Here's what nice neighbors do when they find a dog wandering around the neighborhood and they don't know who it belongs to.
|Nice neighbors attach the dog to a leash, attach the leash to a tree, and give the dog some water.|
Was he annoying? Yes. Was he causing our dogs to bark? Yes. Was he a nuisance? Yes. Do we have a leash law? Yes.
But nice neighbors understand that dogs (like children) sometimes don't do what they are supposed to do. Even when they have responsible owners (or parents).
So instead of calling animal control (we've seen enough of that officer this week, thank-you-very-much!) we try to find out who the dog belongs to.
In all the years we've done this we only had one owner very angry. She told us that we should have "Just told him to go home!"
But we live near a very, very busy state road and we love animals, so for the animal's safety we chain them on a 15 foot leash (under a tree so he's in the shade) and either wait for someone to see him from the road, or try to find the owner.
We'll call animal control the next time her dog is out, because she specifically told us not to chain her dog again.
What else has happened this week?
Someone opened the gates and fences down at another neighbor's home so that her goats and dogs would all get out--not nice.
Another neighbor opened a gate and let out two dogs, and then called animal control to pick up the loose dogs. Again, not nice!
Last year I would have said that we lived in the nicest neighborhood on the planet!
Something is in the air this spring.
And I wish it would blow away.