I don’t know if you all remember the story about the Italian neighbours and their barking from hell dogs…if you need a refresher, click here.
Now I have tried to be patient, I mean it has been years. I have endlessly listened to the barking dogs, with their insane high pitched barking. I have mostly kept it together…when constantly the dogs bark at everything, even when there is nothing at all to bark at.
I have watched these people sit in the yard right next to said dogs and do nothing to make them stop.
I can’t tell you how much I look forward to September when they finally leave to go back to Italy, taking their imported noise with them.
Every spring when they arrive, I hope it will be different, I hope they forgot to pack the dogs, I hope things have turned around.
Every year I am sadly disappointed.
This year, it looked like there might be some hope, they took down the wee useless picket fence and started building a new one.
So much for our river view, it is now gone. The “Wall of Italy” has been erected.
I could almost let that slide as long as I don’t have my summer invaded by the barking of obnoxious dogs.
It took them about 5 days to build the fence. They did it themselves.
It is as ugly as fuck.
And what the hell is going on with the posts? They started cutting the tops off of the posts, which incidentally they just attached to the old tiny and probably rotten posts from the other fence…this will totally be amusing when we get a good winter wind and they are in Italy…and then they got bored or something and just didn’t finish cutting the tops off. They decided they may as well put the toppers on with the posts all different heights. Why make effort right?
Let’s just piss every neighbor off around them. My next door neighbor on the left, has had his river view, which was way better than mine annihilated. He is pissed.
And look at what I see every time I leave my driveway…
I am pissed.
What exactly were they thinking here? If they has just kept going straight across it would have worked out. There was absolutely no reason to raise it up. And WHAT? I am no carpenter, I just live with one, but even I can tell that is the most ridiculous move ever, and own a level much? Apparently not.
And what the hell is up with this baby little flag on a stick? That is just my own wondering…I might just miss the point, all I know is it makes me want to big one big HUMONGOUS flag, and hang it somewhere blatant. WE ARE CANADIAN. It means having respect for the people around you.
I might be a little bit frustrated…from all the barking. I am not usually so judgmental. But really?
They also made the neighbors beside them (I am acquaintances with the wife) build a fence on their side, and when they did he was interrupting the construction constantly, eventually enough the husband got pissed and put him in his place.
So now you have all three of your neighbors pissed at you.
And the “Wall of Italy” has changed absolutely NOTHING…the dogs seem to still be tied up to the tree, and they are barking exactly the same amount as they were barking before the crooked wall was built.
So last week, after hours of barking…Bruce went over there, to talk to the guy and ask him to do something about the dogs. Said Italian is sitting outside next to the barking dogs, sees Bruce and beelines it around the corner and into the house.
Bruce was mad.
The fact that the guy ran away was cowardly and what the hell ever happened to having some fucking integrity? You all know how I feel about that by now, if you have been here for more than a month.
Running away, is not going to make this better my friend. You are in Canada now, we deal with shit sugar.
I also finally have decided that enough is enough. This morning I called the Dog barking bylaw dude.
We had a good conversation. He gets me, he gets how I feel, and it’s not ok.
I love being validated when I am on the edge of the cliff and ready to jump.
He said he would go and talk to them today. I am not sure if he has or not, but I haven’t heard any barking yet.
He also didn’t leave the bark logs in my mailbox. You see…the deal is, he goes and talks to the Italians…hopefully they don’t play stupid and pretend they don’t speak English, we bloody well know they do. During said conversation, he tells them, that if they do indeed continue to let their dogs keep barking disruptively, they will be fined after due process.
We as neighbours fill out dog logs, when they bark and for how long.
Hopefully I can get both of my other neighbors on board, I seriously don’t think it will be a hard sell…
So for now we wait, and enjoy the quiet that seems to be surrounding the neighborhood right now, short lived or not…
And here’s hoping I don’t have to go all military on their asses.
I have other paperwork to do, I am halfway to getting my funding in line for school in September, I just don’t have time for the dog barking shenanigans.
And it would be super duper if I could do my stuff in peace and quiet, without drama.
Wish me luck, whatever happens…I am probably gonna need it.
And I could use any insight or good ideas that you could throw my way.
Here are the ideas my friends have suggested so far…
Linda: Go get one of those plow horn thingy in a can and go sit outside there window and when the dog barks blow the damn thing… Payback can be a bitch
Chris: Go tell them…
Diann: You need to record it and play it for them full volume when they are snoozing…you can round up some big ass speakers.
Lucas: Would you like to borrow a gun?
Jenny: I’m tellin ya, paper airplanes over the fence… with carefully worded messages. Worked like a damn for me!!
Kassandra: Record the dogs and call them at random times, and play it back over the phone.
You guys are awesome :) and you made me smile…thanks.
So what are your suggestions??? Anything clever that I haven’t already thought of??? I would love to hear them…
Happy Thursday to you all!!