Betty the Boxer: How do I settle a problem with my neighbor?

Dear Paws to Talk,

I patrol my yard (If I don’t do it who will) to keep other animals and mysterious humans out. The other day the neighbor dog hopped my fence, stole my toy and then hopped back into his yard. He has done the same thing 3 times. How do I settle this with him?

 -Betty the Boxer

Howl Betty,

I hate when someone comes into my yard without my approval like the gardener or the mailman. Just like you, I take my patrolling duty very seriously. Although I must admit, part of the time I am on patrol, I relax in my favorite bush while keeping a lookout. Who says you have to run around the whole time in order to keep your yard safe?

Your neighbor sounds like a mongrel. First, I suggest you go up to the fence and bark all your anger out at him. Let it out. You’ll feel like trotting around the yard after that.

However, you can’t control what he does. Instead of being furious when he is in your yard and stealing toys, you should expect it.

I think he is doing this because he wants to play. If you greet him with a growl he will probably keep antagonizing you. So the next time he picks up a toy in your yard engage in some tug of war. Fight for your toys. Maybe you will have a good game? Maybe he will be a good companion? Make the best of this bad situation. If that doesn’t work then call the German Sheppard at the local police station and let a professional handle your neighbor.  Good luck.

Woof,

DiDi

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7 thoughts on “Betty the Boxer: How do I settle a problem with my neighbor?

  1. Hey Betty,

    Maybe the other Dog is flirting with you, sometimes us Boy Dogs do silly things when we like a Girlie (I’m assuming the Dog is a Boy!) – maybe next time he’ll bring you a flower in exchange?

    Good luck,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Snoopy this could be true. You boy dogs do silly things when you like us girls. A flower would be a kind gesture!
      You sound like a romantic 🙂

      Bella and DiDi

      P.S. Bella is newly single *wink*

  2. That sounds like some pretty good advice. Maybe the other dog has no toys and that is why he comes after yours. Getting along with neighbors is a high priority we think. Hugs and nose kisses

  3. Reblogged this on Paws to Talk and commented:

    We felt a need to reblog this particular entry from our early blogging days back in February. Neighborly peace and love is very important. We hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend.

    Woof,

    Bella and DiDi

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