Dog houses, for dog people

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culprit:
what do you look for in a dog friendly house?
the SO and i are starting our search for a house of our own. the place we're renting is nice, but financially, home ownership makes a lot more sense.we've been looking at a lot of places, and we were surprised at how much the dogs figure into our requirements. we need a lot of space. two active dogs that live indoors makes a house seem small very quickly. we need a place with an easily separated area (that includes our bedroom), so the cats have a "safe place" where the dogs can't go. we need a BIG yard. we're thinking an acre at least. we need a good, solid, 6 foot fence around most of it. we don't want to live close enough to our neighbors that they will be bothered by our dogs, or that they will bother our dogs.

we know that some folks are afraid of our breed, and that in our county, barking at someone through a fence can be considered "aggressive behavior. one "strike", so to speak, with three strikes equaling death, so we would prefer privacy. we know that with our breed, a "neighborhood association", with all their weird rules, is probably out of the question.

we spent the weekend looking at houses. one of the homes we saw we liked before we even arrived. we were driving down the street, and the SO pointed to a big yard and said, "that's a weird looking play set". it was an agility course. in someone's yard. we decided immediately that this was probably a dog friendly neighborhood and would work. too bad the house didn't (small garage, too close to the neighbor).
one of the houses we saw today had the dogs locked up in the garage for an open house. there was a small cat door into the garage from one of the rooms we looked at. growling at us through the cat door was a white pointy nose, with a little fluff around the cheeks. an eskie, very vocally defending her house (the realtor said the little white dog was the "evil one"). we later looked into the garage window from outside to see a chow and an OES in there with the eskie. another dog friendly neighborhood, i'd guess. unfortunately, the house itself didn't meet our tastes (needed a new roof, no gas hookups, too close to neighbors).
the next house also had barking from the garage... the realtor said we could go inside, but the two cattle dogs in there looked pretty spooked. they barked and backed away from us, tails tucked, and i (good for me!) suggested we just peek through the door and leave the poor dogs alone. how scary to have people trespassing on your property all day! this one was far from neighbors, on two acres, lots of fenced dog areas... but the house itself was too small.
i wonder if we'll ever find a place. i suppose it would be easier if i were willing to live in a normal suburban neighborhood. but i just don't want to take the chances with my dogs. i can just see them being PTS for chasing the neighbor's cat. sigh
how long did it take you to find your perfect dog house? or are you still looking? :-)
-kelly
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Cate:
this one was far
[nq:1]from neighbors, on two acres, lots of fenced dog areas... but the house itself was too small.[/nq]
Have you thought of adding on to a smaller house? Assuming one can afford it, that's easier than asking the neighbors to move farther away, making the property more private, or making the neighborhood more welcoming to dogs.
[nq:1]how long did it take you to find your perfect dog house? or are you still looking? :-)[/nq]
I figure as long as it's got a fenced yard or is capable of having one, and there is an appropriate layout for the cat and dog to have separate lives, it's ok to leave everything else flexible. We're living in a tiny rowhouse at the moment, and other than Orson refusing to poop out back, there's no hardship in having a dog here. But it's a dog-friendly neighborhood, which is important to me.
We'll be looking to buy in a few months too, and as long as those three requirements are met, I'll let the rest of the gotta-haves revolve around the humans.
Cate
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culprit:
[nq:1]Have you thought of adding on to a smaller house? Assuming one can afford it, that's easier than asking the neighbors to move farther away, makingthe property more private, or making the neighborhood more welcoming to dogs.[/nq]
while that would work for me, the SO is a bit rigid in what he wants in a house. he really likes a certain modern style of house (like these: http://www.buchan.com /), and is having a hard time accepting that we may not be able to afford a brand new house that looks exactly like he wants it to look, that also meets our other criteria.
there's a reason we started looking three months before we'll be ready to buy. we know it will take us that long to find one we both like.

-kelly
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Shelly & The Boys:
[nq:1]what do you look for in a dog friendly house?[/nq]Since we've already got the site, we're making do w/ the manufactured home that is here until we can afford to build what we want. Because I've got medium to large sized dogs, wide open spaces will be important. Right now, if we're all standing in the living room, it is crowded. So, at least one room where we can all open up, lay out dog beds, toys in the corner and still have them be somewhat out of the way, I'll be happy.

Same thing with the kitchen. I've decided that a dutch door to seperate off the kitchen would be a nice thing. I love to cook, but don't always like to do it w/ dogs under my feet. They will heed an "out" command, then leer at me like vultures from the threshold. A half-door to seperate would be nice, especially during holidays.
Dog yard in the back of the house, rather than the front, and a doggie-door that lets in to a tiled mud-room type of room. Right now, the dog door comes right off the front porch in onto the living room carpeting. Stupid stupid stupid in the Pacific NW (What the hell were the previous owners thinking??). NO CARPET. I have dust allergies, and long-haired pets. I do not want any carpet in my next home, unless it is a room that is "dog-free" (ie, hubbie's "play room" he has a pool table, but nowhere to put it up right now!).
And, lastly, an extra large bathroom (or bath-bedroom that opens up) with a raised bathtub. That way, I can have a grooming room and not have to do it outside all of the time!
Shelly & The Boys
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culprit:
[nq:1]NO CARPET. I have dust allergies, and long-haired pets. I do not want any carpet in my next home, unless it is a room that is "dog-free" (ie, hubbie's "play room" he has a pool table, but nowhere to put it up right now!).[/nq]
yesterday i went to an open house in a place that had $50,000 worth of hardwood floors. there was not a single carpet in the home, including the closets. every single floor surface was hardwood. why? the previous owner was allergic to dust mites.

it echoed a lot.
it was a nice place, the nicest we saw, but it only had a half acre, and the entire lot was in the back of the house. so the neighbors were close to both sides. and there weren't enough trees to trick me into thinking i couldn't see them. :-(
-kelly
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Cate:
[nq:1]while that would work for me, the SO is a bit rigid in what he wants in a house. he ... afford a brand new house that looks exactly like he wants it to look, that also meets our other criteria.[/nq]
Oh. I don't know jack about new houses, except that they're not for me. I prefer older houses (specifically Craftsman/Arts&Crafts), which I guess is why I'm apt to take what what comes along as long as a few basic requirements are met.
You could buy land and build, though.
[nq:1]there's a reason we started looking three months before we'll be ready to buy. we know it will take us that long to find one we both like.[/nq]
Yep, we're doing the same thing.
Cate
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shelly:
[nq:1]Oh. I don't know jack about new houses, except that they're not for me. I prefer older houses (specifically Craftsman/Arts&Crafts), which I guess is why I'm apt to take what what comes along as long as a few basic requirements are met.[/nq]
ditto. unless i stumble across my dream home, i'm not too particular. my only requirements are studio space and a large yard (either fenced or fenceable). not having either of those would be a deal-breaker. everything else is fairly workable, though i prefer older houses that are unique.
now, when it comes to dream homes, i pine for a round cob house with a metal roof, tucked up against a hill and nestled in the woods. someday...

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
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culprit:
[nq:1]now, when it comes to dream homes, i pine for a round cob house with a metal roof, tucked up against a hill and nestled in the woods. someday...[/nq]
for me it's a log home in the woods, with huge open spaces and lofts to sleep in.
and a three car garage with shop, of course!
-kelly
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shelly:
[nq:1]for me it's a log home in the woods, with huge open spaces and lofts to sleep in.[/nq]
log would be nice, but it's hard to make round buildings out of them unless you do cordwood construction. that would be okay, but it doesn't have the same sculptural possibilities that cob has. cob can be cute.
http://www.cobcottage.com/pics /


maybe i read Tolkien at too young an age .
[nq:1]and a three car garage with shop, of course![/nq]
naturally!

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