Well, maybe in their eyes, but enough was enough was too much.
I did something today that I have been trying so hard not to have to do. I called our local animal control over the problems I’ve been dealing with as far as the neighbor’s dogs. I really, honestly, did not want to do it, but I was left with no choice after yesterday. Yesterday the two dogs came all the way down my drive trying to get in my fenced yard to get to my two dogs. Twice. It was a nightmare. The second time, my son managed to get our two dogs inside, while he did that, I videoed the neighbor’s dogs in my yard trying to get inside. That, and the seven year old trying to catch them.
When I called, I explained the situation. I told them I just wanted someone to tell them there is a leash law and they have to follow it. I wasn’t asking them to be fined, charged, yelled at, just tell them and maybe spook them into obeying. By the time 5PM rolled around I figured they weren’t coming. Then the phone rang. It was them. I spoke with the officer, he checked and saw I had called once before, he told me he was on his way.
I watched as he drove by, when my phone rang, I spoke with him again. He wasn’t sure if I wanted them to know I had called. I told him they would know, after yesterday, they would have no doubt. But, if he would wait for me, I would walk down and meet him. I walked down, showed him the video and spoke with him again about my concerns. He then drove up and spent probably twenty minutes or better talking with them. My great niece asked if he was going to take their dogs and I told her no, he was just there to talk to them and explain the law. That made her feel better. Not me. I still feel like a heal. I know how it feels to have someone call animal control on your dog. I never wanted to be that person. Now I am. But I had been left with no choice. They wouldn’t listen to us.
The officer also told me that if the neighbors gave me any problems over it just to call them and they would handle it. Good to know. But I will be watching my dogs closer for a while anyway.
While the officer was at the neighbor’s, I decided to check my garden. Well okay. My garden is smallish because it was the one place where mom and dad could let me plant one that wasn’t in the way. My yard simply does not get enough sunlight. I had to go home and get my bucket. I carried in a bucket full of squash, a couple cucumber, a couple zucchini, some various sweet peppers, several Cherokee Purple tomatoes and a ton of cherry tomatoes. Wow. I had to water the cucumber as the vines were looking droopy. I went ahead and watered the entire garden. I did share some of the bounty. My nephew was asking abut the purple tomato so I gave him one of them. A neighbor got a goodie bag because I’d rather share than anything go to waste. As it is, tomorrow I will be taking care of the squash, peppers, and zucchini. I’m not sure what I can do with all those cherry tomatoes. I’ll figure something out.
As it is, I’m sitting here minutes past midnight, enjoying the breeze coming in the open windows and the sounds of the night drifting in as well. Molly is asleep at my feet and Bella is watching me wondering if I’m ever going to bed. Maybe, its the guilt feeling that is bothering me. Even though I don’t believe what I did was wrong. I still feel bad about having called.
I think, that the way things have gone, while I admit, there are some crazy, entitled people out there doing stupid things, it causes issues when real problems arise. I don’t want to be the bad guy, but taking care of my parents and their safety is of utmost importance. Keeping my dogs safe, is important. Trying to get people to be responsible for their dogs is important. If they won’t do that, and it puts my family or my dogs at risk, then I’m the bad guy. And, as the officer said, if I still have issues, do the same as I did this time. If I have to, for my family, I’ll be the bad guy again.