“Here’s to pets…and all the things that make a house a home.”
Meet our big Blue Weimaraner, Thor (Nordic God of Thunder, his name when adopted), and our Shorthaired Pointer pup, Jager (“hunter” in German). They are two in a long line of dogs in my life since I was two years old, and they are an integral part of the value of our home for my wife and me.
Pets, whether they’re dogs, cats, or other, are special to so many of us and we couldn’t imagine a life without them. Their unconditional affection, eternal forgiveness (at least with dogs… I’m not so convinced about cats…sorry cat owners, but I’ve been there, too), and ability to make the day’s stress melt away with the wag of their tails renders them incredible companions and quasi therapists.
Now there are plenty of renters out there today with pets, but based on a recent experience I can once again confirm that pets and homeownership go together best. When moving from Florida to New Jersey 18 months ago, we originally intended to build, so we purchased a home site and went looking for a house to lease during construction. In search after search, whether online or in print, we were all too often faced with disappointing restrictions on pets. Periodically we’d find a landlord who would allow a “small” dog with a larger deposit down, but small doesn’t apply when you have two dogs with a combined weight just shy of 200 pounds.
Although we finally found a house to rent, I believe Thor and Jager knew something wasn’t right. This was temporary. This wasn’t home. We’re all creatures of routine, and relish our independence and privacy. We all prefer to set down roots and bask in the familiar.
And we could learn a thing or two from our pets. You see, over these last few years, they didn’t become obsessed with the latest newspaper articles on prices or ponder daily fluctuations in household equity. They were just concerned about whether dinner would be on time and which one of them would get the prime sleeping spot in front of a sun drenched window. A long-term perspective will eventually show they were the wiser.
Ultimately, we decided not to build, but instead purchased a charming older home on several acres where Thor and Jager can while away the hours scouting for anything furry that moves. And at the end of the day, they can curl up in front of the fireplace with the assurance of knowing they are finally home again. So can their dad…..
Take a look at the Coldwell Banker TV spot titled “Pets.”