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Wednesday, June 06, 2007


Silent Silver Lining.

One might think that a woman 5 months pregnant might relish her sleep as though it could be nuttered away for the impending REM famine and middle-of-the-night newborn hootenannys to come.

The baby has not yet arrived, so aside from a few bumps and kicks, the fetus is innocent of all wrongdoing.

The Gods appear to be against me in other, Hellish, Random non-infant forms.

For example, the most annoying:
Neighbors who leave their grossly neglected dog outside ALL FRIGGING NIGHT, EVERY NIGHT, who just last night, stood outside our bedroom window and barked from 3:30 a.m. until 5:30 a.m.

About 4:00, I looked up their number on the Internet with a reverse address search, and called them to inform them that their dog was disrupting my sleep.

And I enjoyed that part.

Someone picked up the phone and mumbled something about bringing the dog in.

20 minutes later, I heard a few yelps (did they KICK the dog? Nice.) and then half an hour later the barking started up again, indicating that they had intentionally LEFT THE DOG OUTSIDE TO CONTINUE BARKING. Probably so that they might get some undisturbed sleep. How nice for them.



And I like the dog. She’s a beautiful Siberian Husky and very sweet. She is just terribly neglected. AND SHE’S LEFT OUTSIDE ALL NIGHT. EVERY NIGHT. Usually these problems lie with the pet owners. Seriously. What’s the point of having a dog?

So there’s that really pleasant not-at-all-annoying issue.

And then we have…

My preschooler, who has developed a fear of the dark. She calms her fears by crawling out of her warm bed several times a night, racing through the house to turn on every light on the first floor, and then scampering back into her bed to resume sleeping.

The night before last, about 2:30 a.m., I heard her switch on the hall light (that shines directly in our bedroom). Then she shouted “Light ON!” authoritatively before racing back into her bed. As though to warn all the grown up s in the house that they’d best leave that light as-is, or else.

So last night at 3:00 a.m., Maggie made her nightly “run of the lights” and returned to her bed. Normally she will go back to sleep with all the lights in the house blazing bright, but this time she appeared by my bedside, ponytail askew, to whimper “Where’s my binky?”

So I heaved my growing more enormous by the day belly out of bed, dug her binky from where it was wedged between the wall and her bed, and returned to bed. Then, of course, I couldn’t sleep, so I got a granola bar and some milk. I managed to drift off about 3:25 a.m and..

Cue the F-ing neighbor’s dog.

Jim suggested an air mattress in the basement. At this point that sounds like a good idea. No. I am not even kidding.

I will be sure to mention to my neighbors that their pregnant neighbor has been forced from her bed to an air mattress in the basement because they neglect their dog which barks all night directly outside my former bedroom window. Seriously. What the Hell is wrong with them? There are about 7 people that sleep in that house every night (combined widower / divorcee families) not to mention 5 cars parked in the driveway and in front of our house. They all seemed to sleep right though the ruckus. How nice for them.

Jim wears hearing aids, which he takes out at night. He has considered his hearing loss to be a bit of a hardship. Until now. My recent Hellish nighttime tribulations have shown him the silver lining to his cloud, in the form or removable hearing aids and sweet, sweet silence. So we have that. At least we have that.


Blogger DDM said...

You are totally within your rights to call animal control. They'll wallop those neighbors with a fine. Sometimes ya gotta hit someone in the wallet to get them to notice stuff. Like you, I feel bad for the dog and think this is very much an owner problem. Best wishes for sweet dreams soon!

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Most Twin City suburbs have ordinances specifically for idiot dog owners such as your neighbors. Simply pick up the phone and call 911.

Keep a chart of the days and times that the dog has been a nuisance and give the info to the operator.

OR call the Edina PD directly and provide the info.

Yer Pa

7:10 PM  
Blogger ElizabethSheryl said...

I agree with the above commenter, call animal control! That is ridiculous that the dog yelps and barks for hours at a time and they do nothing. I'm sure they did kick the dog and they should get a fine..and later the dog taken away. People are crazy. I'd keep calling them every 20 minutes until they bring the dog in tonight just to let them know how hard it is for you to get interrupted sleep.

9:03 PM  
Blogger Mary Tsao said...

I fear for your neighbors. Don't they know they're messing with a pregnant woman?!?!?!?!

They're lucky if all you do is call animal control. Lucky, I tells ya!

10:06 PM  
Blogger EverydaySuperGoddess said...

My police department has a non-emergency number for exactly that sort of thing.

I used to use it all the time when the Boy Toys had their midnight barbecues next door.

7:16 AM  
Blogger Catizhere said...

Call 911. In the meantime, have you tried earplugs?

10:15 AM  
Blogger Prego said...

We have neighbours we've dubbed the "Bumpuses," who have about six mutts they've saved from the pound who like to work my dog into a frenzy. Fortunately, they do it during decent hours...

There's always the "raw steak marinated in benadryl" routine.

Or you can throw him one of those f****ng binkies.


5:49 PM  
Anonymous TB said...

You can report a noise violation to the city and they will be fined. Maybe that would help them do the right thing.

Have you tried earplugs?

1:23 PM  
Anonymous mothergoosemouse said...

How much do I love you for having the balls to look up their number and call them at 4am?

Animal control AND Siberian Husky rescue. That dog should not have to live like that.

And Mags cracks me up. Lights ON!

3:09 PM  
Blogger Prego said...

(somebody poke this woman with a stick)

6:20 AM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Miss you! Update!

7:16 AM  
Blogger shauna said...

How frustrating to be kept up by something totally unrelated to pregnancy. I agree with everyone--call 911 before you hit the mattress in the basement!

7:04 PM  
Blogger DDM said...

*Tap-tap* Hey lady! You around? Everything okay?

2:52 PM  
Blogger Lainey-Paney said...

Well, I'd say call Animal Control.


Call them every 15 minutes until they take the dog inside. you've got their number now....

...that'll work...until they take the phone off the hook!

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You would think they could hear the barking inside their house too. Poor dog, I would give it a good home, and thus you a goodnights sleep.

teeth bleaching

9:38 AM  
Blogger The Happy Housewife said...

Usually, I would recommend a bottle of strong liquor to ensure you get a good night's sleep. However, as you are pregnant, use it to wallop your neighbour over the head with (seems unfair to whack the dog)! But hang on a minute - why isn't Jim being the gallant husband and sorting all this out for you, after all his wife is with child! I would seriously consider putting him in the basement without an airbed until HE calls animal control. Maybe you could lock next door's dog in there with him? Just a thought.

6:48 AM  
Anonymous boogiemum said...

I was call animal control too. I have had to use them before with a similar situation and it worked out nicely.

6:52 PM  
Blogger Ashlie "I am not a pin cushion" blah, blah, blah... said...

I get totally pissed off when people buy a dog and then stick it outside 24 hours a day. Its not a frickin lawn ornament people! Try walking it once in a while. *making really angry face* There might be a local husky rescue group you could call. If you put up enough stink they might send it to a better home? Who knows. Good luck! Ashlie

5:13 AM  
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7:18 AM  
Blogger DDM said...

Does ANYONE know if Meghan is okay or not?!! I've tried e-mailing her, and tried to contact the mommybloggers site she used to write for, and have heard nothing from either. Anyone?

9:31 AM  

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