Re: Thank you all for your support
Originally posted by Louise
It's so nice to know I'm not alone.
Definately not alone :? I just moved into our new home almost 2 months ago ... almost everything was perfect ...
... the only thing so far that's wrong with the place isn't with the house ... it's our neighbours.
Their place was built almost right up against the property line ... we have a tall fence BUT they have a small balcony on their second floor and the woman site out on her balcony and yep you guessed it ... it overlooks our back yard where the kids (3 of them ages 8, 12 and 13) and our dogs (my 2 bassets and mom's chow/lab cross) love to play and have fun like only kids with dogs can.
(Yes it can get noisy but it's _happy_ noise and as far as I'm concerned there's no better sound than happy children playing with happy animals).
Anyhow this woman sits out there with an expression on her face like she bit into the nastiest sourest thing you could imagine and GLARES at the kids and swears and cusses to herself (loud enough for us to hear though) about "hoodlum kids" and "damn dogs".
She sent her son over to tell us to get control of our "illegal kennel" and "ragmuffin daycare" before she calls the police on us because apparently we are making noise constantly from sunup to sundown and ruining her enjoyment of life ... apparently.
We're thinking Kennel????? Daycare????? WTH?!?
Well my dad is really sensitive and he was appalled to think that someone was angry with us to that extent.
We've done everything reasonabbly possible to minimize the noise in the back ... especially by that side of the house, however this particular woman continues to be sour and negative.
I feel somewhat sorry for her and feel that her life must have been miserable if she can't find enjoyment watching happy children playing with their pets.
Mom and I have tried to warm up to her... greeting her when we're outside and we notice her watching us. We'll wave and smile and wish her a good day. And her face puckers even more.
Mom says she thinks the lady is just jealouse that she doesn't have happy children in HER backyard and has probably never owned any type of dog in her life.
Pretty much everyone in this neighbourhood owns dogs as well... ALL of our neighbours along the street, behind us, on the other side of the road etc have dogs... except not this lady.
She has cats.
And these cats are the sorriest nastiest critters you ever saw!
They come over here and sit on our fence and hiss at the dogs (which gets them barking which leads to her complaining) etc.
One time I thought to maybe catch one of her cats to bring it back to her next door and suggest (nicely) that if she would keep her cats out of our yard our dogs may not bark so much so it would be mutually beneficial.
However when my mom and I caught the largest cat it was NASTY!
The poor thing was covered in scabs and fleas and felt absolutely disgusting. It even stunk so bad my mom gagged.
If we didn't have the dogs and a little more money I'm sure my mom would have kept the thing and nursed it to health herself.
It was missing teeth and it's eyes were dull.
Yet we knew this was HER cat (she yelled at us before to get the dogs to leave her "baby" alone one time when it was on the fence) and not just some stray. ... You wouldn't have been able to tell by the state the thing was in.
So my mom and I decided we could not in good concience return this animal to her as she obviously was either not willing or unable to care for it properly herself.
We took it in to animal control. They immediately quarenteened it and said they would dip it and clean it up and get it some food. They figure underneath all the grunge it's actually a nice looking animal. (It's a long hair and almost all black with some bands of color accross it's shoulders).
The lady has never asked about the cat. One time the kids were in the back and one of them asked her where her kitty was and she just spat at them and said "damn thing prolly ran away!"
My mom says she feels like we did a good thing bringing the cat in to the shelter.
She still continues to cuss us out and call us vile things, my dad is starting to realize he just needs to ignore it. My kids are learning to tune her out and when she gets particularly nasty they come in doors.
We suspect she's not entirely 'well'.
We've spoken to the bylaw officers and they say there's no problems here. They are familiar with that lady and there have been no other complaints against us.
We've actually been told there's no way they'd even have suspected there's THREE dogs here nevermind two hounds - due to the actual LACK of "exessive" noise.
Ohhh well .... not everything can be perfect.
And unfortunately you can't pick your neighbours.
My mom is planting some rhododendron bushes along the fence as well as some other tall bushy like plants so hopefully that'll help as well.
All anyone can do is what could reasonably be expected of them and if that's not enough... well ... you can't please everyone.