I am famous at the school for my refusal to get a dog. Most people here get them for security, but we've resisted (we did get an alarm system). Everyone knows how much I don't want to get a dog. But of course my kids are thrilled any time they get to play with a dog. And this super friendly street dog appeared in front of our house the other day, well-trained and lovely. So we gave it some dog treats (which we had for our old neighbor's dog, to make it hate us less) and some attention.
And it seemed to go well. It stopped by from time to time, but kept to the streets. But then today it got bold enough to squeeze through our gate and visit (after we fed it through our gate and gave it some attention). And though we chased it out, we found it sleeping in front of our door when we got home from church. Owen says it's a problem of our own creation: if you pet and feed a neglected dog . . .
Now we need to buy some chicken wire. Because a dog living at our house is precisely what I was trying to avoid. I don't want to hear it barking at night, I don't want to deal with fleas and vaccines, I don't want the puppies that will no doubt be forthcoming (it's a girl!), and I don't want to deal with what to do with it every time we go to the beach or leave for long stretches to visit the states.
Why does it feel just a bit unfriendly to put up chicken wire to block some want-to-be family member?