IN DOG VS. DONKEY, DOGS OFTEN LOSE ... One of Barron Park's beloved donkeys, Perry, was injured on Sept. 24 after a large dog entered Perry and Niner's pasture and began harassing the donkeys, Barron Park Association Board Member Doug Moran reports. Perry suffered injuries, including a 2-inch-square patch of skin torn from his face and cuts on his front legs. The vet was called promptly; the wounds are likely to heal in about 10 days. The dog's owner stayed until the arrival of head donkey handler Bob Frost. The owner will be paying the vet bill, Moran said. In the past, there have been other reports of other dogs harassing the donkeys. "Please leash your dogs near the donkey pasture, both for the sake of the donkeys and your dog. Realize that a donkey can easily kill a dog. In many places, donkeys are raised to be guard animals for herds of sheep and are very effective in driving off, and occasionally killing, coyotes and marauding dogs and the like," he emailed residents. A pet goose and chickens have been killed and seniors have been knocked down and injured due to off-leash dogs, he said.
BIKE PALO ALTO! ... Bike Palo Alto! is back for its third year on Oct. 7 from 1 to 4 p.m. The bicycle fest includes a ride that starts at El Carmelo Elementary School at Bryant Street and Loma Verde Avenue. It also includes bike safety education, free ice cream, YMCA-sponsored children's activities, a free bike-safety check and help with basic maintenance, a free bike map with the routes from Palo Alto to Menlo Park, a raffle and prizes. The event is free and does not require pre-registration. Palo Alto Neighborhood Green Teams and partners with the Mayor's Challenge and Palo Alto YMCA are the sponsors. More information is available at www.pagreenteams.org/bikepaloalto.