The house to the south of us is a rental house. You have read about our rental house neighbors here and here. Sadly (I think?), Neck Tattoo and his medley of women moved out about a month and a half ago, and the house has sat vacant since then. Over the past week, four girls and their cute Yorkie puppy have moved in next door. We haven't heard a peep from them. Fingers crossed. But this neighbor story isn't about the rental house, actually. It's about the people who live behind us.
First, let me educate you a little on the lay of the land around the Bungalow.
A. The Bungalow
B. Andrew & Liz's house. We love them.
C. The rental house, obvious by the overgrown state of it.
D. Old Guy's house. He's got to be at least 95.
E. I don't know these people, but they have a nice house.
F. Insert expletives here.
G. These people have a really cool backyard. It has a waterfall. I can see it from the master bathroom window.
H. I don't know these people.
So let's focus on Neighbor F. Neighbor F's Labrador Retriever has stomach cancer. This is very sad. Neighbor F decided to get two German Shepherd puppies to ease the pain of losing their family dog. Understandable. Neighbor F leaves two German Shepherd puppies outside all day/night long to bark. NOT COOL DUDES.
The neighborhood must be in complete silence for these dogs to not bark. Need to go outside? Better not use that side door, it makes a squeaky noise sometimes. Want to talk to your next door neighbor? Nope. Better call them on the phone. And don't even THINK about trying to open your garage. Far too noisy.
Tuesday night they were outside barking until well past 11:00 pm. Wednesday morning they were up bright and early at 6:00 am barking their faces off. Whenever we hang out in the backyard, we have to yell to hear each other over the barking.
Some people have said that "German Shepherds just bark. It's what they do." False. Our next door neighbors Andrew and Liz have a 1 year old German Shepherd and I have never heard her bark. Not once.
Omaha's noise ordinance states: "Maximum permitted sound levels in residential areas is 60 to 65 decibels from 7 am to 9 pm, and 55 to 60 decibels from 9 pm to 7 am." The average dog bark is 100 decibels. Also: "It is unlawful to permit an animal to unreasonably obstruct the use and enjoyment of property held by others in the community by allowing such animal to habitually bark, howl, yelp, bay or make other noise which by loudness or frequency causes a breach of the peace."
I don't want to be THAT complaining neighbor, but at some point enough is enough. What would you do?