Wednesday, June 6, 2012

This Week's Barking News Roundup - 06/06/12

Bogus 'barking dog' letter circulating in Huron

Excerpt: Authorities say the city does send out letters to residents if there have been complaints about barking dogs or other noise. But the letters are on city letterhead and include contact information. Police say the "barking dog" letter being circulated in Huron doesn't have that information.

My comment: I have no doubt that whoever is sending these letters is tired of having barking force-fed into his or her living space. Perhaps local officials could take note. Showing true respect for our right to the quiet use and peaceful enjoyment of our homes would keep stories like this one out of the news.

Chandler man accused of threatening to kill barking dog

Excerpt: The former Marine said he was upset about his neighbor's Chihuahua's constant barking for the past year and said shooting the dog with his 12-gauge shotgun would be "old-school justice," according to police.

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County makes it easier to find relief from barking dogs

Excerpt: If a resident complains about a neighbor’s dog, Animal Control checks to make sure the pet’s tags and shots are current. They talk with the owner and discuss ways of addressing the problem. Often, that doesn’t solve anything, particularly when there’s ill will amongst the neighbors.

My comment: I simply can't imagine what might be causing ill will amongst the neighbors, can you? Could it possibly be spelled b-a-r-k-i-n-g?

Parma pulls back the leash on two dog parks

Excerpt: In 2007, Rocky River filed a lawsuit over a dog park in neighboring Lakewood. The suit said the dog park was a nuisance due to barking dogs. Four years later, in February 2011, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge ruled that the Lakewood park was not a nuisance.

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From the Advice Department, we have the following questions...

Why does a 1-year-old Bichon bark all night? He’s been doing this for a few months now. He was recently neutered, because he is just full of energy. He has calmed down some but the barking continues.

The dog’s name is Cody and he belongs to my sister-in-law and brother-in-law. This is their first dog and because of this problem they’ve been talking about giving the dog away. I’ve had dogs all my life and I love them. I’m afraid this experience will turn their 7-year-old son off to ever having a dog.

My comment: In this case, a dog-free household might be better for the whole family. If nothing else, everyone will be able to sleep at night.

I was wondering what is everyone['s] experience with getting a dog to stop barking while outside. She never barks when she is inside. Right now I have been bringing her inside anytime she starts to bark (she doesn't want to come in) at something but it doesn't seem to be helping any.

My comment: Now you know how the neighbors feel, sweetie.

The Department of Shameless Self-Promotion. Does sending a barking dog letter seem like a waste of postage? It sure was for me! You can share your opinion of needless barking with a much wider audience via the tee shirts and other clothing in my QuietBarkingDogs store. Or would you rather drive your point home -- and everywhere else? Pick up a bumper sticker like this one: "One Barking Dog Can Ruin an Entire Neighborhood."

1 comment:

  1. YQN: great post. Keep it up! I like your comment on the Bichon. I am cooking up another essay of my own, the gist being that some people are simply unfit to be dog owners and that improperly cared for and uncontrolled animals become destructive and dangerous pests. These people are completely clueless and have no legitimate interest in owning a dog.