Did You Check With Your Pet Before You Got That New Home?

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty 0575737

Home for PetSo 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

Small animals

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.

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Michael A. Caruso
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This is a great post, as so many forget that our pets are apart of the family too and moving to a new location can also effect them. Thanks for sharing!

 

-Michael

March 26, 2011 07:11 PM
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Elisa Maria

Gary-I always check with my dogs before I purchase anything that would adversely affect them. Great writing. Maybe you should become a movie script writer.

March 26, 2011 09:33 PM
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Gary Woltal
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Sandy: Good thing Bailey the Boxer is running your house efficiently for HIS needs : )

Michael: Most good pet owners fiercely defend what they need in a house for their pets and rarely overlook this. As a matter of fact they are very vocal about it.

Elisa: Smart woman with your dogs : ) Maybe I should be a movie script writer, as I completely think I can write better than most of Hollywood. You will be my star actress in my films!!

March 27, 2011 05:01 PM
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Brigita McKelvie
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Cindy Stys Equestrian and Country Properties, Ltd.

Gary,

You made some excellent points for pet owners.  Horses are grazing animals and need pastures not only to graze on, but also to run and play.  They are large animals and need ample room.  Usually the rule of thumb is 1 - 1 1/2 acres per horse.

Brigita

March 28, 2011 09:08 AM
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Jim Courtney
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OklaHomes Realty, Claremore Oklahoma

Great thoughts for pet owners. When we had a dog, Maxwell was part of our family. He actually had a bit of input on two homes that we purchased. Naturally he didn't visit the home until we had narrowed down the decision, but we took him to tour the vacant homes and let him check out the yard. It was insightful to discover the neighborhood pets that we didn't know about. Max even found that the chainlink fence wasn't tied down at the bottom on one of the homes. He was part of our family and deserved to have some input on where he was going to spend his days. :)

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