I am very lucky to live in a wonderful neighborhood. I am very unlucky in that one of my neighbors owns the Dog From Hell, a dog whose bark rivals that of the Hound of the Baskervilles dozens of times every day.
I work from home and the barking is a chronic problem when I'm on conference calls. Even if I close all the doors and windows, the noise is still disruptive. Once client recently asked, "Whoever has the dog, please put your phone on mute." The only problem with that was the fact that I was the one talking.
Most people in our neighborhood share my frustration with the noise, but the complaints are usually whispered as gossip among those passing by. A couple of years ago, I made a clear request of the neighbor to please keep the dog quiet, to no avail. Nothing changed. Last month, I wrote the neighbor a note, explaining that I would contact the police if the loud barking continued unabated. The neighbor responded by taking my note to the police, which resulted in a file being opened regarding my "threatening" communications. If I contact my neighbor again, I would not be surprised to find myself charged with dog stalking.
It seems my options are
- suck it up and tolerate the noise
- go ahead and contact the police myself
- start making more noise than the devil dog
- move to the country and trade in barking for rooster crowing
Got any advice?
Sleepless in Chapel Hill