What's a home without a pet?

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Real Estate Agent with Positive Properties LLC

 

Hi everyone! In thinking about what makes a house a home, sweet, loving pets come to mind. I just want to remind everyone that there are lots of animals in need of a good home too, just like people. What's a home without a pet anyway? If you know of a person that needs a companion, please mention that a pet might fill that void in their life and direct them to your local animal shelter. To get an idea of what types of pets are waiting to be adopted, click on the following links: Scotland County Humane Society or Pet Finder.com or your local Humane Society. Thanks.

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Rainer
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Patty Ledford
ERA-The Real Estate Connection - Blue Ridge, GA
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Charles-very well said and true...trust me I must have a BIG home since I have so many wonderful furry babies! Thanks and a great post!
May 04, 2008 09:32 PM #1
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Donna Yates Real Estate - serving
ReMax Town and Country - Blue Ridge, GA
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Charles:  I can tell you that nothing is more true than a home is not a home without a beloved pet or pets.  I recently lost my beautiful furbaby, Boopi after 14 years and the void in my home is beyond measure.  There is a profound sense of loss.  I appreciate your post so much.

May 11, 2008 06:47 AM #3
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Charles Odom
Positive Properties LLC - Laurinburg, NC

Hi Donna,

I am sorry for your loss. Some people just don't understand how attached people can be to an animal. My wife had a dog that she treated like a child for 13 years and when we lost him, she was heart broken for a very long time. I tried to replace him, searched high and low to find a puppy that looked identical to him, but she never got close to him. She told me to let you know about this poem called Rainbow Bridge. You may have read it before, but I will post the link just in case you haven't.  http://rainbowsbridge.com/Poem.htm We have several outdoor pets right now, but we keep one inside and she is like a child. I think people have our house mixed up with the animal shelter. Every so often a new pet shows up and it doesn't take long to get attached to them. We hope to have them all for a very long time. And yes, Kristi you sure can tell a difference in people who care for animals from those that don't.

May 15, 2008 10:21 AM #4
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Chris Ann Cleland
Long & Foster REALTORS®, Manassas, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Charles:  Particularly for the elderly, or retired crowd.  My Mom got  cat earlier in the year and is a totally different person.  She'd been having problems adjusting to her new, downsized home...but now she is home.  And her kitty made all the difference.

May 15, 2008 10:50 AM #5
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Kathleen Lordbock
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Baxter, MN
Keller Williams Realty Professionals

Same experience as Chris with my mother-in-law.  Her new cat made all the difference in adjusting to her townhouse.

May 15, 2008 09:19 PM #6
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Joan Wexelbaum
Luxury Mortgage - Ridgefield, CT

a home without a pet is called a house! 

May 18, 2008 07:23 PM #7
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Ronelle Schroeder-Hill
Vacaville, CA

I agree with Joan!

kitty

May 18, 2008 07:53 PM #8
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Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Great post!  If you can't adopt a pet, check with your local shelters.  Ours always needs blankets, collars, leashes, food, beds, toys, bowls and other pet stuff.  Check first, not all will take food.  If you have clients getting new washers and dryers, some shelters also take these! 

May 19, 2008 11:01 AM #9
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Classic Realty Associates Brent Riethmayer and Trey Thurmond
Classic Realty Associates - College Station, TX

Pets can be our best friends. When we need them tey are always there for us.

May 19, 2008 11:09 AM #10
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Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

I LOVE my dogs and actually advertise as a pet-friendly agent... They give us so much and its hard for many to understand how big a part of our lives they are.

May 30, 2008 09:23 PM #11
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Andy Laughlin
ConnectRealty.com - Bellingham, WA

I love animals, I have had my dog for 2 years and couldn't live without here.

May 30, 2008 11:47 PM #12
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Charles, I don't consider a house a home unless it does have pets, and I'm also instantly turned off by people who don't have and don't like pets.  Unfortunately, excess hair and other stuff goes with the territory, and I always stand in my newly staged homes, with a wistful look in my eye, because everything is so clean and hair free :-)  BUT I could never consider life without pets.  I'm currently on my last rescued dog of 9 and have 5 of 6 rescued cats.  I would never go anywhere other than a humane society to fill me need for a warm furry body.  Great post!

May 31, 2008 09:01 PM #13
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Charles Odom
Positive Properties LLC - Laurinburg, NC

Pets are really great. Thanks for all of your great comments. It is nice to know that others appreciate animals too. There are so many people that could care less about pets though. I guess the word is out that my family can't turn a stray away because our house seems to be the drop off location of many. Now, the same thing is happening at the Real Estate office. My wife brought kitten home from the office last week and just today 3 half starved kittens showed up at the office. I believe all of the neighborhood cats like to give birth at our office. Anyway, I am on my way home with them in a box to be bottle fed back to health. My wife and daughter are good at that. They have had plenty of practice. Hopefully we will be able to find a good home for these kittens when they are healthy because we are running out of space. If not, I guess we will just have to add 4 more to the family.

Jun 02, 2008 03:30 PM #14
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Brandon Watson
Team Sandy Blanton Realty, Inc. - Pensacola, FL
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I am a pet lover (see pic below of my dog McGuire), no one loves their dog more than I love mine! He is an unbelivable dog, a great companion etc. However, I think there is something to be said for a home that doesn't have pets or little indication of such when trying to sell. I have a listing with 3 dogs that was shown recently. I later received feedback from the showing agent that said the smell was so bad upon entry that the buyers didn't even want to look at the entire home. This is certainly not the standard as I would like to think most pet owners keep a clean home, but I have run into the situation a few times myself with various buyers. My advice would be if you have a pet, clean up behind them every day (if necessary) while trying to sell your home. It is a small price to pay for having such a great addition to your home!

McGuire

Jun 02, 2008 07:53 PM #15
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