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A confused dog in my yard means a new fence

by Therese on July 18, 2008

in Dogs, My pets

As if dealing with Lydia’s cancer hasn’t been trying enough this week, I’ve had to deal with some neighbors whose dog jumped into my yard on Saturday. Up until recently all three of their dogs have run to the fence to say hello and get a few scratches on the head whenever I was nearby. Last week I did the usual when they came to the fence to see me. I put my hand out for them to smell and they had a chance to smell me, I started to pet one of them. It was definitely a NO GO this time! I got the message loud and clear – I got a big bad ass bark, and a view of some shiny, big, all-business, teeth. Woah! I’m not sure where that came from but I backed away and vowed never to try to pet them again.

Well, early last Saturday morning I let Archie & Lydia out and as I walked out with them I saw one of the rottwielers. Because I was still half asleep all I could think for a couple seconds was that something wasn’t right. Suddenly it dawned on me that the dog was in MY yard, and he was confused. Not good! Since I was just a foot or so from Lydia, I scrambled to grab her and shouted at Archie, who was about 10 feet from the neighbor dog. He was a bit puzzled by the sudden command to get inside but he did it, thank goodness! Luckily neither of my dogs saw the other dog. If they had, they would have run out to where he was and who knows what would have happened. The dog was clearly confused, and even seemed a bit frightened. I don’t think he knew where he was. Given the state this dog was in, I don’t know what would have happened if my dogs would have confronted him, but I’m thinking it may not have been good.

Once I got Archie & Lydia inside I called my neighbor, who came to get his dog. At first the dog pulled out of his collar and backed away from the owner. It took a few minutes of coaxing to get the dog to calm down, but the guy finally got the dog home. And, after looking at the yard and some of the evidence around the fence line, we discovered a dead opossum in their yard. Apparently the dogs got caught up in the heat of the chase and one of the dogs went over the fence after an oppossum.

Later that day, I talked to my neighbor about going in together to put a privacy fence up and we decided to split the cost. Things kinda went downhill though…the next thing I was told is they’d pay part of it (less than half) and then later was told they’d changed their minds. Since they know “it will never happen again” they decided not to pay anything toward the fence. They feel it’s not necessary. Whatever! I’m not as certain about that as they are. And the thing is, if it does happen again, they really don’t have much to worry about. Since my dogs are less than half the size of any their dogs, and Lydia is ill, neither of them would stand a chance against theirs.

Now that the dog has gone over the fence once, he’s likely to do it again and I don’t want my dogs to be in the way when he does. So, even though I don’t think I should have to pay for the entire fence I don’t have the energy or desire to fight with the neighbors about it. Even though I can’t afford it, I’ll just have to make room in my budget (aka on charge card!) for a $1700 privacy fence. I’ll do it because I love my dogs and won’t take the chance of one of their dogs getting into my yard again.

Sadly though, even though I’ve always been on good terms with those neighbors, I’m not sure what the future holds in that regard. It’s a shame, really. But I guess my neighbor said it best when he said, “fences make the best neighbors.” I guess I’m about to have the best neighbor possible.

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Peggie Arvidson July 18, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Wow! What a story Therese. And shame on your neighbors, but heck, you do know that protecting Archie and Lydia is paramount. It does make you the responsible one. Also, because you’re an advocate and well-known in the animal, and especially Dog community.

I’ll bet you have a lot of fodder for increasing your income without having to do a ton more work — why not think about it. You could easily recoup that $1700 and then some!



Sabra July 18, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Geez Therese! If it weren’t for bad luck you’d have no luck at all! :’ – ( I’ve had neighbors like that. When I lived in Kokomo I had the dog warden called on me for Flecks’ barking. I finally had to set it up so I could chain her in the basement, and she ended up chewing a bunch of stuff. Thing of it is, the neighbor that called on me had a dog that barked all the time. Ya can’t win for losin’.

Sabra & Flecks

P. S. Still sending good vibes your way : – )


Johann July 22, 2008 at 1:11 pm

We’ve had the best neighbors ever, my whole life! A three sided fence up to the house on the 4th side. Keeps everyone safe and has saved our ‘butt’s’ many, many time, kitties too! Our is picket, which our association demands, friendly but safe at the same time? You’ll be really glad when you get the fence! We did!


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