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Construction noises are too much for the pup

Dear Amy: I live in New York in a co-op building. The neighboring apartment was sold eight months ago and has been unoccupied since.

I work from home writing freelance and I teach singing lessons via Zoom. I always have between two and eight voice students — of all ages.

I have wanted a canine companion for a very long time. Three weeks ago I brought home a puppy.

A week later, I was notified that the apartment next door would undergo a major renovation that would take at least three months.

Last week the renovation started and it’s as loud and jarring as you’d think.

I can’t take work calls and I can’t give voice lessons from home.

Worse, my pup is terrified of being hit (who could blame him?) and he’s shaking and anxious.

The big bugaboo? I am in very dire financial straits and do not have the ability to rent a pet-friendly co-working space in the area.

To my knowledge, I don’t know of any pet-friendly vocal studios.

I also don’t have the financial means to send my puppy to daycare every day. My vet told me he could recommend medication for anxiety.

Am I totally unlucky here, or am I entitled to ask for compensation for leaving my house during construction hours, as well as money for medicine/a Thundershirt for my pup?


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