So the other day our neighbor decided to get a dog. Most people who know me know how I feel about dogs (they definitely aren’t my best friend)! Actually, one of the great benefits of moving into this building is that there are no pets allowed. We have seen people with dogs on occasion, but they are either belong to someone who is visiting one of our neighbors or some other temporary arrangement.
Apparently, she called the association and received permission to permanently have a dog in the building. She isn’t legally blind or anything, so I’m not sure why she received the exemption, but I guess it really doesn’t matter.
What was great to me is that she called my wife to let her know that there would be a dog in the building. She also apologized in advance for any barking that we may hear, and she asked that we first go to her with any complaints.
I thought this was a fair request. If we see poop lying around or hear excessive barking, then we will extend to her the courtesy of letting her know about the problems before bringing them to the building management. Hopefully, the problems will be taken care of at that level without ever having to get management involved – actually, my hope is that these problems never happen.
I just like that our neighbor decided to be humble and give us a warning about her new pet. Many people would just take the attitude that they are bringing the dog into the building and they don’t care if anyone has a problem with it! She didn’t do that, and whenever we have interactions with her that will be in the back of our mind.
As I thought about it, I remembered going to her once I started working out indoors (after it got too cold last year) with the same request. Since her condo is directly below ours, I knew that my workouts could pose a problem for her. Fortunately, she has a work schedule that meshes well with my typical workout schedule, so there have been no problems.
So, that’s it. No profound lesson or anything; I just wanted to share what I considered to be a nice, neighborly gesture.
photo credit: Lucas Vieira Moreira
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