I part company with letter writer Eugene Foley ("A Dog's Life," Aug. 20) in his expression of empathy for those who would harm a neighbor's dog for any reason, but as to the rest of his sentiment, I say, "Amen, amen, amen!"
Mr. Foley appropriately expressed the disgust of those of us who live in suburban communities in which some self-absorbed, inconsiderate families that refuse to take strong hints believe that their dog's place is in the front yard where it may bark incessantly and chase passersby and vehicles, shattering the tranquility that would otherwise exist in the neighborhood.
In my former Squirrel Hill community, this problem did not exist. Perhaps that was because individuals knew that a dog that was left outside would likely be taken or harmed, something which, of course, I would not advocate.
A dog is a domestic animal that is in need not only of legitimate exercise (walks and/or runs), but to spend time with its "pack," the family. If a dog guardian is not prepared to meet the dog's needs or to display common courtesy and good manners toward neighbors, take the advice of any responsible breeder or veterinarian: Please, please do not get a dog!
Upper St. Clair