60 eggs
12 kilos rice
2 kilos pine nuts
2 kilos almonds
1 kilo pistachio nuts
110 gallons water
5 pounds black pepper
Salt to taste

Skin, trim and clean camel (once you get over the hump), lamb and chicken. Boil until tender. Cook rice until fluffy. Fry nuts until brown and mix with rice. Hard boil eggs and peel. Stuff cooked chickens with hard boiled eggs and rice. Stuff the cooked lamb with stuffed chickens. Add more rice. Stuff the camel with the stuffed lamb and add rest of rice. Broil over large charcoal pit until brown. Spread any remaining rice on large tray and place camel on top of rice. Decorate with boiled eggs and nuts. Serves friendly crowd of 80-100.

Shararazod Eboli Home Economist, Dammam, Saudi Arabia


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