New on the market in Menlo Park: Dog friendly pick of the litter

345 Claremont Way, Menlo Park

There is a new listing on the market in Linfield Oaks at 345 Claremont Way in Menlo Park.  The home is located on a quiet, tree lined street perfect for a peaceful stroll with your pooch.  It is within walking distance of Burgess Park, the Menlo Park Civic Center and downtown Menlo Park. 

The home itself has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, hardwood floors and an enclosed backyard with a pool and spa.  It is in the Menlo Park school district so you get good schools and good dog parks with this home.

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Finding Paws: Bay Area Pet Detective

In the San Francisco Chronicle today there is an article about a local pet detective, Donna Holsten, who launched a pet recovery service called Finding Paws. The article Lost Pet? Hire a Pet Detective describes a day in the life of Donna as she hunts down a lost Jack Russell terrier mix named Wesley that’s been missing for two weeks.

What really struck me about the article is that Wesley’s grieving owner admitted that Wesley is a serial escape artist.  He likes to burrow underneath the fence and run around the grassy hills around the house which happens to be prime coyote territory.  An ounce of prevention really goes a long way in keeping your pets safe.  If you know your dog has a tendency to burrow underneath a fence, the responsible thing to do is to make sure the dog is not in a position to do so.  Whether that is reinforcing the fence, containing the dog in a separate area of the yard or keeping the dog in the house, the first priority is the dog’s safety. 

These are the kind of things I discuss with my clients when they are considering buying a home.  It must be safe for all members of the family.  Although a pet detective is a valuable service, it is a last ditch effort.  There are many preventative steps that can be taken before getting to that point.

Some of the steps I recommend to my clients are as follows:

  1. Buy a home in a dog friendly neighborhood where there are neighbors who will help you locate your dog if your dog goes missing.
  2. Participate in a neighborhood watch program for missing pets such as PetAlertz.
  3. Microchip your pet.
  4. If your dog has a tendency to bolt, buy a GPS collar for your pet.  They are pricey but the peace of mind is priceless.  There are many products to choose from.  One popular GPS leash is RoamEO GPS Pet Location System, Medium Collar.
  5. Create a safe space for your dog in your home where you can leave the dog when you are not home.  This can be inside or outside the house.  It just needs to be completely contained.

New on the Market: Menlo Park Pick of the Litter

971 Menlo Avenue, Menlo Park, CA
I was reminded today of why I love Menlo Park. While waiting for a parking space in the Draeger’s parking lot, I saw a blond, soccer mom type back out of a parking space in her huge Suburban and pull off the bumper of the neighboring car. The owner of the damaged car happened to be walking to her car at the time and saw the whole incident. She approached the woman driving the Suburban who immediately jumped out of her car and burst into tears. The woman whose bumper was dangling from her oversized SUV hugged the tearful woman and told her everything was going to be OK. It was so sweet. It made me feel all warm and fuzzy about my community.

The people in Menlo Park are for the most part good natured.  They are dog loving, good hearted people who help their neighbors and want to preserve a small town feeling in their city.  Of course there are exceptions but this has been my experience.  My dog and I get a lot of love when we walk the streets of Menlo Park and I feel lucky to live here.

If you would like to experience all this love yourself and are looking for a townhome for you and your small dog, there is an ideal property steps from Draegers.  971 Menlo Avenue is an inviting loft-like 1 bedroom, 1 bath townhouse located on a quiet cul-de-sac a block from downtown Menlo Park. The upstairs room features a central wood burning fireplace, high ceilings & oversized windows.  The bedroom downstairs leads to a private rear garden deck.  It is small but cozy.  The location is the major selling point of this unit. 

The HOA restricts dogs to less than 25 pounds which is probably a good idea because the backyard is small.  However, there is a deck and grass area that would meet the needs of most small dogs.  The condo is also walking distance to Nealon Park which is an off leash dog park in weekday mornings between 8:00-10:00am.   

For more information about this and other dog friendly properties, go to  You can contact me directly at or call me at (650) 450-0724.

Five Ways to Protect Your Pet

A dog friendly neighborhood is not just one that is close to a dog park.  It is a neighborhood where the neighbors consider your dog a member of the family.  Like children it takes a village to care for a dog.  If for any reason your pet ever escapes or gets lost, you need to be connected to your community in order to get help. 

When a pet goes missing, the first moments are the most crucial in getting them back safely. If at all possible, you want as much support in place to ensure they can be returned before they become traumatized or taken to an establishment where traditional identification methods take time to process.

I recently discovered a wonderful service for pet owners called My Pet Street.  The My Pet Street PetAlertz community is a free neighborhood watch service to help prevent lost or stolen pets.  Connie Weiss, CEO and Founder of My Pet Street, suggests the following five tips for keeping your pets safe. 

  1. Always have identification tags attached to collars and harnesses. Use split rings or snap hooks so they stay on securely. “S” and “O” rings open easily and tags fall off.
  2. If you are in pursuit of a dog, don’t run after it – instead, get into their view and squat down – calling them to you.
  3. Carry a squeaky toy, ball, or treats – whatever will be the most attractive to the dog.
  4. Pet theft is on the rise. Keep your animals indoors if you are not at home, and don’t tether them in public areas unless you have a clear line of sight at all times.
  5. If your pet is lost, never give up! We have stories of pets coming home long after most people feared for the worst. Your drive and energy will keep hope alive for the rest of the community and they will help you!

Connie reminds us that as a community, we know that if you agree to help me, and I agree to help you, we significantly increase the chances of reuniting lost pets quickly. She and her team look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood!

Thanks, Connie.

6 Tips for Relocating with your Pet

I just connected with the president of, Kevin O’Brien. is a one-stop-shop for the local, national and international transportation of live animals with a strong emphasis on assisting companies with relocating employees who are pet owners.

“Pet owners need to take prudent steps to ensure safe and comfortable travel for their animals, particularly those who travel by air,” said O’Brien.  He suggests 6 tips for making travel with your pet smoother and easier. 

  1. Purchase the right travel crate. “A travel crate is the most important item you will purchase when relocating your pet,” said O’Brien. “If traveling by air, the size of the crate is required by law to meet minimum dimension requirements. The internal crate measurement has to be greater than the length of your pet by at least 2 to 3 inches. There also must be adequate ventilation and water for the animal.”
  2. Crate train your pet. “Most pets experience stress while flying because they are not properly crate trained,” O’Brien said. “Properly preparing animals for long flights in confined spaces will reduce the travel-induced stress. Get your pet accustomed to its travel crate well ahead of your travel date.”
  3. Plan Ahead. “Moving with pets is a complicated process, especially if you’re planning international travel,” noted O’Brien. “Some countries require at least six months of preparation before your pet is allowed to enter the country. Using a pet moving service like will ease the burden of taking your pets across the country or around the globe.”
  4. Do not sedate or tranquilize. “Over-sedation is the biggest cause of animal deaths during airline transport and accounts for more than half of all deaths,” warned O’Brien. “Except for special circumstances, veterinarians should not dispense sedatives for animals that are going to travel by air.”
  5. Limit food intake. “Limit a pet’s food intake the day before travel, said O’Brien. “Although a pet may initially disagree, scaling back food intake can make for a more comfortable trip.”
  6. Get a vet check-up. “A veterinarian must be consulted before your departure date,” noted O’Brien. “When traveling within the United States, you must obtain a domestic health certificate dated within 10 days of departure. A valid rabies certificate is also needed.” 

O’Brien says that these and other sensible steps will make the next travel experience positive for both travelers and pets alike.

For more information, visit or call 877-PET-MOVE (738-6683).

Dog Days of Real Estate

Djuna Woods and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bucky
Dog friendly real estate has been getting some press coverage recently. Today I had an interview with the Animal Radio Network. Hal Abrams interviewed me about pet friendly real estate and why it is important for pet owners to work with a Realtor who is sensitive to the needs of their pets. You can hear the interview by downloading the podcast from Animal Radio. My interview is about 30 minutes into the podcast if you wish to skip ahead. 

The San Francisco Chronicle wrote about Peninsula House Hound last Sunday on the front page of the Business section in an article entitled Some real estate agents have pet projects The article discusses how Realtors are creating niches for themselves in order to target their marketing.  I shared with the reporter that dog friendly real estate services are not just a clever marketing tactic for me but rather it is my passion. 

I am a dog owner and the other dog owners I know consider their dogs part of the family.  When buying or selling a home, dog owners know they must take the needs of the entire family into consideration including the four footed ones.  The location of dog parks is becoming just as important as the location of schools and other amenities when I am showing people homes.  To be able to come home after a long day at the office and have the luxury of only walking a few blocks to a dog park where your dog can exercise off all of the pent up energy from the day is priceless. 

For more information about dog friendly real estate services, contact me at

Moving with your dog: Five ways to ease your dog’s stress

Moving with your dog 
oving is disruptive for every member of the family including the four footed ones. I have heard stories about dogs getting so traumatized by a move that they had to be medicated. There are five steps you can take to make the transition easier for your dog. 

  1. Remove your dog from the home on the day of the move.  If you are able to take your dog to doggie day care or a friend or neighbor’s house it will ease your dog’s stress. 
  2. When you take your dog into your new home for the first time spend some time playing and reassuring your dog that everything is ok in the new environment. 
  3. Unpack your dog’s toys, beds and food/water bowls before bringing your dog into the home.  Dogs like routine so try to place the objects in the same general location as they were in the previous home.  Your dog will feel more relaxed once he recognizes familiar objects and smells.
  4. Walk your dog through your new home so he can sniff out his new surroundings.  Give your dog lots of positive reinforcement and maybe a treat or new toy so the experience is positive.  Show your dog where his bed/crate is located so he knows where he can go to feel safe.
  5. Walk your dog around the neighborhood and introduce him to your new neighbors.  This will make everyone feel better.  If your dog ever gets out of the yard, it is helpful if your neighbors recognize your dog.  It is also good PR.

Divorcing with a dog?

1155 Merrill St. Menlo Park

There are two condos that came on the market this week in Menlo Park that are a good fit for a single person with a dog.  They both have three bedrooms so there is ample room for your pooch and visitors.

Pictured above is 1155 Merrill Street #202.  Although this is a second story unit, there is a rather large patio area for a dog.  This condo is ideal for enjoying the downtown Menlo Park lifestyle.  It is close to shops and restaurants and is across the street from the CalTrain station.
580 Sand Hill Circle is a spacious, end unit, townhome with a golf course view (along with a view of 280.)  It is a little noisy but as the listing agent said you can think of it as a stream in your backyard (nice spin.)  Sand Hill Circle is a common destination for divorcees so if you are separating you will be in good company in this area.  I noticed quite a few people walking their dogs in the neighborhood when I previewed the property today.  One of the neighbors has a King Charles Cavalier and another one had what sounded like a large dog barking in the garage.  

For more information on these and other dog friendly homes on the Peninsula, go to www.peninsulahousehound.comor email me at

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