|Barked: Mon Mar 11, '13 10:30am PST |
|What a crappy situation. It would drive me absolutely insane.
I had an old lady once who was tossing dog treats into my backyard because she "thought they were neglected and in the sun all day." Not only did I have a severely food aggressive foster at that point in time, but I also have an epileptic dog who can be triggered by certain foods! FACEPALM MOMENT. I invited her to my backyard gate and showed her the kennel they were in, which had a roof and tarps on it to keep wind, sun and rain/snow from hitting them, and they had big bowls of water readily available in the kennels to boot. Not to mention the fact that I NEVER had them out there for more then five minutes at a time unless I was out with them. But apparently 'barking dog = neglected and in hot sun all day'. Where does that logic come from?! She was walking a dog past my fence! Of course they're going to bark at the strange dog walking beside their property! I also don't bother with dog houses because my dogs never use them and they take up a chunk of space in the run. In fact, my dogs PREFER to sun bathe!
I have, luckily, never had an issue with bylaw. However... I have had moments where I've gotten concerned about it before. With my fosters nuisance barking, with the kennel incident, etc.
Out here though.. You're usually lucky if they follow up and investigate a call and so far, nobody has called on me.
I'm sorry things are going this way. Dog haters can truly make a dog owners life miserable. Both my neighbors(on one side) don't like dogs. It's unfortunate, but I try to respect that and keep my dogs from bothering them.
My reason for having a dog kennel? When my dog is outside, he's quite the escape artist and it's the only thing he's never escaped. It's mostly for safety and when I don't have a high enough or secure enough fence. Right now, I have the thing sitting in storage.
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