I had a rather nasty loss on the Animal Uncontrol front the other month. I surrendered that particular hill, but I made them pay dearly for that win. Pay they will!
Here is the good news. After two years of dog nuisances emanating from across the street, and a nearly non-stop battle relating to same, the malicious dog nuts suddenly moved away! I want to dance in the street!!! Yeah, baby! Who’s Your Daddy!!?!
I don’t want to critique others TOO much. Every situation is different. Sometimes, it is better to fold rather than raise. I may have surrendered my volunteer hike leader position to the nutters but I have PEACE IN MY HOME.
Let me tell you something: Peace in my home did NOT come cheap. There were multiple calls to authorities. There were certified letters sent to both the miscreant and their landlord. There were screaming matches in the street and on my front porch with threats given and received. There were many days with endless loud barking, shits on my lawn and endless other problems. I was slandered throughout the neighborhood. However, I did NOT surrender my home to these scumbags. This win did NOT come easy. I EARNED peace in my home. I earned it, it is MINE and I savor it every day!
Whatever your situation is, even if it is hopeless, DO NOT give the miscreant an easy win. Make it as painful as possible for them in this day by day Armageddon. Only when faced with the threat of painful consequences will they change their actions. And, make no mistake: This is a HUMAN problem.