It drives me up the wall. Every time I stop at my gate, the dog next door goes off as if it wants to kill me. If you try talking to it calmly through the fence, it only gets worse.
If that’s not bad enough, the dog barks for at least 2 hours, sporadically throughout the night. It happens at 1 am, 3 am, 5 am — whenever.
This poor creature barks at everything that moves in and outside its fenced-in yard.
May that be rats, cats, stray dogs, squirrels, and anything else you can imagine. It’s a nightmare — this dog’s been keeping me awake for hours nightly ever since I moved into my new house.
I’m an animal lover, especially dogs, and cats. So, don’t get me wrong, but this is just too much.
The dog can’t help it — the awful, mad, selfish owner is to blame
It’s an expensive German Shepherd that needs a lot of attention, care, and exercise. However, I never see the owner with the dog nor his helpers ever take him out for its much-needed walks.
They simply keep it in their small garden to scare off potential “robbers,” although we live in a perfectly safe, high-end neighborhood.
They either don’t know what that exercise kind of animal needs or don’t care – no, I know, they don’t care!
Knowing my dear neighbor, whom I’ve thankfully only run into 3 times, I’m fully aware he doesn’t give a damn about his dog. All he cares about is himself and having a big scary dog hoping to keep people clear of his property.
Why? The guy is paranoid — he’s about 65 years old, dresses like a woman, wears makeup, and calls himself June (I changed his/her actual name).
My kind confrontation, explanation, and request to rectify the situation
I spotted him lying on a sunbed at a resort pool that I often frequent.
This is my chance, I thought. So, I slowly approached him and said:
“Hello, dear neighbor, how are you?”Rob
Fine, how are you, he said with his manly German-English accent. But, of course, he didn’t ask how I was doing, so I launched right into the problem.
“Well, I have a problem- I’m a light sleeper, and your dog barks most of the night, which means I can’t sleep.
Your dog usually starts around 1 am and continues on and off until 5 am, until it finally falls asleep.”
“Oh no, he doesn’t bark much — he’s asleep by 10 pm.”
“Do you sleep at your house because I never see you there?”
“No, I sleep here at the resort as it’s more peaceful and quieter. There are no cats, dogs, or roosters making noise at night.”
“Well, that’s great for you, not so much for me. I recently rented the house next to yours as it appeared quiet and peaceful. I didn’t see your dog until I moved in.
Please do me a favor and have someone put it in at night.
That’s what people who love their pets do — they have them sleep in the house, mostly even in their beds!”
“Oh no, he’s not a house dog — he’s a guard dog, so we must keep him outside.”
Wow, really? This dog is actually a peaceful thing and wouldn’t hurt anyone. You can see it in his eyes. It is not a scary guard dog. German Shepherds aren’t like that.
I said, thanks for your help. I’ll see if it improves.
If not, I must warn you I’ll file a police report for the nightly noise pollution caused by you leaving your dog outside.
I walked away and wished him good luck.
No more barking?
Bizarrely the barking stopped last night, and I haven’t heard anything all day either, nor have I seen the dog.
There was some commotion in their garden when I left my house at 8 am for work meetings.
It appears I’m not the only pissed-off neighbor. Someone may have taken action to stop the unbearable nightly noise pollution.
I’m yet to figure out what’s happened. Maybe the owner and the dog took a short vacation together — who knows?
I hope it’s a long one, or I’ll have to move house again. But, the dog is back and the barking continues without the owner giving a damn.
No matter what happens, you can always make a positive out of a negative. Please read my story on that topic:
If you own a pet, be that a dog, cat, rabbit, or pig, be kind to it and do the right thing.
Don’t lock it up in a cage or small garden — and never take it out or spend time with it.
That’s cruel and shows you’re nothing but a self-indulgent fool!