Melody Eby is aware that someone could be monitoring her while she is playing with her pets in the backyard. Fortunately, though, no one poses a serious threat.
Eby and her husband first observed the neighbor’s dogs enjoying watching their own dogs play in their yard through the chain-link fence separating the properties shortly after moving into their new house in South Bend, Indiana, last summer.
The dogs next door could no longer look into the Ebys’ yard because they quickly built a tall wooden fence adjacent to the chain-link fence.
It wasn’t long, however, before they came up with their own plan.
Little by little, the dogs next door began digging a hole underneath the fence so that they could continue their new hobby of watching Eby’s dogs, a husky named Fuzz and a mixed breed named Maui, play in the yard.
“I was out with the dogs playing one day and I just did a double take,” Eby told. “I saw two little eyes poking out from underneath the fence looking up at us.”
Fuzz began digging on his side of the fence as soon as he learned he had observers.
The gap is now great enough for the dogs to watch their companions play while standing on the opposite side of the fence.
There are a couple of them, all of about the same kind, and they alternately poke their heads over the fence, according to Eby. “When they bark, Maui gets really excited.”
Although Eby doesn’t know the dogs’ owner well since the woman works nights, she’s more than glad to see that her dogs have formed a neighborly friendship — even if it’s across the fence.
“At first we didn’t know what to do,” Eby said. “But now the dogs have come to expect them whenever we’re outside. They’ll even stand over there waiting for them to come say hello.”
Even though the group has never met except through the fence, Eby is certain that the neighbor dogs are just as friendly as her own. They’ll often deliver special gifts to show that they mean no harm.
Eby remarked, “They’ve dumped their toys under to our side of the yard. “Fuzz will occasionally enter the house with a toy we’ve never seen before.”
It won’t be long before the neighborhood dogs cross over to Eby’s side given how much traffic the hole beneath the fence receives.
But when the day comes, it will surely be a cause for celebration.
“It’d be pretty hilarious if the dogs end up coming over,” Eby said. “There’s been so much buildup to that moment that I think it’d just be one big puppy party.”