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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

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Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

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Jewish World Review March 28, 2011 / 15 Adar II, 5771

Dogs in Danger

By Alan Douglas

http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Please let me know what you think after reading this. A Will Rogers axiom describes my view of exercising our rights. He said, "A man's right to wave his arms stops just at the tip of the next fellow's nose." This is a tale about conflicting rights, but it is mainly about dogs. What I won't be talking about is legal liability, municipal ordinances, animal rights, property rights, contributory negligence and homeowner association restrictions. Human conflict and dogs are my focus. This story really is close to home…

Our community has a leash law which most of our neighbors obey. Owners are also expected to pick-up after their dogs. However, one of my neighbors walks their dog without a leash and rarely "picks-up". Their dog is a nice friendly dog that is fairly well-mannered, but it runs around on every-one's front yard and yes, it poops. Worried about the danger to the dog from cars, and the fear some children have of dogs, I made the decision last year to discuss this situation with the neighbor. Discussing dogs and children with neighbors are dangerous topics, so I enlisted my wife (known in our neighborhood as "the reasonable one" in our family) to coach and monitor my efforts.

After a nice dinner, I gently raised the issue in a neutral, constructive, non-threatening manner. The neighbor responded by describing how good their dog was. I totally agreed, lavished praise on the pooch, and brought the conversation back to the issue of the "acts" rather than the dog. This is the old, "Love the sinner, hate the sin" approach. The neighbor thought about it a minute, and then explained to us that the area by the curb was a public easement so the public, and their dog, had an inalienable right to use it. My neighbor's spouse, with great courage, asked "Do you think the neighbors who have to take care of their lawns see it that way?" The response was, "Of course they do, they all walk their dogs, and they all love when our dog comes to visit." It was clear my intervention was ineffective. And that was the end of it, until recently.

Mo and Izzy

Last week we received an email from the President of our neighborhood association, passing along a letter from a member of our community pleading for their right to use their own front yard. The sympathetic letter called on us all to use leashes when walking our dogs. The second neighbor explained in the email that despite their sizable investment in installing an invisible, underground, electric barrier, they were afraid to allow their dog to go out in front of their home. The second neighbor said their canine was "dog aggressive" so other dogs coming on their property were at risk. The letter went on to point out that their rights to use their own property were being denied. The second neighbor wanted their doggie to be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the yard and be with the family when they were in the front of their home.

Before you pass judgment here is some additional information for you to consider:

Although it was not disclosed in the email-letter sent out by the neighborhood association, "dog aggressive," in this case is a euphemism for two previous unprovoked attacks on dogs by the second neighbor's dog. One of these involved a dog being walked on a leash by the street, despite the electric fence. Both incidents resulted in visits to a veterinarian and both were paid for by the second neighbor.

Today, the first neighbor was walking their dog, off the leash, in front of the second neighbor's house.

I confess that my interest in the conflict between my neighbors and the issue of rights and duties pales as compared to my fears as to the possible danger to the dogs involved. If the first neighbor's dog is attacked by the second neighbor's dog there will be canine casualties. And, once the attacking dog's history is revealed it will be "put down" or (for the benefit of my wife) sent to a farm to live. Should I risk walking my dogs, Izzy and Mo, in front of the second neighbor's house?

Both neighbors love their dogs, but the dogs may suffer due to human hubris. People often hurt those they love through unintended consequences. Oscar Wilde said, "One has a right to judge a man by the effect he has over his friends." I think that also holds true for the effect we have over our dogs. What do you think?

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JWR contributor Alan Douglas, an author, media executive, speaker, and attorney, lives con brio- except when he is grumpy.


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