Category: Neighbors


Right after thanksgiving my dog molly was moping around the house with her tail between her legs and in pain.  She started vomiting on Friday and this lasted through the weekend so I decided to take her to the Veterinary on Monday.  She was examined and diagnosed with pancreatitis so she was kept at the hospital for a few days and I picked her up today and she looked much better and is now on a restrictive diet.

I post about this for several reasons and wanted to share with everyone.  Molly is 11 1/2 year lab mix so she is getting to the end of her life, but I felt that I owed it to her to find out what was wrong and give her a chance.  I thought about all the joy she has brought to our family and all the things she does when I ask, like when I say “sic’em” about the rabbits in the backyard or when a bug is crawling in the house I will say ” get it Molly” and she does and gets a treat.  The bill was over $300 and during this economy and Christmas right around the corner it was not a good time for this but she deserved to have a chance and I don’t regret giving it to her.

Secondly, some may ask… What caused the pancreatitis and I can tell you that it was probably from the neighbor. I mentioned this in a post long ago about the neighbor feeding her frozen blocks of hamburger and turkey carcases.  I have told them this is not good for her so this weekend before I went to the vet I called to inform of the situation and to please stop doing this as this is not fair to her plus costs me a lot of money.

Anyway, all is well tonight and Molly is home sitting at my feet while I post this blog.  I know she is just a dog but somehow I think they know more than we give them credit for and I know she wanted us to help her and we did.  With anything in life I always like to say I did all that I could in a particular situation and know that I can sleep at night because I did.

I have posted a picture of molly below:

I have a story to tell about my neighbor that follows my previous post on People Observation #9.  After we had moved into our house 10 years ago I started a garden as I felt like I was carrying on the tradition of my papaw who had a garden and when I would visit I would help him work in it.  I didn’t know what I was doing but I got to hear him tell some story he made up or about being in World War II.  Anyway, my garden was large enough that I was able to give away some produce and I was happy to do so. In the meantime we had new neighbors move in and the were older and retired.  We became friends with them and each year after that when I had extra tomatoes I would give some to my neighbor.

As I would go and check my garden I would think “I have some tomatoes missing” because I could tell which ones would be ready in a few days and when I would go out in the garden to pick them they would be gone.  I suspected my retired neighbor was helping himself to “vine ripe tomatoes”!! but I had no proof.  Once day I was coming up the stairs into the kitchen as my back window looks out into the back yard and there he was!!! The neighbor had walked through my pine trees and standing at the edge of the tomato row, kind of hesitating and looking towards my house to see if anyone was watching. I watched this for a few minutes and then he did it!!! Bent over, picked a tomato and disappeared into the row of pine trees!! It was one of the funniest things to watch. You could see him debating in his mind “can I get this tomato without any watching”?? Like some little kid trying not to get caught!!

Anyway, this is how I coined the phrase “Tomato Bandit” in reference to my neighbor.  Just a funny story I wanted to share.

As I make this post my lab mix dog (Molly) is outside my kitchen door crying because it wants to come in, but she needs to stay outside to do its “potty business”.  Anyway, we live on 2 1/2 acres which is not fenced so I would just let her out and she would stay in the yard and I would let her back in.  In the last few years we had some neighbors move in that are retired and I noticed that Molly would not come back in right away so I figured out she had walked next door.  I began to see food items appear in my backyard that I had not seen before and concluded my neighbors were feeding Molly.  My neighbor likes to fish so I would find cut and cleaned fish, meat wrappers, one time it was a whole frozen block of hamburger, and just the other day I opened door and in the garage was a whole raw steak!!  These people throw their old food out in the yard and Molly wanders over there to eat it!!  I was unaware of this until I began to see the signs I mentioned above so I have started to keep a closed eye on Molly and bring her into the house more frequently.

I am trying to find a diplomatic way to approach this as I do not have a fenced yard and Molly is able to wander next door but I did not have this problem until they started feeding her.  I don’t get why they just throw food into the backyard!! I say just put it in the garbage! I don’t understand these people who just can’t throw things away.  I like my neighbors and we get a long I just don’t want my dog to get sick let alone die from eating this garbage! It is like when someone wants to give me furniture or clothes and we take it and it is junk or wore out and I kick myself for taking it and now “I have to throw it our or give it away.   My advice is that if it is garbage throw it out, if something you have is still usable give it to Goodwill or some other organization.

My Dog

Molly in the Kitchen waiting for a “healthy snack”!!