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Okay, I had a major yard cleanup last week to the tune of $500 (mostly tree trimming), and now it seems every dog in the neighborhood is using my front lawn as it's personal toilet.
I bought some of those granules at Lowe's ("Shot-Gun's" "Repels-All", since 1928 so what's changed in their chemistry lately?) that are *supposed* to repel deer and most other animals but they don't seem to work at all. I scattered some new granules (third time) around the latest mess and shoveled off all the old mess. I mistakenly thought I was good to go.
So here comes some fat woman walking her little fat Chihuahua/Poodle mutt mix and decided he didn't care and went anyway right on top of the stuff! I was still trying to get into my Santiago pants to go riding and couldn't run outside partially dressed, so I banged on the window and yelled at her. She heard me and scampered off really quick for a fat lady with the little fat dog of her's on a leash in tow.
Having been told by a gardener he "Cannot mow my lawn as I got too much dog crap on it and his mower's stink if he does,"
I had enough. I decided to jump into the car once dressed and was about to chase her down with a shovel and bag and have her come back and clean up her little dog's mess, but my neighbor intervened once in the car and didn't realize someone had yelled at her and told her (that be "Me") and he said he thinks she won't be back. He sits all day (retired) in his porch area and can fend off animal poops to my yard. So I got the shovel out again.
More worthless "Shot-Gun Repels-All" granules spread now and watered and more spread on top too. But now I got cat spray on the front door. My old dog really seems to upset the stray cats barking through the door at them so they spray it down really well. Bunch of bird feathers on the porch too so I guess the old Tom cat had a field dressing on the front porch too.
Brother has deer issues in his garden, but they've learned metal mesh is easily removed. He told me the chemical repellents don't work -so I've learned. They lay around his front lawn now and chew the lawn up during deer season when they come down to the city where it's safe. He's got photos of some nice bucks too. They used to move if he yelled at them, but they are pretty placid now and ignore him. I've learned to trap gophers pretty well, but he is still getting the hang of it.
Cripes! Isn't there some sort of repellent that works now? Or has the legal industry taken all the stuff that did work off the market?
Buddy at work who used to hunt says he's already had go-arounds with his daughter about "Daddy hates animals because he shoots them and eats them." He tells her she's "Been brainwashed by watching too many Disney films where all the animals talk, have feelings, fall in love, dance, and sing" and she's been brainwashed and needs to get used to the real world. However, she won. He used to raise rabbits for food and skin them, but cannot now as "He's an evil person" according to his daughter. He had to get rid of his guns and hunting knives too.
My without no coffee AM(?) or PM rant. Got some new poo out front to remove too.
Least it doesn't appear to be the same dog. Amazing what the dog's diet can tell the guy who has to clean up after it.
Least the GT ran well, even if some bloke nearly took me out driving his 4-wheeler over the double-yellow. And yeah, I got it on video and it's sort of scary. But in 13 years of BMW ownership, I 'd only call it my second close-call so it didn't bother me too much.
Little crappy dogs with their irresponsible owners however....