So you're at the closing table for a new home or ready to move into that rental home, apartment, or new condo BUT
Did You Check With Your Pet Before You Got That New Home?
Our four legged members of our family are just as important as school districts and childhood playmates for children. Give some forethought before that final move-in getting approval from THEM:
Large animals horses need good stalls, boarding facilities nearby, full care by someone else, partial care or on your property with enough pasture
Zoning: Rules permitted by HOA, apartment guidelines, from the landlord? Do they really allow boa constrictors on the second floor?
Layout of home: enough cabinet space for pet food supplies? Adequate windows for cats. They like to look at the outside world. Openness of the interior of the house for the dogs if multiple ones to chase each other and run around in circle paths. Isolated areas for litter boxes. Take into consideration how much carpet you have for cleaning/vacuuming purposes if there is shedding. If birds, can they fly around a room out of their cage and back to the cage?
The neighborhood: a pet friendly neighborhood. Are others walking their pets on leashes and using plastic bags or pooper scoopers? Is there a park nearby, or a dog park?
Services: How far away is the local vet? What about groomers, pet supply stores, kennels, dog sitting services?
The backyard: a critical area. Fencing, wood or chain link? Is your dog a biter, a yapper? Are all the wood boards closely tied together? Is the fence high enough so the dog will not jump out? What about a swimming pool? Enough space left over for the dog to run around? Is the yard big enough to begin with to support one or more dogs and maybe even a dog house? Are the latches on the fence solid and working? Do you need locks on your fence and a Beware of Dog sign?
Some things to consider and MUCH to consider to have a happy experience with our pets at our home. THINK about all this before you move in anywhere.