5 Tips for Dog Owners: How to make friends in the neighborhood

To Begin...

As I promised in my good neighbor article, I have a bit of an addendum to add when it comes to that dog across the fence. The simple fact is, not everyone is as adoring of canines as are those who choose to bring one into their homes. Those of us not a fan of fleas and hair upon our clothes frequently hold dogs in considerably lower esteem than those who lavish them with love. However, these differences aside, there are ways that the non-dog-people and the dog-people can live together in perfect harmony. For dog-people, what they demand is easy enough to understand. You want us non-dog-people to live and let live and all that rot. You want us to be sympathetic and forgiving when your dog destroys our gardens and annihilates our lawn. You don't want us to call the pound every time we get woken up. We get it, and we really, really try. But, I think you may not realize how much effort we put into making room in our lives for that large animal that you own. So, out of mutual understanding, I think it's important that the desires on non-dog-owners be made perfectly clear so that dog-owners can put as much effort into our neighborly relationship as we non-doggie-people do. So, to follow are some ideas that you might consider for awhile:

Typical dog owner.
Typical dog owner.
Here's something you should know.
Here's something you should know.

1. Join Reality.

That's right, the first tip for dog owners is to join reality. Your dog is NOT a person no matter how many times you let him lick you on the mouth. You may think it's sweet, but he was licking his butt only two minutes ago. I am reasonably certain that were I nimble enough to do the latter part, my wife would, without question, be unwilling to let me do the former no matter what I said or how many flowers I had bought. I suspect she's not alone. That's just not what non-dog-people do. So, just because you are willing to French kiss that hound of yours does not imbue him with humanity. It's gross, I'll give you that, but not enough to anthropomorphize his personhood into reality. It's a dog. Sorry to be the one to point it out, but, well, it's true. I realize this is not popular to point out, but if we are to go any further down this list, this particular reality has to be clearly understood.

2. Your Pit Bulls and Rottweiler’s aren’t “Really Sweet.”

If I had a dollar for every time a Pit Bull or Rottweiler owner told me how their dog was the sweetest animal in the world I'd be rich. Well, ok, that's a lie, but I'd have like twenty bucks and could buy myself a pizza or something at least. The point is, no, they are not sweet. Maybe it's sweet to you because you feed it every day, but it's not sweet to any of the rest of us. I see news stories all the time about Pit Bull attacks. All the time, like at least every other month, probably more. And those are just the ones that make the news in my medium-sized town. The L.A SPCA website had Pit Bulls listed as the perpetrators in 21% of all dog attacks total, and if you do the math on Dogbitelaw.com you'll see that they have Pits and Rotts responsible for 83.3% of deaths; DBRF they call them (dog bite related fatalities). So you can swear up and down that your Pit Bull and Rotties are sweet if you would like; you can even point out that all dogs can bite you if they want, but the truth is I never see golden retriever attacks, beagle bites or Labrador related deaths on TV. Just Pit Bulls and the occasional nasty Rott. Sorry to offend you with the facts, but, again, please at least accept the reality.

3. Bring Rover Inside at Night

Ok, I touched on this in my Top 10 Ways to be a Good Neighbor article, so I won't beat this one to death. However, I do want to point it out briefly once again. People tell me they don't hear their dogs when they bark at night. I get that. Totally. You are used to your beloved dog and don't hear him barking anymore. I completely understand. The thing is: I STILL HEAR THAT F-ING THING. So, to repeat what I said in that other blog, bring your sweet angel puppy inside. Hopefully you have thick walls and I won't hear him barking from beside your bed. Then we'll both be happy. You can sleep, since you don't hear him, and I can sleep because his noise will be filtered out by your house. Now everyone is happy. Hurray!

4. Do Something with All That Poo

This particular issue seemed best address in verse:


Dog Poo Poetry - by Shadesbreath

I know that poop is natural

Dropping from your dog's behind

But I think it's rather rude of you

To assume that I don't mind.


You take your dog out for a walk

Each morning when I'm gone

He sniffs about my yard a bit

Then drops a steamer on my lawn.


I'll see this thing tomorrow

Lying frosted in the dew,

I'll see it out my window

And think hateful thoughts at you.


And the stench that blows from your back yard,

The one that burns my nose,

Why don't you clean your dog run out

With some water and a hose.


Just once I'd like to barbeque

Without the scent of your dog's ass,

And I'd like get my paper

When it's safe to walk upon the grass.


I know you love your doggy,

You even let him lick your face

But I'm really getting sick of him

Stinking up my place.


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I realize I'm a horrible poet, but I think my point is made. Moving on.

THIS is an acceptable form of walking your dog in public.
THIS is an acceptable form of walking your dog in public.
If you look like this, you don't have to move as long as you smile nice when you walk by.
If you look like this, you don't have to move as long as you smile nice when you walk by.
Everyone else needs to get the hell out of the way.
Everyone else needs to get the hell out of the way.

5. The Sidewalk Belongs to the Person WITHOUT a Pet

This is the simplest of them all. In the name of getting along, old Thomas Jefferson wrote about these things called our "unalienable rights." Essentially, he defined how all men (ultimately taken to mean humans) were created equal. I totally agree with this. However, when we were all created, none of us were created tethered to a dog. It was just us that popped out of our mother's womb. That's it. No animals at all. Just us.

So, given that equality and mutual respect, when I am walking down the street from one direction, and you are coming from the other end with your dog, You step off the sidewalk instead of making me.

Oh, I totally realize that you know your dog is sweet as pie and has never bitten anyone, but I don't know that at all. The odds are we are strangers and I don't know you in the least. If I don't know you, then I clearly won't know your dog. Nor will it know me. Now, since you are the one who has chosen to excercise your right to bring a carnivorous animal, decendent of wolves, into your daily excercise routine, then it should be you who steps aside.

You may feel that I could step aside just as easily as you, and you are right, I could. But remember, you are the one who changed the balance of our equality. We were born, you and I, exactly the same. Now you have added a toothy predator on a string into the mix. Since you changed the balance of equality that we used to have, you should be the one to move.

To Conclude...

So there you have it. Five things dog owners should know if they want to put some effort into keeping peace around the neighborhood like we non-dog-people do. I suppose for many pet lovers this list probably just puts them off. They'd rather cluster, tribe-like with other dog owners and point out how uncompassionate non-dog people are. But that's not really true. Non-dog owners are just too polite to say this stuff out loud. They see dog-people oogling and Frenching their dogs and recognize the genuine love that those people have for that animal of theirs. Many non-dog-owners even respect that relationship. But enough's enough. Someone has to speak out for the silent intimidated ones (dog owners can be more vicious than their mutts). Non-pet people have rights too. People who don't like being bitten or barked at have feelings that deserve respect beyond a passing nod. People who don't like being slobbered on, jumped on, humped on, shed on or shat upon are still good people down at heart. I admit we might be picky when it comes to those kinds of things, but we are still nice if you give us half a chance. Remember, people are people first. In fact, according to my science class back in high school, people were actually people before dogs were. Maybe dog owners can cut us old school people some slack and rein old Rover in. Thanks.

(In the name of fairness, I have a cat hub brewing too.)

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mumz 8 years ago

I agree. I grew up with dogs, trained dogs. We never had our dogs in the house when company was over out of common courtesy and picking up the poo was a daily routine. We didn't even want to smell it.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Heh, yeah, I wouldn't want to either.  We had dogs growing up too, but, they were ranch dogs so they "went" out in the fields.  My old man wouldn't let them go on the lawn.  Although, we had mastiffs for awhile and, wow, the training process meant I had to do a lot of cleaning up.  Mastiffs are like the size of a horse so you practically need a backhoe to clean up the mountainous mounds they drop.  LOL.

Thanks for reading this one.  You're always kind to me.


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Tater2tot 8 years ago from ~~~

Haha your not a horrible poet! That was hilarious! OH and I totally agree with you about pit bulls. Hoodala does a lot of hubs about vicious pit bulls and people just crack me up in the comments. They say poodles are more likely to bite you than a pit bull! Okay if that is true at least a poodle can't kill you! If a pit bull starts biting you, it won't stop till your dead. And it knows how to kill you in one bite. A little poodle could attack your foot but all you gotta do is kick it to get it off ya! Good hub. Made me laugh multiple times.

Tayler!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Ah, you are too kind to my humble pile of verse. But I thank you just the same. And it is true that extricating one's self from a poodle is likely much easier to do than from the vice-like jaws of a Pitt Bull with out a doubt. A good shake or a well placed foot and you are free. I think you can brain a Pitt Bull with an iron spike and it still wouldn't let you go. I also admit that the disposition of the dog is reflective of the owner. I imagine there are a lot less sweet little old ladies buying Pit Pulls than there are buying poodles. Likewise in reverse for young men chosing pets for cuteness over toughness image stuff. Thanks for the read, glad you laughed, appreciate the comment.


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

You've done it again, Shadesbreath...made me laugh and made me think.

I became a dog owner for the first time last year.  Now that I look back on this time that's passed, I can see how I trained my dog with the dogless in mind.  After all, I was one of those dogless people all my life until Cinnamon came along.

You know what I really hated in the dogless days?  When people would show up at my house for a get together and bring their dogs without asking.  (Sometimes I felt that way about their kids, too, but that's another story.)

Actually, I had a long *hate* list about dogs, so when Cinnamon, 8 years old, smart, but not well trained, came to me, I must have had it in the back of my head that this dog was not going to make me or herself disagreeable to the dogless, as I had found the dogful and their dogs disagreeable to me.

No sloppy face kisses, no jumping on people, no unsupervised outdoor time.  Absolutely come when called, sit and lay down on command, walk like a lady on a leash at all times, stop-look-listen at street corners, leave-it and drop-it on a dime, and the list goes on. (Not that she's mastered all these, but we do work hard together.)

Anyway, I had to train me, too.  Get disciplined about walking on schedule, pick up the poo, and almost the hardest of all?  Don't take her to someone's house uninvited!  (You see, she's grown on me so much, it's hard to separate the velcro binding us together.)

She's a goldie, not a pit, not a dobie.  She's just a dog.  And although she is sweet and gentle, I don't trust her not to bite when those circumstances are there that tempt a dog to bite.

Gotta get up now and take the doggie for a poo.  I promise, we'll do our best not to run over the first pedestrian we see on the sidewalk, but that's a tough one! :)


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spryte 8 years ago from Arizona, USA

*snorts & falls over laughing*

Wonderful! I just loved that poem! I'm an avid animal lover...dog and cats...but that doesn't stop me from appreciating such a creative curmudgeonly complaint! Thank you for sharing this!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Sally, that's the best attitude. We have dog lover friends who are like you, and I actually like their dogs. And omg do I know how that univited dog thing goes. We had friends way back like 15 years ago who brought BOTH their dogs to our house, a ROT and a German Shepard... basically they brought 180 lbs of dog to our house unexpectedly. The german shepard leapt through the door when we answered it and chased our cat back to the back bedroom so fast nobody had a chance to act.

Happy ending on that one though, our cat kicked the crap out of that dog and sent it running back out with a bleeding scratch on its nose. Yay for Pudy!!! :)

Spryte,

Thanks, I was particularly pleased with the poem myself lol. And I'm glad you could spot the humor as I'd hoped people would. :)


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SunyFB 8 years ago from USA

I'm a BIG dog lover but I totally agree with you! I have complete respect for our nondog neighbors and they in return respect us, even when Mickey barks at them. They realize he's the animal not us, and they see that we have complete control of our 20 lb little dog with a big dog attitude.

I always step aside and hold Mickey's halter, even if I know he's the friendliest dog I've ever seen, just so that the other walker knows I see them and respect that they don't want Mickey humping their leg (Not like he does!)

Good hub!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

lol @ drive-by leg humping at the paws of a tiny pooch. Sounds like you have the right attitude too, Suny. And I bet your little dog sleeps inside anyway. Just a hunch, the little ones usually do.


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SunyFB 8 years ago from USA

Haha yes he does. He's definitely an indoor dog! But espicially in the summer when we're out in the yard with the grill going, he comes out with us. We also know that if he gets particularly noisy (lots of passerbyers and other creatures that perturb him) we take him inside to cool his temper down.

Can't wait to see the cat version!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Heh, thanks. Still working up to that. Got sidetracked by bees lol.


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Sally's Trove 8 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Three cheers for Pudy!!! As I am a cat person long before entertaining a dog, I know your cat did the just and natural thing by every righteous bone in its body.

You know, it's funny, traditional lore and contemporary humor have us thinking the dog chases the cat and gets him, but I don't think that's ever the case. The dog may chase the cat, but the cat always gets the dog.

Lucky for me, Cinnamon respected that feline tendency (although she had never lived with a cat in the eight years before coming to me) from the minute she moved in with me and my old cat Ed. They got along very well, I think because of her omega dog tendencies as well as his territorial obligation. After a year, he would allow her to sniff his butt, but that was about it. And she knew the boundaries.

Loving this hub and its comments.


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

LOL imagine the verb "allow" in the same sentence with "sniff his butt." What are the odds? Heh.

And yeah, cats run first because they're instincts are for not being dumb and fighting a big ass dog, but when it comes down to it, a dog has it's hands full... paws full... with a pissed off cat if it's dumb enough to corner one.


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annemaeve 8 years ago from Philly Burbs

Shadesbreath, thanks for the great read and all the chuckles! I had been a dogless person my whole life, until in a moment of weakness two years ago I rescued my very first dog (I wrote a hub about my conversion). Your words ring sooooo true for me.

The way I see it, conflict doesn't arise between "dog people" and "dogless people" but between inconsiderate people and people who expect respect from their fellow humans. Pushy, agressive, disobedient dogs who poop all over the neighborhood are just doing what they've always been allowed to do by their pushy, agressive, inconsiderate owners.

I've worked very hard to make my Chow mix into a dog that dogless people want to be around, and we're getting there, but I know I've made a long-term commitment to training and staying on top of my mutt. People who aren't up to the responsibility of bringing a "toothy predator on a string" into civilized society deserve a good claw-slap to the face courtesy of your Pudy!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

Annemaeve, you said it perfectly. It does come down to inconsiderate people and pepole who expect respect. I like dogs, too. So I'll put up with quite a bit if I see an effort being made. It's when they clearly don't care that I start to go nuts (or when they neglect the animals like the people we had next door for a while - god the filth those poor creatures had to live in!).


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Glenn Frank 8 years ago from Southern California

Great article! We own a small dog and constantly think about what we can do to keep her from being a pest to our neighbors. She is generally good but we try to teach her to be quiet and we pick up after her. I don't think we have to worry about her attacking anyone... I don't think I have ever heard of a Dachshund mauling... but she might lick someone to death!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

LOL

BREAKING NEWS: MAN LOSES PINKY TOE IN DACHSHUND ATTACK... News at 10:00

:)

Thanks for the comment.


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New Reflection 8 years ago from The Real World

What a great hub! I'm a dog lover, but only to the extent that they are pets, not my children or my life. I have enough of both of the latter to place pets in those positions.

Especially loved the poem!


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Shadesbreath 8 years ago from California Author

I agree whole heartedly, New. Growing up an a ranch, I learned to love and respect animals, but definately in their capacity AS animals. And thanks, I was particarly pleased with that poem as poetry is not my forte at all.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Very funny and truthful too, which you do very well. I recognise some of those behaviors in myself - not too bad - just a little, and I still found the whole thing hilarious! The poem was brilliant. I am not a huge fan of poetry, but when it is scatalogical I enjoy it. Poo poetry is much maligned and often misunderstood.

It's odd to go to one of your hubs an not have a gazillion comments on it. I know what you mean though when you said you were just starting here and didn't have any readership. A couple of my first I am very proud of, but their appeal is limited.

You've got a lot of hubs. I don't expect I'll be running out of Shadesbreath stuff any time soon!


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

I'll go have a look at some of your old ones. Which ones are your favorites? Shoot me a recommendation or four.


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

Actually, you may have seen them. Seems like you were reading my stuff from the beginning, but I would say the Truffle one. It's not side-splitting funny, but it's got some funny in it.  It is at the bottom of my hubs in score, page views, etc., and at least at the time I wrote it, it represented a personal advancement for me. So I've always felt it was overlooked, but then, people just aren't that interested in truffles so it's understandable.

And the Hobbit one, which is not funny (a clever turn of phrase, here and there) but it's pretty straight. Interestingly, There was a new documentary on the Human Hobbit on TV a few days ago, and it's seeing a little traffic now.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Yeah, I went to see your hubs, and I've read them all I'm pretty sure. Definately read the truffle one and the Hobbit one. That truffle one seems like when I realized you are a really amazing writer.


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Both of you are amazing writers. Honest. It's nice to see hubs pop up that were written before I arrived, because I really don't have a great deal of time to go digging for them.

Shades this one is definitely a hoot. I really enjoyed the pictures more than normal. The pitbull vs. Hannibal Lecter and the dog licking the dudes face vs. the dog licking another dog's backside...ROFL! Good stuff there.

And about people who let dogs lick them on the mouth...ew, ew, ew, and ew again. I love dogs, I have dogs, but they don't lick my mouth. Ew. It's ok if other people want to do that, but for me....ew.

Nice job. :)


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Yeah, Sunlover started that thread about resurecting old hubs, and between that and a lucky random hit on another old one of mine, I have three old ones getting a little action. I'm glad, because that's the one thing about HubPages. It's like a newspaper in many ways, the writing is evanescent but for a rare few that linger. But, sometimes things are dug up, which is fun. I can't even keep up with the people I am fans of anymore.


Jay 7 years ago

Check your facts before you decide that Pit Bull Terriers are dangerous.

http://www.dapbt.org/atts.htm

http://www.badrap.org/rescue/myths.cfm

The reason you see so many problematic Pit Bulls is due to irresponsible owners in low income neighborhoods. These dogs are purchased for "protection" among other things and the reason the numbers are scewed against them is due to the fact that Joe Gangbanger isn't going to buy a "cute cuddly" dog. They have gotten a bad reputation over the years and people like you making ignorant comments only help to further the problem. I suggest further reading before making blanket statements about a breed.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California Author

Well, Jay, I can't say that I disagree with you on some of that.  People make mean dogs for the most part.  However, some dogs have natural dispositions that make them more conducive to combat than others.  Beyond that, I'm sure you could find nearly as many "poor innocent little lamb pitt bull" websites as I could find websites citing unending lists of attacks.  At least the websites I chose are not obviosly biased sites like those to Pitt Bull lover sites.  Sheesh.  Me thinks the lady doth protest too much and stuff. 

I'm one of those guys who, while perfectly willing to look at root causes of circumstances, at the end of the day, what really matters to me is what's actually going on.  A perceived problem is generally perceived as a problem because it is a problem to be perceived.  So, like I said in the article, "Sorry to offend you with the facts, but at least accept the reality."  I agree that a-hole owners make for a-hole dogs, but, in the end, when some dog is eating my kid, I really don't care how it became mean.  And the facts show that Pitt Bulls are the biggest offenders (and so in a way, I don't really care why).  You want to start a crusade to ban a-holes from buying Pitt Bulls, I'll be the first member of your fan club, but beyond that, my position remains unchanged.

Oh, and you do know that there is an element of humor in my article too, right?  Perhaps yank those panties down out of the old crevice a bit; I think they've lodged up in there pretty deep and are putting pressure on your... uh... nether-portal so to speak.  It's making you testy.


Jay 7 years ago

I could clearly see the element of humor in your article and believe me, I was not offended at all. I just feel that you are a bit of an opinionated know it all. There is certainly no problem with that. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

I'm not a pit bull owner, and definitely not a dog person. I just don't like to see needless reinforcement of a stereotype against a particular breed of dog. There are many shelter dogs in need of a home, and it would be a shame for a family to pass up on an otherwise loving dog just because it is perceived as a "killer".

The information in your article is nothing more than propaganda, as is the information I posted. My wife, who has worked as a veterinary technician for many years, in multiple states has seen many more "caution" golden retrievers than pit bulls. Perhaps this is due to the fact that so many people own goldens vs pit bulls, but as you know, the facts can be twisted to make nearly any point.

As tested by the American Temperment Test Society, the american pit bull terrier gets an 84.3% approval rating, the golden retriever scores an 84.2%, beagle 80.3%, labrador retriever 91.8%.

American Pit Bull Terrier

http://www.atts.org/stats1.html

Golden Retriever

http://www.atts.org/stats4.html

Beagle

http://www.atts.org/stats1.html

Labrador Retriever

http://www.atts.org/stats5.html

Bottom line: When not raised by criminals, the pit bull is a perfectly acceptable and safe breed. Not a mindless killer.


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Jewels 4 years ago from Australia

Let me tell you a little story of a woman (me) who endured 12 months of incessant high pitched yapping of her new neighbors fox terriers. After several complaints to council who said they addressed my concerns, and after no changes, one cold dark night at 1.30am, being woken (again) by dogs barking at the dew falling from the sky, I adorned myself with dressing gown and moccasins and proceeded to knock on her door. After much bashing and the now louder barking dogs, she eventually answered the door. With a shocked look on her face and a telephone in her hand, I kept my composure as much as I could and pleaded that she do something about her barking dogs as they were driving me insane. I didn't yell, I was as kind as one could be in a dressing gown and slippers in the middle of a cold morning visiting neighbors.

The first thing she said was "do you know what time it is?" ("Moron": I thought). I said: "Yes I do!"

The Gods must have jolted her little brain as her demeanor changed - she realized her neighbor was the inconvenienced party in this situation, not her being awoken.

At 1.36am I was back in my bed, so riled up it took quite awhile to settle my mind and fall asleep. The satisfaction was immense however, and from that day forward I've not had to endure her yapping creatures.

Sometimes it takes an apocalypse to change an unruly situation.

Great hub.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

That was clearly the perfect tactic. Too bad people have to be so inconsiderate that you are driven so nearly insane that you can push past the unbelievable reluctance anyone has to A) get up that early, B) go out clad in that way, and C) have a confrontation with someone given both A and B. I'm glad it worked out.

Our horrible neighbors moved away, so, hopefully we won't get any more like them. Keeping my fingers crossed.


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Ask Ashley 4 years ago from California

LOL Beautiful poetry but I love dogs and at least most people pick up after their dog...unlike some cat owners (haha). My friend's neighbor has a cluster of cats that roam freely pooping all over her lawn and property--which is nice when her small son goes out to play...Obviously there will always be people who don't pick up after their animal, but I'd like to think with dogs, since they are on leashes most of the time, the poops in your yard are minimal and not as common as cats that have the option to roam freely...But, I do agree with the barking problem. I scold my dogs every time they bark and one of our neighbors allows their dog to howl all through the night...always a great nice sleep!

By the way, I have a Pit/Rott mix...and he is the nicest dog ever! LOL It is true, so I guess I am helping out with your pizza funds. :)


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Well, don't let that thing eat me, that's all I'm saying. You people and your toothy carnivores! :P

Oh, and, uh... gross on the kid on the cat-crap lawn. Bleh! But then again, who knows, maybe Junior will eat enough of it to fertilize himself and he'll end up playing in the NFL or something. You just never know.


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Ask Ashley 4 years ago from California

lol You are terrible!


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Just saying. lol


stefan 4 years ago

enjoyed the blog

Though there are sweet pit bulls and Rotties though I don't think you totally disagree that they can be, you are more pointing out if an idiot gets one of these dogs (which a lot do) it has the potential to kill and needs a lot more training to keep it sweet, and if an idiot got a maltese well it might scratch you

great writing checked out your 10 things about annoying neighbours another good read, I constantly have people parking in front of my house instead of theirs and whilst I usually dont care when I have to mow the lawn I don't because whilst doing the edges I don't want to hit there car with my mower.


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Shadesbreath 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Stefan. Thanks for reading and commenting. I do agree its possible for nice people to get a pitt bull to be nice, but even then, dogs are animals, and even nice dogs have bad moments sometimes. The consequences of a bad pit bull moment are just so awful compared to other dogs, I still can't help regretting the time that went in to creating the breed it has become.

And you should just edge your lawn. Maybe they'll figure it out.

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