Monday, May 16, 2022

Chuckles and Chortles

And here we are again with another new week ahead of us! Happy Monday, my friends. What is up with all of you? What is going on? Share in the comments below and tell me all about it.

I finished weeding (what a job!) and I started planting (yippee!). Last week we visited some garden centers and picked up a few plants (perennials and annuals) along with soil and mulch. Talk about being thrilled! I got all my new babies into the ground and when there's sufficient growth, and when I see flowers blooming, I'll share some photos with you. And speaking of photos, I'll try to remember to snap one of the bee and butterfly house we put up. No tenants yet but we've had some interest. Below that housing, we're going to lay out some tiles and place planters full of flowering plants on them. Not only will these little critters have a place to live, there will be lots of food below available. We intend to be really great landlords.

So... It used to be blissfully quiet here. Then our neighbours got a dog. I'm not sure what kind it is but it's one of the small ones. Cute as a button. But annoyingly loud. On and off throughout the day, it barks incessantly. Sometimes it's on the back balcony early in the morning and it barks and barks and barks at everything and everyone. Sometimes it's outside in front of the house and it barks and barks and barks at everything and everyone. When I was working in the front flower bed last week, it was outside barking and barking and barking at me. I completely ignored it in hopes that it would quiet down but it wouldn't. It didn't stop until I finished my work and left.
To say that this non-stop noise is less than pleasant is an understatement. We're not even at peace in our home anymore. We have a semi-detached home (we share a wall with these neighbours), so when it barks in the house at any time (sometimes very early in the morning or very late at night), we can hear it. In addition, our security cameras caught their young daughter sneaking into our front flower bed and cutting tulips. Not the end of the world, really, and I would happily allow the child to cut a flower or two...if she asked. But the way she does it is not right. Anyhow, we're trying to decide how we'll handle all this. I think we should talk with our neighbours and try to resolve things, particularly the noisy dog. Any suggestions?

While you think about all the great advice you're going to give me, here are some funny images to start the week off on the right note. Enjoy...and have a wonderful day!







32 comments:

  1. Kuddos to you for all your outside weeding and planting. My hubby does that stuff and I do inside stuff. The issue with the neighbors is a tough one. No matter how nicely you say it they will probably be mad if they are the kind of people that let their kid swipe flowers and their dog bark- good luck. Maybe borrow a friend's dog and make sure it barks a lot so they get a taste of it. :) Have a good week. XO

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    1. HAHA! Your suggestion is hilarious. Well, there are quite a few other dogs in the neighbourhood but they are quiet. And you are right that the neighbours might get upset if we speak to them. But we might not have a choice.

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  2. OHHHH, that last meme! Oh yeah.

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  3. You could make a complaint to your city bylaw officer. I'm sure there's probably a city bylaw about noise and barking dogs. They won't tell the neighbour who lodged the complaint.

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    1. It's something my husband has thought about. And we do have a bylaw about that. I would like to speak with them in person before doing something like that. We'll see how things go.

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  4. Martha, thanks again for the laughs. The three sheep in a trench coat is really funny and clever.

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    1. Always a pleasure! I'm glad you enjoyed them.

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  5. Got my shots for when my son is born

    I hate needles 💉

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    1. That's great, Adam. We make sacrifices for our kids!

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  6. Thanks for the laughs haha. Once we had a little girl neighbour that picked our flowers but her parents knew and they corrected her. Maybe the new dog will quiet down as it gets older. Are we ever done weeding?

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    1. I don't think our neighbours know that their daughter cuts flowers. She snuck over while she was waiting for the school bus and took the flower with her. She doesn't know we have cameras, so she will be surprised! HAHA I don't think the dog will quiet down until it is trained to do so. He's one of those small dogs that just barks all the time!

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  7. What a headache to listen to the neighbour's dog all the time! There's one like that a street over from me and at first I worried that it was locked out in the cold (I first noticed it in late winter) or that it was lost. Nope. Just a barker. But to have it right in your face would be incredibly stressful. I think Debra's suggestion is the route I would take. It would keep things from getting frosty, hopefully. Is it a puppy or a full-grown dog? I wonder if they have considered a course (or two, or three) in dog training. Good luck with this. It must drive your cats nuts too.

    There, I got so wound up on your behalf I nearly forgot to say "good job" on the weeding and planting - lol

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    1. HAHA! I'm thinking maybe I wound YOU up! When you think about incessant noise, it is stressful. I'm not sure how old the dog is but it's fairly young. It needs to be trained. There is no reason for it to be barking all the time like that at anything and everyone. I'm sure it can be taught to be quieter. I'm hoping they will sign it up for some training classes. That's a reason I think we should speak to our neighbours; to find out if they are being proactive. I don't want to assume that they aren't being responsible or considerate of us and their neighbours. Our cats were alarmed at first but now they're used to the noise. They have this look of disdain when they hear the dog barking; like his behaviour is beneath them and totally uncivilized. HAHA

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  8. Spring is definitely your happy place! Sorry about the anxious dog.

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    1. Spring is absolutely my favourite season of the year!

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  9. We've all felt like that employee or intern! I would have made the CEO a saber-tooth tiger, though.

    For the yapping microdoglet, retaliatory noise is sometimes a good option, but it's hard to ensure that it bothers only the miscreants and not other neighbors. Complaining to the municipal authorities might help, but it depends on their attitude. The animal control department where I live is useless -- they'll always side with the animal owner. If all else fails you could see if there's anyplace in your area where you can rent an alligator or a condor or something. They might give you a discount if you promise it will get one decent-sized meal.

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    1. HAHAHA! Now there's a business waiting to happen. We're not sure yet what action we'll take. I'm hoping a peaceful conversation will help. If not, then a complaint may need to be lodged.

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  10. Oh no, a nuisance Animal... I wish I had a suggestion, I suspect it depends on what terms you are on with said Neighbor as to how they will receive any complaint and realize their new Fur Baby is disturbing the Peace of the Community!

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    1. We haven't had any problems with our neighbours, so I'm hoping with a diplomatic approach we can talk things out. And I'm also hoping that they will train their dog. It's still young and has a lot to learn. It's a real cutie and I'm sure with proper training it can be a real sweet dog.

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  11. So pleased for you in terms of weeding and purchasing and planting!! So not pleased for you in terms of noisy dog and trespassing child. We honestly purchased our first house because a barking dog pushed us over the edge to leave our rented place (we rented half of an old house and the people who moved in to the other half tied up their dog in the shared back yard and it barked ALL DAY LONG). I love your funny ones about giving a cat a pill. -Jenn

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    1. That sounds so stressful, Jenn! And how awful about those neighbours. That dog sounds like it was very anxious. I always hold the humans accountable for these types of things. The animals are always innocent.

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  12. Hi Martha. You have been busy for sure in your garden! You will reap the benefits throughout the summer.
    As far as that barking dog goes.......Debra has a good idea that ought to address it. Good luck.
    Cats rule!!

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    1. HAHA! Yes, cats rule...at least in our household. One thing's for sure, they are much quieter. Gardening is going to be a real joy this year because it will be more about planting. Previous years were more about hardscape.

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  13. We lived in a small mountain community before this one - we were trying out mountain living for about 18 months and then decided we needed a bigger mountain community area especially after we felt like we were run out of the neighborhood by one damn dog. I tried talking to the neighbor and nothing changed. Every day all day long...every night all night long it would bark one of those small dogs with constant barking - i think a jack russell... I was going out of my mind. I love sleeping with wondows wide open even in winter and snow. In summer and spring, fall and winter it would bark. I couldn't take it anymore and besides we were renting after we sold our main house and knew that we could easily get the heck out of there, which we did. I now live on a peaceful quiet road and once in awhile with the amount of Air B and B" coming - we hear people partying up the road or down the road. But NO DOGS barking - it's heavenly. I feel for you - you should definitely try talking to them and it that doesn't work possibly play music really loud by that wall that you connect to their place with - who knows it might work. My sister had a place like that with a common wall and the music blared every night (a young couple) and their dog barked.. She finally went over and talked nice with them and they calmed it down.

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    1. Sandy, that sounds awful! Those are irresponsible dog owners. And very inconsiderate of their neighbours. I'm hoping that our neighbours are the responsible types. Perhaps they'll send their dog for training or learn how to teach it to be quieter. It's the right thing to do. We have other dogs in the neighbourhood and I don't hear them. I'm not sure yet what will happen in our case but if we have to file a complaint, we'll do it. I just hope it doesn't come to that. My husband has mentioned playing music loudly to make a point. He has huge speakers because he plays music, and I'm sure it would be alarming! But again, I hope we can all be grownups about this and find a resolution in a peaceful manner. One can certainly hope!

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  14. One of my rescued dogs was a tiny yorkie mix, terrible barker. My other dog would give a bark or two to alert me about something, but saw no reason to continue the conversation. I cured the barker with a bunch of keys. When he barked at the door, I'd throw down the keys next to him. Not at him. Just a sudden noise. Two or three times and he quietened down a lot. You can't do that with a neighbor's dog in case they think you're throwing things at him. But a sudden short blast on an air horn might do it. if they're uncooperative I'd try it.

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    1. Oh, I like that idea! And we even have an air horn. We'll have to try that one out and see what happens. Thank you for sharing this with me!

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  15. Hello from Idaho, I stopping by from "She who seeks" I also like gardening. But it been cool side.
    If you have time stop in for a cup of coffee

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    1. Hi Dora! Thank you for visiting and for the coffee invitation. So lovely! I hope to see you here regularly. I will pop over to your blog! I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

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  16. A noisy, barking dog ~ How unfortunate, Martha! My Scottie MacBeath became a barker/howler after I had him almost 10 years. It happened when I moved to Denver. He was used to having people around all of his life, and now I was gone 10 for more hours a day. When I found out from a neighbor that he was barking and howling, I hired a dog psychologist and did what he said. MacBeath stopped in under a week. Some of the best money I ever spent ~ lol! I should do a post on what we did. It was pretty funny! I hope the problem has been resolved! Take care!

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    1. That is smart, Louise! And responsible. I am hoping that the neighbours train their dog to be quiet, or at the very least, to minimize the barking. Yesterday I stepped out of my front door to check if the flowers in the flower bed needed water and the dog was there. I didn't know that and his sudden barking at me when he saw me startled me. I am outdoors quite often these days and you'd think he'd be used to me by now. More often than that, he barks at me, many times alarming me because I don't think about him being there. It's annoying. He's cute as a button but they need to train him. It's not his fault. He's doing what comes natural to him.

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