A little consideration goes a long way

Why is it that some people pine for an animal but when they get said animal they don’t treat it the very best as they’d declared they would? I’m talking about dog owners, yes you! Why have a small dog, like a Chihuahua, and leave him on the gated patio all day and night? Shouldn’t he be more cared for? And why, for pete’s sake, if you know your dog barks uncontrollably when he hears other dogs barking, don’t you find a quieter place for the dog to sleep? If you’re considerate of your neighbors, then I can almost guarantee they’ll be considerate of you and your dog.

Since the week began, I’ve been awoken every night at the ungodly hour of 5am because my neighbor, bless her heart, has a small dog that she leaves on her back patio all day and night (don’t worry he is well taken care of, this is only where she falters). Well, she barks uncontrollably when she hears the other dogs in the neighborhood (and I am talking 3 or so streets away because I too hear them) barking and wakes me from my deep sleep. Now I wouldn’t complain if I could just roll over and go back to sleep, but I CAN’T!!! I’ve mentioned this to her on one other occasion but nothing has been done about it. Now I have to go to work in my tired state and deal with the rest of the day. To top it off, I’m cranky and can’t tell my co-workers I don’t want to be bothered because quite frankly, I’m being paid to bother.

So, do I storm over in my tired, frazzled state and tell her how I feel (believe me this will not be a friendly conversation), or do I pray and hope that she’ll do the right thing and it’ll end soon? If I follow my mind, I’d do the first, but hubby thinks I should do the latter. I’m a light sleeper who suffers from insomnia, so when I do fall asleep, I’d like to be left sleeping. Is that really too much to ask?!