We had the most beautiful weekend. The weather was perfect. Not too humid, which in itself is a miracle around here. Not too windy or hot. The kind of weather you could just lay outside in a hammock all day in and read a great book, cat nap or enjoy watching the kids do what kids do.
Although we don’t have a hammock, I set out with my e-reader, a tall glass of sweet ice tea and plopped myself down in a comfortable chair on our patio. Ahhh…this is the life. And then….Wham! I mean Arf, Arf, Arf, Arf, freaking Aarf!
Someone please tell me what on earth makes a dog go on for hours like that. Better yet, what on earth makes an owner of such dog let them go on like that for hours? Talk about ruin a perfectly peaceful afternoon. We have not one but three dachshunds living behind us. I grew up with dachshunds. I love dachshunds. But not only do these drive us crazy with their pointless barking, they tear up the back fence, come into our backyard, run off with my shoes and chew the heads off my plastic turtles floating in our tiny pond.
Why? I just want to know why. Why don’t people take responsibility for their pets and make sure they are behaving. We have a Golden Retriever. I know dogs will be dogs. But somebody has to teach them what they can and cannot do. Just like you do with kids, right?
Short of getting an electric fence for the back and purchasing the barking gadget I’ve seen on TV guaranteed to keep a dog from barking nonstop, I’m at a loss. We’ve sent nice letters, had the HOA send nice letters and still the dogs bark morning, noon and night.
What’s a girl to do? I just want to enjoy my own backyard with my family in peace. Any suggestions? Or ideas on where I can buy a new turtle? Tiny Tim just doesn’t float anymore. 😦