Wednesday, May 03, 2006

How Much Is That Doggie In The Window?

No, that isn't my dog. I don't actually have one. Some day I'll probably write down my internal debate about pets but that's actually a picture provided by An Alaskan Abroad. This was the closest photo I found to illustrate my story.

I was working on my newsletter on Monday and heard a lot of barking. My bedroom faces my backyard and computer desk faces my window (which I keep the blinds up because I am a freak about privacy.) Suddenly, I hear a weird falling crushing sound followed by more barking. I peeked out my window and well, that picture fits exactly what I saw. Now, I mentioned recently that a neighbors dog has eaten a few of the new plants that I put down in the front yard. I've also known that parts of my iron gate leading to my backyard have been broken off due to someone standing on them. I've even seen my gate open here and there but here is this dog staring me in the face. So, I burst out the back door with a vengeance hoping to catch the owner of the dog also. No luck. I shooed the dog off and found the gate closed (but unlocked as I've never locked it.) It was a big dog but didn't react with hostility. The only one that was hostile was me as I looked at the yard after the smoke had cleared and noticed two "dog-piles" and digging areas in my newly created landscape.

I bought a lock that was too big for it and have run a coat-hanger through the access latch and made sure no one is getting in or out without deliberate action. Sure, I'd love to go to the dog's owner and say, "Keep track of your dog unless you plan of paying to fix my yard." But instead I'm more likely to ask, "How much is that doggie in the window?" as I write the owner a check to pay for what I wind up doing to it.

7 comments:

Matt said...

I'll be honest, I am a fan of dogs, but I can see your point. The dog had been destroying your new landscaping. I might be more likely to take my frustrations out on the owner. You wouldn't let your kids run around unattended, why let an animal with even less thinking ability?

Bar Bar A said...

I love dogs - its their owners that piss me off! We had a nice "gift" left on our front lawn today.

I agree totally with Matt.

Mone said...

well its not the dogs fault. you sure found a cute picture :-)

Lucy Stern said...

Are you sure he is getting in thru the gate? You might look for a "hole" along the fence somewhere. It would be a shame to lock the gate and then find out the dog is coming in thru a "door" of his own.

Do your meter readers need access to the back yard? I had put my dogs out the other day and had to let them back in when the meter reader came by.

You did find a cute picture to tell your story. Ha Ha.

Ken said...

I would bet that the dog is finding a unique way into the yard. But yes, I would definitely have words with that owner. I don't let my cats randomly wander the neighborhood, why should that owner let his dog do so.

An80sNut said...

I feel better after venting. No, I wouldn't do anything bad to the dog. I might have hid him at the side yard for a few days to see what the owner does, though. Not many ways for the dog to sneak through as our yards are separated by a brick wall. The only thing that I figure is that the owner decided to let him in my back yard to do his business (some of the new rock does have a kitty litter look) or amazingly jumped over the 5' wall. That does remind me to double-check but I believe the electric meter is before the gate.

LoraLoo said...

People who don't take care of their pets shouldn't have pets. I am also a dog lover but would be pissed, too.