Re the article "Barking dogs bring howls of complaint" (Leader, October 9).
There's barking and then there is barking! Continual barking from some poor hound that is never walked and left alone is difficult and annoying. We live on a corner block and people walk by with their dogs or without and our dogs bark. But not all night.
Dogs should be inside, they are pack animals and deserve to live as a member of any family. If you can't treat them like family, you don't deserve them. Dogs don't make a sound at night when they're inside with you, which is where they need to be to alert and protect you. Perhaps we need to educate kids in schools on animal behaviour and their needs, and how to treat dogs and neighbours with respect.
Too many dogs, owned by too many self-indulgent and thoughtless owners.
What about exotic parrots caged up going absolute bonkers all day and into the evening? If you could fly would a two-foot square wired cage bring the best out in you?
What's worse is the neighbours who don't understand when you do complain - and hate you more than you hate their yapping dog.
Yep it was the only time I lost my temper with a neighbor. His dog started barking every morning around 3am and never stoped, it barked in the morning, it barked in the afternoon, it barked all day. I complained almost everyday for 4 months, I almost lost my girlfriend and job because I was always tired and cranky. Then one morning around 4am I bashed on his front door, the guy opened the door and I ripped his screen door apart while screaming at him - he got rid of the dog a few days later.