Barking Dogs... I was going to throw this on Nextdoor DC... but instead I hide it here

Yesterday my neighbor's dog was barking...
not my immediate neighbor
but a neighbor a few houses down... their back yard not far from my back yard
the dog was not just barking yesterday... the dog barks all the time
barking at nothing... just barking... barking non-stop

I have a dog... my dog barks.. dogs bark
but... my dog does not bark excessively... if I feel that my dog's barking is excessive- I bring him in and or issue a command for him to stop.. 
my dogs barking is usually him doing his job... defending the house

after the neighbor's barking dog gave me a pounding headache preventing me from enjoying a Sunday afternoon at home watching the Redskins win
the dog barked through the whole game... no matter if the momentum favored the Redskins or the Eagles

so... when I left out to walk my dog in  the afternoon I thought I would kindly ask my neighbor to do something about the barking dog

what was I thinking?

things do not always go as planned
I should have anticipated that my "telling someone what to do" would not go well
I know that NO ONE likes being told what to do,,, even if they are in the wrong

but foolishly I went around to the house on 3rd street and rang the doorbell
the dog was still barking
I waited
a woman came to the door

the dog barked as I tried to engage the woman on the other side of a storm door... my head pounded as the dog continued to bark...
I introduced myself... the woman was less than welcoming from words "Hello I am your neighbor around the corner on Quackenbos"
her body language was negative and she was less than receptive to a large bearded man with a dog on her front porch

my dog stood quietly at my side the whole time
behaving... not barking.. not jumping around... not pulling... just behaving

it did not go well...
since she did not speak 
I answered the questions I expected to be posed with 

"it is clear that this dog need exercise
this dog just like all dogs will misbehave if it is not given the chance to exercise
the dog is not barking at a squirrel or a passerby
the dog is just barking... barking at the wind... non-stop...
maybe you should walk your dog.. maybe you should hire a dog walker... maybe you should not have gotten a dog"

all words fell on deaf ears

she just stood there with a nasty expression on her face and her hands on her hips until she lit me up with threats of calling the police

yes... the woman yelled at me
she threatened me with calling the police
I was initially fine with that concept
but knowing how interactions can go with the police... even for the innocent... I let that threat chase me away
all the while the dog was in the back yard barking away... oblivious to everything except the wind

wow... things did not go as planned
I guess I expeced the person in the wrong to be less agressive and more apologetic
she was quick to threaten to call the police
funny... it never occurred to me that I should call the police or the SPCA\Animal Control
well it occurred to me... but I am not looking to harass this woman.. I just want the dog to stop barking

just as I thought... had she called the police I could have then had the police take notice of the dog and its barking
then... I could have the police come repeatedly to witness the dog and its never ending barking



1 comment:

ETJB said...

she heard you. she is thinking about it now, I bet.