Saturday, April 10, 2010

Witch Hunt


I'm not proud of it, but this is something that has to be done. Since moving to the new home in October, we'll get woken up by dogs barking in the middle on the night. This happens 2 to 3 times a week, usually around 5am. The barking doesn't stop till daylight. Mind you, this is HDB, public housing flats we are talking about, not private. Under the HDB & AVA ruling, "HDB only allows 1 dog of an approved small breed per residential unit. Failure to comply can result in a fine of up to $4000 upon conviction." I wasn't exactly sure if this was the rule until some research done after 2 failed attempts. I mean what do you do at 5am in the morning when you can't get back to sleep right? 

So, after many nights of tossing and turning, pulling the covers over the head, shutting of windows, this morning, I went on another one of my "Witch Hunts" for the irresponsible owner. Previous attempts were unsuccessful as it seems that I've "moved in" too slowly. Barking had ceased by the time I hit my door. Today I was lucky. Not only did I find out which family it was, I confronted the owner.  

After 5 minutes of persistent knocking, and of coz, creating even MORE barking from behind the doors, I knew I've hit jackpot. A disheveled lady opened the door. I presented the case, she gave a nonchalant, "Oh they bark whenever people wake up... " So you can sleep through all this din?! And be so inconsiderate to wake the others?! When asked how many dogs there were, she ran off to hush the dogs. A little boy crept up behind the door, he signaled "3". I was horrified! How can someone who doesn't train her dogs own not 1, but 3 dogs?!? 

With that, all forms of civility went out the window. There's nothing more annoying than irresponsible pet owners. Haven't you heard of dog schools? If you can't train 1, then don't have 3! I gave her a piece of my mind and left. On the way upstairs to my unit, I thought I could have ranted and raved even more, and be touted as the "Raving Lunatic Who Knocked On My Door At 5am" of the block. I was actually pretty surprised by how controlled I was. Although I was harsh, but it could have been worse. Hmmm.... Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned? 

Hope your weekend will start off in a more peaceful way. :) 


  1. Are u going to report that owner?? I can understand. I hate it when dogs keep barking when you are sleeping...

  2. Will wait another 2-3 weeks. Already drafted letter to AVA. :P


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