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birdladyfromhomealone Wed 07-Sep-16 09:51:57

Currently in a holiday cottage which is four terraced cottages opening on to a shared courtyard. we are the only "guests" here. one of the cottages is occupied by the owners and one by a builder who is here converting the owners barns.
Day one the owners JR attacked our little dog as it was in our cottage eating our dogs food. When the owner pulled it off it bit her.
The reason we booked as it is dog friendly and the courtyard is safe.
It is so hot and humid we have had our door open and our little dog wanders in and out the court yard.
We have been poo picking as and when including the owners dogs poo. There is a poo bin on courtyard.
Day two our dog does her business whilst we were having breakfast but when we go to pick it up it has gone.
Day three our dog gets attacked again after JR comes in our cottage and eats our dogs food. so we decided to keep the door shut and put up with the heat.
Day four we come back from the beach and are hosing down our dog so not to bring sand into the cottage. The builder opens his door ( never seen him before) and his JR ( different JR) attacks our dog in the courtyard. Then has a go at us saying we have left the courtyard full of shit every day????
We tell him no actually we have been picking up ours and the owners poo every day. my DH pulls out poo bags from his pocket and says look we come well equipped. The builder without saying a word of apology about his dog slams his door.
We are here for another 3 days and I dont feel comfortable being here anymore mainly as we will have to sit inside for the safety of our little dog.

chough Wed 07-Sep-16 10:20:18

Can't imagine these people have much repeat business.
You could speak to the owner, or just go out and about with your dog, and keep the door shut when you're in the cottage.
We like taking our dog away on holiday, and wouldn't like a situation like this at all.

Evilstepmum01 Wed 07-Sep-16 11:11:30

What a twat. This is where fb and social media or tripadvisor come in handy.

Meanwhile, protect your wee dog-if his JRT comes in or near your dog, use your boot or a long stick to dissuade them. If it happens again, call the police and report a dangerous dog.

Hope you enjoy your last few days-remember and write your reviews of your stay.

MyKidsHaveTakenMySanity Wed 07-Sep-16 11:33:42

I agree that this is why Tripadvisor, Yelp, Google reviews and Facebook were invented.

"Nice cottage but not at all dog friendly as advertised. Prepare for other's pets coming in to your rental, eating your dogs food and attacking your dog. You will also be required to pick up owners dog shit"

That would be a pretty accurate review to warn others thinking of going.

Evilstepmum01 Wed 07-Sep-16 11:50:40

What Mykids said!!

Your poor wee dog, not having a great holiday is he/she?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 07-Sep-16 11:56:15

You are being a wee bit unreasonable IMO.

It seems pretty rank to let your dog shit in the communal courtyard. Can't you take it for a walk? Id assume that dog friendly meant you could bring your dog to the property, not that you could let.your dog roam unsupervised around communal areas, and shit there.

CinderellaFant Wed 07-Sep-16 12:00:21

Itsallgoing I take it you aren't a dog owner?

ReginaBlitz Wed 07-Sep-16 12:03:45

Agree it is rank but this is why I would never book dog friendly accommodation.

LagunaBubbles Wed 07-Sep-16 12:06:47

Dog friendly to me is accomodation that permits dogs. I wouldnt like to stay somewhere if a dog has done a poo and its not picked up immediately.

damngirl Wed 07-Sep-16 12:10:06

Hello fellow HHOer wink

stopfuckingshoutingatme Wed 07-Sep-16 12:10:25

what my kids said, keep it snappy! shit happens unfortunately with these holidays

JedRambosteen Wed 07-Sep-16 12:10:45

We are not dog owners (have been in the past) and booked a dog friendly cottage last year due to limited availability. First night included a trip to the supermarket for scented candles and mopping the kitchen floor to try & nix the doggy smell. Never again!

I agree with the others that a frank online review is needed.

Mummyoflittledragon Wed 07-Sep-16 12:14:06

That sounds horrible. I would probably take your dog out before breakfast and not leave the door open. It doesn't sound like he/she needs much of a walk to do a poo. No attacks or complaints that way. I would also contact the property owner or website you booked it on to complain and try to resolve. Then perhaps put the trip advisor info up as above and next time find a place with a small garden or yard you don't need to share. Rather feel comfortable and secure than fight and spoil your few days left of peace on holiday.

NatashaBolkonskaya Wed 07-Sep-16 12:29:07

Hello fellow HHOer grin

That's just what I suspected as I read the OP.
It's a give away phrase.

sillygoof Wed 07-Sep-16 13:24:20

What's an HHOer? Sounds exciting!

sillygoof Wed 07-Sep-16 13:26:55

Ps I'm sorry you're not having a great time OP - I'd suggest having a word with the owner, it's always best to before posting a negative review. That said, I'm a massive wimp, so in real life if it was me I'd just put up with it and keep the door shut if possible before making a complaint afterwards!

FrancisCrawford Wed 07-Sep-16 13:31:12

She picks up the poos "as and when" the dog does them.

In other words, acts as a responsible dog owner.

It isn't possible to tell when a dog is going to decide it needs a poo. You can take it for a tempo mile hike, during which time it poos twice. And then you get home, sit down in the garden and the dog is pooing again. My dog has pooed three times so far since 7.30.

Yes, leave an honest review on TripAdviser.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Wed 07-Sep-16 13:40:49

She picks up the poos "as and when" the dog does them.

"our dog does her business whilst we were having breakfast but when we go to pick it up it has gone"

It isn't possible to tell when a dog is going to decide it needs a poo

Illness aside it is possible to train your dog your dog to have a routine in much the same way as humans usually poo the same time every day. It is also possible to train your dog to poo on command or in a particular place.

gillybeanz Wed 07-Sep-16 14:02:24

whats a HHO'er

FrancisCrawford Wed 07-Sep-16 14:06:50

Yes, that's reasonable. I'd say it falls under "as and when". It isn't radioactive waste. What would it be - a whole ten minutes before they picked up the poo. What was going to happen in that time?

No, it isn't possible to train all dogs to go only in a certain place. Some dogs, yes, but they are a small minority. I walk with a blind friend and his guide dog. He is trained to go in the garden at home, but it's not uncommon for him to have a poo when we are out. Which I pick up, obviously.

My dog's bowel routine will vary according to circumstance and diet. So today when it is warm, he's been three times. Normally it would be one. Three is unusual even for a warm day. And like humans, dogs get upset stomachs. Give them a bone and they poo less.

How can a dog poo on command if it doesn't have anything left to poo?

Can you defecate on command? Did you toilet train your children to poo on command? Because if you can train dogs to do this, then it should be a breeze to train humans. Only it isn't, is it? Most children are around three before they are toilet trained.

Dogs aren't robots.

CoolCarrie Wed 07-Sep-16 14:07:08

Possibly you could put your dog on his lead and sit at the door, rather than keep him in, and that way you can have the door open.
Definitely give a honest review about what has happened. You have been doing what you should by picking up the poo, the other guy has been an arse!

milliemolliemou Wed 07-Sep-16 14:09:54


susiella Wed 07-Sep-16 14:12:13

Another HHO'er here!
If your dogs is being attacked by other dogs you should call the police. They will definitely bring about prosecutions under the Dangerous Dogs Act. And quite rightly too.

damngirl Wed 07-Sep-16 14:14:27

I'm afraid it's nothing exciting guys grin

Horse and Hound!

Sillybillybonker Wed 07-Sep-16 14:14:29

Whats a HHO'er?

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