DF and I are currently having our fence replaced (the one that divides our backyard from our next door neighbours' yard). The old fence was shabby and nearly falling down, and definitely needed to be replaced on both sides.
"Mr Neighbour" is a tradesman, and has contacts in the fencing industry. Because of this, the new fence is being put up by Mr Neighbour and his friends at a substantial discount. DF and I only have to pay a nominal amount. The savings are several hundreds of dollars. We are grateful to Mr Neighbour for this.
But here's the problem: our neighbours have a very large dog. DF and I went away for several days and returned this afternoon. We found the new fence almost completed, but there was a gap. All over the backyard, were about 10 reeking piles of dog turds. We have a security camera mounted over our shed, and were able to see that the neighbours' dog had been coming into our yard every day (on multiple occasions) and doing its "business" on our lawn.
I'm pretty angry. Surely our neighbours must have noticed the sudden paucity of dog turds in their own backyard? They must have realised that their dog was coming into our yard and doing its business. I wanted to go over there, explain the situation, and ask that one of them come into our yard and clean up their dog's messes.
DF thinks differently. He thinks that because Mr Neighbour is doing us a big favour with the fence, and saving us a lot of money, that it would look rude and petty if we went over and complained about the dog turds. He thinks that because the fence is almost finished, we should just let it slide and clean up the mess ourselves.
What do you guys think? Would it be rude of us to request that the neighbours clean up after their dog, given they're doing us a favour with the new fence?