Ok, so I'm not innocent in this exchange - I'm not always the greatest neighbour, like any other human being. But I try to be decent. However, I have no patience for people who can't take responsibility for the times when they are not the greatest.

My dog has been barking a bunch, she's a nuisance barker. She has a citronella collar that takes care of it but a few weeks ago the battery died and I didn't notice. The neighbour complained (it's a couple with a small baby, it was the woman). Cool, sorry, her collar is dead, I got a couple of batteries. Tonight I forgot to turn it on, I was running out the door. So they (she) bangs on the door at 11pm. The dog was barking, it's a problem, they're dog starts barking and it wakes the baby - fine, sorry. I asked if it happened last night (because if the collar isn't working when it's on, I need to know), she doesn't know.

Then she goes "we know you probably hear us" ...

And that's when I lost my shit a bit, because:

1) their dog barks and scratches at their door for hours when they are gone. I have told them this. It doesn't change.

2) They sit in the courtyard in the summer, sometimes until 1 or 2 am, literally right outside my bedroom window.

3) They have screaming matches on a regular basis. Sometimes slamming the door hard enough that things fall off the shelves on the adjacent wall my unit.

4) They have a 2 year old (we've been neighbours the whole time, since the baby was born). I know babies cry, that's fine, He's kept me up, I put up with it and don't complain - but does the baby really need to play with the loud toy that makes him scream at 8am on a Sunday morning?

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I've never liked this woman. I said I would take care of the noise, but that it goes both ways. Their baby has kept me up at night (no, they can't do anything about that I know, but he still did). Their dog is loud, and this is where I hit a nerve I'm sure - I said "and your fights have kept me up". She then started yammering (very aggressively) on how I "needed to pick up my dog's shit every time" (sometimes if it's early in the morning, I let her out, then pick it up when I leave for work 2 hours later...) and that "if you call the cops, they'll never come for a baby crying". I looked over at her husband and I think he realized that my beef was with their fighting, told her to calm down and that there would be a mutual attempt to reduce noise.

This woman is honestly such a bitch - the fighting is always her losing her shit at her husband, and it's been going on for the whole time they've been my neighbours (4+years). Now there's the added baby screaming when they fight added to it. Plus the noise from their dog, plus the sitting right outside my window in the summer until late. Plus the general noise from the baby (which I do concede is not controllable, but is still a nuisance for me).

Like I said, I'm not perfect, and I'm not always the greatest about picking up after my dog, and I'm going to take care of the noise thing. But fuck man, have some self awareness that you can be just as disruptive.