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Neighbourhood Watch Dog

I’m not really a dog person; while I like dogs, I would just never own one. My nose tends to remind me of one of the reasons (the smell) while the behaviour of our four-legged friends is a bit too rambunctious for me.

All of my friends who are dog owners are people who I respect; I like them and their pets a lot (even if they like to sniff my crotch when I visit; the pets, not my friends). However, I am slowly compiling a list as to why I am starting to dislike many of the dog owners in my neighbourhood…

  1. Allowing your dog to piss in my garden is really annoying, considering how much work I put into the damned thing. Let them piss in your own garden.
  2. Letting your dog take a dump on someone else’s front lawn is also annoying; even if you pick it up, there is still a layer of crap there. Considering a lot of folks in the neighbourhood have kids who like to play outside, letting your dogs deposit gems on their properties probably not a friendly thing to do.
  3. Picking up after your dogs is great, provided you get rid of the package somewhere appropriate. For the record, the following places are not appropriate:
    • Other peoples’ driveways
    • Other peoples’ empty recycling bins
    • Other peoples’ empty food bins
    • Other peoples’ empty garbage bins
  4. Letting your dog take a crap in the middle of someone’s yard and leaving it there is probably the worst thing you can possibly do short of leaving the evidence on the front porch.

I know it is not the fault of the dogs; they don’t know any better. Sometimes I wonder who really needs to be on the leash.


2 Responses

  1. I’m with you on 1,3,4, but for #2 (heh) there is no good solution. Some dogs simply need more exercise than can be had in their owner’s yard — they need to be taken for walks. Once you have them out, there’s not much you can do about it. You’re not “letting” the dog do it. They just gotta go.

    • I’ll remember that the next time I am running and feel the uncontrollable urge to relieve myself. “When ya gotta go…”

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