Since the beginning of this month, the weather has been beautiful. Warm, but not hot, with a pleasant soft breeze which brings the scent of the blooming spring flowers wafting up to my open windows. I’ve been most pleased not to have to run the air conditioner for the monetary savings, but also because of the lovely fresh air.
No longer. I’m considering closing them and cranking my stereo as loud as it will go. See, there’s this goddamn annoying yippy dog who hasn’t stopped yapping for five days now. *It doesn’t sleep. *
I love dogs. Dopers who recognize me from my numerous posts about our canine companions can attest to that. I don’t hate the dog. I hate its owners. I fall asleep imagining horrible fates which could befall them, tortures which would make Saddam shake his head and say, “Damn, girl, you’re mean.”
Yipe, yipe, yipe. Pause. Yipe, yipe, yipe. Pause. Yipe, yipe, yipe. I wake to its dulcet tones, and its voice is the last thing I hear before finally managing to drift off to sleep. I woke suddenly in the middle of the night last yesterday. Something was amiss-- the dog was not yiping. After a few moments, it started up again, and I knew what had woken me. It was the unaccustomed sound of silence.
I can hear it now, as I type this. If I hadn’t been hearing the sound for the last five days, I would assume that it was the sound of a dog in pain, but, no, that’s just its usual bark. Yipe, yipe, yipe.
On occasion, my dogs take umbrage with this constant yiping and will jump up on to the top of the couch and shout out the windows, I assume: “Shut UP! Shut UP!” Of course, I always make them stop, because there’s nothing more annoying than having to listen to a dog barking.
I don’t know where it lives. Somewhere in the neighborhood behind my house. I thought about calling the cops, but I know from prior experience that this can lead to repercussions. (And I’m sure closer neighbors have already complained. How could they not?) Hubby suggested we don black clothing last night and go rescue the dog, but that’s not practical either.
I’m reduced to gnashing my teeth and praying that it will grow out of it, or become so hoarse that it can no longer yipe. Thankfully, I’ve started to ignore it, sort of like the background music to my life. For long periods of time, I don’t hear it, then something will bring it into sharp focus again, and I’ll start wishing that the neighborhood could come together in a good ole fashioned mob, complete with pitchforks and torches.
Yipe, yipe, yipe. ARRRRGH!