On Sat, 28 Jun 2008 11:22:00 -0400, "JoeSpareBedroom"
This is true. However the OP made the strategic mistake of complaining
about the dogs. This should never be done because:
1) Dogs barking for a long time and the owner does nothing about it,
ergo the owner is not a reasonable neighorbor and will not solve the
2) Multiple complaints to dog owner result in no improvement.
3) Dogs are found in the "big sleep". Guess who is the first suspect?
Again: never complain about dogs if there is even a remote possibility
that you will have to take corrective action.
P.S. I live in a rural area and have several dogs.
Another kind works, assuming you can be fairly sure you'll get an
intelligent cop when the neighbor dials 911 on you: Clearly tell the
neighbor "If your doesn't stop doing (whatever), I will kill the dog." You
have to have an "if" in there. I did that with a neighbor, and she knew
exactly where I live because I pointed to my property and said "That's mine.
If your dog keeps crapping in my flower beds, I will kill it."
A cop came to the door and asked "Did you tell your neighbor you were going
to kill her?" I corrected him and explained the situation and what I really
said to her. He said "I understand. I'll take care of it." He went back to
the neighbor's house. Never saw the dog again. I'm guessing he told her "How
about you obey the law and you won't have crazy neighbors threatening your
Very good. Very, very good advice.
I actually told my neighbor I APPROVE of his barking dogs (I really do). I
can't hear them from the bedroom side of the house and they tend - I hope -
to discourage burglars.
Well, yeah. The problem belongs to (usually) he who dislikes the situation.
If I'm allergic to cats and start dating a gal who has a fluffy, what should
I do? Off the cat? Make her choose? Get the shots? Find another woman? My
personal sense of morality says "Get the shots." Your sense of right/wrong
may, of course, differ.
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