I have been here 8 years and I am disappointed with myself about getting frustrated by some Argentinians' traits.
The background: we had the elder dog of a friend over for the weekend-ish (Thursday to Sunday). She is a 14 years old poodle and it was her 5th time here with us. She doesn't see well because of her cataracts and pees often (even indoor). Some may be due to stress (she used to pee at night) but some is due to age (now she pees inside even in front of us, despite taking her out 4 times a day).
Apparently, the dog now barks when left alone, so we received this note from a neighbor:
I am okay with the first bit. We obviously don't know she barked when left alone and it is good to know about it.
I am less okay with the "do something to make it stop" bit. I am prompted to go downstairs and slip a hateful note in reply.
What exactly does she thing we can do to make her stop? Cut her vocal cords? Kill it? Abandon it?
It doesn't look like poor word choice to me, but rather a quite spiteful remark. In 5 years here, this neighbor has interacted with us just to complain. She was complaining about the noise when we were renovating (re-flooring) because she works at night in a bar and needs to sleep during the day. What could we do? Call the floor guys to come at 9 PM, instead?! Would the other neighbors be happy this way, instead?
Did she think we were having a blast with the renovation works and trying to make them as long and expensive as possible?
In one other instance, I went to the building administration office to pay the expensas and the admin told me that "someone" has complained that we used the vacuum during the weekend. I reassured him that it is no fun to vacuum and that I keep it to a minimum. How long can I vacuum? 10 minutes at most. And certainly not in the wee hours of the day.
For the record, the dog was alone on Thu and Fri night 7:30 PM to 10 PM, only, so I can hardly believe she has been barking for three days because the rest of the time I was at home with the dog or aways with it.
The dog is now back with her owner but I still have evil thoughts about my neighbor. What would you do?