Many years ago I loved Bradbury & Bradbury wallpaper, had a Chippendale-style sofa, and covered my floors with Oriental rugs.
Then I got dogs.
Living in the Dog House
My first dogs, Agatha and Christie, worked hard to convince me not to care about decorating. How?
- by chasing each other down the hall and sliding the hall runner into a scrambled mess every half hour
- eating not one, but two couches (yes, including the expensive Chippendale camel back)
- devouring the kitchen vinyl floor
Their lessons stuck.
Every house decision I make now revolves around dogs.
- all floor surfaces are easily washable
- I have puppy gates hidden around the house
- the kitchen garbage can lives on the back porch, just in case
- when I chose upholstery, I evaluated it for how likely it would snag in a puppy nail
- I bring a sheet out for the furniture when I want to sit on it without getting covered in dog hair
But the biggest decision of all is that I own my house for dogs.
Dog Real Estate
I’ve always loved apartment life.
I enjoy chit chatting with neighbors in the elevator, doing laundry at the laundromat, and having my weekends free to do things beside house repairs.
But I love dogs more. So I own a house.
As a homeowner, I never worry about my landlord objecting to Honey’s presence (although you’d have to be insane to dislike Honey, right?) or to any of our foster pups. If I ever have a canine remodeler in the house who decides to chew the baseboards, it’s only my problem.
If only I could figure out how to get Honey to help out with the mortgage.
Everyone Should Own a House For Her Dog
I have a really fun day job. For the past nine years I’ve taught and counseled first home buyers on how to find and afford a place of their own.
Every new class I teach I ask my students why they want to own a house. Every time, someone talks about how hard it is to find animal-friendly rentals in our area.
I’ve always told myself my mission is to help low and middle-income people afford a home.
But now I’m starting to wonder. Maybe my purpose in life is to help people buy homes so more animals have places to live.
Visit Me in My Other Kennel
While I’ve been neglecting reading blogs and visiting all my fun friends online, I’ve been reworking my other website, Hands on Home Buyer.
Yes, I have lots of work I still need to do. But I hope you’ll check out my new look. Especially if you need to buy a house for your dog.
Your Turn: Do you link homeownership with having pets?