. . . if I don't care that my dog woke up my neighbor's baby last night?

The Fredster likes to camp outside on the front porch on lovely nights like last night. As dogs do, he barked at cats or strangers walking up the street at like 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning. He didn't bark long— each of about two three barking sessions lasted about 20 seconds, just long enough for me to go tell him to shut up.

Today, my neighbor informed me that they had the windows up last night (it was a lovely evening, as I mentioned), and the barking woke up the baby. I gave her a, "Oh, I'm sorry about that," and went about my business saying something along the lines of, "Well, that's what dogs do." I am loathe to do much more than that. It doesn't seem fair to me that Freddie should be forced to remain indoors because he might bark occasionally. For the most part, he just hangs out, relaxing. He doesn't bark excessively by any stretch of the imagination. We live in an urban neighborhood of row houses, so we're going to occasionally hear each other. If I complained every time I heard her older kid jump around their house or run up and down the stairs at all hours of the morning, I'd be complaining at least a couple times a week.

Harumph.

I know I've complained about this here before, but people get on my nerves, and I need a place to vent.

I need to care about your baby? I . . . no, I don't care. Sorry, but no.