The City of Lethbridge phoned us yesterday to report that a neighbour, who wished to be anonymous, complained our dog , Apollo, barks constantly during the day.
Yes, the neighbour complained of noise in the middle of the afternoon.
Apparently, he has been keeping a tally of when Apollo barks. He gave dates and time periods, yet did not give a specific frequency of barking during those times, just that he barked constantly.
Apollo hardly barks. For example, yesterday his first bark wasn’t until 13:45 in the afternoon. When he does bark, it’s single barks every 30 seconds or so, over 2-4 minutes. Our children make more noise than he does.
Several things irritate me about this situation.
First, this neighbour is extrapolating him numbers, and he gets the benefit of the doubt.
Second, it’s somewhat unnerving that someone is spying into our backyard.
Third, this neighbour hides behind anonymity to avoid confrontation. It’s likely the same person who claimed in an anonymous letter in our mailbox recently that Apollo kept him up all night with his barking, another exaggeration.
Finally, two of our immediate neighbours have not complained, and they claimed they rarely hear Apollo barking.