Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Is this a dog you could be friends with? I'd say.

Is this dog cute or what? I mean, she's adorable, she really is. She belongs to my youngest daughter. She has the sweetest disposition. But she is a little cautious and barks if she doesn't know you.

If this dog were almost NEVER outside in the fenced yard longer than 5 or 10 minutes would you call that being out "all the time?"

If this dog barked at you because you always scowled at her and wouldn't talk to her or try to make friends....and if when she barked her owner almost always brought her in immediately would you say that this dog "barked incessantly?"

I'm just asking. A little annoyed right now.


Mary O'Hannigan said...

Uh oh. Sounds like neighbor trouble. Let me at the grouch 'cause Lucky rocks! She is just as you objectively described her.

Suzanne said...

YOU HAVE MY NEIGHBOR! I kid you not, Rosemary..I should write a blog about our story that happened a couple of years ago, but it was the most frustrating/and actually hilarious story whenever we talk about it now. Now, at the time it was NOT hilarious but it was downright ridiculous, so yes, I know exactly what you are going through.
You may have to let it out..to your neighbor because you have a right to have a pet and you should not have to feel like you must bring her in at that neighbor's beckon call OR your doggie will never get out without a grouch session if its anything like the woman I live next door to.

Kalona said...

She is a cutie, and she looks slightly annoyed, too. :o)

I always worry that my two dogs will annoy our neighbors with their barking, but so far no one has said anything. I try to bring them inside quickly when they start barking. They are outdoor dogs during the day (mostly) and indoors at night.

Some of the residents at the apartment complex where my mom lives hate dogs, and are trying to get up a petition to have them banned there. I don't think it will happen, but if it does, Mom will be moving. I can't imagine not liking dogs!

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Mary, you're the best!
Suzanne, is there anything we don't have in common? LOL Too funny.
Kalona, thanks for the support. Hey, dogs bark. A minute or so of being barked at because you won't try to make friends just seems like something neighbors ought to be willing to put up with.

Sarah - Kala said...

A little yipping here and there now and again doesn't bother me . . . even when I didn't have a dog. I do all the same things you do to avoid confrontational neighbours, should we ever get any (most military families have at least one dog). . . we have some fam's that their dogs bark constantly and are ignored and left out . . . it gets annoying, but I drown them out w/ my telly or radio. No biggie. I would def. not bother to confront anyone about their pet . . . unless it was their pet's poop in my yard or seeing them let their dog poop on public property and not pick it up.

Good luck with your grouchy neighbour.

Lynz said...

It kind of reminds me of people who move out into the farm country and complain about the cow smell.

Good luck!

Jean M. Heimann said...

Aww! She's a darling dog! :)

Nearly everyone in our neighborhood has dogs. One is left outside 24 hours a day in the spring, summer, and fall and barks almost constantly, which is annoying, but I drown out the dog's barking with ocean waves from my sound machine.

At our former residence, the neighbor next door had two dogs, who were left outdoors most of the day and night and barked whenever they saw a bird, a cat, or other moving object, which means they barked almost constantly. We couldn't go out in our back yard without those dogs barking at us the whole time we were outside. There was never any peace and quiet. They even got out of their yard, trampled through our garden, and came up to our back door and barked at us.
After we talked with the neighbors about this and they saw what was happening with their own eyes, they fixed their fence so the dogs wouldn't get out. They also took the dogs in more often and presented us with a home baked carrot cake as a peace offering.

You sound like you're a very considerate neighbor, taking your dog in whenever it barks, which is more than most people do.

Maybe you could have a chat with your neighbor and let them know you want to get along and ask them for suggestions on how to do this. Perhaps you have already done this. To me, a little kindness goes a long way and you are a gracious and considerate person, Rosemary.

Even if your neighbor doesn't appreciate that, God does and I do, too.

Rosemary Bogdan said...

I understand people being bothered by a dog that is literally barking incessantly and is out the whole time. But we have tried so hard to bring her in RIGHT AWAY when she starts barking. And she hates being out so she herself insists on only being out for a very short time. We have chatted quite a bit with this neighbor. His suggestion? Get a shock collar. This seems like quite an overreaction to me. I suggested he talk gently to her and call her by name. He did it once and she immediately started wagging her tail and stopped barking. Why he can't do that whenever she barks at him I do not get. What's so hard about saying, "Hey, Lucky, how you doing? It's OK. It's OK. " If the problem could be that easily solved why bother complaining about it. Kind of seems to me that it's not about the dog. You know?

Rosemary Bogdan said...

Lynz, I think you're analogy is very apt.