Today, I am thankful for the furry critters in my life.

Real Estate Broker/Owner CA#01772851 HI#RB21268

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All my life, I have had four legged furry critters around me to keep me feeling guilty for various reasons. At the moment, I have 3 dogs, none of them small, between about 50 and 75 lbs.

With those big pleading eyes, these are the ways they make me feel guilty:

1. I don't hand out enough goodies often enough.

2. I don't take them for a walk often enough. Why can't they just go out and play in the HUGE yard?

3. I won't let them sit on the couch or sleep in my bed. They each have their own big doggie bed.

4. I don't let them in and out of the door as fast as I should. They go to the door and STARE at me.

5. I won't take them along in my "real estate" car. They have not heard of client allergies to dog hair.

6. I tell them not to bark at every freakin' dog that walks by my property.

7. I tell them not to sleep in each other's beds. But they do that the minute I turn my back.

8. I won't let them climb up on me - did I mention they are big and I weigh only 115 lbs?

9. I tell them not to growl no matter what. There is no gray area there: NO GROWLING. EVER.

10. I don't tell them often enough what "GOOD DOGS" they are. Hah, they even answer to "Good Dog".

So you see where this blog of "thankfulness" is going. My furry critters have me feeling guilty all the time because these 10 rules are being TESTED all the time.

But I am so very "thankful" that they brighten my days and, quite often, my nights when they want to go out and seemingly bark at the moon. And when I stand there in my jammies at 2 AM looking at the sky with its many stars, dogs by my side, I could not be happier.



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Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Hella. My dogs are my gang and their looks melt my heart and bring me laughs.

Nov 19, 2017 04:46 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning Hella.  Looks like these guys know how to make you feel guilty.

Nov 19, 2017 05:43 AM #2
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Furry critters are companionship and comfort to many of us, Hella.  I can't recall a time in my life since I was 8 years old, that there hasn't been one sharing my life.

Nov 19, 2017 05:47 AM #3
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Hella... having always lived with furry critters--dogs and cats--I get exactly what you're saying and couldn't agree more.

Nov 19, 2017 05:49 AM #4
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Hella, our four legged critters sure make our lives happier, not matter what they do!  

Nov 19, 2017 07:44 AM #5
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%
RE/MAX Gold - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

It is very difficult for me not to be around animals. In fact, when I go to my client's homes to take listings, they generally sequester their pets. I say no, let them run around. After all, I'm not there to do my agent visual inspection, even though that's what it looks like I'm doing; I'm really there to play with other people's pets.

Nov 19, 2017 09:40 AM #6
Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate
Kelly Right Real Estate - Hood River, OR
Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs

We "had" rule number 3 too.  It did not take long before they managed to change the rule; now they hop on the couch or the bed to sleep on my feet.  Nice during the winter to keep my toes warm.  The 120-pound Newfoundland is a challenge though; he is just too big and my feet end up hanging off the bed.

Nov 19, 2017 09:42 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Those furry creatures have so many great attributes that makes all the rules breakable.  Our cat understands that there are times when he has to be cooperative, and he has learned...that we will take him for a walk in due time, and we keep our word, and he cooperates.  A

Nov 19, 2017 11:54 AM #8
Susan Haughton
Long and Foster REALTORS (703) 470-4545 - Alexandria, VA
Susan & Mindy Team...Honesty. Integrity. Results.

Photos!  We need (okay, *I* need!) photos!  I love dogs, all dogs (well, all living creatures, actually) and especially big dogs...the bigger the better. 

Nov 19, 2017 12:50 PM #9
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®, I know that look all too well. I have been looking to get another dog and I go between another big one or a smaller one, I don't know what I will end up having. Our fur babies make us happy. 

Nov 19, 2017 02:15 PM #10
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Hella,  I cannot imagine a world without our furry and non-furry pets.  They are among the many spices of life.

Nov 19, 2017 05:24 PM #11
Steven Nickens
Elite Pacific Properties Maui - Wailea, HI
R(S)GRI ABR, Maui Real Estate Hawaii

You know my pups never complain, always happy.

Nov 20, 2017 07:00 PM #12
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