Goodbye Moonie

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Moonie and Spud came to us approximately 5 years ago in very unusual circumstances. Moonie passed away earlier this week but we burred him and gave him a proper funeral just a few minutes ago. Spud had passed on nine months ago.

Moonie and Sud were abandoned on a street corner. Tina brought them home as someone knew a big hearted person would pick them up and care for them.

Realtors can tell you stories.

Most Realtors can tell you pet grave stories if they have been in the business for a decade or two. Some pet owners go so far as purchasing grave stones for their pets. Some pretty nice ones, some pretty weird ones, and some of considerable size.

In my experience Sellers that have their own pet burial sites usually leave the tombstone behind wrongly thinking it will remain in place. Most end up in the trash nearly as quickly as the moving van rounds the corner out of site. Some Sellers take the tombstone with them as a reminder of their beloved pet.

I've seen nice tombstones like this one:

and then there is the (unintentionally) grotesque:

If you are a Seller keep in mind, the Buyer is no more enthused to have your pet burred in their new backyard then they are to have your Aunt Genevieve burred in the backyard. I'm not suggesting that you dig up the dead but I strongly suggest that you remove any markers and that you do not mention the graveyard under the old oak tree under any circumstances.

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Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

I wasn't sure where you were going with this post but once I got it I can only say... 

Great Advice...

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May 14, 2022 02:27 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Beth and Richard Witt . I imagine that sometimes it's hard for the Seller to know exactly what to do when moving. I think removing any marker is the smartest thing to do BUT what to do with the marker can also be a challenge.

May 15, 2022 10:16 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Sorry for the loss of Moonie and Spud. Good points about not leaving markers because the new owners will probably not be fond of your pet memories. Never thought about this. Thanks for sharing Bob "RealMan" Timm 

May 14, 2022 02:29 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

You are welcome Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 . If you proposed this question on the air to your listeners I'd love to listen in to their responses.

May 15, 2022 10:18 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

You are welcome Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 . I have found so Buyers are very sensitive to death, even pet spirits. 🙄

May 14, 2022 02:33 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Bob,

I am sorry about the loss of Moonie and Spuds.  I have never run across any pet graves.  My guess is that sellers are taking your advice.

May 14, 2022 03:18 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

I would guess so as well Sheri Sperry - MCNE® and I can see the logic of those who do not want their pet to lie in an unmarked grave but again, chances of a Buyer respecting that is slim to none.

May 15, 2022 10:20 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

I am so sorry for the loss of Moonie and Spud  He is such a handsome boy! 

I will never understand how anyone can just abandon their pet - leaving them on a street corner or anywhere! Thankfully, Spud and Moonie were rescued, cared for, loved, and provided with a respectable funeral. 

Thank you Bob "RealMan" Timm for being the kind person you are. 

May 14, 2022 05:30 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist I had a hard time believing it as well but Tina has (almost) always been truthful to me.

May 15, 2022 10:21 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

We have lost pets over the years so I feel your pain Bob, now with that said awesome advice... We have cremated our pets and when we moved they came with us and when we are gone they will be spread out per our last will and testament.... from dust we came to dust we will be... and so will our family members......

May 14, 2022 11:33 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Endre Barath, Jr. . I had not heard of pet cremation before. I may just have to check into that as a business opportunity. 😃

May 15, 2022 10:23 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Moonie and Spud were lucky to have you, and I'm sorry to hear you had to bury Moonie this week. I agree about grave markers. Buyers don't want to keep a grave marker for someone else's pet.

May 15, 2022 05:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning again, Bob... I've never buried a pet in a backyard and wouldn't care to know someone buried their pet(s) in my yard and also left a marker. Sorry to hear of Moonie's passing. Certainly, Moonie had a good life after being rescued by Tina.

May 15, 2022 06:29 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

They did and in the last three years they were lucky that Timmothy shares the same love of animals that Tina does Nina Hollander, Broker .

May 15, 2022 10:41 AM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
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We pet parents never get over our pet's passing. Sometimes the pain is so great it can discourage us from getting another pet after the loved one has passed. 

Thank you, Bob, for sharing your touching story. 

May 15, 2022 10:12 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

That is what happened to our family and our last dog Aura Alex , no one wanted to move on to another. I guess I can also say the same as far as guinea pigs. After owning two guinea pigs we did not purchase another BUT they continue to be a BIG part of Timmothy's are and his story telling.

May 15, 2022 10:44 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

It is so hard to lose a pet.  The pandemic years have been ones in which I have lost three out of the five I had.  Never gets any easier.

Rest in peace, Moonie.

May 22, 2022 07:57 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Thank you Chris Ann Cleland . We have had several birds but I think over-all Moonie was the dearest to my son Timmothy. We went to the pet store yesterday to look at birds and there must be a huge supply side issue with them as their prices are nearly five times what we have paid in the past.

May 22, 2022 03:11 PM