I received a call today that has me terribly upset. I rent an apartment in a very nice newer building, it has 9 apartments and it's situated alongside some very nice woods, and I have great outdoor access for my dogs thru my patio doors, and a real nice private backyard area. Well, today I got a call from the apartment manager stating that when they were showing the apartment across the hall from my apt. that my dogs barked non-stop and that they sounded like "very stressed out and unhappy dogs". I was shocked! Both of my dogs are very happy, and very un-stressed, you won't find better, happier dogs. And while they may bark occasionally, they don't go on non-stop. I have asked another tenant in my building and she told me that she never hears my dogs barking. Perhaps with people moving heavy furniture out of the apartment across the hallway, it may have made the dogs bark, but I heard them moving today and there was a lot of stomping and banging around, so it's only reasonable that may get my dogs barking what with all that commotion. So, now I am very upset.... I like my apartment and do not want to lose it, but, bottom line is I will not ever give up my dogs. The apt. manager then told me to talk to my vet about it and do something about it....whatever that means, she obviously doesn't know a thing about dogs. I have occasionally left a cassette recorder going while I have left, to record what noise the dogs may have made, and it was minimal to none.
Anyway, I was just curious to see who else rents an apartment and what your experience has been. This is my first time ever living in an apartment building, previously I had been living with my elderly father as he was alone and having troubles getting around, but he passed away a year ago and I had to move out of his house as my sister then took over my father's house. I am now in a tizzy and trying to not get too upset, but finding a house to rent or apartment to rent, that allows dogs, isn't easy where I live, altho they are out there if you can find them. My dogs are my life, and I will not part with them, and I think the apt. manager is being unreasonable. I should also mention that there are other tenants (at least one that I know of for sure) that have dogs in my building.