OMG (with a big cuss word thrown in there)!!! DH spent 2 days raking and raking all the topsoil for the lawn areas (like 15,000 sq ft!) to be perfect. Then yesterday spread the seed. Told the neighbors the other day we cannot have their 4 dogs running through it. Just can't. Earlier today DH talked to neighbor again and reiterated, the dogs can't run through it. It can't be disturbed or the seeds won't be spread evenly again. DH can't be walking out on it to rake again, now that the seeds are down.
So, we are just sitting out on our back patio enjoying our dinner and suddenly here come 3 of their 4 (all big dogs) running through all the seeded area. DH started yelling at them. I can hear neighbor guy calling them back. DH was SO PISSED. He has worked his butt off getting all this ready and then he's been watering it all, by hand, with hoses, for the past 2 days. That's a lot of work, too. Neighbor guy calls and says he's so sorry. The dogs saw something on our back patio....I'm like ya...we were sitting back there (like it's our fault you let your dogs out and they came over?). I didn't say anything like "oh, that's ok". I just said ya, it's not good. He says "I'm so sorry, I just don't know what to do".
Neighbor lady asked me yesterday how I was keeping our dogs off of it......well...I take them out to the 6 vacant acres on the other side of us. The first time I took them on a leash so they knew where we were going. After that they just listen to me. Our black dog has instant recall. Our older yellow lab is slower to come, but he listens and will come and won't go to a spot if you say "leave it" (that command works for a lot of things with my dogs).
They have 22 freaking acres on the other side of them! Take your dogs over there if you need to let them out of the HUGE fenced in area they already have to run around in. DH has put in several lawns in the past. He's says just trying to "re-rake" where all the dogs ran through just won't work, because now the seeds are messed up and not spread evenly and the raking just makes it worse, at this point.
I just don't get people........