Friday, July 12, 2013

This Week's Barking News Roundup - 07/12/13

Fourth of July sounds of freedom cause some dogs to bark and whine and others to bolt
Excerpt: Dogs have more sensitive ears than humans do and while some dogs don’t appear to mind the noise, others will bark, whine, howl, hide, cower or run into furniture and walls...

I'll never forget July 4th back in 2006, when I was forced to don earmuffs to blunt the noise assault launched by the neighbors' pug during Tucson's fireworks show. 

Well, wouldn't you know it, the same neighbors left their robo-barker out for this year's Independence Day. So, I launched a hammering counter-assault. Dog barked? I hammered. Dog went yap-yap-yap? I went tap-tap-TAP! 

I think the idiot neighbors got the point. By the time our city's 2013 fireworks started, that dog was back in the house, where it belonged all along.

Barking dogs could get costly

Excerpt: The residents complained that barking from five hunting dogs owned by Mr. Clueless makes it difficult to sleep at night and to enjoy their backyards. Clueless, who also attended the meeting, responded defensively at first, telling his neighbors, “If you have a problem come to me.” The neighbors said they had come to him, noting that he no longer regularly lives at the house with the kennels.

I can't IMAGINE why he no longer regularly lives at the house with the kennels.

Neighbor Assaulted Over Barking Dog Complaint

Excerpt: The victim was ambushed and repeatedly kicked in the head after he visited his neighbors a few doors down and asked they keep their noisy dog quiet.

WA laws aim to silence barking dogs

Excerpt: The Western Australian government has unleashed an ambitious plan to help councils stop dogs from barking. At least barking so much that they make a nuisance of themselves in populated areas.

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  1. i just don't get the focus on populated areas. in high density areas, there is more "stuff" to absorb sound. there is more noise for it to get lost in.

    in low density areas, that screaming shit carries forever.

  2. Audrey Robb
    If there are dogs are every second house, you will certainly be bothered with barking, even if there is more "stuff" to block the noise. I don't believe the Western Australian new regulations only apply to populated areas - they also apply to rural areas. You are right : the noise will travel further in a rural areas.

  3. audrey August 17. 2013
    It could be that "populated" means where there are people living. In Western Australia, a huge sparsely populated State in Australia, there are Station owners living on tens of thousands of acres which run cattle - or nothing. Your nearest neighbour may be 300 miles away. No point in controlling barking dogs there. Could be cases of dog neglect however.