Friday, April 6, 2012

We Are That Neighbor...

Have you ever been woken up in the middle of the night by a barking dog?

One that just won't quit barking?

And you're wondering how on earth the owners can let their dog out in the middle of the night and allow it to bark and keep the neighbors awake?

Finally, it gets so bad that you feel you have no alternative.  You call the police in the hopes that they can stop the incessant noise.

Well, apparently one of our neighbors felt this way a few nights ago. (Ha! Gotcha!  You thought that was about us.  Heck no, we're the offenders in this little story!)

Jim and I let the dogs out as usual before heading upstairs for the night.  I was busy rounding up some items to help us rig up a way to hang Eden's wedding dress so that it would hang nicely and not wrinkle.

I did not pay attention when I let the dogs back inside and we all headed upstairs.

We finished our task, got ready for bed and read for a bit before falling asleep.

We were woken up a few hours later by a bright flood light streaming through our upstairs bedroom window and a knock at the front door.

As soon as Jim opened the bedroom door he heard the barking.  A quick cursory look around our bedroom confirmed that only two dogs were sleeping in their dog beds.

Oy. Vey. (That is the publishable version of what went through our minds.)

Jim apologized profusely to the very nice City of Frederick police officer and immediately let Bleu inside.

Bleu was a little put out that we'd (me) left her outside (obviously).  She'd waited for us to let her in (for a few hours), and when we didn't come she started barking.

It's times like these that I miss our five acre hobby farm in the country.

You're probably wondering how on earth we didn't hear her barking.  It's really no excuse but our bedroom is on the front side of the house and she was in the backyard. We shut our bedroom door so the dogs can't wander around the house at night.  We also have a small machine that plays the sound of falling rain to help us sleep.  It mutes the house sounds that wake us up.  We just didn't hear her.

From the bottom of our hearts, we apologize profusely to our neighbors.  We are (usually) very responsible dogs owners...we don't really even let any of our dogs bark outside during the day.  We feel horrible that we didn't realize we'd left her outside and that someone had to call the police because we didn't hear her.

Needless to say, I've been overly friendly, waving and smiling at every neighbor I see.

Bleu, standing next to the sliding glass door that we didn't open to let her in. 

Til next time ~ find your joy!