Day 179; Footnotes of “So Now I’m The Bad Guy”

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.

Flowers, because they always cheer me up.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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7 Responses to Day 179; Footnotes of “So Now I’m The Bad Guy”

    • Yeah, but no one really knows how badly I did NOT want to do that. Not because I didn’t want to hurt their feelings but I worry if they will seek retaliation in some manner. But I tried every other way and nothing worked. I hope this does.

  1. leendadll says:

    Sometimes it must be done. I feel the same – will do everything to avoid involving Animal Control. But my first neighbor’s dog barked literally nonstop from 4:30am to 10:30pm and she called all the neighbor’s whiners.

    Yay for all the harvest!! I say sun (or oven) dried cherry tomatoes preserved in olive oil!

    Purple tomatoes sound good!!

    • oooooooh, you reminded me. I was given an air fryer I wonder if that would work?
      My dogs are barkers. So much it even annoys me, but not at night because they are both inside at night. Still, I purchased training collars to calm that mess down. If my son and I both are away from the house, I bring both dogs inside. I’ve been doing that for months now- because of the neighbor’s dogs. I just hope this works and they simply just do what’s right.

  2. Silk Cords says:

    Leendadll is right. You did everything you could to avoid this, including talking to them nicely and then firmly. They’re the ones who had no respect for their neighbors, the welfare of their own animals and just common social decency.

    It’s another cheap tool of evil that they hold up doing what’s right as bad, and their own twisted behavior as proper. They play it heavily anymore also, making good people feel guilty that they stood up for what’s right.

  3. Sarah Davis says:

    I hope this solves your scary problems.

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