No Borders On That Lady’s Hearing Powers

, , , , | Friendly | November 5, 2020

I am the author of the “No Borders…” stories.

My dog and I recently moved into a new flat which is closer to my work place. The building we moved into is quite old, and therefore, you can hear everything that is going on in other apartments — neighbours walking around, talking, etc. To avoid conflicts with our mostly elderly neighbours, my roommate and I have taken some precautions, like putting rugs on the floor to dampen the sound of my dog walking around.

Even though my dog is not a barker, I have picked up his training again so he stays quiet when he hears someone at the staircase outside the apartment or when the doorbell rings. We have communicated this to our neighbours, and everyone, except one elderly woman, seems to be okay with having a dog as a neighbour.

However, one afternoon about a week after we move in, our doorbell rings and my roommate opens the door.

Elderly Neighbour: “I’ve had enough of this! Your dog needs to stop barking!”

Roommate: “I’m sorry if he barked earlier this morning, but to be honest, I didn’t hear him bark even once today or yesterday.”

Elderly Neighbour: “He has been barking all afternoon! I can’t even have a cup of coffee in peace!”

Roommate: “I don’t think he was barking this afternoon. You see Ms. [My Name] and the dog—”

Elderly Neighbour: “I CAN HEAR HIM BARK AND IT NEEDS TO STOP!”

Roommate: “Listen, I’m trying to tell you that it can’t be [My Name]’s dog because—”

Elderly Neighbour: “I AM GOING TO COMPLAIN TO THE LANDLORD! IF THE D*** DOG DOESN’T STOP BARKING, HE NEEDS TO GO!”

Roommate: “With all respect, I—”

Elderly Neighbour: “HE NEEDS TO GO!”

With this, she turns around and goes back to her apartment. My roommate, utterly confused, stands in the doorway for a few moments and then notices a faint barking sound. She follows it downstairs, where she can hear some barking sounds from a TV show coming from one of the neighbours’ apartments that’s right below the angry lady’s apartment. She immediately sends me a text, telling me what happened, and I in return send an email to the landlord explaining the situation, in case our neighbour actually sends a complaint.

Why did my roommate have to text me, you ask? Well, my dog and I left in the morning to meet some friends and didn’t come back home until a few hours after this happened.

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