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DOGS I've Met in My Real Estate Practice

 I have a steady real estate practice. For some reason, I keep attracting dog lovers. Maybe that’s because I am a dog lover myself. I hop in the car with families and their poodles, beagles, hounds and mutts. I take dog biscuits with me to  my listing appointments. I carry dog goodies in my glove box.  

I have met a hundred or more dogs along the way. This is the story of just one. Her name is Isabella. 

Isabella is an exceptional Golden Retriever, but not in the way you might expect. By some measures, Isabella is a mess. She had a real tough start in life. Weaned at Kennel One, shipped to Kennel Two, and then, as luck would have it, sent to Kennel Three, she was showing the affects—she was old beyond her years. The owner of Kennel Two had expected Isabella to finish her championships with ease, and enhance the Kennel's reputation. But Isabella hated riding in the Kennel's van and was timid in  the Show Ring (this would not do at all). Kennel Two decided to end Isabella's residency.  

Isabella was sold to a Breeder. The Breeder was excited to see Isabella! She didn't give a puppy's wiggle if Isabella had "issues". Travel was not required for her duties there. The Breeder couldn’t care less if Isabella was insecure, socially inept, a bit edgy, a klutz who knocked over pails of water, or that Isabella slunk low around the fenced perimeter of the Kennel yard. She didn't give a hoot, so long as Isabella produced PUPPIES! 

By this time, Isabella was almost two, and she still didn't know how to act around the other dogs. She ripped apart any toy she could get into her mouth sending wads of stuffing flying. She poked her nose into the quiet resting spaces of the Champion Goldens and stirred up trouble. She snarled at the younger dogs, and even began to pick fights. A sponge for attention, she learned that causing trouble got her what she needed.  To make matters worse, after three attempts, Isabella had failed to produce what she was there for-PUPPIES! That was the last straw for the Breeder. She put the word out in the Dog Community that she had a champion line Golden available for adoption.

As soon as I heard about Isabella, I thought of my client, Sue newly widowed and new to Asheville, who was feeling alone in her cabin by the stream. REALTORS keep an eye out for there clients even after the closing, as we all know, so I called Sue right away, hoping she might consider adopting this dog. 

We headed north to meet 'Bella the very next day. It was "love at first sight"! Isabella planted herself by Sue's side and simply wouldn't budge. An exchange of papers and money took place, and then, miracle of miracles, Isabella happily hopped right in the car, minus one "issue". Ah! The healing power of what's just right for you! 

I’ve learned a lot from dogs. We two-legged creatures (unlike Isabella) oftentimes choose to hold our "issues" with a firm grasp. Is it that we think that we cannot choose otherwise, or that we think we should try to be better than who we are? Dogs don't relate to themselves as flawed, so why do we?. Maybe we could take a bit of advice from Isabella . . . call it "Dogsight".   

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Comments

Several of our fosters over the years have come from property that Jacqui was showing to a prospective buyer.   -Charles        
Posted by Jacqulyn Richey, Las Vegas Real Estate (Prominent Realty Group) about 12 years ago

I can't tell you how many times my dog, Sundance, has been there with a look that says 'It's no big deal, forget about it. Let's go to the park!' And he's even helped me with marketing.

That's a great story about Isabella. Thanks for sharing!

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 12 years ago

I carry dog biscuits in my glove box too!

They come in handy when a dog is kenneled (or not) and is barking so loud my clients can't hear themselves think.

Plus I just have a soft spot for all animals, so I continue to stock "treats" in my ride.

Matt Pellerin
PhoenixHomes.com

Posted by Matthew Pellerin, Phoenix Homes Team (Realty Executives - PhoenixHomes.com) about 12 years ago
Wonderful story!  Having been an animal lover all of my life and sharing my home with many dogs and a few cats over the years  I wouldn't trade the experience with any one of them.
Posted by Geri Sonkin, Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert (Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103) about 12 years ago

I have the pleasure of owning 4 wonderful cats & 2 gorgeous dogs. This house wouldn't be a home without them! I could never imagine being someone who comes home to an empty house.

Each has such a warm personality. My husband & I look forward to their unique quirks & behavior, it makes us laugh. We're very thankful for being able to share our lives with these creatures. We adore each & every one of our lovely roommates & they adore us.

Posted by Mrs. Sheri Ann Johnson, GRI (Tropic Shores Realty) about 12 years ago

Neat post, lady...I grew up with dogs and cats...I am very comfortable around them.......

I have a 55 gallon fish aquarium now....... 12 fish...more to come...

Ahh...Gods creatures...they are wonderful aren't they?? They give companionship and peace........

Posted by Alexander Harb, Dallas, Texas Real Estate Investing (Knights Investing) about 12 years ago

Not to make the animal lovers here sad or anything, but i have a story that our broker told me... maybe I'll blog about it sometime.

The long and the short of it was that he had a listing for a house with a dog in the backyard.  Well, a buyers agent was at the house one day doing a showing and left the gate open.  The dog got out and was killed by a car in the street.

It was a disaster...  the sellers were furious and threatened litigation... not pretty.

 

Posted by Justin Smith (Christian Real Estate Network & SpeakMyLanguage) about 12 years ago

I was going to respond to your blog about how unconditional our pets are...but christian real estate network took the wind out of my sails!

Posted by Lisa Dunn, www.TwinCitySeller.com (Edina Realty) about 12 years ago

"The WeinerMobile"... now that's a riot! :-)

Forgot to mention in my above comment that my wife and I have 1 dog, 1 cat and 1 Sonoran Desert Tortoise.  All three "adopted" us, as all three were stray's and somehow found their way into our lives.

Posted by Matthew Pellerin, Phoenix Homes Team (Realty Executives - PhoenixHomes.com) about 12 years ago
My wife and I went to the pound to look for a cat and left with a dog. I will have to blog on how we got are cat at a Chinese restaurant. 
Posted by Jeff Link, "Your Asheville Real Estate Link" about 12 years ago
To all of you who commented on my story about Isabella, her woes and winning ways, THANKS! Hope you make it back to my BLOG one of these days, I'll try to tell another tale or two, too.
Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

That's a precious story Jeanne.  Isabella was one lucky dog to have you llooking out for her. And your client was a lucky lady. I hope they have many happy years together

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) almost 12 years ago

THANKS to all of you who commented on this now "ancient" post I wrote back a couple of years ago. I just found it again as I was searching for "PET FRIENDLY" properties in Asheville, and was delighted to see your comments.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 10 years ago

I need to respond to this older blog because your story is so heart-warming. The fact that you helped place a needy beautiful dog, Isabella with a needy lonely client, Sue. So touching. My home would not be the same without my rescued beagle, Buddy. His photo is on my AR and his story on my other blog

Posted by Kathleen Ann Pacheco-Corbett, Realtor, RI-MA, CEBA, Master, e-Pro, ABR, ABRM, GR ((FIRST Exclusive Buyer's Office Providence-RI) ) over 9 years ago

i want to start a $1 donation webpage from everyone nationwide for dogs in need and take this money and give it to shelters in desperate need. imagine if everyone give just $1 and we spreed the word around to 1 million people in one yr. do u think its possible? i do but i need help from every dog/cat loving person out there. i can't do this alone. i have great ideas for this web page to for those that donate like showing your name of giving a donation and you can carry this web page to yours in you have one that to would help spreed the word for the $1 donation for pets. imagine

$1, 1 million in 1 yr. for pets in need. the ones we have at home are lucky but those that are still in shelter needs our help so they are not put down just because of money, or no room. omg that just kills me... shelters need help nationwide to feed these pets, etc. contact me if you are interested in helping and any questions you might have even more ideas. come we can do it!!!

i love the pics of everyones pets. please if you can i would love for you to email them to me especially funny ones. especially pets that were adopted from shelter to put on the webpage to show how lucky and loved they are.

Posted by Ray & Elaine Fischer ((828) Home-Stager.com & (828) Custom-Cabinets.com ) over 9 years ago

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