It’s not uncommon for shoppers to worry about breaking the bank on Christmas gifts. Even Valentine’s Day, and the jewelry that goes with it, could result in spending a significant amount of money on presents. Pet owners, have another potentially expensive date to consider. April 11 marks National Pet Day, an unofficial holiday started in 2006. #NationalPetDay grabs headlines one day a year, but human companions are just as likely to spoil, or make special accommodations for their pets throughout the year. As a real estate broker, I ask clients about their pets and the needs of those pets because it’s a consideration in our house. When my wife, Patricia, and I remodeled our home, we made architectural changes to accommodate our labs Ben and Hunter.
“We made sure there was room for two crates in the laundry room,” Patricia explains “As a result, the countertop is higher than standard height on one side of the room. But it’s a small
thing in the big picture because we would want to live without them. We’ve had the conversations, and both of us agree our boys are important to us.”
Kate Fessler, our change expert at Redecorate, Remodel or Move, made a move with her dog Princess in mind. “We bought a one-level condo with easy yard access because she is getting older and has arthritis,” Kate says. “We had been living in a 3-story house with lots of stairs that were increasingly difficult for her to navigate. We have rugs in strategic places on the hardwood floors because she slips on them sometimes.” We also invested in rugs to cover our beautiful hardwoods so the dogs won’t scratch the floors. During the wet, soggy months we often re-route Ben and Hunter through the garage when they go outside and come back in. That’s where we’ve placed heavy-duty carpet runners that help to trap the dirt and mud before they track it in the house. Even without inclement weather, or floorplan considerations, homeowners still have to find room for pets amid the hustle and bustle in the rest of the house.
Redecorate, Remodel or Move contributor Lynn Reifert adopted her dog Tank about five years ago from PAWS. The lab/hound mix spends a lot of time in the family room, but with some
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More about David: David has been selling real estate since 2006 and works with Patricia, his wife of 24+ years. A Pacific Northwest native, originally from Portland, he brought her back to the home he bought in 1987. As a former road warrior, David left corporate life finally with a title of National Sales Manager for a division of GE Capital. Transfers for business gave David the opportunity to understand the world of real estate rentals, as he was transferred only 6 months after buying his home. Owning it for almost 30 years, he has realized his dream of renovating the 1600 square foot rambler he bought so long ago. David always carried the dream of renovating the home and he finally convinced Patricia to his way of thinking. He says: “All’s well that ends well.”