Her "all day" is a tad exaggerated .... indeed it is seriously exaggerated ... but that is how she feels. According to her it has been every day for six weeks ... but for ten days of that time Eliot was in kennels and for some days Sooty was away as well ... and on many other days I know Eliot wasn't in the back garden at all unsupervised ... still ... she believes that it is constant.
It feels so unjust from my point of view so I want to defend myself - and my dog. I was in the garden with him this late afternoon ... I was working and he was there ... but not barking! I know he wasn't barking ... and neither was Sooty.
But trying to see the problem from her point of view - if you're fragile then any barking must seem like a terrible intrusion and begin to feel as if it is endless. If you're sitting in the garden and dogs in adjacent gardens three or four doors away start to bark what do you do? With this lovely sunny weather it is a shame to feel that you have to move indoors ... but if you stay out the barking must just seem to get louder.
Neither Sooty's owner nor myself would want to annoy someone ... but we're at a loss to know what to do. All we could say tonight is that we'll keep an eye on them.
I know they've not been barking all day ... I know Eliot hasn't been in the garden of late as I've tried to keep him away from annoying the family next door so he doesn't get out unless I'm around.
Tonight I did let him out and I did hear the pair of them barking ... though it wasn't for long ... at least ... I didn't consider it to be long ...
And why now? We've been here for three years and suddenly this is a problem ... though their behaviour hasn't changed in that time as far as I can see ...
So my cute dog has turned into a monster as far as this neighbour is concerned. But here he is lying at my feet as if he were an angel!
He's not an angel and he does bark when other dogs are around ... or squirrels ... or something that he can't identify ...
I suppose you're aware only when something annoys you ... and all the times when they don't bark pass without notice.
Anyhow ... this has left me wondering what can be done ...
Lord, it is night. The night is for stillness.
Let us be still in the presence of God.
It is night after a long day.
What has been done has been done;
what has not been done has not been done; let it be.
The night is dark.
Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.
The night is quiet.
Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace.
The night heralds the dawn.
Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possibilities.
In your name, we pray, Amen.
New Zealand Book of Common Prayer
These rather seriously over-chitted potatoes were going for next to nothing yesterday in the garden shop ... too good to miss.
And the large pink sack is where some of them are now putting down roots.
Meanwhile, when I was buying compost these crates of Easter bunnies caught my eye! Bunnies go cheap! Although it isn't that cheap as you got three for £5 before Easter .... now you'd get three for £4.47 .... The saving is on the purchase of just one! Otherwise ... wait another few days and the price will drop again!