- 5 years ago
- Wedding: December 2010
I’m sure the answer to this is “just talk to your neighbors,” . . .I’m just not quite sure what to say. Or maybe I’m being too touchy about everything.
I live in an old house that has been divided into a duplex–the neighbors have the upstairs and Darling Husband and I have the ground floor. They are really nice and there haven’t been problems so far. Except for their dog.
The few times I’ve encountered him, he seems really sweet. He’s maybe 60 pounds, a lab-pit mix, I think. He just barks all. the. time. whenever they leave. Not just barks, but howls and cries. Last night they didn’t get home until one in the morning and this dog howled the whole time. It was really pathetic. Thank goodness my dogs have stopped whinning in sympathy with him.
On top of that, they tie him up outside sometimes, which itself isn’t a big deal. He always has a bucket of water and is in the shade. (A few days were too hot for my liking, but I don’t want to start that debate). The problem is that they tie him right outside our living room. There are a few problems with that.
First, he usually barks while he’s out there.
Second, we have to keep all of the drapes and blinds closed so our dogs don’t see him and go nuts. (So much for natural light or being able to open the windows)
Third, he’ll pop up to look in our windows, clasing at and pushing in our screens. One of them already has a few claw marks and punctures in it and I’m not keen on having to pay for it when we move out. Also, it is just a flat out pain to put the screen back in.
He also jumps over the chain link fence back into the neighbor’s yard and poos there (according to the neighbor)
Like I said, the neighbors are nice, we just don’t interact with them much. Save for the dog (and crying baby), there are no troubles at all. I know I just need to buck up…I’m so nonconfrontational. Suggestions?