Neighbors ruined the pet parent's plan of giving their sick dog one good last day in their backyard so they came up with an ingenious plan.
Dogs are precious as they form irreplaceable bonds with their pet parents over time. It means that both parties have to face a bittersweet farewell as the dog nears the end of its lifespan. In those last few days, their parents will want to spend as much time with their treasured pets and give them a proper farewell. But things have a way of not working out. Reddit user u/valdev shared a story of her dog's final day out being ruined by her neighbor and how she got back at them creatively. The post titled, "Deny my ability to use my backyard when my dog is dying? Alright, you'll no longer be able to enjoy yours," has gained an impressive 9.5K upvotes on the platform. The pet parent states that her beloved pitbull had been fighting cancer for months and she and her fiance had decided to put the dog down.
She writes on the hard choice, saying, "She (the dog) was low on energy at this point, moving was difficult and getting her to eat was getting near impossible." The situation had become such that all they could give the dog was a last day in their backyard. The pet parent put a tent in her backyard in the morning and surrounded it with things her dog loved. As they were putting everything into place, she noticed her neighbor putting sticks and leaves in their fire pit.
Such a thing would not normally bother her, but the dog was having difficulty breathing, so she went to talk to the neighbor. She writes, "I figured it wouldn't be an imposition to let them know my current situation and asked if they could postpone the burning just for today." The neighbor's wife informed them that they would only be burning a few things for some time to clear out their yard.
Saying this, the wife started the fire and the smoke filled up the pet parent's backyard. She provided some context to the situation, saying that the neighbor's yard was directly behind hers and she had a bigger yard. The user also states she does not have a problem with people burning things around them.
Some time went by and the fire continued. The neighbors then began to add big campfire logs to the fire, increasing its intensity. The woman adds, "At this moment, I'm not very angry. I am just very sad." She states how her dog could not have the last day they envisioned, so the couple decides to abandon the plan and stay inside.
The woman goes out for a walk later that night only to find that the fire is still burning in full force with no one to supervise. She decides to do something about it and begins to research city laws relating to the matter. They discovered an ordinance that stated that a fire pit could not be within 50 feet of any home. But she decided against pursuing the legal path as it would not give a permanent solution.
She reveals that they had contemplated getting a fence installed but delayed the procedure because of it being a costly affair, with an amount of $15,000. She writes, "But within 24 hours of this situation, guess what I paid for?" The woman mentioned that the fence would be installed within the next few weeks around their property.
The new fence would only be around 10 feet from the neighbor's fire pit, which fundamentally meant they could never use it again. She concludes the post by remarking, "Can't take a single day away from your fire pit for a dying dog? Well, enjoy never using it ever again." People on the platform commended the woman for her ingenious move to tackle the problem and expressed their condolences for the dog in the comment section.
u/jen675d said, "I'm so sorry about the loss of your beloved dog. Screw your selfish neighbors for not giving you one day. I hope they enjoy never having a fire pit again." u/CreepyOldGuy63 pointed out, "In a lot of states, Virginia being one of them, you can build the fence and bill the neighbor for half of the cost. They have no choice. They would have to pay."