Finding the right home for You and your Pet

November 6, 2009 | 3 Comments

images[4] (3)According to the American Pet Production Manufacturing Association’s national survey, pet ownership is at its highest level since 1988. About 43 million Americans own dogs. We spoil our dogs too. 35.9 million was spent annually on pet supplies, including beds, clothes, toys, etc.

Nestle Purina Pet Care Company showed that 31% of dog owners select their home’s decor with their pets in mind. If you are a pet owner it’s important to find out how animal friendly the community you want to live in is. Before you buy a home, take your pet on a walk around the neighborhood to sniff things out. Do people smile at you and your pet as you walk by or do they eye their mailbox and flowerbeds worried that your dog will leave his calling card there? Are there any off-leash dog parks nearby?

Some communities have restrictions on dogs which you can find on the neighborhood CCR’s (Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions). If you’re planning on buying a home in such a community, you and your real estate agent can get a copy of the CCR’s from the HOA. The size of your pet, what sort of fencing is allowed, and where pets may be allowed should all be considered.

When fencing your yard be considerate to your neighbors. “Invisible fencing” is a great idea because it’s invisible and is much cheaper than traditional wood or aluminum fences.



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