Neighbor Issue: Who's responsible?
Please help settle this battle between my wife and me.
We have wonderful next door neighbors who own a really nice dog who plays with our little girls and helps protect our home from unwanted solicitors. The problem is the dog, when on our property, always likes to do his business. I find this a problem since when mowing the lawn or playing outside with my children, I often step in it, and I have to admit, it infuriates me. Who wouldn't get upset with dog-dirt constantly on your shoes???
I feel that my neighbors should be more responsible and pick up their dog's mess when it is on our lawn. Even if they don't watch their dog that closely, at least check and clean up periodically knowing that their dog is constantly in our yard. I feel that this is their responsibility as good neighbors.
My wife on the other hand, does not want to cause a problem or create hard feelings with our neighbors and feels that we should just deal with it and not make a big deal out of it. She feels it is not worth risking the relationship. They are great neighbors and do a lot for us.
What say you Reckonauts? Should I just grin and bear it or confront our neighbors and ask them please clean up your dog's mess?