The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)

Keeping neighbors off lawn

- Annie Lane Send your questions for Annie Lane to

Dear Annie: I’ve never written to one of these columns before, but I do read them. My family recently bought a home in a large developmen­t in the South. We don’t own a dog at this time but have in the past. The neighborho­od is full of dog owners who walk their dogs and let them do their business on the neighbors’ lawns, sometimes way up the lawn and next to the house. Yes, most clean up after their dogs, but I still find it very disgusting, not to mention rude. I think they should go to unoccupied green space or have their dogs do their business in their own yards. Am I wrong for thinking that?

Can’t Go Barefoot on My Own Lawn

Dear Can’t Go Barefoot: You could purchase a “Keep Off Grass” sign. There are ones for sale online that would get your point across, with pictures of dogs doing their business.

Be careful not to be too much of a stickler about the issue, as long as everyone is cleaning up afterward. I know that stepping in waste residue is an unpleasant thought, but here’s an even less pleasant thought: being known as the cranky new neighbor.

Dear Annie: I just read the letter from “Still Daddy’s Little Girl.” I was so moved by her story and the devastatin­g loss her father is feeling. Your advice was good, but I have my own ideas to add.

This father is clearly a very skilled man. He not only has the abilities honed from a lifetime of work but also is able to focus on things that are important — his family, for example. Of course, I don’t know this for certain, but I imagine he was usually on time and rarely took days off. I also imagine he managed his money well and was able to make wise decisions and keep his priorities clear, at least most of the time.

If I’m not far off the mark in the picture I’ve painted of this dad, he has what it takes to start his own business. Increasing­ly, there are people who need help with all kinds of odd jobs.

And one more thought: Volunteeri­ng with local groups that help poor people restore or maintain their homes would be a win-win. He would help others and bring a sense of purpose, and it would open up new networks. Helen

Dear Helen: All helpful, practical ideas. Thank you for writing.

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