Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Neighbor's Dogs Update

Hi all! I'm here today with an update on our neighbors and their dogs. If you don't know what happened, you can check it out here.
So, taking all your fabulous suggestions into account, the peeps went over to the neighbors' house to talk to them. We hadn't heard a thing about Plymouth, no apology or anything. But, at least once since the Plymouth attack, their dogs had dug under the fence (which is almost 5 feet high and chain link) and were in OUR yard! Thank dog we were inside both times.
The peeps talked to the neighbor,  telling him (nicely but firmly) that his dogs had been out several times in the few days we'd been there and that he needed to do something about it. They mentioned that we have little dogs and chickens, then they neighbor brought up Plymouth. He seemed genuinely sorry about her, and told us that the dogs belong to his father, an older man who lives there too. He said he's been meaning to put electric fencing along his side (so why hasn't he done it yet??????) and that he was fine with us fixing the fence.  
Our plan of attack is to fill in the holes the dogs have already dug with concrete , then putting some form of visual barrier against the fence. Possibly barbed or razor wire along the top to make sure they can't jump over. We though about putting barbed wire along the bottom, but that would be a bad idea (as you can guess, with small dog breeds, that's a recipe for disaster.).
So we'll just go from there, and if the keep digging under we'll have to cement the entire length of the fence. If any more issues arise, the authorities will be called. Thanks again for all your advice, my Blogville family!
Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola
Here's ME next to one of the dogs so you can see the size difference. This dog's probably 70+ pounds. I'm 8lbs.


  1. I would have thought that instead of you doing all the work fixing the fence, the neighbours should have taken the responsibility - or at the very least offered to help!!

    I hope it will be fixed so your animals will be safe!

    Rubies mum xxx

  2. My thoughts are kinda like Rubie and Poots Mom's...seems like they would have taken more responsibilty since it was thier dogs. Oh well, sounds like you have a plan, and the sooner the better!! That dog is HUGE!!


  3. That's a BIG dog! He could probably hop over a 5-foot-fence without any problems at all if he finds he can no longer dig under. What THEY should do is build another smaller fenced yard (high fence) within their big yard and try to keep their dogs away from the fence all together. If possible, you could do the same and keep the small dogs closer to the house. At least you'd have a double protection there. The big dogs would have to get over two fences.

  4. Hey Nola!
    Wow, I sure hope this little talk helps fix things! It's too bad those other pooches are all out-of-control like that. Those peeps should be more responsible fur sure.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, COP

  5. Well I hope that sorts it. Mum thinks you're being very generous with your neighbour. She says she'd want action taken against them for poor Plymouth and have them pay to fix the fence. Mum can be a bit of a firebrand at times! As Long as the kids are safe though... Deccy x

  6. We are lost for words here.
    The neighbor needs to own up to his responsibility.
    We hope a permanent solution is found soon for everyone's safety.


  7. We really hope your neighbour fixes his fence now he has actually seen what his father's dogs are capable of. He is very lucky your mum is such a nice person, some people would have shot vicious dogs that are on their property.
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  8. Still really upset about Plymouth! Little Nola and furry feathered friends be careful out there. They just need to put up electric fencing which isn't difficult. Take Care
    Best wishes Molly

  9. First of all, I'm so so sorry to hear about your sweet goat! That's awful.
    Second, I was going to suggest concrete, great idea! Though, as others have said, it would've been ideal for the owners to take responsibility for it. But you can't always rely on people taking responsibility for their dogs and sometimes you just have to find a solution yourself (I've run into that many times where I live, I can't even safely walk my dogs in most parts of the neighborhood because most dogs run loose and unattended 24/7). I hope the plan you've come up with works and your animals (and humans!) are kept safe!

  10. Nola, we're so sorry about your situation. Lady says a gentle answer turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger (Prov. 15:1). Your peeps have been so tolerant under these conditions. It shouldn't take another tragedy to change the situation. There is no such thing as a bad dog -only irresponsible peeps. It may take constant visits to the neighbor to get him to do what he knows he needs to do. Maybe take some dog treats to show good will. Document every visit, every contact, every event. So sorry about Plymouth.

  11. Nola....
    This is such a scary situation!! I do hope that you find some permanent solutions!! ;op
    Love, Raelyn.... And Rose, my BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE "Mystery Dog"!!

  12. I hope the situation is sorted soon as its dangerous situation. I agree with the others though and think the neighbour should be helping.. Hugs GJ xx

  13. Boy, I sure hope your talk with the neighbors fixes things. I agree though that they should be at least helping!

  14. Glad you could talk to your neighbor. I hope everything is going to be ok!
    If not.... the neighbor knows what will happen....
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs

  15. I am so Sorry about plymouth. I hope that fixing the fence works and that it keeps them out. I would still contact animal control if it was me.

    Jazzi and Diana

  16. Me hopes the fence thing gets resolved. Me worries about yous.

  17. I would be petrified. Maybe a 4 1/2 to 5 foot brick wall, with about 2 feet of fencing on top of that, causing a block as well as a visual barrier
    Benny & Lily

  18. I think that was a very nice mature solution to a sad situation. I agree with you that if there are any more incidents the police should be involved. Thank God, the doggies weren't out there. It makes me shiver to think of that poor goat. I am so sorry for you.

    Anne and Sasha

  19. Again, I am sorry about Plymouth. Good luck with your plan. I hope that solves your problem.

  20. Oh my gawd. That is one HUGE dog! We hope your plan manages to keep them out of your yard without the need to call the authorities. Not so sure if the electric fence would be a good idea as Nola and siblings could get hurt?
    Stay safe, all of you. We're very worried.

  21. Grrr this must be so frustrating!

  22. We hope the fix its that you will be doing to the fence- solves the problem.

  23. Hey Nola, get the heck away from that big dog! Don't you go anywhere near him.

    I too am surprised by your neighbors response. I would think they would offer to at last pay to replace Plymouth. That is just terrible.

    I would put up the barb wire on top of the fence. That will send them a strong message.

    Lily Belle


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