"Pet" peeve

on Mar 27, 2009 @ 02:04 pm

I live in a quiet neighborhood and take pride in the appearance of my home. As the weather has gotten warmer, I have noticed a lot of people walking their dogs. Most of the people seem very polite and will only let their dogs sniff at things on the properties for a few seconds before giving a slight tug on their leash and encouraging them to continue walking. I wish everyone was like that.
Our neighborhood does not have sidewalks, but the road size is very generous leaving ample room to walk about without the need of being on someone's lawn. I would like to know what your opinion is of how I should handle a few of the dog walkers in particular. One of the women is constantly on the phone and lets the dog go where it pleases. The dog constantly urinates on my mailbox post and the surrounding flowers and some of the bushes as well. One of the other dog owners allows his dog to chomp on some of the fresh herbs in my flower bed and the dog also urinates on my lawn. I find this so aggravating! Who wants fresh herbs with doggy slobber? I have tried to rectify the situation by constructing a small retaining wall around the plants. This did not work.
What do you think I should do? I know I should probably speak with the people, ( whom I do not know) but I am unsure of how to word it so I do not sound ridiculous or like an animal hater. I love animals, but I would also like to be able to enjoy my garden and not have to worry about the plants dying because of dog urine.

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hhmmm on Mar 27, 2009 @ 02:56 pm

As a dog owner/walker I don't think I would like to be approached on this topic. Dog owners tend to treat their dogs like their children, and do not appreciate criticism!
However, you don't want pee on your herbs. Part of the reason for a walk, other than exercise, is to let your dog do their business. I personally get my dog to do #2 before we go for a walk, but peeing is a marking their territory thing. They don't tend to do it all on one spot, so in order to get it ALL out, we have to walk them a bit so they can find numerous spots to go. And they are picky. Mostly we are just relieved when they find a spot to go.

I don't think there is much you can do about your lawn, but I think it is reasonable to not want pee on your herbs. Have you thought of a friendly sign for your herb garden that says something along the lines of "These herbs are edible, please no dog pee!" If I saw a sign like that I would find it funny, but I would also respect it. I am lucky in that my herbs are in the back and only get the occasional cat or rabbit.

I know what you mean about people who linger. My dog sniffs every tree, corner and shrub she can find, and it gets tiring, so lingering only encourages.

Perhaps you can try putting something in the flower beds that will deter them, like a mixture of 1/3rd black pepper, 1/3rd red/cayenne pepper, 1/3rd ground
peppers and 1/2cp
dry, hot mustard. Moth balls will also work, the animals will move along, not liking the smell, but there is the danger of kids picking them up if your garden is out front.

Good luck, this is a tough situation.

Ali de Bold
A sign? on Mar 27, 2009 @ 03:41 pm

Can you make a cute little sign near your herb/flower bed that says something to the effect of "Please no pooches?" or fib with a warning sign like "Danger! Pesticides sprayed daily!" But the latter may be illegal... ;)

: ) on Mar 28, 2009 @ 01:17 pm

Thank you Nessie and Miss Chickie. I will definitely try the mixture of spices and see how that works. My herb garden is actually quite a distance from the road, (toward the middle of the front of my yard) but the man and his dog frequently walk across my lawn. (I guess he does this since I am a corner property and he wishes to take a short-cut.) Both of your sign ideas are cute. I think the woman dog-walker would be too self-absorbed to notice since she is always on her cell phone. Maybe I should direct one toward her that says: "Hey you on the phone! Do you see what your dog is doing to my garden?!" Just kidding. Good suggestions. Thanx.

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