Monday, March 30, 2009

Sam, the dog next door

A reader wrote to us about the issue he has with his neighbours’ dog. As Sam, the aforementioned dog, howls incessantly whenever his master leaves the house.
The reader complained of a sense of hopelessness as he understands that the owners have no control over their pets’ vocal chords, yet he still agonises for the loss of his peaceful Sunday afternoons. What to do?

Unfortunately, many people struggle with this and unfortunately there is no solution, save moving house (either party), shock collars or even voice-box removal - not much of an option!

Despite the negative attention these animals receive from sleep deprived neighbours, the reason they are howling is because they grieve and miss their owners' attention and presence and not because they really hellhounds, punishing you for some evil past deed.