I wish I hadn't sold that house now

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Robin Rogers, Silverbridge Realty, San Antonio, Texas 398351

Recently I sold a home for some wonderful clients who moved out of state to fulfill their dream of retiring to a golf course community where they could be closer to their friends. I met the buyer during the transaction and she seemed very nice.

But you know what is not nice? Her obnoxious dog. Four times in the last couple weeks since she moved in, he has dug under the fence and popped up on our deck, scaring the cats out of their wits and getting mud on the patio.

digging dogYes, the dog lives behind me now, along with its friend, another dog that is not a digger. It is a barker. So even when I don't actually see a dog, I can often hear a dog instead.

I like dogs, but just as with children, I think they should be trained to not annoy people.

I miss my old neighbors even more now, with their sweet, well-trained dog. I never even knew they had a dog until I went to their house to talk to them about selling it. Sigh.




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Robin Rogers, REALTOR, Broker-owner, TRC, MRP, CRS

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Comments (11)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

This story sounds familiar to me I miss my old neighbor and the dog he was always there for us; hopefully, the new neighbor will be.

Nov 18, 2011 01:29 AM
Peter den Boer
Atlanta Communities - Woodstock, GA
MBA,GRI, Associate Broker, Realtor

Robin - Ugh! I hate barking dogs! I waited in my neighbors driveway one morning at 2am when he and his wife came back from an all day event to tell them their dog had barked continuously all day. Fixed the problem. Never heard the dog bark again.

Nov 18, 2011 01:46 AM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Robin. Just goes to show you. Sometimes, be careful what you wish for. I hope your journey with the new neighbors and their pups gives you more joy than regret. 

Nov 18, 2011 01:53 AM
Laura Gray
RE/MAX Realty Group - Gaithersburg, MD


Maybe you could slip a "Doggie Daycare" flyer on their mailbox. I hate to say it but when looking at proeprty if there are barking dogs next door I am instantly turned off. Good luck and order some ear plugs

Nov 18, 2011 01:58 AM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

A nice hot wire about 6" from the ground on your side will correct the digging into your yard quite quickly. Yes the dog gets a small shock, no it is not hurt, just...well....shocked.

The barking dog, that is a city matter, nothing you can do about it.

Nov 18, 2011 02:05 AM
Gayle Barton, Forsyth County Real Estate
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY Georgia Properties - Cumming, GA
Cumming GA Homes For Sale (404) 710-0204

So funny!  We just moved to a new neighborhood and we could tell that the existing neighbors were scoping us (and, I'm sure, all the potential buyers) out.

We spoke to the across the street neighbor on one of our visits and, now that I have gotten to know her, I can guarantee that she would have done whatever it took to turn us off the house if she had not liked us.... 

We replaced the "bad" neighbors, and they weren't going to deal with another one!

Nov 18, 2011 03:14 AM
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

Maybe the will outgrow  the novelty of it all and learn not to do that. 

I am a dog lover but that would certainly be annoying.  My old dog barely usually just barks once to go out and once to come back in most of the time but we went out in the middle of the night recently and he went crazy, I did not see anything but  there must have been an animal in the yard before we came out. The hair raised on his back and my dog sounded like a Tazmanian Devil.  I hope he did not wake anyone.

Nov 18, 2011 04:44 AM
Carl Winters
Canyon Lake, TX

So you have a digger and likes to visit  neighbors.  Maybe a few squirts with the water hose will send him packing and let him know he's not welcome. Once a digger always a digger is what I've heard. Sorry for your kitties.


Nov 18, 2011 07:39 AM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

Robin, maybe you should submit their dogs to Animal Planet's Bad Dog. If they win, maybe they will share some winnings with you. LOL

Nov 18, 2011 11:04 AM
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Ha ha I am reading what Jim above me said. That's funny, you should!



Nov 19, 2011 10:05 AM