Pets as Comfort

Real Estate Agent with Best Connections Realty, Inc. 3087750

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.



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Comments (34)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Elyse, I love this post and your graphic! Our condos are NOT pet friendly and it is quite frustrating! Many sellers cannot/will not move from their homes because of pet restrictions. 

Mar 22, 2021 10:28 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

It's very frustrating, Margaret.  We have many that are not pet friendly as well.  I don't blame the sellers for not moving without their pets.

Apr 03, 2021 03:26 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
Elyse Berman, PA

I have older pets, Sam, but they only eat 2x a day.

Apr 03, 2021 03:27 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Can't imagine not having a pet around. They are the best! You are such a great resource for buyers who want pet-friendly homes to purchase. 

Mar 23, 2021 08:02 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Debb.  I can't imagine not having a pet around either.

Apr 03, 2021 03:27 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

This is so true.  I have a Kitty that brings me great comfort since my husband died 2 years ago.

Mar 23, 2021 08:25 AM
Elyse Berman, PA

I'm so sorry to hear about your husband Ginger, but am happy you have your kitty.

Apr 03, 2021 03:28 AM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Such a sweet post. Love this so much. Here is a picture of our newest family member.

Mar 23, 2021 03:07 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Thank you Paula.  Your baby is adorable!

Apr 03, 2021 03:28 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Elyse:

What a wonderful post about something near and dear to many. I have had pets almost my entire life...more so when I was a kid...and it's hard to imagine not having a pet of some sort.

There are, indeed, a LOT of pet restrictions, and buyers need to check carefully to make sure they understand what they are if they are pet owners or plan to be.


Mar 23, 2021 03:44 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Exactly Jeff.  Too often they are disappointed.  Thank you.

Apr 03, 2021 03:29 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Hi, Elyse.

  You may remember the days when pets were not allowed in Florida State Parks.  I believe it was then-Governor Jeb Bush who changed that policy.  Tourists bring their pets with them... they were being denied entrance into our State Parks.  (So were guns, but that's another post).

 As for condos, I can understand barking dogs, male cats "marking" up the common areas, and other nuisances.  But those are the exceptions, not the rule. 

  It's also common for HOA's and COA's to be run by petty tyrants who want to lord it over their neighbors.  In those cases, the owners need to get together and oust the would-be rulers.  We did it in an HOA that I lived in for 15 years... we called our own meeting, and with legal advice we ditched the existing board.  The downside - yours truly was elected President, with the ensuing obligations and responsibilities.

  I am a "cat person", so my thoughts on this are prejudiced.  However, we do live in a State where the average age is senior citizen plus, and those seniors enjoy their canine and feline friends.

     Let us have our cats and dogs!

Mar 23, 2021 04:32 PM
Elyse Berman, PA

Hi Fred,

I have seen it happen where the board made sued someone for having a cat, yet every board member had one as well!  I don't remember the law about state parks, but thanks for educating me.  

Whether you are a cat or dog person doesn't matter.  They bring the same comfort tot their owners.  Agreed - let us have our cats and dogs!

Apr 03, 2021 03:31 AM
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Alliance 513.520.5305 - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Alliance Cincinnati & Dayton suburbs

You know us, we've got a few of these and a few of those (okay, few is an understatement).  Fortunately we won't be living in a condo because none out there would be fond of our furries, even though they're (mostly) very well behaved.  The Chis do let us know when someone is at the door :)

Mar 23, 2021 08:41 PM
Matthew Klinowski, PA
Downing Frye Realty - Naples, FL
Naples Golf Guy | Find Your Dream Lifestyle

Good morning Elyse, this is an excellent post. Pets are so helpful for mental health. My father-n-law recently passed away from Covid and I'm convinced the puppy my mother-n-law had while she was in quarintine by herself was a lifesaver for her and helped her through a terrible time. I hope more communities reconsider their pet restrictions.

Mar 24, 2021 04:44 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, pets are the most awesome thing in the world.  I have a purry furball on the pillow next to me. And, they have been extra awesome this past year. Great backlink article, too, BTW.

Mar 24, 2021 05:37 AM
Erik Hiss
Keller Williams Capital Partners Realty - Worthington, OH
You can trust me for all your real estate needs!

Certainly a good post and understand exactly what you mean. My dog (13 years now) has always been a comfort to our family and especially our kids. Those rules do seem arbitrary in many ways. But your comment, "people crave the companionship." stuck in my mind because it's so very true! And not only companionshipe, but interaction and relationships. Zoom is great, but interaction, warm hugs and loving conversations are what make people tick and feel good in their soul. I hope that can return soon...

Mar 24, 2021 05:37 AM
Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Pets truly are a comfort! This is my assistant's new addition! Her corgi Chilibean 

Mar 24, 2021 08:00 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


What a wonderful article you wrote. Pets fill a void. In my opinion, their clairvoyant temperament has saved many humans. 


Mar 24, 2021 09:44 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

An appropriate and timely pot especially at a time when people are so isolated.  Pets do offer a lot of comfort and I can only guess that those condos that do not allow pets are more concerned with the mess in the common areas than the inside of the units. Not to mention that they would be hard pressed to defend a law suit for a comfort pet.

Mar 24, 2021 10:09 AM
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Good post. I have never understood complete pet bans. Here in our coastal community there are very few pet bans.

Mar 24, 2021 11:40 AM
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

Pets change people's lives.  I have always been a cat person, never wanted a dog.  I broke down and got a dog 8 years ago and it changed my life.  He has helped me in so many ways!

Mar 25, 2021 10:30 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe
Tim Ventura
Digital Marketing Consultant - Blaine, WA
Digital marketing & technology consultant

More than comfort, my dogs are absolutely therapeutic!

Mar 25, 2021 03:23 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Elyse,

You are so right. I am too busy to have my own, but go to visit with some once in a while. Gotta stay 6 feet away from their humans, but they did not get that message, which is endearing.

Mar 25, 2021 09:11 PM
Willy Red

Well, I really have snails that don't take me anywhere out of the house but to be honest, it's not so lonely with them, and watching them is quite interesting. I like. And recently I went to the website to learn more here and realized that I don't know much about them, but now I understand the care of these snails. And everything is cool with them!

Apr 18, 2022 03:10 AM