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DINOS in the House

So things are going to be a wee bit quiet in the land of dog walking and DINOS-loving for the next week or so. The gang and I are up to our wet noses in the insanity that is house hunting. Things are percolating with one house in particular – I don’t wanna say too much, since it’s a sure jinx. 

Things have been a *wee* bit busy. Like I’m under siege.

Anyway, what I wanted to tell you all is that every time I look at a house, I do it with DINOS in mind. How much space will my dogs have to run? How far away are the nearest neighbors? How much time should I spend sitting in my car, stalking this house, to see if there are loose dogs that run around these parts?


Yes, please.


As soon as things chill out, I’ll share how much living with DINOS (both my own and the dogs I walk) has impacted my home search and maybe we’ll spend some quality time talking about fences. Because I. can. not. wait. to have a fenced in yard. Gimme gimme.

Happy dog walking everyone!

  1. A friend went house shopping with me and she was annoyed how many times I rejected a house for things like a short hallway ( because we couldn’t play fetch inside)

    I too look for loose dogs in the neighborhood and I’ve rejected a few because of loose dogs. But I do listen for a few barking dogs. My dogs aren’t outside much but they do bark sometimes. If a neighborhood is super quiet, folks might not like even a minute of barking from my kids 🙂

    Good luck with your search!

    May 30, 2012
    • I know just what you mean – I don’t want my dogs to bother anyone, so we can’t live next to a museum ; )

      May 31, 2012
  2. dragondix2 #

    Good Luck!

    May 30, 2012
  3. I can’t wait to hear about it. Currently we live in a condo, and as you can imagine with a DINOS that presents so many challenges. Even just not having people sharing walls to me is a huge improvement because Abby is reactive to noises. Good luck!

    May 31, 2012
    • That is hard! We live in a house right now, but there is a neighbor upstairs. I’m looking forward to not cringing everytime Boogie barks at her coming and going!

      May 31, 2012
  4. I didn’t have dogs when I was house-hunting, but knew I wanted them so a fenced yard was one of my criteria. What I didn’t know was that I would end up with a reactive dog (heck, I didn’t even know what a reactive dog was at that point). If I had known, I definitely would’ve rejected this house because it’s on a corner with a good portion of the chainlink fence line against the street. I’m waiting on a freelance payment to come through so I can look into those bamboo-like privacy fences you recommended!

    To be honest, one of the main reason I bought this house was because of the enclosed sun porch where my elderly cats spend most of their days. I don’t admit that as my reason very often. 🙂

    June 4, 2012
  5. Keep looking until you find “The one”. It took us 9 months but we moved from a townhouse with dogs on both sides to a house with a fenced back yard and it’s been the best move ever. Max got his own bedroom since he hated his crate and our neighbors are elderly with mostly smaller dogs who stay inside. The only thing we didn’t consider is that we’re a mile from a Major League Baseball stadium which shoots off fireworks at all home games. 😦

    June 4, 2012
  6. Matt.S #


    June 10, 2012
    • lots of inspections this week! updates coming soon ; )

      June 11, 2012
      • Matt.S #

        Hope all goes well.

        June 11, 2012
  7. Matt.S #

    Oooh! The suspense…

    June 17, 2012
  8. Hope things are going well with this. Great looking property judging by the picture.

    June 26, 2012
  9. Matt.S #

    Looks like an ideal location.

    June 26, 2012

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