Greg and Jeanne told Sandra they would think about it, but Greg was far from convinced. They talked about it for hours and went back and forth, but after a lot of heavy convincing from Jeanne, Greg caved in and said yes. After all, how bad could it be to have happy children enjoying the new pool?
However, Greg knew he had to set some ground rules, so he called all the neighbors and asked them over. He kindly explained that he was happy for the kids to enjoy the pool and have a nice and safe summer, but that some rules would have to be strictly followed in order to avoid any problems.
Greg and Jeanne didn’t have any kids of their own, but they had always been great with children and absolutely adored their nephews and nieces. The couple had barely met their new neighbors when one day, completely out of the blue, as they were enjoying the warm sun in their backyard, they saw their neighbor Sandra and her kids peeping over the fence.
It turns out that Sandra had an urgent question to ask her new neighbors, which seemed perfectly innocent at first. But the Millers couldn’t have imagined the crazy chain of events this small question would bring about.
An Innocent Request
In the politest manner, Sandra asked Greg and Jeanne if her kids and other kids in the neighborhood could use their gorgeous new pool from time to time. She went on to explain that the kids were on summer break and she, along with other mothers, was finding it extremely hard to keep them busy all day.
She didn’t want her kids to get any ideas or start doing mischief around the neighborhood, and she thought that knowing they were safe next door would be a huge help. Greg looked at Sandra reluctantly; he wasn’t too happy about being put in this position.
What the neighbors thought would turn into an endless list of harsh rules turned out to be just one simple thing – no dogs were allowed in the pool, ever. The couple explained that they were thrilled to let their new neighbors use the pool as much as they wanted but it was imperative that they always abide by their one rule.
One of the main reasons Greg and Jeanne were so adamant about not allowing dogs inside the pool was because the lining of the new pool was still somewhat frail, and a dog’s paws could wreck it in no time.
Laughter and a Bark
Every single neighbor thought it was a completely sensible rule and promised to abide by it. The day after, it was a hot summer day and some kids came by Greg and Jeanne’s to ask if they could have a swim, to which they happily said yes.
Greg and Jeanne were sitting in their living room enjoying the afternoon breeze and delighted to hear the kids’ laughter and joy outside, playing in their pool. But suddenly, they heard another sound that sent them over the edge. It was an unmistakable sound – it was a dog’s bark. Somebody had broken their one golden rule.