Mum takes drastic action as neighbour’s dogs ‘won’t stop barking’

While we can choose who we are friends with, when it comes to neighbors it’s pure luck who you’ll be living next door to.

In an ideal world, your neighbors will be nice, friendly, and relatively quiet. However some people can find those living nearby can make life more difficult.

One woman claims to have been dealing with the latter, with her neighbor and their dogs making her life miserable, according to the Mirror.

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The woman said her next-door neighbor has five dogs that are constantly in the garden, barking. She said when she goes into her own garden, they become even hazel.

Writing on Mumsnet, she explained that she’d spoken to the couple several times about the “massive impact” the barking was having on them and then even wrote a letter spelling out the issue clearly. The woman said the constant barking has left her mental health “shot”, with her having panic attacks and having to try antidepressants.

She said: “I haven’t eaten properly in about a week, I have a panic attack whenever I hear them barking. I’m actually moving into an Airbnb tomorrow because I can’t be in our house anymore.

“Tried two different antidepressants, and they don’t help. I’m not even sure it’s a good idea to take them when there’s a specific and obvious cause of the depression/anxiety. At the moment, the solution we’re looking at is for me to literally move out and just come home to cook meals and spend a couple of hours with [my son] each evening.

“Which is just ridiculous. Help?” She added that because of all this, she could no longer “bear to be in the house”.

Dozens of people have responded to the post, sharing thoughts and advice for the woman.

One person said: “If the dogs’ behavior is continuing, speak to your local dog warden, or your local councilor. Our dog warden jumps on that pretty quickly so you may get support. If the issue has stopped and it is purely your anxiety which makes you want to move, consider CBT or counseling to help you get past this.

“Moving out seems drastic and not really addressing the problem – it could go on indefinitely. Hope you feel better.”

Another replied: “Unfortunately, I would say (from experience) your only option is to move. Also from experience, I would say council involvement will be a useless waste of your time and mental energy. We moved and it was definitely the right thing to do for us.”

A third posted: “This must be awful for you. I have noise sensitivity so completely relate.”

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