“My neighbor’s dogs ruined our home – that’s why I’m on antidepressants”

A woman has shared her grief over her neighbor’s dogs, who have made her living miserable and left her feeling like she has no choice but to move

A dog barks in the garden
The dogs always bark (stock photo)

When it comes to neighbors, they can either be the kind of people who will lend you a cup of sugar or the ones who make your life a lot harder.

A woman claims to be involved with the latter, with her neighbor and her dogs making life difficult for her.

The unnamed woman has said her neighbor has five dogs and they always bark outside in the yard and the barking gets worse when she goes into her own yard.

Write on Mumsnet, She explained that she spoke to the couple several times about the “massive impact” the barking was having on them, and even wrote a letter clearly stating the issue.

The constant barking “shot” the woman’s mental health, causing her to have panic attacks and have had to try antidepressants.

She says her sanity is ‘shot’ (stock image)


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“I haven’t eaten properly in about a week, I get a panic attack when I hear her barking. I’m actually moving into an Airbnb tomorrow because I can’t be in our house anymore,” she wrote.

“I’ve tried two different antidepressants and they’re not helping. I’m not even sure if it’s a good idea to take them when there’s a specific and obvious cause for the depression/anxiety.

“Right now we’re looking at the solution that I’ll literally move out and just come home to cook and spend a few hours each night with DS. Which is just ridiculous. Help?”

She added that because of this she “couldn’t take it anymore to be in the house”.

Dozens of people have responded to the post, sharing thoughts and advice for the woman.

One person said: “If the dogs’ behavior persists speak to your local canine warden or your local council. Our canine handler jumps into this fairly quickly so you may be able to get assistance. If the problem has stopped and it’s only your fear that’s making you want to exercise, consider CBT or counseling to help you get over it.

“The move appears to be drastic and not really addressing the issue – it could continue indefinitely. I hope you feel better.”

Another replied: “Unfortunately I would say (from experience) your only option is to relocate. Also from experience I would say that Council involvement is a useless waste of your time and mental energy. We moved and it was definitely the right thing to do for us.”

A third wrote: “This must be awful for you.

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