|Shiver Me- Timbers- "Charlie"|
My Little Dog, a- heartbeat at my- feet.<3
|Barked: Fri Apr 20, '12 11:05pm PST |
|My fiance and I moved about a month and a half ago into some new townhouses. The rent is great, they're pet-friendly, and even though there's no yard, we're allowed to(and almost everyone does), do tie outs in the front as there's basically small fields between each of the buildings.
Now... Here's the thing.. I live on an end unit, and there's a neighbor whose dog Charlie plays with and they are the third unit down from us. So we put our dogs on long tie outs to let them play on the grass together. Please note, the grass is AWAY from the front steps and the sidewalks of the units, and we are out there with our dogs EVERY single time they're out there, making sure we can hold onto them to prevent them from bothering anyone or jumping on anyone and keeping them off the sidewalk and peoples steps.
The first issue I personally had, when I first saw her, she didn't say anything. I had Charlie out, saw her coming, and backed onto my steps with him on his leash to keep him from jumping on her and while she had full rights to the sidewalk, she walked AS CLOSE as possible so Charlie had no choice but to lift up his front end to keep from getting stepped on.
She's ALWAYS finding some reason or another to come out and harass us now. The first time, it was "I can't get out my door, keep your dogs away from my door!" - here's the thing, the dogs are on the grass, minimum ten feet away and we grab hold of the leashes EVERYTIME someone starts to come out.
Second time, "Keep the dogs on your own property." They're on PUBLIC property when they're on the sidewalk or grass, so while she owns her unit and her tiny little block of cement that's fenced in by a metal rail, and her steps, she doesn't own ANYTHING else, and therefore, has no rights to complain, particularly when the dogs are kept away from her to begin with.
My fiance actually gave it to her on Easter, pointed out they were not on her property at all, that they were not at her doorstep or door, and were not harassing her, and that she also had a second door to go through should she have such issues despite not having the dogs jumping on her, but he hoped she had a good Easter.
Since then, we haven't seen her until today. I saw her coming, so we immediately took the dogs inside, but I went back out to drag the rest of his lead in the house(it's long and I don't like leaving it out), and she was at her steps, crouching, heard me outside and said "Did you knock over my lanterns?"
"No, if I, or my dogs had knocked over your lanterns, that would have required being on your property, which we were not. If I HAD knocked over your lanterns, I'd have had the respect and courtesy to replace them how they were."
"Well, they fell over somehow."
"Of course I did it! Y'know, I get off on pissing people off and being a %$#^*. There absolutely isn't such a thing as wind or children running all over the neighborhood."
And with that, I walked into my house and slammed my door.
I'm SERIOUSLY considering complaining to the condo board about her constant harassment, because there's no reason for it, and it's interrupting our ability and enjoyment of being outside. They will fine a person $250 if a neighbor complaints. Or even filing actual harassment charges or complaints.
How do you deal with neighbors like this?! I'm almost at my wits end and I've TRIED to be civil and respectful and I've kept my mouth shut up until now.
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