Well, I haven't specifically asked...but we've known the owners a very long time and we're not really supposed to have a dog, so we haven't approached the subject at all. I know that one response I would get would be that this is a huge property to divide up like that...and it's not supposed to be like that. Which, honestly, that's what I'd say too if I owned this place. Around here, it's a colonial style town loaded with stone walls and beautiful architecture...and you just don't see fences once you get on this side of town. Plus you get into historical landmark status being that this property is well over a hundred years old....heck, I'd bet it's almost two hundred years old.
At this point, we've been "out of sight, out of mind" when it comes to the owners....which is what we have to have. They know we have Steeler, so that's not an issue. But the landlords have a very sour taste in their mouths about dogs due to previous tenants having dogs and not taking care of them.
A few years ago, they had tenants that had two pit bulls...the wife took them out during the day while a neighbor that lives next door but not on our property, had their three dogs out. Three yellow labs, gorgeous dogs, and most of all....sweet as pie. One of the labs was attacked by the two pits, and the lab owner was bitten trying to break it up.
I know our landlords paid the price for that, having paid for all the vet bills, burial, the owners wounds, and then had a three hundred foot fence put up to seperate the two properties...all at our landlords expense. He felt lucky to have to just pay for that given what could have resulted from the incident.
The tenants were promptly evicted..and they've never paid a cent of their responsibility as I know it.
So, I guess, we're walking on thin ice with Steeler and constantly under a microscope so to speak...the bright side is that the owner of this place feels that there's only one breed of dog to have, and like us, he has a GSD too. So at least he has admiration for our dog, unlike the rest of the tenant's dogs here.
So the landlords are worried about another incident, and the last thing I want to do is inform them that we need a fence to control our large breed dog that we're not even supposed to have.