Friday, May 06, 2011

Update to the Neighbours **UPDATED**

After I had written the last post about our new neighbours - some things happened.

That evening, the neighbour (whom I know)from the other side of the new people's unit came to my house to talk about the noise and to decide what to do.

In the last post when I mentioned on Tuesday night about the car door locking at 11:00pm and the smoke in our room at 3:30am - apparently at 1:00am there was some drum playing that woke up the neighbour on the other side. I did not hear that.

The dog was standing in the window barking as we were talking. Looks like a pit bull to me - or something similar.

He and I talked and he decided he was going to call the condo corporation and the property manager would then speak to the owner of the house - the people living there are tenants.

Today in my mailbox I received a hand written letter. It really smells of smoke - that was my first impression. It reads as follows:

To our new neighbours,

It was brought to my attention from my landlord that there has been noise complaints caused by our dog since our arrival.

First I'd like to apologize.

My landlord told me that it is either us or the dog.

This is new behaviour for our dog and I'd like (with your permission) to try to solve this problem before I have to put him down.

Please give me the chance to either find him a new loving home or fix the problem.

My phone is ####

Please call me if you are willing to talk about this problem.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Again I am sorry for the noise.

Thank you.

WOW! I was surprised by the letter and impressed with their initiative. I didn't make any calls to complain, but from this I would assume the neighbour on the other side did. I will be talking the him first to see if he got a similar note before I respond to her.

I must say that yesterday and today I haven't heard anything from their unit. I don't know if that is because someone is home and the dog doesn't bark when his owners are home or if he was just doing all the barking and the whining because of his new locations.

I will update when something happens.

I will have to catch my other neighbour and figure out our next step.

***UPDATE*** The reason I have not heard anything from their unit was because when her landlord called her, she sent her dog to a friends. The other neighbour did talk to her and things are good. Never for one minute did anyone suggest putting the dog down. She is new in the neighbourhood and nipping things in the bud is the best way to handle this. She has never lived in a townhouse before and didn't know that noise could travel. Us and the the neighbour on the other side have both lived here for a long time and never heard any noise from the unit between us. Apparently the dog and woman came from a large house full of people and the dog is lonely now living and spending most of his time alone. The neighbour also informed me that the dog is a pitbull/lab cross. I still don't know who the woman is, I still have not seen her but I will talk to her over the weekend either in person or on the phone.


D and S said...

I'm glad they took they are trying to make things work. There are ways to overcome dogs crying and barking. Take them to daycare then they're too tired to cry when they get home.

Catherine said...

Wow! Sounds like lots of good has come in a very short amount of time. Great news! Hope this weekend is a quiet one for you - at least when it comes to your new neighbours.

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear that progress is being made and you might be able to get some sleep. It also good that you are working with the neighbor on the other side to figure things out too. Hopefully the weekend is better and I hope she does not decide to put the dog down but decide on an option that is better for the dog.

Michele said...

Wow. I'm impressed that she took the complaints seriously and dealt with the problems immediately. I hope it continues to get better.

dawn said...

Michelle. had no other way to contact you. I can't believe you still read our blog. You've followed for years. Nice to say hi to you and don't worry, no pressure to comment.

samia hussain said...

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