Someone sees the dog on moving in day and says insensitively, ‘Welcome, it’s a shame that cute little thing has to go’. And that’s how it starts. Lawyers at twenty paces; applications are filed, submissions made, mediation is had and a ruling is made. The dog stays or the dog goes it doesn’t really matter because there are at least two more levels of appeal before we will really know the fate of dog. Usually some form of settlement is reached. The dog might be able to stay if it is carried across the common property. The dog might be able to stay but the chairperson resigns. Or the dog goes and the chairperson resigns. There is always some face to save but eventually people have to settle or accept the decision of the umpire and get on with their lives. Settlement is the preferable course.