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Calm before the storm

Posted by laurie on February 17, 2014


Stanley was unceremoniously kicked off the bed last night due to growling. He hates being moved while he’s sleeping and puts on quite a ferocious show. Meanwhile, Sherman went outside in the very early morning to howl. We had dinner with our neighbors last night and they claimed that they “no longer hear the barking.” Oh yeah, right.

14 Responses to “Calm before the storm”

  1. Rebecca said

    Its been so common place, they cease to notice it? LOL

  2. Karen S. said

    Timmy is the one for nasty growlies. He likes to put on a show so I can see how ferocious he is.

  3. Lily doesn’t like to have her beauty rest interrupted. She learned early on that using the teeth was not a viable option! I laugh when she starts growling at the dogs that are barking at night while princess is trying to sleep! Apparently she doesn’t realize how much of a “talker” she is during the day! My neighbor and I were just discussing the dog barking on Sat as well! She too claims she doesn’t hear Lily anymore, to which I claim she is just being “Southern”. Although she can’t get too upset at Lily since her two dogs also bark, but they really are the ferocious barks and I totally welcome that living alone!

  4. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    Heh heh. Let’s hear it for really nice, understanding neighbors!

  5. Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

    I think I can relate to your neighbors. We live 1 1/2 blocks from the train tracks- trains go through at least once an hour, in the fall when it’s harvest time, they go through as frequently as once every five minutes. I no longer hear the train. However, when my parents come to visit, the first night the train keeps them up.

    At least the neighbors aren’t complaining, and that’s a good thing!

  6. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    I love that pic of Stanley looking so alert at the top of the stairs: “Who goes there?” So cute!

    Cody sleeps on my bed every night. (Henry has started sleeping on a doggie bed on the floor next to my bed – less crowded that way!) Cody gets along with all the cats except for Emma. I think she must have scratched his nose or something at one time. Anyway, whenever Emma jumps on the bed Cody starts growling at her. Sometimes it gets pretty loud and aggressive, and I tell him to be quiet. Emma, however, usually stands her ground and refuses to budge. Either Cody has to eventually stop growling and go to sleep or get off the bed. He usually just gives up and stops growling.

  7. dezlboy said

    Yep, Scout does not like to be moved when sleeping on my bed. Growls once in a while. I know I shouldn’t, but I just leave him be when he does.

  8. harperlea said

    Love that picture of Stanley! Mr ALERT
    Bartles just last night reclaimed his spot on the bed… Wookey wouldn’t get up after that, weird since they’ve slept together before.
    The neighbors behind us allow their daughter to bring over her dogs (briefly said her dog terrorizes the neighborhood scaring walkers, kids, bikers, etc).
    Shotzy and the B!?&$ go at it at the fence to the point Shotzy has chewed at the fence to get at her… Much barking on both sides… You would think the dang neighbors would do something… Ours live here, the other one has her own yard! And ours were here first… We finally put hog wire up to prevent Shotzy from getting to the wood…so far so good fingers crossed. But they still bark.
    Oh and the behind neighbor? Uses his leaf blower twice daily.. And no I haven’t gotten used to it 🙂

    • harperlea said

      Ps I didn’t mean to sound so snarky, but it seems as if the neighbors and the daughter (dogs owner) doesn’t care about the fence, the fuss, the noise, etc. that’s what bugs me the most I think. No cooperation for a solution …

      • Funny. I didn’t quite follow the problem. But While walking one evening I got into it with a German Shepard owner (NOT) who lives up the street who cannot control her dogs aggressive behavior while walking. I told her she needed to train her dog and she actually told me that her dog “never hurt another dog”. While baring teeth and lunging at my dogs (sweet dog ha) I found out that many others have had the same problem with her and her dog.

        So what are you going to do? There are idiot dog owners. You got to stay away from them. Or hire a mediator. Ha.

      • harperlea said

        Not sure what to do… We even bought an “egg” and mounted it on the fence (our side) that emits dog frequency pitch that can help deter barking. I can honestly say that Shotzy is NOT aggressive …except at her back fence… We take her out front (no fence) and she won’t leave the yard even with people, kids, bikers, etc going by.
        We got kicked out of group training because she was so anxious, she cowered the entire time!
        She plays with or ignores the cross the street neighbors little dogs… And she’s anxious nervous when I walk her on leash, but will stop and back off rather than move towards new people or odd things….
        Almost got kicked out of private because she wouldn’t allow the instructor near her…she was too nervous. Until the instructor met the pack with Shotzy….
        She does however protect her yard.
        We are still training and working on it 🙂

  9. Julie, JB & Cassie's Mum in the UK said

    Great picture!!! Cassie never growls but JB will if he wakes up suddenly and isn’t sure what’s going on, like if you walk into the bedroom in the dark (yes, he sleeps on the bed!). It’s the only time he growls and means it; his ‘play with me’ growl is totally different and it’s more like he’s trying to talk! The only time he’s really aggressive is on a visit to the vet – just thinking about it makes my blood run cold!!!

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