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Old 04-02-2014, 10:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So last night we were eating dinner and Buddy is freaking out at the back window, whining and pacing. So I look out and there are about 10-12 kids aged anywhere from 7-12 years old at the backside of our fence. One of them is actually trying to climb our fence!!!!

I flung the window open and told them to "Get the hell out of my yard!" most of them scattered but the fence climber and a few others kind of just stood there so I went downstairs and out the back door. I told them that if I caught them in my yard again I'd be following them home to have a conversation with their parents. The oldest girl decided that she wanted to be a smartass and said "It's a river not your yard" Honestly, it's not even a river, it's a muddy, poison ivy infested storm runoff. I told her that it is indeed still my property and she didn't need to come back.

I'm not the grumpy old man and if they had just been back there in the "creek" I wouldn't have said anything but to see that little shit climbing my fence set my blood to boil!!! I've seen them around the neighborhood before and they also have a dog that follows them around that never has a collar on.

I just don't want them to get into our yard and my stepson be home alone and set the dogs out not realizing. In this lawsuit happy world we live in...and the dog judgement that runs rampant...I'd be pissed if I had to put my dogs down because some other parent can't raise their kids right.

I hope they don't come back. I think if they do I might call the local law enforcement to come and maybe scare some sense into them. I don't know what else to do other than follow them home and talk to their parents...if they even give a hoot.

Do I need to put up more "beware of dog" signs and padlocks on my gates to protect myself?
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I have locks on my gate but the neighborhood kids like to play in my front yard for some reason. It gives Tyson major anxiety to see them out there so I have had to be the "old lady" that yells at them to get off my lawn. It helped my cause that when as I was yelling that, Ty ripped a hole in the screen door and stuck his head out. They ran pretty quickly back home.
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Definitely post signs. It will help protect you legally if they come into your yard and end up getting bitten. Ugh, I hate kids. So sorry you're dealing with this.
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So last night we were eating dinner and Buddy is freaking out at the back window, whining and pacing. So I look out and there are about 10-12 kids aged anywhere from 7-12 years old at the backside of our fence. One of them is actually trying to climb our fence!!!!



I flung the window open and told them to "Get the hell out of my yard!" most of them scattered but the fence climber and a few others kind of just stood there so I went downstairs and out the back door. I told them that if I caught them in my yard again I'd be following them home to have a conversation with their parents. The oldest girl decided that she wanted to be a smartass and said "It's a river not your yard" Honestly, it's not even a river, it's a muddy, poison ivy infested storm runoff. I told her that it is indeed still my property and she didn't need to come back.



I'm not the grumpy old man and if they had just been back there in the "creek" I wouldn't have said anything but to see that little shit climbing my fence set my blood to boil!!! I've seen them around the neighborhood before and they also have a dog that follows them around that never has a collar on.



I just don't want them to get into our yard and my stepson be home alone and set the dogs out not realizing. In this lawsuit happy world we live in...and the dog judgement that runs rampant...I'd be pissed if I had to put my dogs down because some other parent can't raise their kids right.



I hope they don't come back. I think if they do I might call the local law enforcement to come and maybe scare some sense into them. I don't know what else to do other than follow them home and talk to their parents...if they even give a hoot.



Do I need to put up more "beware of dog" signs and padlocks on my gates to protect myself?

Being that I am a bully breed only type of person, I was at on time interested in Beware of Dog signs but I have a friend who is a chief of police and another who is a judge. They told me to NEVER post a Beware of Dog sign anywhere on my property. They said because if someone did accidentally get bitten, the sign represents that you "knew" your dog could pose a threat or menace to the neighborhood. I saw a case once as well on people's court where a homeowner lost their case b/c of the sign posting. Try putting up a NO TRESPASSING sign. Lots better and can still carry legal ramifications if need be. To each their own I just thought I would pass long info I've been told over the years! Good luck! ~Misty~





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I have locks on my gate but the neighborhood kids like to play in my front yard for some reason. It gives Tyson major anxiety to see them out there so I have had to be the "old lady" that yells at them to get off my lawn. It helped my cause that when as I was yelling that, Ty ripped a hole in the screen door and stuck his head out. They ran pretty quickly back home.
These kids don't seem intimidated by the dogs at all. Sadie was barking and running around at this same bunch last week when they cut through our yard to get to their street. Buddy was inside the house that time so I have no idea what his reaction would be.

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Definitely post signs. It will help protect you legally if they come into your yard and end up getting bitten. Ugh, I hate kids. So sorry you're dealing with this.
Yeah, I would have never thought that I'd be dealing with this.
I hate other peoples kids too...for the most part. If they're respectful and actually listen then I love them but most kids nowadays aren't that way...gee I sound like an old man...

I'm going to run over to Home Depot on lunch and pick up more signs.

If anything happens I'm shipping my piglets to your house before animal control comes knocking! HAHA!
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Being that I am a bully breed only type of person, I was at on time interested in Beware of Dog signs but I have a friend who is a chief of police and another who is a judge. They told me to NEVER post a Beware of Dog sign anywhere on my property. They said because if someone did accidentally get bitten, the sign represents that you "knew" your dog could pose a threat or menace to the neighborhood. I saw a case once as well on people's court where a homeowner lost their case b/c of the sign posting. Try putting up a NO TRESPASSING sign. Lots better and can still carry legal ramifications if need be. To each their own I just thought I would pass long info I've been told over the years! Good luck! ~Misty~
hmm. I can sort of see the logic. Plus maybe with No Trespassing signs I'd have more legal ground if they just get hurt climbing around back there which was another of my concerns since it's a pretty steep drop off into the creek bed and that's my property too.
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Most likely I would have done the same as you.But a camera/phone and the threat of law enforcement is likely a better choice?
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hmm. I can sort of see the logic. Plus maybe with No Trespassing signs I'd have more legal ground if they just get hurt climbing around back there which was another of my concerns since it's a pretty steep drop off into the creek bed and that's my property too.

Yep that too Jeff. I just loved your story with how you acquired Buddy and I would hate that due to some stupid kids ur babies b the ones who end up being punished! The judge friend said the sign represents "intent" or prior knowledge that your guys "might" have vicious tendencies It made a whole lotta sense to me how one could conclude that. I feel ya on modern day parenting. Kids run wild now days. I'll stick to just parenting my furbabies! Good luck Jeff! ~Misty~


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I wouldn't get a "Beware of Dog" sign, but I would get "Dog on Premises" signs. Petsmart and Petco both sell them.
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Jeff - you're become the crotchety old man!!! lol But seriously, I understand your concern. Maybe some barbed wire across the back of your fence would deter fence climbing? lol

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Being that I am a bully breed only type of person, I was at on time interested in Beware of Dog signs but I have a friend who is a chief of police and another who is a judge. They told me to NEVER post a Beware of Dog sign anywhere on my property. They said because if someone did accidentally get bitten, the sign represents that you "knew" your dog could pose a threat or menace to the neighborhood. I saw a case once as well on people's court where a homeowner lost their case b/c of the sign posting. Try putting up a NO TRESPASSING sign. Lots better and can still carry legal ramifications if need be. To each their own I just thought I would pass long info I've been told over the years! Good luck! ~Misty~

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I've heard that too Misty!

I live in Canada, so basically if someone breaks into my house and I beat the living snot out of them, they can take me to court for assault. So there's no point putting up "No Trespassing" or "Dog on Premises" signs.
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