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Barking Dogs Disrupt Otherwise Peaceful Tranquility Of New York City

In lieu of photos of the neighborhood’s loudest dogs, we bring you Biggie the Harlequin Great Dane, the neighborhood’s dreamiest dog. Photo courtesy of Albert Dashevky.

There is a dog that lives across the street from my apartment building. I can’t see this dog, and I have no idea what it looks like, and despite this, the dog and I have a very intimate relationship. Every time a truck rumbles by, or a police siren wails, or thunder crashes, this invisible dog barks incessantly for the next 45 minutes. In the back of mind I always wondered if this was the worst dog in existence, but now I know that he is not.

The honor for loudest dogs in the city belongs to two dogs living in Marine Park. The 9-year-old German Shepard Maxwell, and his next door neighbor Buddy, a five year old Beauceron, have racked up close to 20 complaints in recent years. The owners of the dogs have both received warning letters from the Department of Environmental Protection.

“I think its ridiculous,” barked Maxwell’s owner Joseph Butrico, to DNAInfo. “They have tickets for everything. They just make it up as they go along.”

“When someone invades their space, they are gonna bark,” said Buddy’s owner Ann Winters, equally strident in defense of her noisy pooch.

In case you are wondering if Maxwell and Buddy were both the source of each other’s maniacal barking, being that they share a fence, it couldn’t be further from the truth, according to Ann.

“[They] see each other through a part of the fence, and they kiss each other,” she said.

Obviously these two dogs have formed a mutual friendship based on driving their neighbors crazy.

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  1. I’m no genius, but there really is a very simple answer to owners who impose externalities on other people, by not caring about dogs barking and disturbing them. And that is, every time Mr. X’s dog barks incessantly for 45 minutes, Mr. Y (and most of the other letters of the alphabet) call the owner on the telephone for that same period of time and hang up when answered).

    If a human being has no consideration, and no higher order intelligence, treat the person like a lower life form, and apply basic psychological conditioning. Tit for tat, over and over. The message will get through, and the reduction of barking will be most gratifying.

  2. Dds: Not only are you not a genius, but you also sound like, & would just have to be, nothing short of an imbecile.

    You must make an attempt – if at all even possible – learn how to curtail projecting YOUR “lower life form” label on others.

    BUT: Completely understandable, when ones parents were alcoholic, drug addled siblings “heralding” from Gerritsen Beach.

    Even the the most hard line pro-lifer would have to admit this you make a compelling case for the opposite of what they normally stand for.

  3. That’s quite an over the top response to a guy who’s obviously venting his frustration. But, did I miss something here? The true imbecile is the owner of the dog who allows it to bark for an inordinate amount of time. Calling the owner on the phone for the same amount of time seems rather fair. 

  4. True enough – however: Calling someone & hanging up – repeatedly – can legally bring harassment charges to the caller, something I’m sure he/she would not want to get entangled with.

    The repurcussions would be worse than any barking one could imagine.

    Upsetting as the barking is (as well as with the frustration with the inconsiderate & irresponsible owner), telephone harassment is not the route to take.

    As difficult, distasteful & ego shattering this may sound, I would suggest approaching the owner as civily as possible, as this method usually proves effective at dissarming an otherwise defensive & explosive response.

    It’s worth a shot (no, NOT from a weapon!)

    Good Luck


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