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Passive-aggressive note demanding Gold Coast neighbour silence her barking dog mocked as ‘gutless’

Neat but passive-aggressive note demanding a neighbour silence her barking dog is mocked as ‘gutless’ – because the author left off the most significant detail of all

  • Angry letter threatened to report neighbour’s barking dog unless action taken 
  • Note claimed dog’s barking was ‘excessive’ and threatened to ‘lodge complaints’
  • Gold Coast neighbour claimed barking was ‘constantly ignored’ by the owner
  • Dog’s owner mocked note, saying it was pointless as message was anonymous 


A neighbour’s passive-aggressive letter threatening to report another resident’s barking dog has been widely mocked because the author didn’t identify themselves.

The note left on a Coomera doorstep on the Gold Coast claimed the dog’s barking was ‘excessive’ and threatened to ‘formally lodge complaints’ if the owner didn’t take action.

‘It is every night at a time when they appear to be distressed – it is becoming distressing for several households,’ the note said.

‘This is a common occurrence which is constantly ignored.

A neighbour’s passive-aggressive letter threatening to report another resident’s barking dog has been widely mocked because the author didn’t identify themselves

‘Make a plan, otherwise we will formally lodge complaints.’ 

The dog’s owner mocked the neighbour who left the note in an online post – calling the message pointless as they did not leave a name or phone number.

‘Thanks for the note, maybe next time leave your number and we can chat about it,’ the owner said.

‘A bit hard to know my dog barks when I’m not home. And I’m pretty sure there are a lot of other dogs in the area that bark as well.’ 

Commenters on social media were split as to whether the note was appropriate, with one calling it ‘gutless’.   

‘I hate gutless anon notes like that,’ one person wrote.

‘If it was me I’d want to know more so I could fix the issue but it’s a wee bit hard when there’s no number or anything.’

The note left on a Coomera doorstep on the Gold Coast claimed the dog's barking was 'excessive' and threatened to 'formally lodge complaints' if the owner didn't take action

The note left on a Coomera doorstep on the Gold Coast claimed the dog’s barking was ‘excessive’ and threatened to ‘formally lodge complaints’ if the owner didn’t take action

However, others sided with the concerned neighbour and urged the dog owner to consider training their pet to bark less.

‘Nice of them to write you a letter so now you know and can look into some desensitisation training,’ one said.

‘Or maybe some stuff to keep your dog from being bored.’

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