Tuesday, September 02, 2008

I have new neighbours

The house next door has been empty since February. The landlords had trouble renting it out probably due to the extortionate rent they were asking (£150 a month more than I pay for the twin semi). Anyway - it is let and the couple that have moved in seem perfctly nice but I am not too happy.

Our first neighbour here had two large dogs. Now I like dogs - always have done - grew up with them - would have one if I didn't go out to work. The problem with that first neighbour having dogs was that we have no border between the two houses and she would let her dogs come over my side and do what dogs must do - but what annoyed me was that she never played the responsible owner and seemed more than OK with me cleaning up after her animals. As a result of that experience my first choice neighbours would not have dogs.

My new neighbours have dogs.

They have two dogs.

To be precise they have two Rottweilers.

And the sodding great big things bark their fucking heads off every time one of us has the temerity to step foot outside our own back door.

I repeat: I am not happy.

Why does anyone wish to keep two dogs of that size and breed locked up in a small semi detached house all day long?

Am I being unfair to Rottweilers as a breed by tarring them all with the 'Can never be fully trusted' brush?


Anonymous said...

Have a word.


Karen said...

Maybe you are tarring them all with the same brush but you wouldn't have that opinion if it wasn't at least partly true... I wouldn't want to live next to two Rottweilers anyway!

Jay said...

You may be being unfair, but each breed has its own characteristics and it's a fact that 1) Rottweilers are huge dogs which belong in the 'guard dog' category and are therefore inclined to be good at aggression, and 2) Whether they are trustworth or not depends on how well they've been brought up and trained.

Many Rotties are pussycats, but since you don't know these dogs, or your new neighbour, I'd say you are right to be wary.

These dogs are doing what guarding breeds do: they're guarding 'their' property.

I think you need to have a word with the new neighbours. Introduce yourself, and let them know that you like dogs but theirs make you nervous. Tell them that having them bark at you while you're on your own property makes you wonder if they consider it their property. Ask to get to know them - it could be your best move. ;)

Skuds said...

Sounds like a bad situation - having no boundary. You are never going to train dogs to respect an imaginary line! Just hope the new neighbours are more thoughtful than the old ones because the choice between having a poo garden or spending your free time scooping is not a good one.

Having said that, I have to doubt the motives of anyone who keeps big dogs in a small house - I can't see any benefit to the dogs. Is it selfish to keep animals that way?

Our next door neighbours have a couple of big dogs. They seem to never walk them or take them out: they just live in the house and fill the small yard/garden with crap. You can hear the neighbours hosing the patio down a couple of times a week. What sort of life is it for the dogs?

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Feed the hounds poisoned bones and spray "PAEDO" on the neighbours' front door. That should get rid of em.

J.J said...

Think I will have to Messalina. And are you around for an after work drink on the 17th? I'll e-mail you.

Yes Karen that is the problem. I googled rottweilers and the stories that instantly appeared were not what you would call comforting.

Jay, you're right and I need to make sure the dogs get to know us pretty damn quick if at all possible.

Skuds, I agree with you. I think it is simply cruel to keep dogs locked up all day in a tiny house.

YP - yes I can see how that would 'hound' them out. No pun intended.