Sunday, November 8, 2009

My Barking Mad Neighbour

An elderly neighbour of ours, recently deceased, used to be very upset with us for keeping a large dog (Daisy's medium, actually). I guess he wasn't very mentally stable, because besides yelling at us how wrong it is to keep such a vicious dog (she never did anything but bark), he would also frequently bark back at her - quite impressively.
We were a little concerned at the time that he might do something about it (from complaining to our landlord to trying to hurt Daisy), and somewhat relieved when he moved out (apparently to a home for the elderly).
I just now realised that he may have sometime witnessed a dog doing something very vicious, and that it would explain his extreme reaction to being barked at. I suddenly don't dislike him anymore.


ofri said...

I have to sympathize with him... my wife is afraid of dogs. It doesn't really matter why. The main thing is that living in a big city, you are forced to be around a lot of dogs, some of them are big, sometimes not on a leash. When someone who's afraid of dogs is in such a situation, you just can't explain to them that '(s)he just barks'. It doesn't work.

Royi Avital said...

It's all about past making your preferences about the future.

For most people, dog is something great.
I guess it depends on what you've experienced through out life.