Neighbor is ticking me off!

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  1. becca_4321

    becca_4321 New Member

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    Princess has had to be stuck inside nearly all day. I have taken her for a car ride and we took a walk, now it looks like it might rain. I cant let her outback when the neighbors dogs are out because she jumps at their privacy fence and breaks boards, from there she will pull them off! The boards are thin and he did no upkeep on the fence so its very brittle and warping bad.
    For some reason today he's letting his dogs out one at a time so there is one outside ALL THE TIME! Everytime I open our back door one comes running to the fence barking at me, so I cant let Princess go out. I have been alittle ticked simply because I consider it to be rude of him. The least he could do is give my dog some running time. This has been going on since 10 this morning. Finally a little bit ago there was a gap where his dogs were all inside so I let Princess out. Wouldnt you know it, he let another one out! So I had to fight to get her back inside. Now I'm starting to think he's purposely doing it. He's always let all three out at the same time, and only once every few hours, this is something new. Being Easter I thought maybe they have company, maybe thats got something to do with it, nope. No company.
    I'm just blowin' off steam. Just gives me more reason to believe he's a jerk.
     
  2. Renee750il

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    If it's a line fence, you can do the repairs/reconstruction and he's obligated to pay his half. Of course, it might be worth the peace of mind just to go ahead and do it and get it over with. I don't know what kind of fence it is, of course, but there's nothing wrong with putting up fence panels of your own using the existing supports. If you put the panels on the side of the supports that face into your backyard you shouldn't have to disturb the existing ones.

    Good luck! I've had some awful neighbors from time to time. I always believed what Robert Frost said, "Good fences make good neighbors."
     
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    I love Robert Frost. That's all I have to say about that. :) Oh, and I agree with Renee. Fix the fence and bill him. :D
     
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    I told shredhead about my neighbor problem..and said just for fun i should draw the dog with a place to put a hose..then they could put it in the yard..a picture speaks a thousand words!! i put in my dog art the one i drew of my dog..looking peeved about my neighbors..i was going to cut it out of a large board and fasten to the fence, but we had the fire before i ever got it done.. wouldn't your dog look great like that..could you imagine if it was cut out..and looked just like your dog with a real disgusted tought dog look pointing right at them..maybe a shame shame gesture..geez if only we could pick our neighbors..i am not good enough for any of these people around me to even say hello..i have lived here for almost a year and take very good care of my property..if they did say hi now i would figure they aren't worth my time..just cause my house is smaller than all of theirs....one washes his dogs with cold water out of the hose on the same day they wash out their trashcans..wish they would wash themselves the same way!
     
  5. becca_4321

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    Oh we live in a town like that. Whats worse is in this town you have to have the 'right' name. If your not one of the old names of town then you dont belong. They keep saying they want the town to grow, claim to promote business yet no outsider is able to get a business off the ground in this town. Its one of them towns where everyone seems to know more about you than you know yourself. They know who is cheating on who and with who and where they meet what nights. They know when they send kids to school whose kid belongs to who, and which parents came from respectable names of town or old money. I often compare this town to Pleasantville. Everything is black and white, no color at all. And No matter what road you take leads you right back where you started, just can never get anywhere.
    We've had our business about 4 years now and are planning on moving it to another town this summer. Very big possibilty of moving too. I'm ready to move, not sure my husband is. Just sad so many people judge people by the car you drive, the home you live in, and how much money your worth.
     
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    you got that right! Same here..and i am so loveable too...i miss my old house and the good neighbors there..this street is just indifferent.
     
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    Imagine if we could all live in the same neighborhood. That would definitely be a dog friendly neighborhood. We could put one huge fence around the outside of the neighborhood to keep our dogs (and cats and any other critters) safe and inside and all the non-animal people out. Because since we all have pets, no one would go speeding through (hopefully).

    (Sigh) What a happy place that could be, for us and our dogs.
     
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    That sounds like a problem with your dog, not his dogs.

    You need to train your dog to behave when outside. Stay out with her. Keep her on a tie out if necessary. If your dog is ruining the fence, it's unreasonable to expect your neighbor to pay for any of the repairs. It doesn't sound like your neighbor is doing anything wrong to me.
     
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    I know I have a problem with my dog! She wants to play with his dogs, they want to play with her. When this all started the dogs worked from both sides to find a way to visit. Since his fence is so poorly put together, weathered and brittle, starting to rot, Princess jumped agaisnt the fence out of excitement and broke a board. From there she tore one out. We've done repairs as it happen, and we've added to it to give it more strength in the obvious weak areas. I'm not blaming him for the fence problem, this is truely our problem. No my beef with him yesterday was the fact he was letting his dogs out one at a time and all day long until dark. He has never done this before, and he knows I wont let Princess out if his dogs are out. I just thought it was rude of him. We are going to put up a strong fence next to his but couldnt do it until it thawed out and now its nothing but mud along the fence. So until we can do that she has to have supervision outside and limited runtime, and to advoid any problems she doesnt go out when his dogs are outside. I just felt like I'm trying to do my part on this side of the fence, he could at least allow me alittle time outside with my dog. None of it had anything to do with me thinking he should fix his fence, actually he should have never allowed it to get so rotted. He should have done some upkeep on it thru the years. And my dog needs lessons on manners! Fact is, lots of dogs jump agaisnt fences when they see something on the other side, which is what she does only his fence cant hold her.
     
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    You all think you have bad neighbors?? Well let me tell you, I have the neighbors from He%$! They are the most irresponsible pet owners I've ever seen. They never keep their pets on a leash or tie them. They don't spay or neuter their pets. A few years ago they had a German Sheperd who came up on my back porch and attacked my cat and killed her. Well she didn't die right away. I made them pay the vet bill! Then their dalmation for some unknown reason started pooping on our front porch :eek: I mean like more than 10 times. I caught her in the act. One day she did it, my husband picked it up w/rubber gloves on and took it over and put it on their porch!! Then to top it all off, a couple years ago they decided to put in a sand volleyball court in their backyard 2 feet over into our property. I got into with the wife and so they moved it over 2 feet but the way it's set up there is still volleyball players in my back yard all summer long so I can't let Capone out because he barks at them the whole time. And all their drunken friends who come over to play volleyball usually bring their dogs!!!!! WTF??

    We've finally had enough. When we get our income tax check, we're putting up a privacy fence.

    Sorry had vent too since we were on the subject!!!!
     
  11. Renee750il

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    I had a neighbor (when I still lived in my parents' home) who used to throw fireworks over into our backyard so he could watch my 15 year old, arthritic German Shepherd jump the fence! His 8 year old actually told my mom that's why his dad said he did it . . . Poor Purdue loved to lay out in the backyard on warm summer evenings. He had a spot in the yard that soaked up the sun all day and was like a hot water bottle by evening, but this unspeakable boor spoiled it for him. He'd also egg our house, our cars, and then he'd get coked up and stand out in his front yard yelling and waving a pistol, threatening the 70+ year old man across the street sitting on his own porch, or whoever happened to catch his attention. I'd had it one night and called the police. They cruised by but didn't stop, and he hid in the bushes until they were gone.

    So I called them back. They told me I'd have to come out and talk to them and tell them what happened if they stopped. I couldn't believe it! That was what they were supposed to do in the first place! I'd been waiting on them on the front porch! When they came back by and got out of the cruiser, the neighbor went nuts and ran across his yard at them, yelling that WE were causing problems. They told him to go back up on his front porch and wait, but he got mouthy and violent - and got hauled off. We didn't see him again for 6 months, lol! He had a farm in another county, and he packed up some of his things and left to go stay there after that. His wife and stepdaughter and son still lived there, but he rarely ever showed up there.

    He's back more now, and he's made some remarks to people (including my mom) about how aggressive his white German Shepherds are. :rolleyes: Funny, he's stopped that and keeps them in the back yard now.

    I've been making a habit of taking Shiva and Kharma with me to my Mom's. [evil snicker] It's really funny because the Hispanic family that rents a house across the street knows what they are . . . they smile and tell me my dogs are grande - but they do NOT want to be close to them. They're nice people, but the respect they accord the girls impresses the bad neighbor no end! ;)

    But, back to you, Becca! That probably was calculated to annoy you. I hope that mud dries up enough for your hubby to deal with the fence woes before too long - before you completely lose your mind . . . :eek: At least you've always got friends here you can rant away to. ;)
     
  12. tl_ashmore

    tl_ashmore Spoiled Rotten Dog

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    I think that is the best idea I've ever heard!!!!!!!!
     
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    tl_ashmore Spoiled Rotten Dog

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    Beulah does the same thing. If there is something that she wants to see on the other side of the fence, she will jump it. I also have a six foot privacy fence. As for Homelessdog, you didn't have to be so rude.
     
  14. homelessdog

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    If you think he's doing this to spite you then I would just let Princess out on a tie out and let her bark as much as she wants at the neighbor's dogs.

    He might have a valid reason for letting them out one at a time, or he might be trying to irritate you. If he knows you that well then perhaps it would be beneficial to talk to him about it.
     
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    I have pretty bad neighbors too. YES YES YES, finally a thread about bad neighbors. This guy = jack@$$. Spraying my dog with hoses, honking his car horns, turning up his movies loud to purposely make my dogs bark. Than he comes out to complain.

    -Jon
     
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    Sunnypup mostly ignored...

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    Funnily enough I live in a neighborhood that doesn't want my boys here but looooves my puppy and me, so my bad neighbor stories wouldn't stem from them annoying my pup but from nasty comments made about my boys. sigh. anyway it sucks that all of you have to deal with icky people like that. So how soon can we get started on Dog Lovers Haven? I'll help with the design and I'm thinking somewhere central to all of us is a good location, somewhere with lots of trees and open fields and water to play in. It would be awesome. I'll start fundraising if anyone is serious! :D I'm sure even bad neighbors would help since I'm sure they would see it as a good thing that you and your "bad dog" are gone :)
    I don't think that homeless is trying to be mean but I do think she could tone it down a little. Good points can be made with a gentler tone. It just seems like sometimes we only see our point of view and I think she (he??) is trying to let us see the neighbors. At any rate, maybe you could talk to the guy and set up a play date? I missed it if you said you don't get along. Maybe you could fence both of your yards together and solve to jumping through the fence problem? I dunno, just a (probably far too optomistic) idea.
     
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    This neighbor is very odd. Since they've moved in next door I couldnt tell you how many times when me or the girls have been outside we'd look up and see him peaking thru a gap in the fence at us. One summer I hired a friends son to take care of my lawn, his mother decided she wanted to help him. She said they looked up and there this guy was looking thru a gap in the fence at them. So it wasnt just me or my girls seeing this. I wont bore anyone with all the things I could say about this neighbor. He's just very odd.
    When the dogs all became so determined to get together to play, when this first started, I did talk to him and it was suggested the dogs be allowed to get together to play. Even though I dont like him I know he and the lady he's with are very good to their dogs. At least she is. He wouldnt even play with the idea. he said with the size different of the dogs he'd worry because dogs do get into fights (princess is bigger than his dogs). I wont tie her up in the yard. I have lived in my house for 20 years. I've seen neighbors come and go, some nice some not. Just dont think my family member should not be allowed to run in her own back yard. The only time its a problem is when all the dogs are out at the same time. Inbetween times everything is fine. His dogs go running up and down the fence, poking there noses in gaps and under it barking and excited, and Princess does the same only she's several years younger and she jumps from excitement. This is where the weakness of the fence fails. I'm tempted to walk down a couple of houses and ask that neighbor if they'd mind letting their tied up dog come over once in a while to play with Princess. They do walk the dog sometimes, not alot. Problem is dont know if letting Princess play sometimes with this dog would make her more determined than ever to get out so she could then visit that dog more, or if it'd satisfy her. I have a feeling it'd make it worse. Still might try it.
    Oh by the way, what a wonderful thought of dog lovers in a neighorhood. One big fence to surround the grounds. We'll make a sign that says DOG HATERS NOT WELCOME.
     
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    :D There are another 70 acres or so available behind Charley's farm. How many of us do you think that would accomodate, lol! My Dad's a civil engineer and lays out a lot of subdivisions, roads and all the things that go with a development, so we'd have that part covered . . .

    That would just drive the trailer park owners around the bend! We've already been talking about running them out by putting a pig parlor across from the park :eek:
     
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    He. And point taken. Thanks.
     
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    i ended up doing a quick painting of my evil neighbor and tacking it to a tree facing his house.did me a world of good..probably was over his head..they didn't talk to me for 12 yrs but complained about my dogs (that i pick up everyday..and never bark) they hated dogs..they called my son names and dumbed their limbs in my yard (we burned them in the Chiminea and said "hey thanks for the wood" but that probably was over their heads too..ohh i don't miss them a bit!
     

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