Grumpy old neighbor
We live in very close proximity to our neighbors the way the houses are set up here and many of the people that live here in this little park have been here for years and years.
Most of my neighbors are extremely nice. We get together and sit outside and talk, have a few drinks some nights, invite each other over, do favors, let each other borrow stuff. Etc etc. I love my neighbors honestly..... Most of them are either friends with us or keep to themselves and never bother anybody. Many of them are also dog owners and almost all of them have more than one dog.
Anyway behind my next door neighbors house lives an old man and his wife I believe. The corner of their yard meets a corner of my yard. For as long as we've lived here he has repeatedly come to that corner of his yard to tell at my dogs to shut up when they bark ! This corner is covered by bushes and a tree so me and this old man have never even seen each other. There are times he's yelled at my dogs and he doesn't even know I'm sitting right there in my yard ! I find this so RUDE.
Now my dogs don't bark excessively. They bark when they are supposed to! They are dogs. They let me know what's going on and who's near the house.
SOMETIMES my chi gets out of hand. It's in the breed, what can ya do? You know. I tell him enough! And he stops or he gets brought in the house.
But Obviously if they hear a shady grumpy old voice yelling from some bushes they're going to bark more not less! Especially when he calls them BY NAME and tells them SHUT UP! I don't even tell them "shut up" (I use "enough" or "quiet") And they're my dogs!
This has gone on for the 4-5 years we've been here. I've gotten angry at the man and grumbled back at him but I've never yelled back or bothered him really. Just silently wished he would pass in his sleep already and leave us alone.
Anyway he called the cops on us two nights ago and gave them Our specific address.. However we were all home and my dogs weren't even barking!!! Ava I know for a fact was in the yard ASLEEP and Rome was in the house w me.
I was just leaving to walk both of them and I see a police car talking to my mom outside saying they got a complaint.
I work w animal control n the ordinance says if its past 11pm or before 7am and the dog barks for 20 min continuously then they can do something about it. But it was 9pm n like I said my dogs were just hangin out.
The officer was very cool and I've seen him a few times at the municipal shelter where I work. Not sure if he recognized me or not.
He told us he did a drive by around the block and heard no dogs barking! He also told us he was given our address but that there are so many dogs around here and everything is so close together that the sounds could echo from other yards and other dogs and not to worry about it.
Honestly I just don't know why people can't just live and let live! We're neighbors we HAVE to live next to each other, if you can't be pleasant at least be polite and let me and my dogs live unbothered! If they were neglected left in the yard their whole lives and howling and barking constantly or aggressively charging the fence everytime hes in his yard I'd see it his way. But I just can't. My dogs don't bother anybody.
I kinda just wanted to rant but my brother is thinking about knocking on this mans door on the block behind us and telling him NICELY (my brothers such a good kid) that the dogs are doing their job and to please not to yell at them. Not sure that's a good idea.
But along the thought of making nice w the guy, I even thought if giving the him dog treats he could throw at them when they bark. Maybe they will like him more and not find him so threatening but then again he doesn't seem like a dog person I dunno if I'd trust him not to soak the treats in anti freeze first !
Anyway that's it. I hate people sometimes. Rant over.