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02-06-2014 09:38 PM
maggie26 Glad to hear everything turned out ok. Due to world we live in now, we never answer the door anymore I'll look through the kitchen window and if I don't know you or your between the ages of 8 and 80. we go toward the back of the house check the backyard then wait for them to leave. Shotgun within arms reach in case the loud bark didn't make them move on. Maggie's pretty good at just barking a few times and looking at me for direction.

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02-06-2014 08:00 PM
volcano I had a crackhead neighbor come into my apt before. I got out of the shower and someone knocked and it was a guy saying his mom left her shoes in my apt. I told him wrong apt and he pointed to her shoes by the floormat!? She did it again, and then one time I saw the doorknob turning while it was locked. She said she thought it was her apt since hers was upstairs- I called the cops and then moved out without the lease being valid anymore.
02-04-2014 09:18 AM
Kaimeju Good luck with your move! I hope you and Eko stay safe. Our neighborhood is pretty rough too, so I know how stressful it is. Maybe you could get some Jogger Fogger to keep the off-leash dogs away in the mean time.

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02-04-2014 08:44 AM
Sarah~ I did file a report yesterday after I read everyone's replies, even if she wasn't trying to look in my house or anything better safe than sorry Ironic thing is I live about 5 or 6 blocks from a police station and substation there are cops all over here but this neighborhood is terrible. Lots of drugs and break ins so I feel better after reporting the whole thing. If that was what she was doing hopefully you guys are right and Eko going ballistic like that will keep them away.

I feel bad for the dog it wasn't being aggressive just over excited when I grabbed its collar it was only trying to greet Eko and it was licking my arm while I was separating them. That's the way it usually goes when I meet an off leash dog usually they are pretty friendly but Eko is not and attacks. So he wears a muzzle outside but I do worry about the time we are attacked by a stray dog and he can't defend himself. We are working in it but stuff like this is always a setback just really sucks that I follow all of the leash laws and only go where on leashed dogs are and we still see so many. I have called AC but there is literally a pack of dogs that roam the streets out here they have collars but the owners just let them out to wander and then let them in whenever they come back. We are planning to move maybe that will make a difference
02-03-2014 04:01 PM
Harry and Lola All our bushland is national park - there are no open spaces to hike with them like you have in the States.

We used to be able to walk them off lead in bushland years ago, but there are so many rules and regulations now that you can only take them in on lead and walk, so we don't have as many opportunities to walk with our dogs off lead like you do in the States, unless people live on acreage.

When I read about the wonderful hikes people do in the States with their dogs and see the great pics of off leash walking in some truly beautiful places, it makes me sad that Sydney suburban dogs just get a walk or have to battle the dog park.
02-03-2014 03:50 PM
Originally Posted by Harry and Lola View Post

On the flip side of this, dogs here are relegated to just walking on leash with owners or going to a dog park for unleash exercise (joy). We are not allowed to have our dogs walk off leash in our national park lands, unlike the States - you are so lucky to do that.
We actually can't take them into the National Parks at all, even on leash. Only forest service and some wilderness areas. Thanks for the kind words. I don't think people realize that the behavior of their dogs contributes to the overall canine culture, either increasing aggression and suspicion or modeling good behavior.

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02-03-2014 03:41 PM
Harry and Lola I couldn't imagine not being able to walk up my street (not to mention my own property) because of dogs running wild around the neighbourhood.

It must be so difficult and is really setting up leashed dogs for a reaction and also up the stress on owners.

Here in Sydney any dog found running the streets by the local Council is seized and put in the pound where they will contact the owner (from tags or microchip), the owner will be fined. It is so uncommon to see a dog running the streets that if you do, most people will try and get the dog and take to the local vet who will try and contact the owner (that way Council don't get involved and there is no fine). People here are very careful and if a dog gets out, its because it has found a way to jump and open the gate, rather than people just letting their dogs run around.

On the flip side of this, dogs here are relegated to just walking on leash with owners or going to a dog park for unleash exercise (joy). We are not allowed to have our dogs walk off leash in our national park lands, unlike the States - you are so lucky to do that.

But anyway, I agree with the person that mentioned she may have been casing your property to see if it is easy to break in.
02-03-2014 03:28 PM
TommyB681 That is deff a pretty crappy experience. I would notify your local police department and file a report. That way if it happens again you have a legal paper trail started
02-03-2014 03:24 PM
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Just maybe she was there to see how aggressive your dog was and to case your house. When I answer my door to someone I don't know my door stays as far shut as possible. I don't need someone peering around me to see what I have inside. Maybe her dog was a diversion to get your attention off her and why she was really there. Obviously, it sounds like she really doesn't care what happens to her dog. I would pay close attention to this person for awhile and whats going on around my house.

But thats just what I take from that situation.
02-03-2014 01:57 PM
SuperG "looser magnet" [sic] a good description...sad but rather true in all too many cases.

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