Something was really wrong with Bosley the other night at agility class.
Bosley is a dog with very low prey/chase drive. He never pays any attention to gophers when they are running around. When we are out for a walk and a rabbit runs by, he will watch it run and will maybe make a half-hearted attempt of 5 or 6 steps to chase it, but that is it.
That all changed the other night. It was our turn in agility and Bosley was on the top of the dogwalk, when a cat (who knows why there was a cat on the agility field) ran by. The cat was not even close to us, but Bosley saw it and stopped on the dogwalk to watch it. I didn't think too much of it because Bosley likes cats (well, he is more curious about them than anything). He ran to the bottom of the dogwalk and then took off like a shot after the cat. The cat hid in some tall grass and Bosley stuck his nose in there and got a swat.
It all broke loose after that. Apparently Bosley doesn't take kindly to being swatted across the nose by cat claws. The cat took off running with Bosley in hot pursuit, howling and carrying on like he was possessed. The cat climbed up this big log pile and Bosley climbed up right after him. The cat would swat him and Bosley would jump off the log pile and then climb right back up again. The cat finally ran and jumped over the 6 foot fence that surrounds the field. I thought that Bosley was actually going to jump the fence - he was trying to climb it and actually got his front paws to the top of the fence but luckily he couldn't pull himself over.
The whole time I was screaming at him and he didn't even look at me - I'm not sure he even knew I was there, he was so focused on getting that cat. I grabbed him and drug him back to the agility area where everyone was waiting for us to come back (they couldn't see what was happening from where they were). Everyone looked up shocked as I brought Bosley back, blood pouring from his face. A couple people thought he killed that cat, that was how much blood there was. Luckily, Sarah had a first aid kit so we were able to clean him up and disinfect the scratches. He only had a few claw marks on his nose, but they sure bled like crazy.
I really don't know what was with him. I thought dogs were supposed to be smart and when a cat swats them, they are supposed to learn their lesson. Apparently that just makes Bosley really, really angry.