OMG! I can't believe I just did what I did. I was standing near my front door, looking out the window when a big black Lab mix with a woman ran through my garden where I've planted bulbs, making big holes, knocking bark all over the perfectly clean driveway and then up onto my porch. I stepped out and with mild irritation in my voice, said, "Ummm, this is a leash area." She said she was sorry, that her dog slipped out the front door and ran off and she was trying to get her and she was in her flip flops. I mumbled something, like..."oh." THEN I watched her take the dog by the collar and lead her back to her house, which was two doors down from me. OH GEE WIZ! It finally dawned on me this wasn't some random person taking her dog for a walk throughout the whole neighborhood without a leash. This was my neighbor! Oh GOSH. I felt like such a jerk....still do. So, I grabbed one of my business cards and ran to her house, rang the bell and apologized for my over reaction, that I didn't realize she was my neighbor, but thought at first that she was someone walking her dog without a leash and asked her to forgive me. She also apologized and said she was about to call her husband to tell him about their incorrigible dog and that she feared I was going to call animal control or something. I said that I understood how dogs can dart out and not come back, that accidents happen and again how sorry I was for over reacting. (I wasn't that mad...just a tad irritated) Then, making the situation as advantageous as I could, I handed her my card and said if she needs any help training, I'm her "man." That'll probably go over like a lead balloon. As an aside, I watched one day, as she spent about 15 minutes trying to coax this animal into her car...she didn't know how to jump up and was apprehensive. I was itching to go show her an easier way to teach the dog, but didn't. lol. So I hope I redeemed myself. That was not a very good display of patience, the very thing have in pretty good supply when it comes to animals....of the non-human variety.