As you will know from reading my blog, Beetley is a great place for dog owners to live. The nearby Beetley River Meadows and Hoe Rough provide the opportunity for enjoyable dog walks on your doorstep, and as well as those places, there are nearby woodlands, the large recreation field, and Beetley Common, all within a short walk.
In the last couple of years, more and more people with dogs have moved to the area, attracted by the abundance of carefree walks. This has led to a huge increase in the number of dogs locally, with dog ownership in our road alone approaching 50% of all the houses. In addition, this area has been featured on Facebook, attracting dog walkers from as far away as twenty miles. As a dog owner myself, I naturally see the attraction.
However, some of our neighbours seem to believe that their dogs should just roam outside in their gardens, rather than be inside the house with their owners. So, from very early in the morning, until quite late in the evening, many dogs can be heard yapping and barking constantly. They are either barking to ask to be let in, or because they are responding to the barking of other dogs nearby. As a result, we no longer need an alarm clock, in order to be roused from our slumbers. The barking of the dogs is our wake-up call, whether we want it, or not.
On some mornings, this is well before 6 am. It goes something like this.
First dog. Low woof. Repeat.
Second dog. Loud WOOF WOOF WOOF.
First dog. Louder WOOF in reply.
Third (and smaller) dog. YAP YAP YAP YAP YAP YAP.
Fourth dog. Much louder and deeper WOOOOFFF from some distance away.
Fifth dog, somewhere across the road. WOOF woof woof. WOOF WOOF.
This morning cacophony continues until the owners presumably tire of it themselves, and let the dogs back in. Our own dog, Ollie, doesn’t join in. He rarely barks, unless someone comes up the side of the house.
So, we are awake from whatever time these dogs start, with no chance of getting back to sleep, seven days a week. The former peace we enjoyed in Beetley, now shattered by inconsiderate people, with no idea how to control their dogs. Thanks for that.
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