Caught between a Rottweiler and a Doberman, Corral Your (Unfriendly) Dogs, PLEASE!

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Home Stager with Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors

The other day I had a staging consult in my town. As I was getting out of my car with my portfolio, bag full of color samples, measuring tape, forms, laptop, etc. a GIANT rottweiler came running at me from the house next door. 

Frankly, I was terrified. I'm a dog lover -- of friendly dogs, that is. As I stood there, frozen, I was at least able to yell out "Hello, can you come get your dog please?" and a young man came running out from the backyard of the house to grab the giant linked chain around his dog's neck. He apologized and dragged the dog, who by this time was growling, back behind his (unfenced) house. 

Just as I started breathing again (and stopped sweating) and began walking up the driveway, a huge Doberman popped his head up on the porch of the house on the OTHER side of the client's house, and started barking his head off at me. I have no idea if he was tied up, and didn't see anyone "with" him, but got up the stairs to the house as fast as I could. When I told the client what had happened, she said "that's one of the reasons we want to move!" 

I hope the prospective home buyers a) don't have little kids or small dogs or cats; b) realize these scary dogs live on either side of this house; and c) never have to use their yards, or maybe even walk outside! 

Just wondering if agents would point this out to prospects or is it their job to find this out on their own?!?? 

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Lizette Fitzpatrick
Lizette Realty - Richmond KY - Lexington, KY
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THat would scare the begeebers out of me. You just never know what can happen when you are just bumping along doing your job.

Sep 08, 2010 04:34 AM #1
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StepStone Realty
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I don't hate dogs, I hate irresponsible dog owners!  There is nothing worse than walking into a loaded doberman.... and it doesn't help when the homeowner says, "oh don't worry, he's friendly".  My only thought it.... sure... friendly to YOU.  That's what backyards and laundry rooms are for!  And if you are showing the property, particularly an open house, that's what family and dog sitters are for!

Sep 08, 2010 04:36 AM #2
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Amy Bly
Great Impressions Home Staging/Interiors - Montville, NJ
Styling Homes for Selling and Staying

Yep, exactly, Lizette! Never a dull moment, but sometimes you WANT them to be dull!

Daniel -- I've had that same thought "Sure, friendly to YOU." And then I start remembering the old line that "dogs smell your fear," and THAT makes me more afraid, and it's just downward from there. I DO want to walk away with all of my body parts intact!

Sep 08, 2010 04:50 AM #3
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Mark Hitz
Keller Williams - The Colony, TX

There are times I wish I had a can of dog spray that the mailmen carry.

You ask if buyers agents should point out to buyers that the neighbors have dogs?

No.   I might comment "boy that's a big dog" but I figure the buyers have eyes just like mine.  

Sep 08, 2010 05:55 AM #4
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Janine Bell
Stage It Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Home Stager - Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

You brave, brave stager.  A friendly-dog-lover alike I would probably have run for the hills. 

Sep 08, 2010 06:58 AM #5
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Mark -- good idea, dog spray! My son has bear mace for hiking, maybe that would do the trick! 

Thanks for answering my question about whether agents should point out the scary beasts next door . . . all I know is, if I moved in, I'd be none too happy with this situation. It's "buyer beware" for sure!

Janine -- LOL "you brave, brave stager."!! YEs, I took on a dangerous job (just like agents) when I opted to become a stager, didn't i?! Ha, ha. Just like Jeff Corwin!

Sep 08, 2010 09:01 AM #6
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Janine Bell
Stage It Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
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LOL The Jeff Corwin Experience!  I have heard of agents using electronic dog repellers - may be just the thing if you need to return to the property. 

Sep 09, 2010 01:07 AM #7
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