Okay, so last year, my mean neighbor old-lady (widow with a cat, if that makes any difference) yelled at my Old-English Sheepdogs through the hedge to “SHUT UP, DOGS”. For the record, they were playing tug with an old deflated basketball and playfully growling and barking at each other. I should add that I don’t allow my dogs to run all day long in the fenced yard that we have, just barking and barking and causing a nuisance. We play ball in the backyard, there’s playfullness and joy, and they bark ocassionally, as dogs are wont to do.
A few weeks ago, I let my dogs into our backyard early one Sunday morning to run and “do their business”. I heard them begin to bark toward my mean neighbor-lady’s house, so I ran to the window to call to them so that they would quiet down. I saw her pull her garden hose, direct a jet toward the hedge (this hedge is on our side of a chain-link fence that separates our yards). I ran into the backyard in time to see hear climb into her car and pull out of her driveway, perhaps on her way to church. I found that both of my dogs now have wet heads and feet.
But, I kept my mouth shut.
This past Sunday, about mid-day, I heard my dogs again barking toward my mean neighbor-lady’s house. I ran out of the house again to find that both of my dogs are now wet and she’s hosing off her driveway.
I catch her attention and ask her to please stop squirting my dogs. She responds by yelling “WHEN THEY STOP BARKING AT ME!”
Again, I ask her please not to do that. She yells “I DIDN’T START IT. THEY BARKED AT ME FIRST!”
<blink blink blink…huh?>
“Look,” I say, “I’m not going to argue who started what, but if you shoot water at my dogs, they’re going to bark at you!”
Her response?. “WELL I’M GOING TO ARGUE WITH YOU! THEY STARTED IT! YOU SHOULD TRAIN THEM BETTER!”
I respond “Have they ever bitten or attacked you? Are you afraid of them?”
“THEY’RE BARKING AT ME!! TRAIN THEM BETTER AND I’LL STOP!”
Well, she’s undoing any training that I do with them!
My sheepies aren’t perfect angels by any stretch of the imagination. But they certainly don’t need to be treated this way.
I’ve thought of calling the police, but I think that would just escalate the negativity of the thing. Turning this into “barking dogs cause neighborhood discord” thing. Besides, my wife absolutely does not want the police involved. She’s afraid that the mean neighbor-lady might try to poison the dogs. Besides, we now have a nineteen-month-old son who might be harmed by starting a little feud by pissing the neighbor off even more.
Well fellow dopers? Your thoughts? What do you think I should do?