posted on Oct, 30 2013 @ 06:27 AM
I had to get rid of both my dogs before moving to this house as my dad (the owner) felt it was injust to put barking dogs in a backyard in a tract
Irony: I am surrounded by 13 dogs. I live near a train tracks with regular long freight trains moving super slow with horn all the way, and 3 doors
down from a fire station. I bet you know what the dogs are doing an awful lot.
I love animals. And I am actually ok with dogs barking when there is something to bark at, that's life, they're going to bark and sirens and train
whistles and and people and cats and other dogs and the position of the stars.
But my next door neighbor, until some months ago, had a dog that was different. This dog barked, and I am not making this up, incessantly. It
did not bark 'because' of anything. It went YAP! YAP! YAP! YAP! 24-freaking-7 ~20 feet from my window and it was LOUD. People on the phone (I work
from home) would remark on it. I couldn't sleep. It never, ever, ever shut up. And the other 2 dogs in their back yard were sparked by it; they
barked nearly all the time in response to it, when normally they were just ordinary bark-when-reason dogs. Then the other dogs all around would bark
in response to them.
Fortunately I am not homicidal, and I can't think of any 'noise' reason worth killing someone over let alone a family. I go out of my way to save
earthworms and spiders so I'm not likely to go murdering dogs let alone people anytime soon.
But there were times... when I was really sleep deprived... when I was slightly ill (partly from the first)... when I was massively stressed out from
overwork and pressure situations there... when maybe there were anything from personal or hormonal things going on... that an inability to sleep
because of this HORRIBLE barking-dog and it would just trigger some kind of psychosis, which blessedly was completely subdued by the part of my brain
that doesn't act out dreams I suppose. I had moments of flash-rage when I wanted to shoot the dog repeatedly, and maybe his owners as well. It was
just a flash and it passed, but it doesn't take me a lot of stretch to imagine that someone who has some genuine emotional-mental stability problems,
and some high sensitivity to noise (some people [this is neurological] are way more sensitive/upset by noise than others), could literally just
lose-their-freaking-mind over it eventually.
The report I read said the guy TRIED, REPEATEDLY, to get it taken care of. No, that does not give him any reason even to shoot a dog or punch a
person, let alone to slaughter a family, that's crazy. But this is one of those things like "putting your body outside the sunroof while the car is
in motion" and "flipping off strangers in cars in bad neighborhoods over a parking spot." Nobody deserves to die for doing those things. An LEO
friend of mine from way back once told me about a variety of bad-endings people had over doing minor stuff (e.g. yelling F-you at someone in a parking
lot when that someone turned out to be wired on drugs) that kind of makes you think about how maybe we shouldn't just trust that everyone in the
world is a well-balanced, calm, patient, reasonable person.
So it's not fair really to say they 'brought it on themselves.' Because that'd be so wrong. But... they certainly contributed to triggering their
own worst-case-scenario. I have been driven to the point of flash-imaginings of extreme violence by the situation, and I am normally pretty stable,
patient, etc. so I can imagine that someone who already has some serious existing issues and is highly noise-sensitive could be driven completely over