The check really was in the mail before the deadline and our dogs really do have all their shots. When I called the pound upset, they said that no, these neighbors had not called to complain again, it was just a follow up visit from the pound and that these neighbor's little dog got a notice too. It was the same day that all their Halloween display had been ransacked and stolen, hundreds of dollars worth: they had a worse day than I did.
I was too quick to blame. Just because someone has caused you heartache before, it doesn't mean they are the only source of antagonism. "Judge not, lest you be judged." That's about me. I let a false assumption almost ruin my day, with a "how dare they..." attitude. No, I said nothing to these neighbors. I have tried to remain friendly, and have let them know how sorry I am about their decorations. The giant spider is no longer there for my grandkids to pet. Celebrating the dark side is not my cup of team even though I am sandwiched between two houses who go all out. "This little light of mine, I'm going to let it shine...Won't let Satan blow it out..." well, I almost did.