26 August 2008

Plan B: Put it in a Paper Sack on Their Doorstep and Light it on Fire


Our neighbors have a large dog (we'll call it "LND" for Large Neighbor Dog, creative, I know). We think it's a mix of pit bull, maybe boxer, and something white. It seems to be a fairly well-behaved dog and hasn't bothered Bruno one bit.

Our concern is this: LND is defecating in our yard. As you can imagine I'm upset. As responsible pet owners, we always clean up after Bruno. Newspaper bags are awesome for this (providing protection to my elbows!). But anytime we are outside with Bruno, we have a bag with us. Our neighbors? Never. In fact, usually they just let the dog out of the house to do his business and then bring him in a few minutes later.

Admittedly, we're not 100% sure that the newly-found poo in our yard is LND's. But as we've not seen any other dogs and this has become a fairly frequent experience, I'll say that we're 98% sure. And it's pretty big poo, meaning it's coming from a pretty big dog, which LND certainly is.

What to do? I do love the Plan B option, but that seems likely to begin a Hatfield-McCoy situation and frankly, I don't have the time. How do we handle this without involving the use of paper bags and matches?

9 comments:

Living in Tally said...

In friendly mormon fashion:

You could get a really cute basket with a fun dog-themed ribbon and fill it with poop collecting baggies/shovels (I'm sure they actually sell the stupid things at PETSMART or something). Make sure they are the "real deal" so that the neighbors have no doubt as to what the bags/shovels are for. Then come up with some catchy rhyme to go with it. Hey, the bags may already have some catchy phrase on them already. How could a neighbor be offended by such a sweet gesture?!

Living in Tally said...

I don't know, Plan B sounds really dang fun. You could even hide in the bushes with a video camera and then post the reaction on You Tube. I love that idea!

itsmeemily said...

I tried so hard to not bust up laughing in our dead quiet library as I read this. Wow. I have no clue how to deal with it, but im wishing you luck!!

Tamara said...

My husband and I discussed it and decided that plan B is your only option;) Some people just don't have the respect that they should.

i {heart} hawkes said...

i would forego the lighting part but have no problem with the rest of the plan. i would leave a sincere note (anonymous if you wish) saying: "We don't let our dog crap (instert stronger word here if you feel the need) on your property, we would appreciate the same respect from you!"

emily said...

i think a has a good idea

Niederfam said...

TOTALLY Plan B filmed and posted to youtube!!!!! :) Of course not to save your neighborly friendship, just for MY entertainment!!!! GOOD LUCK.

Sandra said...

Yes, plan B, plan B! The same thing happened to us in Utah. I think Allan just ended up cleaning it every time, he's so nice. Thanks for your comment about our house. And yes, I do think you have a beautiful classy house. I've always wanted to have an all brick house.

Becky said...

Ok, I'm going to go out on a limb here with an extreme idea. I'm not saying I endorse this plan and I'm not saying I don't. All I know is I'm currently dealing with a family of Raccoons who are shredding my flower beds. So I can relate to the frustration. I have a friend who was once in your same situation. Her solution...a bebe/pellet gun. I know it sounds harsh and rather extreme but she said it totally solved the problem. Of course you would have to catch the dog in the act. And you would'nt want your neighbors to see you doing it. My friend said after a few times of being hit in the hind end with the bebe gun the dog NEVER came back again. Like I said my personal endorsement is not on this one....just an idea that's a little out there. I love animals but cleaning up after someone elses dog is not in the cards for me. So depending on how desperate the situation gets this could maybe be an absolute last resort. Then again...maybe not. I'm still trying to decide how I personally feel about it. Good luck!