So, we are back from our month long visit to Utah. It was great times and always hard to leave. Upon returning home we now have a "situation" to deal with and we're not quite sure what to do. Let me just start by saying that I have not had my feelings hurt like this as an adult for a VERY LONG time. Here's the story . . . .
During the week that Scott joined us in Utah we had asked both of our next door neighbors to help feed our dog Boots. One would feed in the morning, one in the evening. This one would also walk him. After 2 days we found out that Boot's dog house was moved over to one neighbors because she felt sorry for Boots being left all alone. Fine . . . whatever. BUT . . . then we find out that this neighbor did not keep him outside at her house, she kept him inside. Inside for the entire time, day and night. This would have been fine if we wanted Boots as an indoor dog but we do not and did not purchase him with that intention. So when we arrived home, every outside manner we had managed to teach him in 3 months had gone out the window and he tried to come in the come in the house every chance he got. Not only did the neighbor leave us with a messed up dog but she also left a letter in which she proceeded to tell us that our dog is "pitiful" because we leave it outside and refuse to let it be a part of our family by bringing it inside. How we don't spend enough time with it (which according to her anything less than 24/7 is not enough), and how dogs don't use dog houses (even though Boots sleeps in his every night), and how if we're not going to let him in we need to get ANOTHER dog!!! In a nutshell . . .we are horrible dog owners! Scott was very upset over the whole thing and my feelings were very hurt. We take care of our dog and were doing just fine until she went and messed things up. Now every time we see him outside we feel this huge "guilt" that he is out there. He's reverted back to digging holes all over and chewing everything up (all of which we had under control before we left). If we keep him around we'll get crap from our neighbor all the time about not having him inside. We'd get to start all over on the training. If we sold him we wouldn't have to worry about it and our neighbor wouldn't be on our case. What happened to the days when dogs were animals and could live outside without getting crap from your PITA neighbor???? What happened to the days where people minded thier own dang business???? At this point we are leaning towards selling Boots to hopefully eliminate the problem for all parties. Not sure. What would you do???