Profanity and declaration of ‘war’ from neighbour disturbing
My daughter and her “kids”, a dog and two cats, has been staying with us for the past few weeks, as she has moved back to Vancouver Island and is in the process of finding adequate housing. Her “kids” (one 40 pound lab cross and two cats), have grown up together and have not once hurt each other.
We enjoy their company, and living in this quiet cul de sac. However, last night my peaceful sleepy existence and belief in the goodness of humankind was shaken to the core.
As usual my daughter was outside with her dog, but before she could put Nica, her dog, on leash, she took off to greet a cat she spotted in the cul-de-sac. My daughter immediately called Nica to stay, but the cat’s owner became excited, which added to Nica’s sense of a game.
The lady then used profanities to voice her concern for the safety of her cat and no amount of calm replies from my daughter could defuse the lady’s anger. With no self-restraint, the lady declared war on my daughter and threatened to kill the dog if she came onto her property! This whole “conversation” was laced with profanities, which unfortunately was witnessed by her own young children. When my daughter left after again apologizing for Nica’s misunderstood behaviour, the lady used another profanity and flipped “the Bird” at her.
We’ve lived in many areas on many continents, and any possible concerns regarding pets were always settled in a very respectful and civil manner. Never once did we live in an area where profanities, war declarations, and death threats were uttered.
Should I fear for our lives and that of my daughter’s pets? Should I fear for a next generation that lacks interpersonal skills? I pray that things will be better down the road.
Judy van der Boom