What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?

Hi, I'm Your New Neighbor and I Killed Your Dog

What a fantastic feeling. Pulling into my new driveway, opening my new garage with my new little garage opener, in my nice new neighborhood after a long day at work. We had only moved in a few months earlier and this was still such a little thrill for me.

It was a hot, late September day. As I crossed the breezeway from the garage into the house, I noticed something black, small, furry, and nonmoving in my back yard. My nice, new big back yard that we hadn't had a chance to fence in yet for our own dogs. I had to go and investigate before I let my own dogs out to see what this was. Surely, a dead opossum, squirrel, or something like that. I hustled my kids inside and turned to go back. I was stunned. This mysterious thing was now standing. Not dead after all and nope, not a squirrel or opossum. It was a little, black, mangy, dog that was staggering around. Constantly falling. No collar. I slowly approached it. Clapping my hands, calling to it. No response, it couldn't hear me. When I got closer, it was obvious it couldn't see either. It fell down again, and again. Trying vainly to stand up and walk anywhere and failing.

I called over a friend who had lived in the neighborhood longer than we had and asked him if he recognized the dog. He studied it carefully as well. No, he had never seen it before. I didn't know what to do. The dog was obviously very sick. I had dogs of my own and my kids. My friend and neighbor wouldn't even pick up the dog. He said, "this dog is sick and I don't know what it's got. You need to get it out of here." With a heavy heart, I decided I had better call Animal Control to come pick it up. They came and the poor little thing was taken away and put out of its misery.

An hour later, our doorbell rang. My husband answered. "Have you seen my dog? A little, black, blind, deaf, 17-year old one? It got out"

Oh crap. Welcome to the neighborhood.


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As part of our new webcomic, Next-Door Neighbor, we thought it appropriate to have a little contest. Tell us your best true next-door neighbor story, and the winning tale will be matched with an artist and transformed into a webcomic and included as the final installment of Next-Door Neighbor.

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No matter how close or how far, we all live next to someone, and we all have a Next-Door Neighbor story. With that in mind, editor Dean Haspiel asked some of his favorite storytellers and cartoonists to create their favorite NDN stories so we could share them with you.

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