Thursday, July 12, 2012

Things That Annoy Me Thursday: Bad Dog Owners

The other day I stepped in dog poop. In my yard. AND I DON’T EVEN HAVE A DOG.

I’ve also had to deal with dogs that break free from their backyards. Living on this base you’ll generally see a loose dog at least once a day. Sometimes it’s the same dog.

Now. If you KNOW your dog breaks free make an effort to ensure that it won’t again. Don’t just stick it back in the yard and hope for the best. These fences on base are cheap. I get that. But the good dog owners know to line the fence with cinder blocks to keep their animals in. The bad dog owners don’t bother.

I’m tired of stepping in feces. I’m tired of dealing with other people’s animals.

I know I wouldn’t have the patience for a dog. That’s why I don’t have one. So I shouldn’t be punished by dog issues.

I’m on a military spouses page for this base and you’ll constantly see owners with posts like, “My dog got loose!” And like I said before, it’s usually the SAME dog and they’ll think it’s funny. It’s not funny. The first time it’s okay. The second time means you aren’t trying.

Also, if your dog is constantly barking, bring it inside. The neighborhood doesn’t want to hear it.

The moral of this post is, take care of your animals or, for heaven’s sake, find someone who will.

24 comments:

  1. argh this is my pet peeve!! there's a thing called being responsible people, try it.

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  2. I couldn't agree more. I have a cray-cray neighbor that has two outside dogs that bark all freaking night long. Drives me batty.

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  3. I agree! I'm not a dog person so keep yours away from me.

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  4. We have the same issue with cats in our neighborhood. I cannot stand cats, whatsoever, but people just let them roam free instead of keeping them in their house. I ended up with their paw prints all over my car, and they have ruined my Mom's front porch cushions with their urine and hair. It's honestly not fair, and cat owners don't give a crap. I have at least six DIFFERENT cats in my backyard, front yard, or front porch at different times during the day and I'm told they all belong to one lady in the neighborhood, who has earned the nickname...wait for it...the Cat Lady. So close to calling Animal Control...especially after finding out that our neighbor had one of those cats give birth to a litter of kittens in his back yard that he was being forced to take care of. He doesn't own a cat...why should he be stuck with the kittens?

    If I'm going to have an animal, I'm going to make sure it's not bothering others. Whether that means a bark collar, or fixing the fence so he can't get out.

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  5. I totally agree.

    Our neighbors dog usually howls all night long. We can't even sleep with our windows open.

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  6. I agree with you WHOLEHEARTEDLY and I have three dogs at the moment. Being responsible for our pets means that we should care enough about them to not let them get out of the yard because it puts others in dangers and puts the animal in danger. To me, it's like turning your back while the child runs in the street, irresponsible. As for the barking, years ago, we had a neighbor directly next to us who owned a barker who never stopped and would wake my kids on a school night at 2:00 to bark for two straight hours. Talking with her did nothing, I had to get the file a complaint with the city who finally sent her compliance violation letters that explained she'd have a $500 fine if she didn't remedy the problem. I was sad to be forced to do that, but my children needed to not be woke every night because she was too lazy to put her dogs in the garage for the night.

    Lana

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  7. I'm a dog owner and a dog lover, and I get so mad when people are bad dog owners. They make the rest of us look bad!

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  8. I am guilty of my dogs escaping more than once. My dogs are diggers, and they found ways under the fence if I wasn't paying attention. I was constantly plugging holes with cement blocks so they couldn't get out. My yard was to big to completely line with blocks so I would constantly watch them when I as outside, and I never left them outside when I was gone. I live in a townhome complex right now, and I am amazed at the number of people who don't pick up their dog's poop. It is so gross! They even have bags and trash cans throughout the complex for people.

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  9. I gotta say, I enjoy living out in the country for this very reason. I don't have to deal with other people's animals! Just my own!

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  10. When my daughter was little, we had to get rid of her sand box. It became the neighborhood litter box because people couldn't keep a handle on their cats. Now I was just sad about having to take something away from my daughter because of someone else, but I didn't want her digging in poo either.

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  11. Definately agree with the barking!!

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  12. Yesterday my best friend and I took the kids to the park, where there is a big sign that says no dogs off of a leash. Group of people pull in, let their dog out, and he runs up and pees on the kid toys! I was HEATED.
    I have two dogs, but I keep them under wraps.
    I also have a neighbor who has a hound of some sort who barks all morning, all afternoon, and all night. I'm about to go shoot someone :)
    Ugh!

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  13. I agree! I am/was a huge dog person (now I have kids, so the dogs are still my furry kids, but demoted to something else I have to keep alive) but there is a dog about seven streets down from us that is ALWAYS getting out! Once, he ran down the street, managed to avoid getting hit by a truck and ransacked our trash that was to be picked up. So, now he is always coming straight to our house when he gets out! When I call the owner they always give me this "oh, yeah, he gets out of the gate all the time" look. Like it's MY fault! Um, how about you get your gate fixed! So annoying!!

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  14. So true! My big thing is barking. Take the time to train your animal. My landlord has two dogs that they never properly trained or socialized, so they bark at EVERYTHING. I've lived on their top apartment a year now (they live on the bottom apartment) and the dogs still go nuts barking every time I enter or leave the building. They think it's cute. FYI: Noise is not cute.

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  15. Agreed and I am a dog owner. Our area is very dog friendly, which I love, but I don't love some of the owners. It really annoys me when I have my small dog on a leash, and some random dog without one chases us down and jumps on me. I'm also over it when people don't pick up after their dogs. Dogs are wonderful pets, unfortunately, they're not always owned by wonderful people.

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  16. Yuck! We live in a neighborhood next to a farm - so I have actually had horse poo in my yard. Double yuck.

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  17. That drives me CRAZY!! Just like people that let their cats roam the neighborhood!

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  18. Amen to that one! People are so irresponsible with their animals.

    I live in a condo and our HOA has some basic rules for dogs like picking up the poop (they provide the bags and everything) and keeping them on a leash. And yet it's still a big enough problem that I wouldn't touch our grass if you paid me.

    After having our dog attacked by a neighbors dog when I was growing up (my sister was walking our dog on a leash when the neighbors dog escaped their yard just to attack) and getting bitten on the leg by a strange dog while out riding my bike a couple years ago I just assume that a dog coming at you in a threatening way is going in for the kill. Now I automatically swing out at dogs who come barking and chasing after me. I don't care if the owner is right there telling me not to worry the dog is friendly. If the dog is not on a leash and coming at me in a threatening way it's probably going to get kicked. One neighbor started chewing me out after I kick her dog until I told her that if she gave me her name and condo number I'd be happy to report the incident to both the police and HOA for her. She walked away without giving me either.

    I do love animals and would probably have a dog or cat or both if I lived somewhere I thought they wouldn't bother the neighbors.

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  19. There was a neighborhood dog that did his business in my father-in-laws yard for a while...until my father-in-law started bagging it up and putting it on the owners front porch. :P

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  20. I'm with you! Bad dog owners are almost as annoying as bad parents!

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  21. Oh LAWD! You've gotten me started. I'm admittedly not a dog lover and I'm even less of a dog lover when people don't take proper care of their dogs. My mother was the worst. Currently I have a friend whose dog licks my legs... as in tries to give me a bath... every time I come over. She knows it bothers me and tries to make a joke out of it, but seriously, I was your friend before you got this dog and if you won't make him stop or remove him when I'm there, I'm not coming over anymore.

    Phew. Okay, I think I'm done!

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