Monday, September 15, 2008

why my neighbors are kind of assholes

and why i hope they read this blog.

boyfriend has always had a dog. the dog lived with his parents since we never had the space or room to keep her. once we bought the house, we started working on making it liveable for her. last sunday, we picked her up for good.

boyfriend and i both work all day, so our dog has to stay outside. well apparently she's been barking all.day.long. obviously she is getting used to being home alone all day and it's a new house, without her other dog friend, etc. on day 3 of her being with us, we came home to a note from our neighbor. not a neighbor we know, or have ever met. the note was letting us know that our dog was barking and whining all day long. i appreciated the note. truly. i mean, i'm not home so how am i supposed to know that the dog is barking all day if no one tells me? i really don't want her to be a nuisance like that in any way, shape, or form, so i appreciate the heads up so that i can fix it. you know? anyway, the note was perfectly fine until the bitch wrote "your dog is miserable! you only have her on the side yard, and maybe if you gave her the run of the entire backyard she would be happier."

excuse me? i just found it so fucking rude and judgemental. who is she to tell me where to keep my dog? do you think she stopped to think that our backyard is trashed right now? that it's full of nails and wood splinters from taking up the deck? that we don't want her running around back there cause it's totally trashed and she could get hurt? what about the fact that she isn't good with other dogs.... and that the neighbor behind us has a dog who likes to bark and put his face through any hole in the fence? and that the fence doesn't seem really secure so we're worried that something might happen and the dogs would end up getting at eachother and fighting. ever stop to think about that lady? nope, you just wrote your note full of judgement telling me what to do with my dog, cause you're obviously bored and home all day and need to get a fucking hobby. apparently you and your other 2 nosey biddies were looking into our backyard and talking to our dog. how do you know our dog even likes people??? seriously. what if she would have tried to bite you or something cause you felt the need to look into our backyard? i'm sure that would be our fault too, right?

it just sucks because i realize that having our dog bark incessantly all day long is not okay. boyfriend and i don't want her to do that. we want to fix the problem, but we also realize that at the time it had been THREE days since she moved in with us. give her at least a week to get adjusted, right?

icing on the cake? we got a notice in the mail from animal control that there had been a noise complaint about her barking. we don't think it was from the same ladies who wrote the note (cause why would they write a note and then call the cops the next day?). logically, we think it was our next door neighbor. which once again, is totally fine and we get the fact that it is shitty that she won't shut up. but why not just come talk to us about it? especially if you live next door to us. you, of all people, know that we haven't had a dog the entire time we've lived here. you have to know that we JUST got one. and you can't even give it a week? you call and complain on day 4 of us having her? fuck people, i get it. it sucks that she won't shut up. but you can't even come talk to us in person? let us know she's barking? let us know she's bugging you. i mean, what the hell?!?!

17 comments:

ilinap said...

These are ballsless people.

I had a neighbor leave me an anonymous nasty note once about parking on the street in front of my own house. What killed me was all the poor grammar and punctuation. The anonymous thing was again, ballsless.

daddy dan said...

Heaven forbid actually having to talk to a neighbor! People these days just prefer to take the easy way out and go directly to the authorities. People suck.

The Stiletto Mom said...

My neighbors like to confront me face to face. They are also assholes. I haven't heard much out of them since our last meeting a year or so ago. If it makes you feel better (or worse) read this. I have to say though, your guys may take the cake...I'd probably have to write back if I were you complete with pictures of the torn up back yard so they feel REALLY stupid.
http://www.thestilettomom.com/2008/08/24/flying-circus-rats/

zandor said...

I'm sorry about that. The house two houses away has two dogs and those two dogs like to talk to my two dogs. and the guy in between us hates dogs. He is kind of a grumpy old man though so we just ignore him.

M said...

This has so happened to me, but without the note first. I was fined $75.00 for a barking dog and then they slapped me with an extra $50 because my dog wasn't licensed. Mother truckers!

Alison said...

This is why we don't have a dog. :) I'd be worried it would yip all day and the neighbors would freak. On that note.....there is a girl who parks her car in front of MY house. This piece of crap car that looks like s in front of MY house. And? I'm leaving a note on it tonight because I'm sick of looking out my kitchen window and seeing her junky car out there! I will sign my name though. :)

Karen Sugarpants said...

Dude. As a fellow dog owner, I totally appreciate when a neighbour tells me my dog is doing something. Once, the animal control people caught her (when we first got her - she was itty bitty and got away). Our mailman at the time RAN to the van, told the guy to wait, and came to get me. AC guy showed mercy and gave her back without any charges.
My in-laws lived next door to a dog that barked all day, every day and even after telling their neighbours in person, they still left it outside to bark. Brutal, huh?
Can you crate your dog inside or hire a high school kid to check in on it? Obviously you can't be dicks and leave it out. Ha ha...

SLynnRo said...

My next door neighbors are assholes WITH dogs. They leave the poor things on the patio, which is 3 stories up, very narrow, and easily jumped over. And they bark ALL. DAMN. DAY. If only all dog owners were as considerate as yourself, because I tried to talk to them and they wouldn't open their door, even though I could see them inside.

that girl (shelly) said...

sorry! hope the dust settles soon. otherwise, a steamy package on their front porch?

Angelika said...

I agree with that girl Shelly.

And yeah, they're assholes.

Am I doing okay? said...

I'm sorry. That sucks. Maybe you should put a sign on the inside of the fence that says: Beware of Neighbors.

I RSVP'd to that CBS thing hoping to see you. If not, I'm just going to invite myself over. I could bring my dog. -Vanessa

Chris said...

Yes, welcome to the world of homeownership or not. Some people just suck! They don't have the balls or decency to just knock on the damn door and talk things out.
Bitches.....Poor dog. Hey lady, shut that damn dog up already! M'kay? Just kidding. Put a bag of dogshit on her front door tonight, light it and then run. That will teach her! Just kidding. Maybe. I might or might not have done that back in the day. Just sayin'.

Don Mills Diva said...

That sucks - I hate people who can't just come over and talk civily to people.

Grim Reality Girl said...

I'm with you -- I would much rather someone talk to me (or even leave a note). The issue for me is JUDGING. Hello, you don't know me -- judging me should be left to the man upstairs. Have you heard of empathy? Try some neighbor! (You can't tell I'm a little bitter about being judged recently?).

As a dog owner I feel for you. Hopefully doggie adjusts quickly and the judgmental neighbor drinks a cup of STFU.

Smug said...

So, what are you guys going to do about the barking? My sister has to keep her dogs in the basement while she is away at work, cause they never stop barking. Maybe a barking collar or something? Good Luck!

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Neighbors should never, ever leave notes to each other to 'address a problem'. Never. I've yet to hear it turn out well.

And, that sucks about your dog. I hope you can figure out a way to keep her happy and quiet. I've always loved dogs with big "BarOOOOO" barks, but know that my neighbors may kill me.

Just wait til I get those chicken and a rooster I've been hoping to get someday.

Vickie said...

Tell your neighbors to STFU and mind their own business. Too many people complaining about stupid **** these days. I also have a dog and I go to great lengths to keep him quiet, in the yard, etc. Here's on for ya: shortly after moving in, I had a $3000 fence put up. Without a word to me, my nose in the air neighbor calls the city to complain that it's on their property (it isn't) and, long story short, her explanation is, "It's not what we would have picked out." Huh? WTH? Sorry lady, I wasn't aware I should've checked with you to see what type of fence to put on MY property. Yea, I don't think so and, I'm not asking her what color she would like me to paint my house either.