Home & Food
Doing Business Where Not Wanted
by: Alyice Edrich
We’ve recently moved
into a new apartment complex that really is much like
a resort. We don’t have to maintain the lawn, handle
any maintenance problems, or deal with unruly neighbors.
We can use the pool without
having to clean and maintain it, we can work out in a
gym without the added monthly expense, we can play pool
without going to a bar, and we can enjoy many sports such
as racquetball, tennis, volleyball, and basketball.
So why with all this “luxury”
surrounding us would I already be in a tiff? Dogs! That’s
why. Many of the renters own dogs and instead of taking
them for a walk on the “pet walks” which were
meant for their feces.
These pet owners think its
okay to walk their pets around the apartment complex,
let them do their “business,” and then walk
away without cleaning it up!
I’ve learned that not
cleaning up after their dogs is a HUGE pet peeve of mine.
First, I consider it rude to let your dog use the bathroom
on someone else’s property. Okay, so we don’t
own the lawn in front of our apartment, but we sure do
pay a lease for it as well as the public areas! Second,
I think it is inconsiderate and shows a lack of respect
for others. Third, I think it makes the property look
I can’t tell you how
many times I’ve wanted to go up to a dog owner as
the dog is doing his/her business and give the owner a
piece of my mind. But instead, I bite my tongue and say
to myself, “As long as they aren’t doing it
on my property I have no right to say anything. I just
hope if they do it on my property I find the right words
to say without letting all my frustration out on one person.”
I’ve even considered
going up to management and making a fuss, but what can
they do? They can’t “police” every pet
owner as they leave the house. There are signs posted
through out the complex, they’ve mentioned this
area of concern in the monthly newsletter, and it’s
in the apartment rental contract.
If you’re a pet owner
who lets your pet “do business” on someone
else’s property, think about this:
How would you feel if you
woke up one morning and stepped on something squishy as
you walked to your car? Doesn’t sound bad? What
if you looked down to find that squishy mess was actually
a pile of dog poop? Would you be angry, irritated, or
disgusted? Or would you think it was okay and just walk
back in the hose to change your shoes?
Now take that stop a step
further, what if your little one was playing outside on
his/her front lawn and thought that pile of dog poop was
mud and put it in his/her mouth? Would you still be okay
with someone else letting their pet “do business”
on your property?
Take the time to respect
your neighbor today. You just never know when that respect
will come back to you ten-fold.
About The Author
Alyice Edrich is a freelance
writer specializing in helping small businesses succeed—on
the web. Visit her at http://thedabblingmum.com
for free business-related articles and information
on how she can help you succeed, today. Don't forget to
join her free e-zine!