Post # 1
Do you feel responsible when your neighbour’s kids, or kids in the neighbourhood lose their ball over your fence and your dog destroys it?
On Saturday morning I went out to feed the dogs, as SO had gone to work (poor thing works 6 days a week) and noticed that there was a flat football at our back door, which had clearly been chewed by our dogs. I assumed it was the little boy’s next door (at a guess I think the kid is 10?), as we don’t give the dogs any footballs to play with and texted SO this. He replied with “oh well” and when he got home, he went out the back yard and threw it back over the fence into their yard. I felt bad and still do because it was our dogs, a black lab and white husky puppy, that destroyed it. While I don’t like their mum, I’ve nothing against the kids and suggested we replace the ball but SO said we weren’t the ones that lost it over the fence.
Post # 3
No need to replace it, though I might consider it if I was close to the family. I see losing a ball over the fence to dogs similar to losing it in the street and having a car run over it. It just happens and the kid should try to avoid losing it. Have you seen the movie Sandlot? 😉
Post # 4
I’ve had this happen too. I put the ball in the bin and luckily the kids didn’t come around to ask for it back. Whilst I didn’t feel responsible, I did feel bad.
Post # 5
@krayzay87: The kid could have come to your door when he lost the ball to ask you to retrieve it. I definitely wouldn’t feel responsible or replace it.. hopefully he will be a little more careful in the future and not play so close to your fence. Things happen!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t say you need to replace it. Maybe next time you see the kids say “I’m so sorry about what happened to your football. Next time, ring the doorbell and let us know you lost it as soon as you can, and we may be able to get to it before the dogs.” Let the kids know they aren’t in trouble for getting the football in your yard, tand they’ll likely tell you early enough to save it in the future.
Post # 7
I agree with pp, you dont need to replace it. As a kid, whenever something landed in a neighbor’s yard we always knocked on the door and asked to get it. Dogs are dogs, I know my dog would have a field day with it.
Post # 8
Agree with PPs you don’t need to replace it. As a kid I had balls roll into the street and get run over by cars, the driver didn’t pull over and hand me money for a new one. Throwing the chewed up ball back over the fence was kind of a crappy thing to do, if it happens again just through the ball away.
Post # 9
@remijp: lol yes! I actually thought of that movie when I saw the ball and realised who’s it was.
@pixiecat: the ball wasn’t exactly totalled, it had a hole in it near one of the ends, I’m guessing from our Lab cause our Husky still has her puppy teeth. I tried to see if it could be re-inflated but it’d need a puncture repair kit. When SO threw it back over the fence he just said “at least they have it back now…” But I suspect he only did that because of their mum and the things she’s said and done about us. (Long, un-related story/ies.)
I agree with all of you, I won’t offer to replace it, but when I see him next I’ll apoligse about the ball and tell him next time to come and knock on the door and I’ll grab it for him.
I know when we were kids, if we lost a ball over the fence and knew there was a dog there, we raced to the front door and asked for it back, that is if our dogs didn’t get to it first in our own yeard, lol.
Post # 10
Yep, I agree with the other posters. No need to replace it. Maybe you can tell the kids that if the ball goes into your yard while the dogs aren’t out, they can enter and save it.
I also have a black lab and kids next door! That’s what I told them. Don’t feel bad, it happens.
Post # 11
I agree that there is no need to replace it, but I would have just thrown it away. Tossing the destroyed ball back over the fence seems a little mean to me, though I am sure it wasn’t intended that way.