What's Your Next-Door Neighbor Story?


One day we had a very sweet dog come up to our house. This dog was beautiful, obviously well cared for, and child-friendly. We just knew she had to have a home, so we posted a thing on the neighborhood bulletin board. (Since we live in the country a little, there is one of those, apparently for the posting of cats, rabbits, and horses for sale, in addition to church potlucks and the neighborhood Halloween Hayride.)

I reluctantly posted a sign there advertising our finding Roofus, as she was now named. The next day, crazy dog shooters posted a note next to mine, seemingly willing to make an example out of Roofus, warning that any dogs they saw loose would be considered a threat to their fowl, and thereby, shot.

I removed my sign.

About two months later, I was walking with Roofus and our other dog, Barbecue, when I saw a big friendly man standing at the mailbox yell, "Sylvie!!" His young daughter who was with him seemed very excited to see her dog, and Sylvie was quite wiggly about the whole ordeal, and thus taken to her proper home right then and there.

I came to find out that this was my nearest neighbor who lives in the house that is barely visible from our backyard in the fall and winter when the trees are bare. I was all set to mourn our family's loss of Sylvie until I heard her scratching on the door just an hour later. She continued to make this decision.

In proper fashion, we returned her over and over again; sometimes, we even called them to come get her. But, after a few months of this, we all knew that we were fighting a losing battle. Our neighbors' daughter cried for Sylvie at the next neighborhood hayride, but eventually we all accepted Sylvie's living with us until she died last year.

Because of where we live, internet providers are scarce, and one of the neighbors provides that service as his business. Recently, I searched Facebook for all of the people cc'd in a neighborhood-wide email and found out that my next door neighbor is a prominent conservative blogger who even conducts an internet radio program from his home. When I hear gunshots randomly coming from that direction, I am glad we remain strangers.


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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.

About Next-Door Neighbor

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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