Am I wrong to ignore complaining neighbor?
Here's a little background- We live in a subdivision of about 80 houses all on 1/3 or so lots. We're on an interior cul-de-sac so our backyard adjoins some other house's backyards. We have a small Beagle. DH works from home and I'm a SAHM, so there is always someone home during the day. Since the dog was a puppy, we used to let him sit out on a gated back deck for 10-30 min at a time several times a day. When he wanted to come in, he'd bark or scratch the door and we'd let him in. This summer, we got him a 20 ft tie out so he could sit in the yard and run around some. I take him out on the leash for walks around the neighborhood least 4 times a day. He spends the vast majority of his day inside sleeping and we never put him out at night. In the course of a 24 hr day, he's outside 3-6 times for a combined *maybe* 2-3 hrs. When other dogs bark, he barks. When he sees another dog being walked, he barks. When he sees another dog in their yard, he barks. When he starts barking outside, which he does do esp since we have so many dogs in our neighborhood, I bring him inside. Beagles bark, that's just what they do.
We got a phone call from a neighbor. I don't know where they live but we've ruled out all but 3 houses within a 15 house circle. The woman left a really nasty phone message about the "incessant barking which been going on for yrs" and how this was her one and only "friendly attempt before getting others involved". Her entire attitude was so mean, that I want to ignore her. Normally, my first instinct which would have been to talk to her about what times of the day the barking is most annoying to her and keep the dog in at that time. After all, we do live in a large neighborhood and understand the need to be civil and considerate. Instead, I just want to do nothing. Not to escalate the problem, but not change my behavoir in the least bit either. It doesn't help that she didn't leave her full name or phone number, much less make a little effort to wait until she could speak to someone (not leave a meassage)or come to my door and talk to me.
So, am I being unreasonable to just totally igonore her?