Do You Have A Neighbor From Hell?

The names have been changed to protect the innocent children and animals in this story.

Incident #1

Shortly after moving into our new home, my six year old son, along with his eleven year old brother were in the back yard playing. It was around two in the afternoon, on a bright sunny fall day. They were having a great time laughing and carrying on. Fred, the 6 year old, was getting a bit loud and perhaps screaming in the excitement of play. I went out to check on the boys and much to my surprise I hear a voice bellowing from the yard that backs onto mine. “Shut the hell up”, which makes me stop in my tracks. Thinking to myself, and wondering if he is yelling at my children, I call them.

“Is that guy yelling at you two?” I ask.

Fred’s older brother Bob answers, “Ya, he yelled a couple of times. We were just playing.”

“Great, we have a friendly neighbor, how about you two come in and have a snack.”

When my husband came home I told him about the idiot neighbor we had. He pretty much told me to calm down and not worry about it. He did agree with me that it was a little ridiculous seeing the time of day that the boys were outside playing. It wasn’t like it was six in the morning or past nine at night.


Incident #2

One day the following summer, I was out weeding the garden. The woman that owned the house prior to us had a green thumb and the garden was gorgeous. Full of Peonies, roses, and other multitudes of beautiful bushes and flowers. I looked over and saw that my unfriendly neighbor’s wife was out in her yard, and thought I would say good morning to her. Instead of her saying good morning back to me, and much to my surprise, she answered me quite flippantly with, “Nice garden, shame you didn’t put it in yourself.”

I turned and kept weeding. Fine I thought, forget about trying to talk to these people. They are just downright rude.


Incident #3

My first dog was out in the back yard running around chasing squirrels. I was sitting on the patio enjoying the sunshine, and reading a book. I look up as I hear a child barking. At the back fence there’s my neighbor and his grandchild I presume, thinking how childish. My dog got in a couple of barks before I called her over. The child then says, “Your dog is barking at me.”

I replied loud enough so that the adult male with her could hear me, “What do you expect the dog to do, when you started barking at the dog?”

This leads to Incident #4.

Incident #4

Now we have two dogs. They like to bark, especially if they see this same neighbor outside. He makes it quite clear that he does not like my dogs. Every time they let out one bark, he yells, “Shut up!” When this happens I call the dogs in.

About a year or so later I’m coming out of the shower and hear a knock on the door. Quickly I get dried off and dressed in case whoever was knocking is still waiting at the door. No one is there, but in my mailbox is a notice from the local SPCA. It’s a noise complaint with a number to call. Immediately I call the animal shelter and speak with the person that left the notice in my mailbox. He told me that a neighbor had called them to complain that my dogs are left outside barking at all times of the day and night. He could not tell me who had filed this complaint but I knew right away who it was. I proceeded to explain to the man, everything that had happened, since moving into the house. His advice to me was to keep track on a calendar of every time the dogs barked, how many times they barked before calling them into the house, and the time of day it happened. He suggested I do this just in case the neighbor complained again and this way I would have documentation should we need to go to court over the matter. He also said to me that he worked for my dogs and not for my neighbor.

I do exactly what the man at the SPCA suggested. Since all of this has happened many dogs have moved into the neighborhood. We have not heard a peep out of said neighbor and hopefully never will again.

I would like to put up an eight foot fence across the back of our property, and hopefully will one of these days.

"It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor."
Eric Hoffer

"You can be a good neighbor only if you have good neighbors."

Howard Koch

Thankfully I have other neighbors that I do like. When we see each other outside we wave or talk to each other, and get along quite well. Thanks for reading my hub. Please feel free to let me know if you too have neighbors like this in the comment box.

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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Gordon, That sounds terrible and I do hope that you get this straightened out.


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Gordon Hamilton 2 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Hi, Susan

I've lived in a number of houses but have been really fortunate to always have good neighbours - or at worst, those who keep themselves to themselves. Until these past couple of months, that is...

2 doors along from me, there is a "mystery house." The mystery is that no one who lives round about knows who owns it or technically lives there. It lies empty for weeks on end and has done for the 4 years I've lived here, then suddenly several 20-something-year-old young men will move in for a few days (different ones all the time) before moving on again. Sometimes, the noise is unbelievable at all times of the early morning. I was once out in the garden for a smoke (I know...) about 3am and caught 2 guys trying to get in the kitchen window. Stupidly perhaps, I challenged them and asked them what they were doing. The answer? "Trying to get in this [bleep!] window!" Ask a stupid question... I told them I was phoning the Police and they told me to go ahead so I did. The Police apparently caught them a couple of streets away.

It is now coming to a head, however, as different groups are holding really noisy parties every single Sunday night, often outside if it's not raining. Last Sunday night/Monday morning, I was wakened at 4.30am by countless loose glass bottles being poured in to an outside bin. Tonight, I've decided I'm definitely phoning the Police again :(

Glad your problem seems to be sorted - hope mine also is soon, one way or another.


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks so much starme!


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starme77 2 years ago

I so like this article I come back and read it every so often :)


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Perhaps you could try to call a social worker and explain the situation. Someone like that may be able to help.


gcwhit 2 years ago

I have the craziest neighbor I have read a lot of things on here and I agree is gets to the point where your living in fear trapped in your home! My neighbor is a 40 year old woman that lives above me. when I come home almost every time she beats and bangs the ceiling then goes to her back bedroom and turns the music up loud! Also see is a woman with a prostitution record and to this day we have strange cars come stay a couple hours and then leave and I'm sorry I'm not assuming anything cause you can here things in apartment style condos! She will come and beat on the door with crazy stuff coming out her mouth all the people in this building know how crazy she is but out of fear they don't call the cops due to trying to stay uninvolved as much as possible !she doesn't work well normal people work cause she is paying her bills some how recently learned she took 12000 cash and put it in her bank and got mad when. hey reported her! And if you wonder how I know that when you are dealing with a crazy person you wouldn't believe over time how many people learn that person is crazy so they tell you things! Well I need help I don't want to move but getting tired of being harassed by somebody that runs a brothel out of their home !any suggestions please email me whit2881 at yahoo thank you thank you if anyone knows anything who is the right person to call I mean there are families with kids who knows who these guys are they could be pedophiles!!!!


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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Crafty, Funny you mention the trees filling in the yard. My neighbor (the nasty one) removed most of his trees that blocked his view into my yard. Thing that make you go ???

The best thing is that everyone that surrounds his yard now has a dog :) I'm sure it must drive him crazy when they're all out there barking (talking) to each other.


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Yes, I can totally relate, especially about the 8 foot fence part! This is what gets me, I asked the town what I need to do to put up a fence. They told me that I'd need to pull a permit. I got a quote for one. $7,000. Ok, not going to happen! LOL

So then the neighbor next door got fed up with seeing me playing with my children outside (this was like 5 years ago). He went and put up these awful blue plastic-like tarp things that are 12 feet tall. He put them up along an existing fence which is in violation of town ordinance.

I didn't care because I didn't want to look at them anyway. But he did come right over and tell me he did it so they could have privacy.

Since, trees have grown so I can't really see his yard.

But the sweetest neighbors moved in directly next to me. They have 2 children. One goes to school with my son now. They put up a trampoline in their yard which showed through the mean neighbor's yard. So the guy put up a plastic blue yard tarp stretching across the entire length of the fence so he didn't have to look at the new neighbor kids playing!

I mean, come on, people, really? I have the most standoffish neighbors here. I have always thought I should live somewhere in the south. My sister lives in Texas. Every time I've visited, everyone is so sweet. I feel like I'm wasting my kindness being trapped between mean people.

I love the shrub in your picture! LOL


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

cclitgirl, LOL So glad you feel better :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sommer, That sounds a little creepy. Thanks for the votes and nice to meet you.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I have some crazy neighbor stories. Suffice it to say, your story helps me to feel better. :)


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SommerDalton 4 years ago

Its sad how one person in the neighborhood can be so unfriendly and have a bad attitude. We have one neighbor that is so unfriendly and wont ever say "hi" or wave back but watches us and other neighbors day and night. We all call her the neighborhood stalker lol. Voted up plus 3!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

wewillmake, It's nice when you have good neighbor's. I get along well with and like all my other neighbors.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Chris, Things have settled down now and I never hear a peep out of the neighbor. He must be going nuts because there are more and more dogs coming into the neighborhood and I hear them barking all day.

Yes those collars do work great.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

fpherj, A good neighbor book, what a great idea!

Well those two names just popped into my head :)


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tammy, Wow, that's terrible. Some people let their kids run wild, and neglect to teach them any manners whatsoever. Makes you wonder what their household is like. I hope your sons were okay after getting hit with that baseball bat.


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wewillmake 4 years ago from kerala-INDIA

My neighbor is very lovely and cooperative. If anyone having neighbor like them , it is a boon and you can share everything with them.


Chris Hugh 4 years ago

What a very stressful situation. Nolo Books makes a good book on neighbor law with good advice on how to deal with rotten neighbors. I have some neighbors with barking dogs, but I dunno. What can you do? Dogs bark. When I had a dog, I bought one of those collars that would make a spray noise and startle her whenever she started barking. It was expensive, but worth it.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Make them cookies???!! I don't think so. But I WOULD buy them a present and wrap it beautifully and have it hand delivered. A book on "Being a Good Neighbor" and a pair of ear-plugs for each of them.....with a card that said, "Have a Wonderful Day."

Oh...and BTW, Susan...I know you "changed th names to protect the innocent," but I actually HAVE A SON NAMED FRED AND ONE NAMED BOB!!! No kidding! lmao!


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is a great hub.. love the bush bending over. I had a bad neighbor once and they lived next to me for two years. They had an 11 year old son who liked to play with my kids. He was pretty neglected and the parents were very lazy. This boy kept coming over to my house. When we would leave to do family activities like go to the movies or out to eat, he would get in line to go with us. Every time I would have to explain to him he couldn't go he would pout and get very angry. I let my kids spend less and less time with him. We were having Thanksgiving dinner and he bust into the front door. I told him I had guests and he would have to leave. He got very angry and went out and hit my sons with a baseball bat. His parents were to blame for this because they didn't teach him you can't impose on others to this extent. It is a bad thing when you have bad neighbors.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

barbergirl, I now have a new neighbor on one side of me that lets his dog run free. It's always coming in my yard. I think it just comes over to say hi to my dogs. That smell is not pleasant and if not picked up will attract flies and other nasty bugs.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Bill, Yes it does seem like every neighborhood does have someone they don't care for or don't get along with.


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I am pretty darn lucky... My neighboors are quiet and keep to themselves. However, the ones behind us have 2 dogs that are never brought in the house. I feel so bad for them. They are left out even in the rain and have no shelter. To top it off, the ended up breaking through our fence and wrecking our pool. That was rectified, but sometimes they will be outside fighting (there is 2) at 3 in the morning. It is a bit ridiculous, but I don't want to cause problems with the neightbor. However just yesterday we were swimming in the pool and lets just say, the smell of doggie doo is invading my yard. Such a shame.. I hope they pick it up soon so I am not forced to cause an issue! Sorry you have such jerks for neighbors!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

In the neighborhood that I grew up in we had one guy, Mr. Streitz, who hated everyone and everything, and he was the meanest man I have ever met. Other than him everyone else got along great....there always seems to be one in a neighborhood who can't get along with anyone.

Great hub!


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starme77 4 years ago

haha ok I will I don't want u to feel like I took yer idea or nothin but - oh wow this freakin neighbor of mine has the police on more than speed dial - in this small town - its in his pocket seriously -


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

starme, Please do. I'll watch for your hub if you decide to write one on this subject.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sue, What would we do without these types of neighbors. After reading your reply I'm glad I have 3 boys. Glad you liked the hub.


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starme77 4 years ago

oh yeah thanks - I'll let ya know what the governor says :)


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sueroy333 4 years ago from Indiana

I have one neighbor with the police on speed-dial in case my dogs bother them, and another who likes little girls...in a creepy, not nice, way. I can at least say we're never bored and we get to work on our fake smiles a LOT!

Excellent article... I want the mooning bush!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

starme, Sorry to hear that and I wish you all the best.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I'm still hoping we can put up a fence soon. Thanks Brian.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Eddy, Since writing this hub we haven't had any problems and hopefully won't anymore. Thanks and have a great day.


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

I know you won't cut their tongues out :) Keep track of how often and at what time your neighbors dogs bark at. Just in case you need some ammunition.


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starme77 4 years ago

I have a worse one than that seriously I need to write about my neighbor from hell - I lost my job because of em and they keep breaking the law and getting away with it to the point I am in the process of writing a letter to my governor about em it s seriously that freakin bad


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BRIAN SLATER 4 years ago from Nottingham Uk

I feel for you Susan I really do.You only need one jerk to spoil it for everyone else. I've lived in several houses and can honestly say most were ok. I try to be a good neighbor so expect them to behave in return. In your case you need to build a big brick wall, the higher the better, either that or move.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

To have bad neighbours can be a nightmare;however I am very lucky at this moment in time.

Great hub Susan;I really enjoyed it and have to award my 'Up up and away !!!'

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh yes - yes I do! I do have a neighbor from he'll and they did just call animal control on me because my dogs were barking! They have 3 huge dogs and I never complain and in fact it never bothered me. That's okay - if it makes them feel better but I thi k the animal control guy thinks they are jerks too. Funny - my dogs didn't even bark once when he knocked on the door:) he was sweet though - so IDK what they want me to do...maybe I should cut the dogs tongues out? Hmmm? Lol lol


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Deborah, Glad to hear he moved away. Doesn't sound to me an appropriate person to be in congress. Thanks for sharing this.


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

We have awesome neighbors now, but we used to have a real a$$ that lived across the street. Our subdivision is on a community well and during a drought a few years ago, he refused to abide by the every-other-day watering restriction and watered his lawn 24 hours a day. He also had his attorney send a letter to the homeowners association threatening to sue because someone drove a golf cart across his lawn. (I was president of the association at the time so the letter came to me.) Fortunately they moved away. He's since tried running for Congress a couple of times, unsuccessfully. I don't know how anybody who is such a bad neighbor thinks he would make a good representative.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Sue, I will gladly post a picture if they ever do put up that for sale sign:) Thanks


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Susan,

I have never had a neighbour from hell.

My sympathies to you. Maybe your wishes will come true and they will move. Post a picture of the For sale sign if they do. :-)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

ExpertMommy, That might be the way to do it. Thanks.


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ExpertMommy 5 years ago from The Milky Way

Yes, I used to have this kind of neighbor, they even threw old cartons out the window on me when I was down on the parking lot by the car. I found the cure though... I started blessing them and being sweet like sugar and guess what, the blessings returned. They are still not your normal type of neighbors but with us they are fab and they stopped yelling at my kids :-) I don't know if you have the mind or situation where you are ready to start thanking G-d for your testing neighbors but if you do you might be surprised to see what happens!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Rosemay, Yes it may have calmed down and hopefully for good. But I always have in the back of my mind: "Calm before the storm." I keep hoping I will see a for sale sign going up on his house :)


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Rosemay50 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I have never had bad neighbours apart from one incident when a neighbour came to complain about my dog batking at his granddaughter, but he calmjed down when I told him I had seen what happened and his granddaughter had been poking long sticks through the fence tormenting the dog. despite this we were best of friends.

It sounds hopefully that things may have settled dow with your neighbour, maybe the are mellowing... just maybe... hopefully


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Tina, I find it strange that he would yell at my son for playing when he in fact has grandchildren that come to visit.

Laura, Your situation would be a hard one to deal with. Thanks for reading and for your comments. Welcome to HubPages.


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Laura Feg 5 years ago

Wow, I'm sorry that you're neighbors are so rude! They really need to lighten up. If they lived in my house they would go crazy if they're set off my just a bit of barking! My next door neighbors have a Doberman/ Hound mix and an Akita mix. The Doberman does this crazy screaming bark/ howl and it's enough to make one's ear drums burst! The Akita also barks incredibly loud, and it's a VERY loud combination! They bark at all hours of the day and night, and it's quite annoying! The problem is, my neighbors are so nice, I don't have the heart to talk to them about it!


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I have never had neighbors like that but I guess there is always someone like that in a community. Some people takes a lot of patience but I always I have never had neighbors like that but I guess there is always someone like that in a community. Some people takes a lot of patience but I always wonder why they live where other people live? If we choose to live where there is children and dogs so what to expect? People that can not stand edogs and children would maybe be better off if they lived somewhere more secluded!

It sounds like you do your best and handle them very good Susan:)

Tina


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

The high fence is looking pretty good right now :)


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

It should be about live and let live but that is impossible with some neighbours. We opted for a high fence lol


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Bill, All of the other people in the neighborhood are great, just this one guy.

drbj,

Thanks enjoyed your little rhyme :)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Pam, I think the 6 or 8 foot fence is going to have to be the choice.

Ruby, I don't care for those type of neighbors either that want to gossip and stir up _ _ _ _ :)

b. malin, Someone should have told them what a driveway was used for :)

Tammy, That is awful. I would hate to be put in that position. You would think the parents would at least asked if it would be alright to leave the child with you for the day. I think I'll have to put up the fence too.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

Hi, Susan, a good neighbor is a blessing

But a bad neighbor can be a curse.

If you are unlucky to have the latter,

Your life may turn from bad to worse.

I recommend you do not delay.

Put out the For Sale sign today.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Most of my neighbors have been great, but there have been a few, and they can be real nightmares.


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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for that Susan. Sadly, many people can relate. When my boys were young, a family moved in next door. They had an 11 year old boy who was abnormally large for his age. My boys were 7,8, and 9. The boy was developmentally slow also. He would play rough with my kids outside. While he would be playing his parents would leave and say they would be right back. Sometimes they would leave for the day and assume that I was a babysitter. This boy wanted to be a part of the family and I drew the line when he started asking to spend the night. When the holidays approached, this boy "invited" himself to a large family dinner I was having. I didn't have room for any extra guests. I told him I would save him a plate. He got angry and started beating all my landscape lights outside with my kids bat. My kids were not allowed to play with him anymore and I put up a large fence.

I am glad things are better but you need to keep an eye on these neighbors. People who treat animals and children badly can never be trusted.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Well we lived for 10 years with the awful Neighbor across the street...We lived in a Beach Town, so parking can be a problem, especially in Season. We always used our Driveway, it could fit 2 cars nicely...They would NEVER use theirs, and parked All 4 of their cars on the street and even when they had company...they would not use their driveway. Solution, we MOVED! We now live on a block with 1 Neighbor across the street and we Love it...We both always use our Driveway, even though we don't need to. And we still live in a Beach town.

Good Hub Susan, hope things stay Good now!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I got a kick out of this. The picture is worth a thousand words. I've never had a really bad neighbor, but i had one lady who called to me every time i came outside, then proceeded to tell me all the gossip. I hated that, sometimes i wouldn't go outside when i really wanted to..Thank goodness, i moved. Ha..Thank's..


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

Those 2 neighbors must sure be miserable people. I think its time they moved into a senior citizen community, although there are dogs there also! The big fence sounds like a great idea.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thomas, Truman would love it with the 2 newfs, however all three may end up in doggie jail if they start a barking trio :)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daffy, I wish they would move but things have calmed down for now at least. Good idea about the security camera. Thanks.


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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Susan...

Bad neighbors are the worst (as I am sure my neighbors will tell you) but it sound as if you got a piece of work there! (I like the 'mooning' bush). If you like...I could bring Truman by...a Great Pyrenees bark with get his attention!

(passes over tasty rum drink...)

Thanks,

Thomas


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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

If the neighbor wants silence then maybe they should move into the woods and build a log cabin.

If they start complaining again you do have another way to document the incidents. Go on line and research security cameras. Real cheap ones go for under $100. Expensive ones can be over $1,000. This would help to fight the complaints especially if the neighbor sees the footage. Hopefully the complaints have ended permenantly though.

Good Luck J. A. S.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

shea, That's just downright mean and rude!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Seeker, Thank you for sharing these stories with me. I think these bullies should have had charges brought against them for causing this poor girl so much pain and misery. As for the dog it makes me wonder what type of parents these children had.


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shea duane 5 years ago from new jersey

I have a neighbor from hell. Every summer they have these huge pool parties with live bands or DJs. If we see the parents at the store or school, they always say, "Send your son over anytime we're outside. He's always welcome in the pool" (my son is a great swimmer and the pool isn't deep). When we do let my son go over, they always say, "Not today." So my poor boy just sits in our backyard listening to their band and the people having fun in the poor. Jerks.


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Seeker7 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

A very sad hub Susan but a great narrative on how crappy people can be! It sounds like, to me, that they have a problem with people in general and not just with you and your family! Bascially they are rude, childish and bad mannered and unfortunately this is likely to be passed on to the grandchild as well - which is a shame!

There was a girl I knew from school who got married quite soon after we left at 16. The marriage still is a very happy one after all these years. But the first house she got with her husband turned out to be a nightmare. They were basically bullied morning, noon and night. At that time - the late 1970s - no one in the local council for housing wanted to know and there wasn't really any anti-social neighbour laws or anything. The girl ended up having both a miscarriage and a nervous breakdown! When the story finally got out, people were so angry, that the bullies were basically run out of the place!

Another story that happened a number of years ago was about a couple who basically were terrorised by neighbours kids. These brats, targeted their dog in particular - a beautiful Old English Sheepdog - the dog was basically a pup, but he became so traumatised and nervous that they had to actually put the dog down. Again, this incident did get a reaction and local by-laws were brought up to date so that people could take action against this kind of behaviour.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Dave, There are a lot of neighbors like this and I try not to let them get under my skin, but at the same time it's hard to do when this person is calling the SPCA. It is a lot easier now as I think he's given up :)

Chuck, The rooster wouldn't bother me as I'm up at the crack of dawn :)

Cardisa, That would make having loud parties so much simpler.

Ruchira, I remember having a neighbor in an apartment like that too.

Snurre, That's funny. Thanks


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Snurre 5 years ago

Your neighours sound like really unpleasant people! I had unpleasant neighbours that minded my singing (opera stuff) and called the police. When the police came and listened to me sing, they told the neighbours off and called them uncultured people :)

Your hubs is really funny, though :) Voted up


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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

I hear ya Susan. It sure is tormenting to have such neighbors.

When I used to live in an apartment on the second floor...my first floor neighbor would not like it when my dishwasher was ON and she would keep taping on her roof with a stick to make me aware of it.

Gosh, it used to be a nightmare 'cause the dishwasher had to be used EVERYDAY. Had to hear her tap my floor everyday!

In the end...I had to move!


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Susan, there is always someone like that in every community. We have a few in our community, we just ignore them. Jamaica is different, you can't complain to the police about your neighbors noise here or the police will make fun of you...lol


ChuckG 5 years ago

We live in the desert, so lots of dogs here, can't stand the barking. What gets me though is the rooster that's up before the sunrises. It's across the way and if only I were into hunting...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Susan! Too funny - I didn't even consider giving them portions and my dogs would go for that! Every time I see that photo you have with the Love Thy Neighbor I just crack up! My friend - her neighbors beat all - she recently shouted to her husband "Jim omg! There's a rooster walking down our street!" he looked and said "Debbie that's a chicken!" she said, "well it's some kind of poultry!". Their neighbors had gotten a few chickens and a coop! Now her dogs go berserk trying to get over her fence to play with the chickens!


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

I think we all have someone who is like that. The trick is to not let them get under your skin.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Barbara, Wow, that is indeed a neighbor from hell! That's very scary, glad all he did not go through with his threat.

RH, Little dogs, little, little treats :)

Ultimate Hubber, That's a perfect situation :)

mljdgulley, Thanks.


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mljdgulley354 5 years ago

Great hub I can remember some neighbors that I was glad to see the last of


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Ultimate Hubber 5 years ago

Yes I do have a neighbour from hell, but I am glad that they have been offered a great job in another city so they'll be moving.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

My uncle that is staying with me gets annoyed because my dogs bark - I will try that! lol Poor dogs will be so fat they won't be able to walk!


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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

We had neighbors even worse than this. The trouble is they moved in their house the same time we moved in ours. We lived there 20 years and when we moved, darn if they moved out right after us.

They called the police constantly with made-up stories about our kids and dog. Finally we got them to stop when the man threatened to strangle our son. We called the police and issued a complaint. At the time we didn't know it but he had been arrested twice before and ended up spending time in jail. They never bothered us again.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cags, He certainly is an a#hole and a few of the nicer neighbors agree. They've had run ins with him too.

Hyphenbird, Those poor chihuahuas. I don't think the cookies would work with this guy. Thanks for the suggestion though :)


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, Witness protection, now that's funny! We now bribe the dogs. When we let them out we tell the , "If you don't bark, you can have a treat when you come back in." Sometimes it actually works :)

point2make, Thanks :)

Pam, Well I would love to move way out in the country so that my dogs can bark their heads off without disturbing people or win a lottery and make that neighbor an offer for his house that he would never refuse :)


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

All of my neighbors are great but one ties her chihuahuas outside for fresh air during the day and they bark nonstop. Seriously I don't understand why they don't die from lack of oxygen. I cannot remember ever having a bad neighbor. Perhaps some home baked toll house cookies might soften them up.


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Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

Hey Susan, I've never had neighbors like that, but then again, the last time I actually lived in a house, I was 5 years old. Some people can be a*holes, just because they feel like it and that is apparently what your neighbor enjoys being. At least you have other nice neighbors, otherwise, moving to that one location could weigh on your mind more so. Thank you for sharing your story. :)


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Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Some people should live on an acreage far away from civilization. I think that person is me. :o)


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point2make 5 years ago

A "neighbor from hell" can certainly ruin your experience moving into a new house. The excitement and anticipation can easily turn into a nightmare because of "jerks". Thankfully it seems that your problem has with time, at least, resolved itself to where you can enjoy your property and dogs without the unnecessary confrontation. I enjoyed your hub Susan and I am glad things seem to be working out for you.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Dave and I moved here 7 years ago - and we vote work from home. He leaves at various times to go do research but clients don't see him so he dresses down. Apparently we looked really suspicious - Dave leaving at noon wearing cargo shorts and carrying a brief case:). We found out they were all gossiping about us and thought we were in the witness protection program or something! LOL. Daves a shady looking guy:) hahaha!

Your neighbors sound like they like having something, anything to complain about. How rude! If they want quiet - why not buy private property? I figure if I move to a neighborhood with larger homes they are filled with families! Kids, pets, noise! Dogs bark - yep they're supposed to!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Linda, Glad you liked it and thank you. Wink Wink :)


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Luckily I never had a neighbor from hell. I've always had pleasant neighbors EXCEPT for one year when we had a renter next door who complained about EVERYTHING and EVERYONE! She was such a downer and we had a party when she moved out! Way to go about putting your neighbor in his place!! Woof! Woof! :)

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