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    03-23-2009, 10:33 PM
Vindictive Neighbour :[


We had a big problem with out neighbors a long time ago, they complained our air con was too loud (after living with it with no complaint for about 4 years) so we had to get up on the roof and build a little foam house around it. But no, still too loud, so we had to get rid of it, pull ALL the silver tube stuff out from inside our roof, etc, and now only have one wall mounted unit in the lounge room.

Well, years passed, no worries. Then we got home yesterday and they had put a note in our letterbox. "Dog is barking during night and keeping us awake early mornings. Please prevent this from happening" Aargh! We LIVE in the house, and we don't hear them barking. They sleep in the laundry which is right across the hall from my parents bedroom, my dad is a superlight sleeper and he DOESNT HEAR THEM BARK. The only time they bark, ever, is 1. When the puppies play with our old dog Chloe, and she barks and growls at them, but this is mostly inside and during the afternoon. 2. When something startles Charlie, like someone he doesn't know entering our yard or a stray dog getting too close to our yard.

Also, Dad told me that a few years ago she complained about the neighbour on her other side's dogs. He has little terriers, always has. Apparently a little while after she complained, his dogs went 'missing' and no one ever knew what happened to them.

Gah, my dad is so furious, and so am I... If anything happens to our dogs (the old one, Chloe, or our two new pups)... My dad would be ropeable. And he never gets angry.

He wrote on the bottom of the note "They don't bark at night. You must be dreaming" which was a lot more polite than what he wanted to say. I just wonder what we do from here...I kind of want to let her know that we will be watching our dogs very carefully, but I also dont' want to accuse her of doing something to her other neighbours dogs... that would just give her fuel. If she reports this to some kind of authority, how can we prove that the dogs don't bark at night? I mean it could be a dog from any of about 4 houses. We called our back neighbour and he confirmed that he doesn't hear them barking at night. I'm just worried that this vindictive woman will get our dogs taken away or disciplined for no reason... Aargh!
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    03-23-2009, 11:14 PM
Document everything, have your other neibors write a letter stating they don't hear the dogs barking, when the law comes you will have documentation to fall back on sounds like she doesnt have a life so she meddles in others, maybe you should invite her over for dinner.
    03-23-2009, 11:19 PM
Well if your other neighbours aren't hearing it that's a good start. Your dogs can't just be taken without the authorities having proof to a complaint. And a part of getting this would be talking to your neighbours. If your other neighbours are saying there is no problem, and the first nighbour can't prove anything, there are really no grounds for the dogs to be taken. And if you can get the people who's dogs went missing to tell how they had problems too, it will create doubt as to this lady's credibility, even if there is no proof that she is the reason they went mising.
    03-23-2009, 11:34 PM
Well i'd say... well you know what i'd say but that would make things worse lol. Maybe you could get a recorder & record for a mouth or somthing every night in the hall where the dogs are. So if they complain you would have more that just your neighbours saying they don't bark. Ahhh things like this really p*** me off! Someone should tell people like that were to go.
    03-23-2009, 11:35 PM
    03-24-2009, 12:18 AM
Hmmm... That's a good idea... I was actually thinking we should photocopy the note before putting it back in their letterbox, but too late for that now. From now on though will definitely document everything.

Argh it just makes me so angry... I used to go have sleepovers at this ladies house when I was little, etc... Then she just turned around and started all of this... I can't imagine what would prompt this complaint... Some people just confuse me!
    03-24-2009, 12:25 AM
I know, im so smart lol hope every thing settles down for your family & your vindictive neighbor.
    03-24-2009, 01:06 AM
The thing about making a recording, you can't prove where you are recording. If you were to hand over that tape she could just say that you recorded it somewhere else, without dogs present.
If you did sound with video it would help, so long as the room in which you are videoing is easily identifiable as a room in your home.
    03-24-2009, 01:13 AM
Yer that's good & also the video well have the time in the corner so they will know you didn't chop out the dogs barking etc.
    03-24-2009, 11:16 AM
Well our neighbor isn't anywhere near that annoying but on some level I think all neighbors drive each other crazy. We are currently in the process of building a fence between us and our neighbors because the wife keeps driving over on our area and tearing huge rutts in our grass then whined to my husband that our "big stupid white dog" wouldn't let the UPS guy deliver a package. Plus she is always screaming at her 2 year old daughter and husband. Her husband is a nice guy though and usually apologizes for her actions to my husband...which is kind of sad.

Back to your problem...just document everything and keep your dogs in at night so they don't get dognapped.

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