Wanted: Pet-friendly Rental

Budgeting. Ugh. What an evil word.

Our rent is going up in July. Not by a whole lot but enought to make me wonder if it isn’t time to look for a new place again. We tried over a year ago but were unable at the time to find anything in our price range that also had what we wanted. There is no point in moving if all we can afford is what we already have. Sure, our neighbours can be a little on the nosey side and our neighbourhood is a smidge too close to the “wrong” side of town, but our landlords are decent (very hands-off) and the location is very convenient. I would miss that off-leash forest just two blocks away.

However, there is one very large reason it would be lovely to have a new home.

I am starting to worry for the safety of my dog. It’s not even about the furniture anymore. After living with a Shiva for two years I have given up the idea of ever having nice things. That’s just a write-off. Regardless, it would be nice if my dog stayed intact. The rough, rambunctious way my practically husband plays with her is a lot of fun to watch. Unfortunately, Shiva is not so much careful of where she flings her limbs. I know she is going to break something one day. It’s just a matter of time.

So house-hunting we will go and saving and financial planning we will do. That’s the easy part. The hard part is finding a new landlord that isn’t afraid of a maniac canine with destructive tendencies.

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21 thoughts on “Wanted: Pet-friendly Rental

  1. I love that video! Who’s bright idea was it to play fetch right at the top of the stairs? My heart stopped with every toss just waiting to see her skid to a not-so-gracefully halt and tumble on down. I’d LOVE IT if Kolchak embraced fetch with that kind of enthusiasm. Imagine all the energy it would burn off! He just sits there like “throw it. Don’t throw. Your call Lady. we’re only playing this game ’cause it seems to get YOU all hot and bothered. I’d rather be terrorizing the cat.” Good luck with the house hunt – there has got to be SOMETHING out there? Right?!

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  2. Don’t know if you can find a landlord not afraid of destructive tendencies …?

    Safety is definitely an important aspect. We generally discourage play in the house. It’s not large enough and too many ways of getting hurt. We take the play outside.

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  3. Ok, my STUPID iPad is not allowing me to see your vid. Sounds like it’s mayhem in the house. Georgia isn’t allowed to play in the house. She’s too big and there’s too much furniture and breakables about. When I’m not home, I know The Othe Half sometimes plays with her in the house. (why is it usually TOH?)

    Good luck with the house hunting!

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  4. After watching that, I fear for your fish tank! Actually, rather impressed it’s still standing.

    I know what you mean about dog friendly rentals. I’m getting ripped off and robbed by my landlord because they’re so lax about the animals and so close to several parks. And we’re in the shadier part of the neighborhood.

    You might want to keep an eye out for places, you never know, something awesome might turn up unexpectedly . . .

    And Shiva’s got abs of steel!

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  5. Well, our tenants gave notice and we have a lovely yard. You’re welcome to pay to fence it in, we can’t afford it! 😉 Two-bedroom apt. available July 1, if you don’t mind a long-assed move again! 🙂 (JK: don’t leave Halifax– it’s too lovely there.)

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  6. When I moved to MT, I found a lovely newly re-done apt but he wanted no pets; I had 3 cats. I stated “you know, my 3 adult, litter trained cats will not cause near the damage children would.” He paused “I have a dog and a cat. You are right!” Keep the faith and be ready to show off Shiva’s skills if needed. Liked the video = especially going to sleep :).

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  7. We couldn’t find pet friendly rentals when we had to move to our current area for hubby’s job. After a year of searching, we realized that our house payments would be lower than any rent on a place we could have our pets in, or that wasn’t so skeevy that we’d be sleeping with one eye open, so we bit the bullet and started house payments! I’m so glad we did!

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  8. you have to pay 10-20% more for a property that allows pets here… which is why we ended up buying a place :O mortgage repayments are killer for the next 10 years or so though!

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  9. I feel your pain!! This moving thing sucked but I’m moving to the country this time so it isn’t so bad! Rentals are cheaper and it’s a college area and it seems landlords would rather have dogs than frat boys throwing keggers.

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  10. It’s a real dilemma. I’d not rush into anything hun. Weigh up the pros and cons of anything you see. Keep looking though, as when you least expect it a place just right will appear.

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  11. It is so hard to rent with pets. And it sounds like you have a lot of great features in your current place–minus the fenced in yard.

    Does your local dog shelter have a list of pet-friendly rentals?

    And, as long as you’re thinking long term, Canada has a sweet program that allows you to save for a house tax-deferred. It couldn’t hurt to save the money even if you decide not to buy a house (you’d have the money in your savings account to pay the taxes).

    BTW, the video was adorable. Shiva is my favorite movie star.

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  12. We JUST found something… fingers crossed all will go through okay. It’s tough moving with a dog, at least around here. But what we found, I think, will be wonderful for us, and wonderful for her. Good luck with your (potential) move!

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  13. Best of luck house hunting. Having pets just narrows down the field for you.
    We have plans to down size within the next year. Once you have accumulated as much junk as we have the whole thing seems rather daunting and I do not look forward to it.

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  14. Wow! Is Shiva one well-trained dog! That was some awesome video. I love her intensity as she watched the ball being held almost over her head.

    I know what a pain it is to find a new place and move Kristine. I hope you find one soon!

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  15. Oh man, I hear you. We are looking for another place now too and there just isn’t anything with a yard in our price range. And we have to have a yard! And it definitely is more difficult to find a place that will allow dogs. Would love to buy, but that’s just not an option, unfortunately. Good luck to both of us!

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  16. That video made me smile – if only because I could never imagine askign Honey for that many tricks & behaviours in a row – ha! ha! If you didn’t reward her after 1 or 2, she’d just lose interest and go off to have a nap! Amazing the difference in energy & drive…

    Anyway, just wanted to say that having been there early in the year, I totally know where you’re coming from in terms of finding a petfriendly rental and what a nightmare it is. You do end up compromising a lot, just for your dog! So here’s wishing you lots of luck!

    Hsin-Yi

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