Thursday, April 05, 2007

The nail in the coffin

So the spousal unit and I have been considering a change of residence. We love, love, love our house....BUT: we picked a lot that is too small and we're not crazy about the surrounding neighborhood. Plus the spousal unit's commute to where he's been working of late is horrendous, and since I am no longer constrained by commutes, he gets priority in that arena.

And yesterday, we got a "courtesy warning" from our homeowner's association that we need to curtail our dog's barking habit. That was the last bit of persuasion we needed. We've decided to pack our bags and move house.

You see...our dogs don't bark unless there's something to bark at. Our neighbor behind us has dogs that bark incessantly, and so when they come out and run along the fence, Roscoe will run with them and occasionally let out a bark. But...that's it. They bark at strangers and the doorbell. They howl at sirens. All considered reasonable and in fact desirable (well, maybe not the howling) traits in a dog.

Our bylaws state that an animal on a homeowner's property cannot make "in the reasonabble opinion of the Executive Board, an unreasonable amount of noise". Pretty subjective, eh?

Man, I hate homeowner's associations. Bunch of busybodies need to get their own freakin' lives.

So....we're bailing. We've started searching for reasonable neighborhoods to inhabit. We're thinking either fashionable city digs or a foothills cabin. Enough of these annoying suburban codes. Soon we'll be calling our realtor to get this place on the market.

10 comments:

Tanya Espanya said...

I can't WAIT to visit you! We've never been to Colorado. Or you could come move here if you'd like.

At any rate, congratulations on your decision. It's very exciting!

Tanya Espanya said...

Do you know Chancelucky? He's in Denver.

I found him at Dale's (who I've known for almost 20 years, yikes!).

Slave to the dogs said...

Tanya - perhaps a ski trip next winter would be in order!

It was a tough decision - we've agonized over it for some time but we really do think it's the right thing for us.

Slave to the dogs said...

Tanya - don't know chancelucky, but I'll check him out (Dale too for that matter, who I often see over at Chelene's).

Malnurtured Snay said...

You should move somewhere home owners associations are illegal and banned on pain of death.

Slave to the dogs said...

Snay - I agree. Where does such a place exist? New Hampshire, perhaps?

Sarah Ashlee said...

That's a big and exciting decision! Good luck on selling your property and finding something even better - and without crazy homeowner's associations. :)

mur said...
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mur said...

Incessent barking is really annoying but more annoying is an owner who won't do anything about it( no homeowners assoc crap, I just knocked on their front door) That was the scenario at our last place and was a big factor in moving on. But now there are people with dogs all around where I live now, but you rarely hear a peep out of them so I guess it has a lot to do with the owner and keeping the animal amused.

Slave to the dogs said...

Mur - kudos to you for the way you dealt with it. If my dogs are bothering someone, I'd appreciate the courtesy of being approached about it so that I can apologize and let them know it will be dealt with. Incessant barking is not something I'd tolerate in my own pets.

I tend to think that everybody who lives around me that has dogs got complaints, because the yards behind us have gone remarkably quiet as well.