We live in a duplex (side-by-side). Our neighbour’s deck is at the back of her place, and our bedrooms are at the back of our place. So any noise from her deck sounds like it’s in our bedrooms! She has a little yappy dog (well two of the little rats, but only one is really loud). She and her kids used to take the dogs out into the front yard to do their “business” but lately they have started just letting them out onto the back deck, so the dogs can access the back yard. Her loudest dog gets so excited to be outside that he yaps and barks, and he has one of those shrill, earpiercing barks that wakes us and our baby up every morning. This is pretty frustrating, plus they let him out twice, once around 6:45 and again around 7:15. It really screws up our baby’s morning naps, which then screws up her whole day (and mine).
She is a good neighbour and we have a nice, friendly relationship with her and her kids. I was thinking of asking her if they could do me a big favour and take their dogs out to the front yard again, just in the mornings, because of the noise factor. I know if they asked ME to do that, I would be fine with it. But I don’t want to rub her the wrong way and make our neighbourly relationship awkward.
So I have two questions for the wise people of the 'Dope - (a) am I being unrealistic, and (b) if not, how should I approach this with her?