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How Much Is That Doggie In The Windwow?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors

August 26 was National Dog Day. It was founded in 2004 as a way to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, their long standing connections to humans, and the service they provide us.


Henry Cocker SpanielWhen I was reading a blog about pets not being in homes during showings, it reminded me of a couple of showings I've had.


As I pulled into the driveway of a vacant house, I saw a dog sitting beside the front door. One of the neighbors said the people who had lived there hadn't taken the dog when they moved.


I showed another vacant home that was inhabited by cats. It was obvious someone was coming to the house to feed them, but why would anyone leave animals in a house they've vacated? It is unforgiveable to abandon an animal that is completely dependent on you for its well being.


So what would you do if you were faced with these situations? I called the SPCA about the dog and the listing agent about the cats. There are rescue groups across the country who will take in abandoned or abused animals and try to place them in loving homes where they will be cared for the rest of their lives.


By the way, the cute dog in the photo is my dog Henry. His face is frequently seen in the window at my house.

Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Debra, having 'rescued' my last dog from the pound and discovering that she was the BEST dog I had ever had, I am encouraged when I see others promoting the humane treatment to our four-legged companions. Henry looks kind of spoiled!

Aug 30, 2013 03:01 AM
Debra Hight
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Houston, TX
Debra Hight

Hi Norman. Henry is absolutely spoiled. I bought him from a show breeder, then felt guilty so gave Cocker Spaniel rescue a big check.

Aug 30, 2013 03:23 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debra, it is a sad day when you pull up to a vacant house and find pets left behind.  Shame on those sellers!

Sep 02, 2013 12:38 AM
Debra Hight
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Houston, TX
Debra Hight

Yes Joan, it is a sad day. With so many organizations available to help, I don't understand it.

Sep 02, 2013 03:16 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Some of us have found dead animals in vacant foreclosures. It is always sad to discover abandoned pets.

Sep 02, 2013 04:46 AM
Debra Hight
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Houston, TX
Debra Hight

Roy, how awful for the animal and for you.

Sep 02, 2013 04:57 AM
Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Birdhouse Builder Extraordinaire

Well, as it happens, it were faced with that situation.  When we bought our house, the previous owners left behind the cat and the dog.  And, we were so blessed.  We have had several pets since (and loved them all), but the ones they left behind were the best we have ever had.  The kitty was smart, loving and loveable (except when he caught and ate a scarlet tanager), and we nursed him back to health for three months after we believe he was either run over by a car or a snowmobile and dragged himself over 30 yards back to the front door!  The dog was amazing, too.  She would smile, she guarded our property and our campsites like nobody's business, and the neighbors loved her to keep them alert for people or animals that weren't supossed to be around.  Oh, I thank those people for leaving those really beloved pets...what a bonus they were.  Priceless.

Sep 02, 2013 08:02 AM
Debra Hight
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Houston, TX
Debra Hight

Ron, how lucky those animals were to be discovered by someone who would love and care for them. Good for you and good for them.

Sep 02, 2013 09:27 AM