Pets as Comfort
This has been a long year for everyone. Being at home more than ever, it just seems natural that your pets would be a source of comfort to you. Most pets adore their humans.
Pets are there for your every mood. When you're down, your cats and dogs are there and provide comfort. When you come in after a day of work, your dog will run to greet you at the door. Where else do you get that kind of greeting? I didn't think so!
If you're sick, most dogs will stay with you. They'll hop on the bed or sofa and watch tv with you.
Dogs get you out of the house. People need to get out of the house and some may need help in doing so. Walking a dog may be the only social interaction they have. You get social interaction with other dog people you meet on your walk. Socially distant, of course!
Dogs are great protectors - they love and protect their humans. They're nice to have around. Cats with their purring and soft fur and dogs who like to be petted. It's a feeling you can't get anywhere else.
It begs the question then why so many gated communities and condos have pet restrictions in place or do not allow pets at all.
In today's world where we know, and it's been shown, that pets are good for our health, why would a condominium not allow them. This is a question that boggles my mind. Or why would a community allow dogs up to 20 lbs when I have a great buyer with a 24 lb dog. I still cannot answer this question. Is the four pounds really going to make that big a difference that a person has to choose to live elsewhere?
More pets have been adopted this year than in prior years. Why? Because people crave the companionship. Pets help to lower stress levels and blood pressure. For many, they become family and it may be the only family they have.
From the ridiculous - one pet no more than 20 inches high - yes, really! What happens if you have a dog that is one inch taller?! Pet restrictions are all over the place.
It would seem to me that condos that do not allow pets would reconsider their pet restrictions after this past year and the same with gated communities. I don't think the extra three pounds or two inches is going to make that big a deal, but it may make a huge difference in the quality of one person's life.
This is an ongoing saga I work with daily. I get great satisfaction when my clients, customers and their furry friends find a home they love and are welcome by the condo or community.