Yesterday I got a call from Animal Control- apparently someone filed a complaint that my dogs are barking during the day. Which is interesting because all of last week I brought everyone to work with me, and yesterday was the first time I left Wicca/Boone. They had frozen kongs. The windows were shut, and the radio turned up loud (to drown out any neighbor noise). Oh, and my dad went over at noon and let them out. I got the call around 1:30 or so.
I am pretty annoyed, but will take responsibility for my barking dogs. I went to the shelter and paid my overdue license fees and to talk to the AC Officer in hopes she could tell me more about the actual complaint. I have my suspicions about who made the complaint but of course she couldn't tell me. She is going to call in a few days when the actual paperwork comes in. I was very polite and did my best to be friendly and not be pissed off. I did ask if there was a certain length of time the dog had to be barking for or if just anyone can complain with no proof. Apparently anyone can make a complaint even if it is for just a few barks. I resisted the urge to say that it wasn't fair.
Anyway- the dogs now come with me everywhere, which makes for extra boring days for them. At least at home they can wander around. At work they are in crates. It also makes going anywhere difficult as I am afraid to leave them home alone. I teach four nights a week right now so yeah. It's going to be fun. Oh, and our weather is amazing and I'd love to be able to sit in my backyard and let the dogs play....but I can't.
It's hard not to be annoyed and a little grumpy about it. But I will do what I can to minimize the barking. I do not need a $200 fine every time my dogs open their mouths.....