This week's edition of the Barking News Roundup is dedicated to the hellhound across the street. Thanks for barking me out of a sound sleep at 6 a.m. this morning. I was hoping to sleep in. Oh, I have the same low opinion of your owner.
Barks vs. sirens dog Washougal
Excerpt: The city has a vested interest in reaching middle ground in the noisy
conflict. It owns the property on which the Humane Society is located
and acts as the shelter's landlord.
City officials say they hope to clear the air and bring peace between
the two neighbors. The shelter has been in the same location for more
than a decade. [The tax-paying business next to the barkophony] moved into its building
about five months ago.
City officials say the two parties need to reach an understanding both sides can live with.
My take: How about this for an understanding? Keep the dogs quiet so that the employees of the tax-paying business next door can get their work done. You can share your thoughts on this story via Facebook.
Dogs beware: County proposing barking ban
Excerpt: The proposed barking dog ordinance says owners of dogs that howl or bark for more than 10 minutes during any half hour period after midnight and before 6 a.m. are subject to fines of $100 for a first offense. A second offense within 12 months means a $250 fine, and additional offenses after that are subject to $500 fines.
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My life, or lack thereof, with dogs
Excerpt: Perhaps someone more Buddhist than I, perhaps someone with more tolerance and generosity of spirit, can put up with spasms of pointless barking throughout the day. But for me, it has the effect of applying a cheese grater to my cerebellum. Not to show my prejudice, but most of the dogs I hear are small dogs and -- I'm pretty sure I read this somewhere -- the barks of "yip dogs" as I call them are scientifically proven to be more deadly to peace of mind than the barks of larger dogs.
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This Week's Barking News Roundup wouldn't be complete without an advice column question. Here goes...
Question: I have new neighbors that moved in up Stairs. They leave their dog alone all day long. The dog is barking non stop, my wife works night shift and it's impossible to sleep. Can they do this, and is there anything I can do? thank you
Found among the answers: I own the place, and people up stairs are renting. I spoke with the owner but it seems they don't care.
To which I say: This is why that oft-heard "talk to your neighbor" advice is so useless. You'll probably have a more productive conversation with a brick wall. Here's what Dr. Craig Mixon, creator of the BarkingDogs.net website, has to say on this subject:
"In my experience, better than 45% of those who maintain noisy dogs are
reflexively obstinate people who ignore polite requests and pathetic
pleas, and will quiet their dogs only if you hound them for an extended
period of time. Incredibly, an equal percentage are dig-in-your-heels,
never-give-an-inch, hard core, incorrigibles whose perspective parallels
that of Charleton Heston: i.e. you can have quiet when you pry it out
of their cold, dead hands.
"At first blush, it doesn't seem possible that the rate of recalcitrance
could be that high. After all, if you randomly selected ten people on
the street and did a psychological work-up on them, you might find that
one or two of them are chronically oppositional. But you would never
expect to find that 90% of those whom you randomly evaluated, were
predisposed to that kind of behavior. Nonetheless, if you take a close
look at those who keep chronically barking dogs, the rate of
recalcitrance does indeed seem to be that high."
The Department of Shameless Self-Promotion. Still want to try talking to your neighbor? I didn't think so. But, on the off chance that they can read, you might want to start walking and driving around with the tee shirts and bumper stickers from the QuietBarkingDogs store. Who knows, they might just get a clue.