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Basic Consideration and Situational Awareness

September 11, 2007

We have four dogs. The neighbors behind us have a similarly sized pack. They don’t get along. Whenever they are in their respective yards at the same time, there is complete and total doggy chaos. Smith hurling himself at the fence, running back and forth, Sam doing the same, the girls running underfoot. It’s really annoying, and it’s dangerous for the dogs.

One would think, given this, that some care would be taken before letting the dogs out. I’m pretty conscientious about looking before letting the dogs out. After all, I don’t want to have to go run them down when they start playing “Attack the Fence”. Oh, and I don’t want to be an asshole.

Then there are the neighbors. Who have the advantage of their house being higher than ours. They can see right into our yard. It should be easy – one might say unavoidable – for them to know at a glance if we or our dogs are in the backyard. I stress should be

At 6:10 this morning, I’m standing on the patio, waiting for Smith to finish going bathroom. All the other dogs have gone. They’re wandering the yard. Our patio light is on. So basically, I’m in the backyard, illuminated (still dark outside), calling for Smith to come inside. Which is PRECISELY the moment our neighbors decide to let all of their dogs out.

This happens at some time or another probably every two or three days.

Seriously, WTF?

And don’t give me that crap about “maybe they can’t see you” because they can. Because I’ve been in the backyard, with the dogs, seen them come to their door, look out, and OPEN IT ANYWAY.

Assholes!

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