Allow me to set the scene:
In the middle of the afternoon on a bright and sunny day, we were getting ready for a trip to the store. I, being the responsible pet owner that I am, put Teller on his leash, and opened the door to take him for a quick walk before we left.
As I opened the door, something caught my eye….it was a black nose. I instantly thought it was a coyote, and threw the dog to my mom and slammed the door. I then slowly opened the door to find my neighbor’s very large dog trying to get in my apartment.
I kicked at the dog and it ran away. I followed it, because I knew who the owner was. This particular pet owner also has 2 other small dogs (chihuahuas), one of whom attacked Teller just a few days ago.
The owner was outside, with all three dogs off of their leashes. I yelled at him, told him his dog tried to get in my house, scared my kids, and that his other little dog attacked Teller last week. He denied the charges, and acted like I was a lunatic for being scared of his “very friendly dog.” I came back in the house, got Teller, and took him out. The owner then started yelling at me for not giving him time to get his dogs inside. I told him that I don’t have time to deal with irresponsible owners, as I’m trying to leave. We got into a big argument before he stomped off, leaving his dog’s droppings in the middle of the sidewalk. I, again, being the responsible one, picked up after both of our dogs, and came inside. I then called the leasing office. No one answered, so I stopped in the office on our way to the store.
I talked to the assistant manager, told her what had happened, and that he had 3 dogs. She said that the 3 dogs alone was enough for them to evict this guy. She said she would look into it, call the guy, and start taking steps to get the situation under control.
Now, normally, I would not have called the office or went in to complain. This time, however, was different. For one, I don’t know that this dog is friendly or not, and The Boy is scared of big dogs anyway, so this was a matter of my kids safety and security. Second, the guy acted like it was not a big deal, I was the one who was out of line, and he did not apologize. It’s common courtesy to apologize for scaring the bejeezus out of little kids, and this guy was just rude.
What would you have done?