Finally, someone with a reasonable solution to an extremely petty problem.
And might that be because where the lawn meets the street is actually an
easement controlled by the city? Try moving the fence back onto your
property and don't tell me that fences in front yards in "virtually all
cities" are prohibited by zoning laws, cuz it's just not true. And even if
your city does have such a law, why not consider planting a dog-unfriendly
hedge of some sort, like barberries or rugosa roses? Certainly a lot easier
than doing battle with your neighbors to the point where the cops are called
or posting signs which beg to be ignored or more likely, willfully
Pam, I like barberries, but not 75 of them, which is about what it would
take to line my property's edge. Then, I have to trim them, as well as deal
with them as I mow. If that happens, the dog owners have stolen TIME from
me, something I have little enough of to begin with.
As far as a "petty issue", when you have to spend 15 minutes cleaning your
shoes, and perhaps the better part of a day shampooing your carpet, that's
not petty. That's a crime.
Next suggestion... get help with your anger issue. You can get meds to help
with this obsession over a minor (yes, petty) problem. If you are daily,
weekly, or even monthly spending a whole 15 minutes cleaning your shoes and
a few hours cleaning the carpet then the time spent trimming a hedge would
be minimal in comparison.
You could get help, ma'am. How can you not see that it's pure, delicious fun
to mess with dog owners? For that matter, *any* segment of the population
that's brainwashed is fun to mess with.
Let's see. You suggest that Doug has an "anger issue" because he gets
upset over thoughtless idiots who think it's OK for their dog to crap
wherever it wants?
I think you might have a "sanity issue" - or maybe you're one of those
thoughtless idiots. If you have children, do you allow them to be
Doug, if you're home when this occurs, turning on the sprinklers as soon
as the dog squats might work. And set them so they cover the sidewalk
as well :-).
I do agree that it's not the dogs fault, but the law frowns on shooting
the owner. Ah for the days of the 12 gauge loaded wih rock salt. BTW,
I've been on both ends of that :-).
Oh yes, the sign: "Doggie-doo is a big fat DON'T!"
"Please keep your dog off my grass :-)"
Plus (and this is the important part) a temporary electric fence. One
wire, about a foot off the ground, electrified with something like
a Red Snap'r #66: <http://www.stockyardsupply.com/page8/
You won't need it electrified for very long. If it's not a very big
lawn, you should be able to use wooden stakes for the posts, but you
will need to use plastic or porcelain insulators like a real electric fence.
First, check the animal control regs so you'll know how far
officialdom will go to support you. In fact, some exerpts from the
municiple code could be on your sign.
I doubt that 'no dogs, ever, under any circumstances' would be viewed
There's a sign near me that shows a squatting dog with a red circle and line
over it (no dog poop). Here's a link that shows it as well as others
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