2009-12-26 16:49 (UTC)
When I worked third shift, the neighbors dog drove me to the brink. I wish there were such things as the device in that link back then.
2009-12-28 20:10 (UTC)
Wow, a practical and devious solution to the problem! I wasn't expecting that. Thank you very much.
You're not a bad person. It never fails to frustrate me how many people fail to understand the basic RESPONSIBILITY owning a dog entails.
This dog is a Jack Russell. It needs SO MUCH exercise and it never gets it. So of course, it's insane. Sigh.
Omce again, my brain goes to dark and devious places. is there a device that can record the dog barking and then play it back really loudly, aimed at the neighbor's house? Hmmm. I wonder how Bad Dog Owner would like listening to precious doggie barking steadily through the night. Or record the kittens meowing and play that back! And then you can say, Aren't the kitties cute? Ooh ooh! Then record a friend's BABY crying and then a Dingo etc etc. Lol!
Ah, those are good fantasies. I will indulge in those as well. Thanks!
Does Britain have animal control/noise laws you could invoke?
Otherwise the earplugs sound an excellent plan.
Poor dog, though, it's probably miserable.
Yup, there's noise pollution laws - Nanila? I think this
Thank you! I think we might try the strategy your link suggests - employing the carrot (a judicious visit with some baked goods and a bottle of wine) before the stick (phoning the council).
The dog has so much energy. I think it probably needs a long walk every morning & evening and it just never gets it.
Funnily enough, it's been quite quiet for the past three days - I suspect visiting family members have taken it upon themselves to take the dog out to the park.
a barking dog is the kind of atmospheric strain that builds to a sudden snapping point in me, I won't exactly consciously realize what it making me increasingly bitchy and annoyed until I comprehend that the dog next door has been barking for 15 minutes without stopping. And then I can't get past the sound and it fills up all the auditory comprehension space in my head. And of course that's just the beginning of its barking period. What sucks is there's nothing you can really do, since as you said, barking is more of a symptom of the owner's care and handling.
I wouldn't pet it, when offered over the fence. I wouldn't pretend to pet it, I wouldn't look at it, maybe make some small talk with the neighbor but otherwise ignore the dog. Small dogs end up with all the power in their homes because they are tiny and cute which makes them tyrants. It needs to know you're not falling for it. It's not even the dog's choice to have you pet it, if they're picking it up and over the fence (which doesn't help in the establishment of what the fence is there for either) so the dog may not want it either!
uh...Sorry for the tome. :^/
a barking dog is the kind of atmospheric strain that builds to a sudden snapping point in me, I won't exactly consciously realize what it making me increasingly bitchy and annoyed until I comprehend that the dog next door has been barking for 15 minutes without stopping.
This, seriously. I had a neighbor whose puppy yipped constantly (when did dogs discover circular breathing? This fucker did not pause) basically every second it was home alone, leading to HOURS of nonstop barking. I tended to spend these hours in a blind rage. I love dogs, they are my favorite animal, but I fantasized about busting into my neighbor's apartment, opening the window, and hurling the dog onto the roof of the passing bus. And listening as the yipping faded into the distance.
You know what's frustrating? There's a huge grassy common (basically a park) a mere ten minute walk from our house. And that's walking slowly. This place is massive, well fenced, well tended and lightly used. It would be so easy for the dog to have two long walks every day. Also, said neighbour doesn't work, so has plenty of time to do it. ARGH.
I think you're right. I will try to ignore the dog when speaking to the neighbour across the fence, because it's when I notice its existence that it gets picked up and passed over. Thanks!
good luck. I feel your pain.
Urgh. I don't remember if I wrote about it, but a while back I stopped a car that was about to run over my neighbor's awful dog. This would be the shrill-voiced awful dog that freaks the hell out every time she sees me, every time there's any noise (right down to putting a key in a lock) on my side of the house, and every time her simpleton owner leaves home.
Said awful dog was in danger of getting run over because (a) her simpleton owner always puts the leash on AFTER they leave the enclosed porch, and (b) the dog has very complex feelings about me and was running hell-for-leather towards me with god knows what purpose in mind. I looked up, calculated trajectories, and stopped the oncoming car. And I've regretted it ever since. I can't fantasize about hurting an animal either, and I'd probably have been scarred for life if that hateful creature had been killed right in front of me, and I still suspect I chose poorly.
I don't recall reading an entry about it here. You chose the better option both for your conscience and for the dog, I'm sure. It's just a shame that doing the right thing doesn't equate to increased happiness.