A woman recently asked if she was wrong for continuing to use her own back yard after her neighbors clearly didn’t want her to. She and the neighbor both had dogs, and this is what started the whole thing. Here’s what happened:
Her Fear of Dogs
The woman lived in a townhouse with her husband and their two 60lb dogs. In the past, she didn’t like dogs. She got attacked by a dog right before her neighbors moved to her area 2.5 years ago. It made her really scared of animals she didn’t know. But after therapy, she felt better and was not so afraid anymore.
Her Neigbour’s Dogs
Now, the woman’s neighbor had four loud and reactive dogs. They had three chihuahuas and one Australian shepherd. Whenever they saw someone on the other side of the fence, they would run over and bark a lot. Because of this, she couldn’t use her backyard for the past two summers.
Her Own Dogs
But now that the woman had gotten over her panic attacks and fear, she spent most of her weekends in the yard, and her dogs could run in and out freely. Her dogs were used to being around others and didn’t care about the fence when the other dogs acted up.
Trouble with Her Neighbor’s Dogs
However, her neighbor’s dogs weren’t well-trained and would get very loud whenever they saw her dogs. The woman had to only let her dogs out when the neighbor’s dogs were inside. If the neighbor brought their dogs out, she would take hers inside until the noisy neighbor’s dogs calmed down.
Her Neighbor’s Rude Remark
One Sunday, her neighbor got angry when she did this. They released their dogs, and they start making noise. So, she took her dogs inside as usual. But this time, her neighbor muttered angrily, “Close your door, please.”
She Was Upset
This bothered her. “This gets under my skin considering her dog’s reactivity is the reason I did not feel comfortable in my own backyard, and it is not my dogs who are reactive. Plus I have always been the one to bring my dogs in, not the neighbor,” she said.
She Decided to Get Petty
She got fed up with her neighbor’s nasty attitude, so she decided to get even. When her neighbor set her dogs free, she would stay outside and play fetch with her dogs. Her neighbor’s dogs got all crazy and loud, but she didn’t bring her dogs inside like she used to.
Happiness for Her Dogs, Frustration for the Neighbor
Her dogs loved this extra playtime and exercise outside. However, the neighbor didn’t feel the same way because they had to chase their dogs around the garden. This made her neighbor very irritated. They yelled at her to go inside, but she chose not to respond.
She Enjoyed Her Yard Unapologetically
Despite her neighbor’s reaction, she decided to continue enjoying her yard. She even ordered new furniture to make her yard more comfortable. She understood that her actions might seem a bit unkind, but she didn’t really care.
“Nothing petty about it,” said one person. “You have every right to use your property as you see fit.”
Another person said, “Feel free to give your dogs fake bones to play with. It will make the other dogs jealous/go crazy.”
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