Today - on Tuesday - we're talking about welcoming new neighbors. I'm thinking there will be plenty of lists with great welcoming tips: food, flowers, offers, information.
So I'm going to go off the grid a bit. And tell you what NOT to do to welcome your new neighbors. (And this is A Biggie.)
Do NOT let your dog meet your new neighbors before you do.
(You can read all about this Real-Life, Personally-Mortifying Incident as it happened right here.)
In short, my welcome list looks a little different than it used to:
- Practice SIT. STAY. COME. more vigilantly.
- Do all you can to keep your overly enthusiastic dog from bowling down new neighbors - who just happen to step out of their car to introduce themselves.
- Especially keep your dog from jumping into the open door of their car.
- And, really, keep them from freaking out the new neighbor children (who are unaccustomed to dogs of any type, and especially big, happy dogs).
- Get the dog OUT OF THERE as quickly as you can.
- Take them a plate of brownies. (WITHOUT dog in tow.)
I'm still apologizing. They give me a very wide berth. (Crazy dog neighbor who also gardens in the rain, hangs hand knits on the fence for photoshoots, AND encourages bees. . . )
(You should have seen their faces when they realized we got ANOTHER dog. . .)
(They remain pet-less.) (But did have another child.)
How about YOU? How do you welcome new neighbors to your neighborhood?
See what everyone else has to say here.