Don't let that aggressive pitbull face fool you. Before she came to us from Georgia, she was left chained to a tree on an uninhabited property, literally left for dead. She was skin and bones; couldn't even lift her head when she was found. Then she spent 2 years in a shelter, originally being nursed and eventually left to live out her entire life. But a simple twist of fate put her in a horse trailer to send her north and in our minds, that's how angels arrive on earth. In horse trailers. Because she's actually an angel sent from heaven as a dog to teach us what pure kindness, sweetness and love actually are.
And to get on our furniture with muddy paws, tear up the garbage when left alone, eat my shoes, sunglasses and leave lovely golden puddles throughout the house.
If you relate to our situation in any way whatsoever, you understand how our love for these creatures seems to override any rational sense of human/canine relationships. Dogs on the floor or outside and humans rule, right? Ummmmm not so much.
We actually have 2 dogs, a cat and a wife who tracks the barn inside with her. Fortunately, we're not planning on selling our new home any time soon, but if we were, there would be some major changes.
Quick tips for preparing your furry home for sale:
- If your pets get on the furniture, have everything professionally cleaned then keep blankets or sheets on everything so you can quickly pull them off before a showing
- Wipe all muddy paws at the door
- Vacuum, dust and change air filters regularly
- Paint any areas that have been damaged from pawing or gnawing
- Scrub any areas on walls that have turned grimy brown from pets rubbing against them
- Have cats? Use a white vinegar based cleaner (easy to make your own!) to spray anywhere they may have sprayed or urinated. This will help neutralize the odor. I use it on all my hardwood floors every time I clean as it's great for the wood, kills bacteria and neutralizes scents
- Crate unruly pets when not at home. THIS IS NOT MEAN! If your animals are like ours, they suffer anxiety just like humans when left alone and show this through many ways, all of which can be damaging to your house. Crating them provides a small, safe environment where they don't feel the stressful need to protect the entire house while alone. All of them learn to love it.
- If you get a call about a showing, remove your animals from the house. If they have a safe place in the yard, that works fine as long as they won't be jumping on potential buyers
- Be SURE to let your agent know of any pets, especially if there is a last minute showing and you can't get home to crate them or let them out. This is both a safety issue for the strangers coming to the home and a precaution so the animals don't escape through doors left open.
- Pretend like you're going to do all these things but continue to let the animals rule!
Peekay napping in the car Bonsai showing affection for Bodhi