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July 30, 2012 at 3:43 am #604190
For all you off-leash peeps, I have to share this.
So I am sitting in my kitchen waiting for hubby to come home and I see a large dog walking around the bottom of our water feature in the front yard, drinking and cavorting. So, having two dogs myself (never off-leash) I think oh, a lost dog, let me go get it, since it had collar and tags on.
As I go out front door a lady is strolling by with a leash in her hand and I ask her if she is missing her dog, well yes she says. so I told her her dog is cavorting in my fountain and that there is a leash law. She said she knew and had a leash, I said doesn’t do much good if not attached… Well you all know the rest, WTF???????July 30, 2012 at 5:01 am #765456
Our neighbor’s dogs (yes..plural) are regularly off their leash whenever they are doing yard work, unloading groceries, whatever. The owner takes them for walks but lets them off the leash a block from home. One time they tore down the block when they saw us out front barking crazy. Whenever we’re out in the front at the same time, they run onto OUR property and bark to high heaven at us. No apology anywhere.
Some people just don’t have a clue. They think it’s not a problem because the dog doesn’t bite or do any bodily harm. Bottom line is, besides being against the law, it’s being inconsiderate of your neighbors. My advice? If she’s a neighbor talk to her again. If it happens again, call the city and issue a complaint.July 30, 2012 at 5:02 am #765457July 30, 2012 at 5:09 am #765458July 30, 2012 at 1:33 pm #765459
jwws, the other issue is that it’s obvious you have a spectacular garden that you put a lot of care and labor into. A dog can do a lot of damage in short order – a large dog simply by trampling plants. Very inconsiderate – of the owner. Dog doesn’t know any better.July 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm #765460
You asked her if she was missing a dog and she said “yes” in the OP. Is it possible the dog got away from her and she was trying to retrieve it? Is it possible you assumed she was willfully allowing the dog to be off leash when she was really looking for the dog? I can’t tell from your OP.July 30, 2012 at 3:08 pm #765461
No she was walking her dog off leash, since she continued her stroll down the street with the dog still off leash…
anonyme ;-) the gardens are pretty dog proof since we have two big dogs who own the back yard, not allowed in front however. Fortunately no water plants in fountain except one iris since resident raccoons have pretty much eaten/ripped everything else apart so not much doggie damage was done, and it was pretty comical to see the guy having a great time in his newly found wading pool/drinking fountain.July 30, 2012 at 3:33 pm #765462
Johnnyblegs – you may be one of my neighbors. We have the same issue with someone behind us across the alley. They have a fenced dog run but often let the dogs out to run up and down the alley, and poop on our property. (I’m about to start tossing the poop back across the alley…) They are large dogs, and barky dogs. My spouse is afraid of dogs as a result of a biting incident, and is often afraid to take out the garbage due to the dogs’ aggressive-appearing behavior.
I’m sure the owners think their dogs are “friendly and would never hurt anyone,” but the panic attack they cause by charging and barking “playfully” is indeed harm done.
People, keep your dogs in your own yard or on a leash. Between allergies, fear, etc, not everyone wants to make friends with your so-called nice dog.
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