- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
I would be fine about it, simply because I’ve been in her situation very recently, but annoyingly I knew exactly who it was who was the culprit, asked them nicely TWICE and their dogs still crapped all over my garden.
It was only a temporary thing – my part fence blew down in some recent storms. The panel was totally wrecked, and every time we propped it up it would fall down a couple of hours later. The landlady ordered a new panel but it would take a week or so to come in, so we explained to them what had happened, apologised for the inconvenience, but asked that they just keep an eye on the dogs when they let them in the garden (because they don’t let them out for long at a time) and just stop them going into our garden if the fence had falled down again (as was likely to happen when we were away at work, but they don’t work).
After the first time we asked, I went to prop the fence up again and found poo in the garden. So I asked again. Both times they said “Yeah, fine, we will, no worries.” Well, after the fence got fixed, we went into the garden – down the far end we’d not been able to go to while we were waiting for it to be fixed, because by the time we got home from work it was dark so we couldn’t see where we were going.
It was covered in poo. It was everywhere. On the lawn, in the flower beds, everywhere. It took me ages to clean up and I was furious – it’s bad enough we share a paved area with them that they let get covered in dog poo, we let that go, but when we’ve specifically asked them temporarily just to watch their dogs whilst they’re in the garden, just to make sure they don’t go into ours? And they’ve agreed, and then still let them shit all over the place? Nope. No me gusta.
And I like dogs. But I was a responsible dog owner who picked up my dog’s poo. So I am 100000% on this woman’s side on this one – why should I have to pick up poo for a dog I don’t own? Why do I have to put up with someone else’s pet using my garden as a toilet? I’m not getting any of the positive points of actually owning the damn dog so like hell am I going to put up with cleaning up after someone who is too fucking irresponsible to clean up after their own pet.
As you can see, this is still something of a sore subject, haha!
ETA: Thought you were the OP because your post came up first in the thread, sorry!
OP, I can understand being a bit narked if the lady seemed rude, perhaps her manner wasn’t great, but there is a chance that she’s had to deal with umpteen people that week pooping on her lawn and is just sick of all that shit (figuratively and literally!), maybe she’s found being polite just isn’t cutting it, and is getting thoroughly pissed off.
If you pick up after your dog, you have nothing to worry about. Feel good about being a responsible dog owner and carry on.