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?