Dogs, Chickens & Monkeys... Oh My! I've seen it all. But, when I saw this sign at the entry to one of my favorite restaurants in Southern Oregon, I had to laugh. It made me think of several buyers I've showed property to, who thought it best to bring along the family pet. Ode' to joy!
Don't get me wrong, I'm a pet friendly Realtor. In my younger days, our family had the gamut of pets... from dogs, wolf, horses, chickens, rats, turtles, fish and birds... you name it. Bringing them along for the ride, when we looked at prospective homes to buy, was never a thought that entered my mind. However, I've worked with plenty of clients who did just that. And, on some occasions, there were dog bites, cat fights and a few contentious snares with words flinging in the air.
What's the proper etiquette for bringing along the family pet on a home-buying tour? I'd love to hear your thoughts. My feeling is this... always ask your Realtor BEFORE you arrive at a prospective home with your pet in tow. Why? Because it's quite possible that the Seller, of your future home, might not be pleased with your decision. They may have pets of their own who become territorial at the sight, sound or smell of your pet. And, the last thing you want to do is offend the owner of your future home.
Not all Humans and Pets are created equal. Some humans (Realtors included) have pet allergies. Some pets have human allergies... nervous dispositions that might not be conducive to long car rides with strangers. Let's face it, those of us (pets included) who would otherwise have a lovely/adorable disposition, may get a little cranky when placed in a compromising position.
Being courteous, when it comes to commingling Humans & Pets, is key to having a pleasant home viewing experience. Perhaps you might ask to bring along the family pet AFTER you make arrangements with your Realtor and owner of a prospective home. I've found that many clients on both sides of the aisle are very amenable to being courteous when asked. And doing so, eliminates the element of surprise when it comes to Dogs, Chickens & Monkeys... Oh My!