Ooh sorry but have to rant! Was just washing up, kitchen window faces out front and saw a chap letting his dog roam over my front garden, peeing on it (the dog peeing, not the man!). I popped out and asked him nicely, not to let his dog do that again as my garden isn't a dog toilet.
He marched up the drive, and told me to tell the dog that.
My response " you're responsible for controlling your dog".
His response "you need to grow up" .
My response "you need to take responsibility for your dog's behaviour ".
I shut the door then as I felt he was belligerent and didn't want him taking a swing at me.
I should add our garden is open plan, as our estate planning didn't allow otherwise, and the dog wash on a lead so the owner could have done more to control it. (It was actually a really nice 'smiley' labrador which under different circumstances I'd have loved to pat).
I'm not a dog hater: for years we had dogs but work and other commitments didn't allow for us to have more when the last one passed away (and I still miss her). However I would never allow my dogs to foul other people's property: they were always put out in my back garden to do their 'big' business before being taken out for walks for recreational purposes and NOT allowed to pee in other people's gardens on the way!
Sorry for the rant but he was SO rude and clearly felt he had the right to let his dog do that!
Maybe I should keep a bucket of water handy but would be tempted to chuck it over the owner, not the dog.....
Silent treatment - son
Caught in the act - neighbours
How to say it - 'no'