How can these people say they love their pets?
We live in a rural area. Many people have horses and livestock. We were warned when we first moved in that if you get a dog, don't let it roam (which we wouldn't) because if roaming dogs get onto property with livestock they would most likely be shot. Finally, after 6 years we were able to install fencing around our entire 5 acres and we got a pup. But before we did this, the neighbor's dogs were constantly coming onto our property, doing their business, (the very same people who warned us) even though the owners have their property fenced also, they are just too lazy to close the gate. They also have horses, which twice got loose and rampaged onto our property, very dangerous because they go wild when they get loose, came within inches of crashing into our pool lanai. My main fear was that our property isn't horse-proof, meaning that we haven't cleared most of it, many jagged tree stumps, fallen logs, and gopher tortoise holes all over, so dangerous to horses. If one of them had run into one it most definitely would have broken it's leg. So at first after the fence was installed, the neighbor's little dog was small enough to crawl under our gate and come in and play with our pup. I didn't mind until our pup got much bigger and I was afraid she was getting too rough and would hurt the dog. So I told them what was going on and they said they would stop it, they didn't, so we had to put some broken concrete blocks under the gate so it couldn't crawl under. The other dog is a boxer, and this morning I was getting the newspaper and it came hurtling at me, barking, snarling, and with it's hair standing up. It got about 15 feet away and all I could think to do was say in a very forceful voice "Hey!" (I wasn't close enough to our gate to get inside and it was far enough away that the dog could have easily caught up with me.) Thankfully it stopped and turned and ran away. So again, I had to speak to the owner about that. The thing is, we do everything we can to keep our dog inside of our property line because we don't want anything to happen to her. These dogs are allowed to roam up and down the road where they could either be hit by a car or shot by a property owner. I just don't understand people. So I guess if I see them roaming again I'll have to carry pepper spray or some kind of weapon with me from now on when I go get the paper or the mail. I know that if I were to call the authorities the dogs would be back on their own turf before they got out here, we are way out in the boonies. I know this stuff goes on everywhere but I just needed to rant.