It's not enough that I can't even let my dogs out for 5 minutes to go to the bathroom and have to use puppy pads almost exclusively now (because there is NO time of day or night that the neighbors' dogs, cats and kids aren't out there to distract my dogs and make them bark). The ONLY time it's safe for mine to go outside is if it's pouring rain and the neighbors' dogs, cats and kids are inside. I have to CHECK before opening the door to see if any of their critters are around playing near my fence - a few minutes ago Tanna was having a fit in his crate - so I went to let him out - and there were 3 cats on MY front porch - inside MY fenced yard! You have no idea how tempted I was to let ALL the dogs out - but I didn't want the nice kitties KILLED. However, would gladly shoot the neighbors myself if I had something other than my finger to shoot with! I'm so darned tired of this! There are leash laws for dogs - why can't cat owners have to have the same rules? They don't have to leash their cats, don't have to license their cats (who, by the way are outside all the time and often yowl outside my window at 4 am), don't have to have cats vaccinated for diseases, and let them breed every 5-6 months! One of my neighbors gets tired of finding cat poop in her garden. Don't get me wrong, I like cats - I just think cat owners should have the same rules as dog owners. The same neighbor has a little dog who is TIED out in their front yard from 6 am until they go to bed (unless it's raining, of course). Because of them I can't let my dogs out, because they might BARK and disturb someone, and they'll call the police! GRRRRR! I've never called the police on their kids when they threw firecrackers at my dogs, or climbed on my garage roof, or woke us at 7 am playing with their radio controlled toys in my driveway, or play basketball outside at 10 pm near my bedroom window, or when their dog is running loose (which IS against the law). Am I being too sensitive? I just want my dogs to be able to go out in their own yard and enjoy some sunshine for a few minutes without some idiot calling the cops. This stupid little town has a 24/7 noise ordinance, which is absolutely absurd. Most places it's after 10 pm and before 6 am - which is logical - but NOT HERE. I don't let my dogs bark incessently (it bothers me, too), and try to bring them in within a couple of minutes. I don't even take a shower if they're outside because I couldn't hear them and bring them inside quickly.