Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Hitting the Fan

I had to go away unexpectedly because my mother-in-law was taken in to hospital. And I then stayed with her for a couple of weeks because they discharged her and she was too ill to stay alone in her house. She is still ill and awaiting tests to tell her what's wrong. My sister-in-law is with her now.

Once I have reorientated myself I will write a proper post but for now, and until I have caught up with everyone else's blogs, I just thought I'd say hello.

Actually, while I'm here I have a problem one of you might be able to help me with. It's next door's puppy, a black Lab, and it keeps getting into my garden and trashing my borders. My neighbours have increased the height of the fence between our gardens so he can't jump them, and also lowered them so he can't get underneath, but still he gets in. When I got back, late on Sunday, I found poo everywhere and all number of plants, including three lavenders, a rosemary and several scented stocks, crushed and snapped. Does anyone know of a way to make my garden a less inviting loo for a dog, I'm being driven doolally?


Conan Drumm said...

HMMMM, I'd be very very cross. It's not your problem. It's your neighbours' problem and for all that they may be lovely people they have to deal with it. They're not dealing with it is making them bad neighbours.

Ask them to deal with it, failing which you'll catch their dog in your garden and bring him to the pound.

If fixing the fence is too much of a challenge for them then a radio fence/collar will set them back about £150, and they really work.

Conan Drumm said...

Eek a bad grammatical homophone... "They're not dealing with it..." should read 'Their not dealing with it...'

The World According To Me said...

Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I wish her better.

I agree, I think you need to tackle your neighbours about their dog and your garden. It's not fair that your plants are suffering and his poo is everywhere! They need to keep an eye on him and stop him from doing this. Good luck!

Eryl Shields said...

Conan ~ I'm now trying to draft a note to them in which I will be very firm but understanding and show them how devastating I am beginning to find the problem.

The World ~ Thank you, all our fingers and toes are crossed for her.

debra said...

I hope your mother-in-law's health improves, Eryl. We are at THAT stage of our lives, aren't we.
A note to your neighbor seems in good order. There are products that you apply to discourage dogs from going in gardens, I think. Leashes and fences are tow of them :-)

Conan Drumm said...

Eryl, I hope your mother-in-law gets a good diagnosis, and the treatment she needs to get back on her feet as soon as possible.

Eryl Shields said...

Debra ~ indeed! Four years ago my son had three grandparents, now he has one.

Conan ~ thank you. You and me both!

Mary Witzl said...

Our kids have no grandparents left, so we know what this feels like. I hope your mother-in-law's doctors sort out what is wrong with her and she makes a speedy recovery.

And I am sorry to hear about your plants getting trashed by the puppy next door! I am so tempted to loan you my cat; she'd fix that puppy's clock for him. But then she might not be such a great thing for your garden herself. Too bad you can't get an electric fence...

Kim Ayres said...

Hi Eryl, sorry to here about your mother-in-law. I really hope they find out what's wrong soon.

Eryl Shields said...

Mary ~ She had a biopsy yesterday, we should get the results on Tuesday.

As for the puppy, I've been out patrolling the garden and he hasn't been in since I've been back. But I have to go back on Granny watch in just over a week for another fortnight, and if the news is bad, or she deteriorates, even sooner.

Kim ~ Thanks, results (see above to Mary) on Tuesday. How are you feeling these days?

PI said...

Fingers crossed for your MIL.
As for the neighbours it is a bleeding bore but at least they have attempted to do something so are not all bad. The important thing is is not to get on bad terms if it can be avoided. You speak 'more in sorrow than in anger' sort of thing.
I do sympathise - we have the same problem with a fat cat and they are uncontrollable.

Kim Ayres said...

Not a great deal of change physically, but I'm about to be referred to a blood specialist since I've been discovered to have a couple of mutant genes which could indicate haemachromatosis (sp?). In many ways it would be a relief as the not knowing is often worse than knowing the worst, if you know what I mean.

Eryl Shields said...

Pat ~ They're not bad neighbours at all, in fact they are very nice people who have always been great neighbours. And I know that they are mortified about the dog. I just need to get them to consider some new options.

Kim ~ I know exactly what you mean, not knowing means you are constantly speculating and worrying. Once you know, even if it is 'the worst' you can stop all the 'what ifs', and regain control, of sorts.

I'm off to google heamachromotosis.

Kanani said...

Oh, dog issues. I hate those.
Anyway, I think the problem is your neighbor's aren't walking their lab puppy enough or training him where to go. He's young and labs are very trainable.

I guess you should say something. I'm sure they'll be horrified. But it's really their duty to train and exercise the mutt, and that's what they'll have to do.

In the meanwhile there are some crystals they sell at the pet shop to put into your garden. It might keep dear puppy away.

Short of this, you might have to adopt him, Eryl.

Eryl Shields said...

The problem seems to have been dealt with, thank goodness. But I'll look out for those crystals just in case.