Barking Mad

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Recently there has been an increase in pooches in our area. And unlike our perfect pooch who just likes to chill out during the day, these dogs bark. ALL. THE. TIME. The one directly across the road, barks and cries most of the day. The one diagonally across the road howls most the day. The one diagonally behind us barks during the day and night. And the one across the other corner yaps. YAPS during the day. And YAPS during the night.

Yes it is only when he is left, and it seems the other dogs too. Our pooch Jack is lucky that I’m home a lot of the time. But people have to go to work, so these dogs are left a lot of the day.

So the yapper got so bad one night that we messaged our neighbours. They felt awful and left a little card in our letterbox apologising. I then felt bad that we had complained. Then the other night the dog yapped from 9pm till 12.45am. I was reluctantly half way through messaging the owners when their car pulled up and the dog ran back inside through his doggy door. We didn’t send the message, but part of me wished we had so the owners knew what had been going on.

To say we’ve become a little precious about our sleep is an understatement. Every parent knows how important it is to get as much sleep as you can when you can. Sophie thankfully has been sleeping through the night on and off for the past month, yet we haven’t been able to get a full night sleep. Whether it’s the stinking hot weather, people walking past outside making noise, or the bloody dogs barking, a full uninterrupted nights sleep has eluded us.

The point to my rambling is this. I fear that I’m turning into an annoying whinging neighbour, and an old fuddy duddy. While we didn’t end up sending the message the other night to the yappy dog owners, if it happens again, I fear I won’t hesitate to let them know their dog has been keeping us up for hours yapping his little head off.

I don’t want to piss the neighbours off and you know, end up on Today Tonight, but surely there must come a time when enough is enough?

Would you have a whinge? Or just grin and bear it?

  • Sarah
    February 9, 2011

    I’m right with you, I would totally have a whinge. Sleep is so important and the baby will no doubt keep you awake enough as it is.

    Very cute baby pic by the way.

    Good luck with the whole neighbour and dogs thing. Not an easy situation.

  • Jodie at Mummy Mayhem
    February 9, 2011

    This is a really hard one.

    We have neighbours who left us an anon note saying our dog barked and could we look in to this? The funny thing is: we really don’t think he must bark all that much, because I’m home a lot of the time and he isn’t doing it. We arrive home and it’s as quiet as anything until he hears the kids’ voices and then he starts! HOWEVER…I did catch him barking the back of the fence the other day and I think the neighbours behind us have a rabbit. I’m convinced the rabbit is causing the barking when we’re not around.

    We also have a number of dogs nearby, and I hear them barking quite a bit, so I’m wondering if the anon neighbour has the right dog?

    Anyway, I’m not really sure what we can do. Or your neighbours! As I said…difficult one! Good luck, hon.

  • Megan @ Writing Out Loud
    February 9, 2011

    I’ve been in this situation – baby was teething and sleeping badly, screaming and screaming, and then finally fell asleep and the dog next door started barking. Again. It was also in our backyard. Baby woke and started screaming again… and so I took her over to the neighbour’s house and told them off. I apologised later and explained about the teething baby, etc. but they then kept their dog from getting into our yard again and barking. (They kept it inside until a new fence was built.)

  • Anne
    February 11, 2011

    Maybe you could just tell the neighbours are they aware that their dog barks all the time they are away without actually appear to be ‘whinging’ and say it with a smile on your face, or if you ring them also have a smile you can detect that on the phone. We were told that during a workshop on dealing with difficult people. Hopefully they will keep the dog indoors while they are out. Good luck.

  • Su Chin
    February 19, 2011

    To be honest, I would politely tell my neighbours..especially if I have a newborn/baby/toddler that needs their sleep. In my raving, crazy, bush-woman hair, with a big fat smile plastered on my face.

    That’ll probably give them an indication, how deranged I can get, if their dog barks incessantly ONE. MORE. TIME.

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