I love animals. I say this right from the start so that there will be no misunderstandings. I have owned all sorts of animals over the years from dogs and cats to gecko lizards, Egyptian toads, fish and birds. Currently we own a Golden Retriever and a Chocolate Lab. They weigh about 100 pounds each and bring us constant smiles. The Chocolate Lab doesn’t photograph well because she comes out looking like one big brown blob, but here’s a look at the Golden. He is one of the loves in my life:
What I don’t love, however, is being woken up 2 hours before I need to be by our neighbor’s pit bull barking incessantly. I do realize the problem is the neighbor not the dog … but nonetheless! We have newlyweds next door. Newlyweds with a new baby. And they have decided they would rather live in a town near their families about an hour away. (I would rather they live there also!) They leave in the pre-dawn hours … locking their pit bull outside and take off for the day. Oftentimes they will not come home till midnight or later and you guessed it … we TRY to fall asleep to the sound of the barking dog. Hours and hours of barking. And yes, my kids are older – but teens need sleep too … they are getting up for school at 5:30 and 6:30 a.m respectively each day.
When our neighbors first moved in they had a little dog that they were unable/unwilling to keep in their yard. The dog was constantly at our house and one day even climbed into some potted flowers, turned over a very nice large pot and shattered it. Not a big deal … but things like this went on and on for months. And although retrievers are notoriously friendly, our Golden is very territorial and threatened to go after the neighbor’s little dog every time it came under/through our fence. I would look out my window and run out frantically trying to save the little dog’s life day after day. Then I would take the dog back to it’s owners who always were quite annoyed with ME as if it were my fault the dog got out. Or my fault that I saved it’s life. I tell you all of this just so you see the pattern … the pattern of being pain in the butt neighbors and not very considerate to their animals or to those living around them.
We have tried talking to our neighbors about the barking, but it does no good. Their house is on the market and they could not care less about trying to appease their neighbors. (Too bad the market is so bad in California right now – I doubt if the house will sell for ages!) If the dog were friendly I would try to give it some of the attention it so obviously needs – but it is not a friendly dog. It growls, snarls and barks every time it sees us near our shared fence. I realize this is not a "fun" topic today, but I thought maybe someone out there has a suggestion. Quite honestly, I am so tired from the lack of sleep – I am putting this out there somewhat in desperation for a solution. Ideas anyone???