Can you please just mind your own business?
She used to be a good neighbor. She said she was an animal lover and even brought a kitten to me that she had found to be nursed back to health. I helped her with the kitten and we would chat over the fence. She even made us cookies once and I made a pot of beef and noodles for her sick kid. That was then.
In the last six months, she has gotten a new boyfriend and everything else has gone to pot. The two may or may not be related...who knows. All I know is that she has sent her two kids to live with their dad and she comes and goes at all hours. That in itself is none of my business and I really could care less. What I do care about, is that she often leaves her dog outside all night now. This was previously an indoor only dog and is now an indoor when convenient dog. This means that the dog does not have a sufficient winter coat and that he is mighty unhappy about being left outside. Hence the sleepless nights. The dog... barks... ALL... NIGHT.
We have tried talking to her (first Mr. courteous talked to her and when that didn't work I went over there and basically told her she was going to have to do something about her dog because it was keeping us up all night) Needless to say, this did not work.
Now you may be wondering about our dogs. We have 4 after all and we can't possibly keep them from barking all of the time. You are correct. However, after 9pm our dogs are asleep on various beds (theirs, not ours) in our bedroom. I am a very light sleeper and wake up each time one of them gets up. As they are very contented ie lazy, this is a rare occurance. They are pretty content to spend the night on their temperputic beds. (Who wouldn't be?)
Back up to the beginning of last summer when the problem began. I'm sure you can tell by my blog that I put a lot of time and money into my gardens. Well, the kitty that I helped rescue is now an adult tom and has been joined by another cat. Again, both were initially indoor only, but as convenience allows...well, you can see where this is going.
We will just say that apparently compost and mulch are incredibly appealing as a litter box. Not only that, but these demon cats would get in our back yard (they would have to be demons to get in a yard with 300+ lbs of dogs) and would crawl under our shed. The dogs would smell the cats under the shed and mass chaos would ensue. This would result in the surrounding flower beds being destroyed.
Now I try to be a considerate pet owner. I am on constant poo duty, scold them when they bark at people, keep them inside at night and above all, keep them contained to our yard unless on a leash. No exceptions. I just ask that other people do the same.
This neighbor from hell apparently thinks that courtesy is for other people.
To top it all off, her kids (now 16ish and 12ish) come to visit and bring their attitude with them. The 16 yr old boy has a set of toy guns that shoot little orange pellets...you guessed it. I have found them all over my yard. What really makes me fume is that today all of the dogs were outside with me and when the neighbors kid came outside, Dobie was terrified! He was crying, trying to hide behind anything he could find and got so scared that he had an accident. He has never done this before and I am beyond angry.
The last time the dog kept us awake all night, I told Duane that I was going to put a note on her door that said "The next time your dog wakes us up at night, I am going to call your landlord and wake him up." Seems fair to me when nothing else will get her attention. But how do I handle the situation with Dobie? I can't very well shoot things at her or her kids when they are in the yard.....unfortunately. ;)