The story to now: Russet the bulldog has followed Larry Clark home, and Henry Wells, still looking for Old Dutch, the escaped bull, confronts a man with a shotgun.
Larry Clark — the Parkwood School sixth-grader who had stayed home from school because he was ill, but had gone out skateboarding after his mother Jerrie had gone to work — decided his life was over. He had turned Russet the bulldog loose from a bench in front of the entrance to the Emergency Department at Madera Community Hospital in hopes the dog would pull him on his skateboard, but when that didn’t work, he had skated home, not realizing the dog was behind him, panting and wheezing, because Larry had peanut butter crackers and a stick of beef jerky in his jacket pocket.
Once inside, Russet began chasing Larry through the townhouse, and Larry had opened the downstairs bathroom door to find an escape, only to discover his mother there, peering at herself in the mirror. At that point, he knew he was dead, because Russet had barreled into the bathroom after him.
“She will kill me,” he thought. “I have been skating when I should have been in bed. I have brought home a stray dog. I have burst into the bathroom without knocking.” ...