Pets, Homes, Pet
– 4 Tips for Finding the Perfect Pet –

Choosing a family pet may be one of the most important decisions made in your household.  Different factors could dictate the kind of pet to bring home — whether you have a home with a big yard in Carrollwood, or you just settled into a condominium in Clearwater.

When picking a pet, you will want to consider everything from size, to temperament, to lifestyle compatibility.  Here are a few tips for finding and settling in with a new furry friend.

  • SIZE: From a real estate perspective, ensure you have plenty of space for your pet to frolic and exert energy; otherwise, he or she may take out frustration in other ways around your home. If your home lacks in square-footage or yard-space, consider adopting a cat or a smaller breed of dog. For example, small and medium-size breeds include the Boston Terrier, Bichon Frise, Cocker Spaniel, and Chihuahua.
  • VOICE: Consider choosing a quieter pet if barking could be an issue for you or your neighbors. You can’t go wrong with a cat on this one, but there are some dog breeds that tend to bark or yap more than others.  The Basenji (also known as a “barkless” dog) makes a yodeling sound rather than barking. Characteristically quieter breeds include the French Bulldog, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, and Greyhound.  Remember, however, barking is a form of communication for dogs, which means nature and nurture could affect barking.
  • DEMEANOR: If you’re looking for a pet to suit a calm lifestyle, consider a kitty who’s happiest relaxing in a lap or laying in window. As for dogs, a Pug or a Golden Retriever could be a great choice.  Labrador Retrievers also make a wonderful addition to any family. Labs can be great with children, but they will need plenty of space to run and play.
  • ENDURANCE: Speaking of running and playing, some of you may be looking for active pets willing to run with you down Bayshore Boulevard or go the distance on the Pinellas Trail. For you, we do not recommend a cat (for obvious reasons).  You might enjoy the athletic companionship of an American Staffordshire Terrier, English Setter, or Brittany Spaniel.

We’ve only offered a small sampling. Like people, all animals come with their own unique personalities and needs.  Simply search the Internet for an array of cat and dog breed tips, compatibility quizzes, and information. We just hope you will first check local shelters before choosing a new best friend.  A few facilities in the Greater Tampa Bay Area include:

-Hillsborough County Animal Services (Tampa)
-Humane Society of Tampa Bay (Tampa)
-SPCA Tampa Bay (Largo)
-Pinellas County Animal Services (Largo)
-Humane Society of Pinellas (Clearwater)
-Friends of Strays No Kill Animal Shelter (St. Petersburg)
-Pasco County Animal Services (Land O’ Lakes)
-Humane Society of Pasco County (Spring Hill)
-Polk County Animal Control (Winter Haven)
-Humane Society of Polk County (Winter Haven)
-SPCA Florida Adoption Center (Lakeland)

Before adoption, create a plan for housetraining, bedding, feeding, grooming, and vaccination schedules. Consult with a veterinarian for comprehensive pet-health instructions.

It is our pleasure to help homeowners enjoy their family pets.  As your Real Estate Experts, we are also here to help you with buying, investing, or selling real estate. Contact Dick and Karla Nielsen today at 813-294-5786 for more information about Florida properties.