I dont disagree with you Rooster. The problem is that this behavior isn't a one off. It's not just these current sheep, we've had the same problem with this neighbor for years now with various animals. From his dogs, chickens, ducks, sheep.... they've all escaped at one time or another and ended up at our place.
It's not like I haven't been willing to help these people out. I saved their house from freezing up one winter when it was -20F here and they were in the lower 48 for their daughter giving birth to her first child. I was watching their place, and tending their animals when their gas boiler went tits up. I had to go over there twice a day to light fires in their fireplaces (upstairs and downstairs) to keep the plumbing from freezing up until the plumber got there 4 days later. That was on top of still feeding and watering their animals, and clearing the snow from their 300 yard driveway just so I could get in and out of there. IMO I think I've been a pretty good neighbor.
I've been accepting the gifts,, and apologies for the last 10 years, and nothing has changed, if anything it's gotten worse. So I've decided that if I want a change I needed to be the one to make it happen. I don't want a feud with my neighbors, I just want them to respect me and my property by keeping their animals home. It's worth noting that in the 10 years we've lived here none of our animals have ever got loose and wondered to anyone else's property.
I know I am hard headed, and confrontational at times, but I dont think I'm being unreasonable on this one. I actually feel I've put a lot of self restraint into not losing my cool, it hasn't been easy for me to do that.
Refusing the roast has gotten me more response than anything else I've done to date, and now that I've had time to live with that decision for a while I feel confident it was the right one to make.
Edited by Juthro, 17 November 2022 - 02:22 AM.