Was chasing a dog worth it?

@samson1 (738)
Jamaica
July 25, 2012 5:43pm CST
I saw a neighbor attempting to chase a dog from 'letting off' on her front lawn. Unfortunately, in the process of chasing the dog, this neighbor slipped, fell and hurt herself. The dog only continued to relieve itself, wiped itself on the grass, and hopped over the woman (and went about its business); leaving her lying on the street, anguishing in pain. Eventually, I had to assist this lady to seek medical attention, because she sufferred a broken arm. I wondered, was that ordeal worth it?
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8 responses
• United States
25 Jul 12
OMG, really? No, it certainly doesn't seem worth it after that. I would rather take a hose to the dog to make it move rather than trying to chase it down. Sometimes, besides the fall, you'll get a good bite too. Um, no thanks. I'd rather let the dog do what he needs to do. But if a hose is handy, I'd be there. I live in an apartment so I don't worry about that stuff. If she's that concerned about it, call and make a complaint.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
26 Jul 12
Ooh yes, Kashmeresmy cat.., it happenned just like that, plus more. After slipping and falling to the ground, the woman was shocked at the outcome, and terrified when the dog -after dumping off and wiping its butt- advanced towards her. When I saw that activity unfolding in front of me, I froze in my position, as I thought the dog was going to bite her also! The next thing I noticed was that the dog only hopped over her and went about its business. When I rushed to her aid, she was shaking with fear, grimacing in pain, and 'embarrassingly exposed' in public. Despite the events, heh, heh, I am happy that the dog was compassionate and quietly left the scene without causing any more excitement. To address your response, I agree that it was not worth the effort; as this neighbor found out. Coincidentally, the lady could'nt make a complaint, as the 'evidence' was gone, and the injury she incurred was as a result of her own misfortune. Ouch!
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@echoforever (5192)
• United States
26 Jul 12
I guess a lot of people care a lot about their lawn but I would have to say that I do not think this ordeal and the pain she endured was worth it. I mean its just a dog and perhaps if you would tell the owner instead, this would not have happened. I just hope that this woman has learned from the incident in a way that will help her in the future rather than cause her more pain.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
26 Jul 12
Let us hope so.
@LadyMarissa (12165)
• United States
26 Jul 12
I'm sure she's asking herself the same question about now!!! My neighbor used to spread pepper around the perimeter of her yard to keep the stray animals off her yard thereby stopping a similar problem. You might mention that to her & maybe even offer to do it for her while she's incapacitated!!! I bet next time she'll think twice before running after another squatting dog!!!
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
26 Jul 12
I think I shall tell her of your suggestion.., if she will let me see her to do so. If she allowed me to see her, I shall tell her. Thanks for your advice.
@squallming (1778)
• Malaysia
26 Jul 12
Well, if I was the person seeing a stray dog about to do it's business in my lawn, I may just do the same. Of course I believe I would not fall on the ground like she did. In the case you mentioned, it is definitely not worth it to get herself hurt for the sake of one potty. After all, the animal's dump would become a natural source of mineral to the soil.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
26 Jul 12
Hi Squallming. I cannot say that if I am faced with a similar situation as my neighbor's, I would do things differently. I agree that a 'measured' response would be a better solution to that problem, than to attempt chasing an animal at the risk of getting hurt and embarrassed in the process. Thanks for your contribution to this discussion.
@NailTech (6892)
• United States
26 Jul 12
Probably not worth it but I have had neighbors like that with my cats in the past. They didn't get hurt though. I just wonder what goes through their mind when they think they have to react so badly to something like this. I guess there are worse things in the world to react to. I'm sorry she broke her arm, that sounds painful. I bet she won't be chasing anymore dogs no matter what they do. Good for you to assist her, she was lucky you saw it happen.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
26 Jul 12
Thanks NailTech for your gracious comments. Indeed, sometimes people react to a stimilus without thinking it through.., often to their peril. I agree with you that perhaps, my neighbor will not go chasing dogs or anything off her lawn. reminder. More power to you, and Happy Mylotting.
• United States
26 Jul 12
I would have to say no, it wasn't. You can't help what a dog does and I don't think that she had the right to chase after it as it was only doing what comes naturally to them. If it would be me I would not have chased after it for that reason. I would also not have done it because I know that I couldn't run after it anyway. Also from sustaining injuries....definitely not worth it.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
26 Jul 12
I agree with you. Thanks for your response
@inkyuboz (1288)
• Mandaluyong City, Philippines
26 Jul 12
I'm sorry, but the mental image of the dog just finishing to relieve itself then hopping over the woman made me roll over laughing. Ah, I don't have much tact I guess. Anyway, yeah, it was not worth it. Besides, what if the dog was a rabid stray and it attacked her? That would've been much worse.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
26 Jul 12
Inkyuboz, the visual effect was worse than the mental image being formed; as this woman froze in terror when the dog advanced towards her. As she layed helplessly on the ground, 'embarrassingly exposed' in public, and grimacing in pain, she could not know whether the dog was going to attack her or not. The panicking woman was spared any additional agony, when it only hopped over her and left the scene. In hindsight, can you imagine me having many moments of private laughter, after ensuring that my neighbor had already recieved her medical assistance. I guess, that my neighbor would prefer that this event -though nostalgic to me- to be 'burned out' of her memory.., as she cannot wait for her broken arm to heal.
• United States
25 Jul 12
No not at the risk of hurting herself. I have a dog that waters my lawn for me every other day. He's rather cute & harmless. I don't like the fact that he does his business on my lawn, but I've met w/ his owners, they are an elderly couple & both seem to be very nice. They said that although they try to keep him fenced in their backyard he gets out every so often. I figure I have to clean up after my dogs when I walk them so cleaning up after one more dog isn't such a big deal.
@samson1 (738)
• Jamaica
26 Jul 12
Hello Robswife, how are you? I am happy that the experience gathered from dealing with your neighbor's dog has caused you to develope a 'tolerance' towards dogs performing naturally in your 'yard' space. I tend to agree with you that chasing off a dog is not worth it, expecially if is at the risk of hurting oneself. Best wishes and happy Mylotting.