Shades of Grey: Neighbors and Dogs

The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey
The Grey Area News reporter in Shades of Grey

Some situations are viewed in black and white; right and wrong. Yet, many people think situations also have a grey area where solutions are not so easily discerned. This is not just about the choices people make, but the thought process they go through to arrive at their decisions.

What do you think? Submitted for Your Discussion & Consideration

It’s a beautiful Summer day, and your children are playing with a group of neighborhood children. As they play, you and several other parents are sitting nearby, watching the kids and enjoying the breeze.

One neighbor has two mixed-breed dogs out in their yard, and they are barking at the children. You’re not worried, because they are friendly, though loud, and are inside a chain link fence.

A man who lives down the road comes walking by with his dog. It is a big, friendly collie. The man is friendly too, though not well known by you and your neighbors.

As he is walking past the chain link fence, his dog jumps against the gate, barking at the dogs inside. His dog hits the latch, and the gate opens. All the dogs run together and begin fighting.

The man with the collie pulls his dog away. The other dogs’ owner runs from his house and grabs his dogs. Within moments, they are locked back inside the gate. With the excitement over, everyone goes their own way.

A few weeks later, you learn from a neighbor that the collie owner is suing the owner of the two dogs. He is claiming his collie required thousands of dollars of veterinary care after the neighbors “dogs were roaming free”.

You know he is lying, as you saw his collie knock open the gate. What do you think of this man suing your neighbor? Would you consider being a witness for him, or would you stay out of it? How do you think you’d feel about either dog
owner afterward?



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Kay Whatley serves as Editor and Reporter with The Grey Area News. Kay is a published author with over 20 years of experience in the publishing industry. Kay Whatley is wife to Frank Whatley, founder of The Grey Area™ newspaper and The Grey Area News online news website.