The Curse of the North is not always a curse. The neighbor on
this side of the fence does a lot of dog sitting for relatives.
His two dogs by themselves are
not that bad.
However, when the other two dogs come to visit, it turns into a
barkfest, and usually for
a couple weeks.
You wake up, let your dogs out and walk out back with
them to throw a few sticks,
play around a little and on one side of the yard you are greeted with
Just Press Play if You
Feel Masochistic. External:
have four mixed breed dogs (one over the limit)
happen to be named after adult beverages.
Whiskey, Brandy and other assorted liquors.
These dogs don't bark at me. They bark at our dogs if they
look like they are having fun.
This is normally instigated by the younger visitors.
Until it gets too hot.
Or until I go back inside.
Of course the cairn doesn't help matters either.
it looks like the neighbor's dogs are not making enough noise, he is
more than happy to go over and jack them up.
Rotten little dog.
The Curse of the South
May I introduce to you for your listening pleasure, Vincent.
This rotten dog barks at everyone and everything nonstop,
except for me.
These people have three dogs. Two you never see and this one patrols
Vincent is absolutely hands down the worst sack of skin I have ever
seen on the
other side of a fence.
I have talked to the neighbor about Vincent several times and the
neighbor apologizes and says,
"He really likes to listen to his voice, doesn't he."
Something is not quite clicking over there - the lights aren't burning
that bright, so it is hard to
get really aggravated at the owners.
Vincent and I have come to an understanding.
He doesn't bark
at me nonstop and I don't soak him with the hose set to 'Pressure Wash'
and if he is out of range for
the "Super Soaker".
Unfortunately, hoses and Super Soakers do not work very well in the
dead of winter and it can be pain packing around a Super Soaker
every time you wish to go outside and do a little work or just enjoy
yourself on yourproperty.
Others however don't have that same level of understanding with
One day he had the lady on the other side of the fence literally
crying, pleading for the dog to shut up.
He didn't, of course.
Try to do any maintenance around the yard and it
A neighbor working two yards away will be subjected to this
harassment all day.
Try to relax out on the deck with a Cairn and a bottle of
wine, and if the rotten dog sees you, you are get to listen to
this for hours on end:
Don't worry - just a taste
of the actual experience.
days later the results are most impressive. The most Vincent
does anymore is run to the opposite side of the fence, gather up
speed and run past me
with a drive-by bark, and a short one at that.
Today, Vincent walked up to the fence, looked at me and didn't make a
sound. For over 10 minutes.
So impressed was I, I went in the garage and got him a
PigTwist and tossed it over the fence.
He regarded it with some suspicion (and not without good reason),
picked it up and spent another half
hour wandering around the
yard with the twist hanging out of his mouth like a cigar before
Two thumbs up for the barker breaker by Pet Safe.
I would be interesting in hearing how others have dealt with this
problem so if you have something to share without too many borderline
descriptive phrases, feel free.
Perhaps others can benefit from ideas which have actually worked.