When I go on a run, there is only one way out of my neighborhood and I have to run by a certain house that has a very unfriendly dog and a faulty electric fence. They have two dogs, but the little one is like 15lbs of fury, so I just ignore him. The larger dog is a brown lab mix, about 80lbs, and very aggressive. The first time the bigger dog got out and chased me down, I went to the neighbor and nicely told him that his dog got out and was aggressive and the owner promised to fix his fence.
Nope, they haven't gotten around to fixing that. (I shouldn't be shocked, these people still have pumpkins on their porch.)
Other neighbors have had problems with the same dog, in fact my next door neighbor had to kick the dog off of him because it came after him when he was running by the house. Our HOA was notified of the issue, but whatever they did about it didn't work either because the dogs are still not secure behind a fence.
The bigger dog has chased me when I've been running with just Peanut and it has chased me when I'm running with the stroller. It has nipped Peanut in the butt twice now and I've had to squirt a whole bottle of water in its face to get it to back off. On Sunday, I was out for my first outdoor run in 2 weeks and that damn dog popped out of its fence and chased me down snarling and snapping. It nipped Peanut on her rear leg and Peanut was terrified and tried to hide behind me and I had to kick the dog away from her. The rest of my run was pretty much ruined by the bad mood I was in from that incident.
That's when I decided that I've had enough.
|I love the option of "other" for animal type.|
Since it happened on Sunday, I had to wait for Monday to call Animal Control and this morning an officer (hilariously named Leroy) came out to get a statement from me. The owners are going to get a written warning from Animal Control and Leroy seemed very interested in catching the dogs if they got off their property and said he would be patrolling the neighborhood.
|So...are we safe to go for a run now? I LIKE RUNNING.|
At first I felt like a huge bitch to be calling Animal Control on one of my neighbors, especially since the guy seemed nice when I talked to him about his dog. Then I started thinking about how Peanut is scared to run by that house, even if the dogs aren't outside, and how Faith is going to start being really afraid of dogs if she keeps seeing this one chase us down. Plus, just because someone lives close to me doesn't give them a blank check on being an asshole dog owner. You're supposed to keep your dog on your property or on a leash and that's really not asking too much, especially if you own an aggressive dog.
My husband says that now those neighbors are going to file complaints against us any chance they get, so our lawn better always be freshly mowed. Luckily for me, the lawn isn't my problem. I'll clean up baby poop explosions, but I'm not dealing with all the bugs and snakes in the yard. Looks like my husband just got some motivation for not procrastinating on mowing the lawn this summer. I'm pretty sure we'll be able to handle any backlash from the neighbors.
|Just let me take care of them, baby mafia style.|
Have you ever had to call the police or Animal Control on one of your neighbors? How did it turn out?