Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Neighbor

We have new neighbors. Well, let me clarify... A new family moved into the house next door about 6 months ago. I was happy to get new neighbors because the couple that lived there before constantly struggled to keep it up due to financial difficulties. These new people bought it and did renovations for a solid month before moving in. I was very hopeful that they would be good neighbors. Then they let all the existing grass in the front yard die and didn't mow their weeds for 3 months! My hopes faded...

The new family is a Middle Eastern family (only relevant for parts of the story below) and consists of a Mom, Grandma (sometimes) and two son's (both 19 -25 yrs of age).

Then last weekend, this guy appeared...

These new folks live on the side of my yard with the crappy fence, so a picket is missing and has never been replaced. Our new friend loves to come check us out. He even gets so excited that he paws at the fence and I'm afraid it is so dilapidated, he will come on through any day.
When Lola ignores him, he sits like this and just cries and cries...
Then Miss Lo decides that she will grace him with her presence and oh what a happy dog he is...

She gives him a little attention, then remembers that she doesn't believe that she is really a dog, and leaves him be...
Then he just sits and cries and cries.

He first appeared last weekend. There was quite a bit of barking during the day, but that has died down. Now he just seems to get stressed at night in the dark and barks. He did still make enough noise during the night and in the early morning that he would stir up Lola when she was in her kennel in the living room. I had to move Lo's kennel to the guest bedroom and let me tell you that she is none too happy about it. Now at night when I say, get in your kennel, she runs and sits where it used to be. Then when I say, "No, you know it has moved", she runs and sits outside my bedroom. Then I have to carry her to her kennel.


Well, it seems my neighbors are gone for the weekend and new dog is really stressed. Starting at about 9:00 last night, he barked and barked AND barked. I went out, climbed in a chair so he could see me over the fence and tried to talk to sense into him. You know, I said "Look dude, I know your peeps are gone, but you need to chill out! Stop Barking!". He would stop for a while, then kick right back up. I guess he wore himself out because he finally stopped about 10:30. Stopped until 4:20 a.m. that is.


Lordy, lordy, you should have heard that dog. He was barking non-stop. I put earplugs in and could STILL hear him. As far as I can tell, nobody has checked on him. I climbed on a chair again to make sure that I could see some water for him in the yard. I know Ramadan started this weekend, so maybe they are out of town for that. Do they make their dogs fast with them on Ramadan? Seriously, I have no idea about Ramadan other than it involves fasting during the day. Could this be the problem?


Now I have to decide whether to tell them that their dog (1) needs more exercise to wear him out and (2) that he gets really stressed when they are gone so they probably need to consider a kennel in the future. The downside to this is (1) that if any of the other neighbors call animal control or the HOA, then they will think it is me, and (2) if it keeps up and I have to call animal control or the HOA, then they will know it is me!

2 comments:

The Ffrench's said...

He's cute...can you steal him for me and I will take him home !!!!

laterg8r said...

that sucks - nothing worse than bad neighbours! what meanies they are to their dog too!

 

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