Don’t miss 17% of potential buyers because of your dog

I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the increase in dog friendly hotels in the United States. Hotels Go to the Dogs, Wall Street Journal. The article states that the rising acceptance of dog friendly hotels is pitting the 63% of Americans who are dog owners against the 17% of the population who have pet allergies. The people with pet allergies don’t want to pay $400 per night to sleep in a bed where a dog has recently slept. Even though the hotels thoroughly clean and charge an extra fee for a deep cleaning, people with allergies are still nervous to sleep in these rooms.

This is the same 17% of people who could potentially walk into your dog occupied home for sale and not be able to see past the dog hair and dog beds to appreciate the value.  As a seller you don’t want to do anything to deter a potential buyer of your home.  Pets are distracting.  Ideally, pets should be removed from the home during the sale in order to present the home in the best possible light.  However, few pet owners would be willing to part with their pets for the time it takes to sell the home.  The next best thing is to hide any evidence that a pet lives in the home and make sure the pets are not there during any showings. 

In this market where some homes are lingering on the market for months, make sure you market your property to 100% of potential buyers by not alienating the 17% who have an aversion to dogs.

 

Published in: on December 31, 2007 at 12:54 am  Leave a Comment  
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Kennel Cough No Kennel – Trip to Adobe Animal Hospital

Last night Bucky wouldn’t stop coughing. Like a child with croup he coughed, hacked and gagged.The moment I woke up I called Adobe to get an appointment. They worked me into the schedule in the morning and were very kind and sensitive on the phone. When your dog is sick you feel so helpless. It is a panicky feeling because they can’t tell you what is wrong. Having a vet who is sympathetic to your fear helps ease the anxiety. Adobe is that kind of animal hospital.

When we got to Adobe the vet we were scheduled to see had an emergency.  A cat who came in with breathing problems went into cardiac arrest and obviously required special attention.  As Bucky and I waited patiently in the waiting room, about every 10 minutes a tech would come out and give us a status report.  (I wish I got that kind of service at my doctor’s office.)  Adobe took the extra step to calm my nerves and it made my experience there much more peaceful. 

When we finally got in to see the vet, Rachel Boltz, she examined Bucky and diagnosed that he had Kennel Cough.  It is ironic that Bucky has Kennel Cough because he has never been to a kennel in his life and avoids other dogs like the plague.  As my sister always says, “Don’t create irony in your life.”  It is the people who most want something or want to avoid something that seem to create the opposite of what they want to experience.  Like the top chef who got tongue cancer, it is a weird law of life and apparently applies to dogs as well. 

The vet recommended we let Bucky’s body heal itself rather than treating with antibiotics.  Since Kennel Cough is highly contagious, I must keep Bucky away from other dogs.  This is the upside of Kennel Cough for Bucky.  The vet said Bucky should be healthy again in a few days.  From now on I am going to be more aware of who Bucky is having contact with at dog parks.  I never knew you could get Kennel Cough without the kennel.

Adobe Animal Hospital
396 First Street
Los Altos, CA 94022
650-948-9661
http://www.adobe-animal.com/index.htm

Published in: on December 10, 2007 at 7:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Overheard at La Entrada after Dark

“Philip, find your poop!”
Woman at La Entrada yelling to her dog on the dark soccer field.

Published in: on December 7, 2007 at 5:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Shore Dogs Park

Shore Dogs ParkI have heard good things about Shore Dogs Park so I decided to investigate. It is situated in a beautiful location. The park is surrounded by San Francisco Bay with shore birds frolicking on one side and open space on the other. The park seems much larger than it is because of the open bayland. The dog areas give dogs ample space to run around.  An energetic Afghan took full advantage of the space by sprinting from end to end with a gang of dogs following.  There is a more compact space on the opposite side for small dogs.  The scene was much more mellow in that area.  There were a few small, nervous dogs standing around staring at each other wanting nothing more than to go home with their owners.

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I spoke with a man at the park who had two dogs including a 4 month old puppy.  He said he has visited every dog park in town and Shore Dogs Park is his favorite.  He said, “It is just the right size.  There is enough room for my dogs to run but not too much that they can get out of control.”

The dogs were well behaved for the most part and their owners were pretty mellow.  The humans were not overly friendly but they were also not interfering.  No one yelled at anyone to pick up their dog’s poop.  It was refreshing.  There was a big dog scuffle after I entered the park.  I am not sure if there was something about the dog like he was unneutered or if it was the mother and daughter clinging to each other in fear as they walked through the front gates that incited the commotion but it was quieted quickly. 

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House Hound Red Alert:  Think twice before sitting in the above chairs.  During the short time I was at the park, the dog pictured above marked the chair over 8 times.  I can only imagine what had gone on before our arrival.  I noticed a couple of other plastic chairs hanging off of the fence when I entered and by the time I left I understood why.  Another word of caution, if your dog is a bird dog there is bird Disneyland across the street from the park.  The water is shallow and processed from the sewage treatment plant so beware if your dog charges for the nearest seagull.

Published in: on December 6, 2007 at 7:57 am  Leave a Comment  
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