I have a feeling Barley and I are quickly moving up to the top of the "Neighborhood's Most Hated List" with the neighbor dogs and their owners.
Now that we've had many consecutive days of warmish weather, we've had a chance to see where all of the neighborhood dogs live. We've learned where we need to cross the street to avoid e-fences, which streets may have loose dogs that will prompt us to go in a different direction, and which houses have dogs on tie outs that we might not notice until we're right beside them and they're barking at us.
That all means that Barley is walking beautifully through our neighborhood. I know where I need to get her attention before other dogs do and she just trots right along past the barking dogs (with the occasional snack, of course).
In our old neighborhood, very few of our neighbors seemed to care when their dogs were barking. A couple neighbors would come out to quiet their dogs, but for the most parts, dogs started barking when they saw us and we could still hear them long after we were out of sight. In this neighborhood, dogs get about 10 seconds of barking in before someone comes to quiet them or take them back inside.
A few days ago, we were walking towards a house with a big hedge between us and the driveway. We could hear a dog barking and a woman calling the dog inside. As we got in front of the driveway, a man working in the garage said, "Oh. That's why . . ." to himself. I just smiled and waved.
A few days later, we walked by a house with a beagle and a bigger hound in the yard. As we approached their house, they started barking. I said my usual, "Hi, pups!" and kept walking, but before we'd even made it halfway past their house, the owners were out herding the dogs back into the house.
As we kept walking, two dogs were in their fenced yard with their two teenaged kids. When the dogs started barking, one of the girls yelled, "No barking, Jessie! Shut up, Jessie! No barking, Jessie!" Before long, we heard the voice of a mom bellowing, "Nobody out here said 'shut up,' did they?" Followed by the teens saying, "But we were just . . ." and Mom responding, "Oh no. We do not say shut up in this house."
Throughout it all, Barley just pranced beside me and smiled up at me as I told her to watch. It seems like we're getting everyone in trouble and pretty soon we might be hearing all of the neighbors' doors and shutters slamming shut every time we leave our house.
|I don't mean to get everyone in trouble.|