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You Arrive By Car With Buyer...(Dog Growls) Now What..? Rover Is Not Happy!

You have the showing all set up.  It was a bugger to arrange as the renter in the house did not really ever find it convenient for you to show the castle you have listed for sale.  The large hungry dog does not resemble Lassie or anything you had as a child.  You forgot your piece of bologna to cause a diversion as you dash for the door.  Dog Being Patted!What happens now? Call the owner, call the renter, call animal control officer?  Every broker has had a similiar situation with the dog that the owner says "Oh ...he won't bite you? " (Chomp!)  Had one last week that the renter was not there, but failed to tell us about the rotweiler in the back bedroom...we are showing the place and heading down the long narrow hall of the mobile home...and suddenly Fido awakes and wanders out into the hall...oh oh. But he was friendly at first so we finished up and headed quickly back to the front door...he started getting frisky and as the husband and I stepped outside, he attacked the door which we quickly shut.  The wife and child were inside and I quickly went to the window, tapped on it to get the dog's  attention before he turned on them...and he attacked the window but at least they could escape.  Damage from pets left alone that are the size of buffalo...not good.  Makes you wonder why the renter / owner has such large animals and many times mulitple animals when they are not around to care for them.

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Comment balloon 3 commentsAndrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 • August 01 2007 03:43PM

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Hi Andrew,   I was showing, by appointment, to a really nice couple.  The listing agent was with us and assured us that the son had removed the dog. No sense of a dog in the home.  When we opened a lower door to a small apartment we were greeted by the worlds largest trained arttack dog .  He ended up biting the wife twice and the husband once before we could leave the area.  They ended up buying the place and requested that noone notify the animal control folks because that would probably mean the dog would be put down. 

Ironically, the other agent told his office that it was all my fault and that the couple were also at fault.  Seems to me his negligence could have cost us and the seller a whole lot of money.

Posted by Bill Gillhespy, Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos (16 Sunview Blvd) about 13 years ago

Howdy Andrew

Very fine post you have done.

Have a good one

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 13 years ago

As brokers we only run into the four legged varmits once in awhile...think of the mailman or maillady that has "Lucky" to weave, and bob and to avoid on a daily basis.  We are probably pretty lucky.  Kinda glad insurance companies are cracking down on cancelling insurance on owners and tenants that have dogs that are not always the easiest to have around.  From experience, I think the little yappy snappers are the worse..not the big ones.  Its the attack poodles and four pound ones that you would not think would be that feisty but that are.  Those are the ones not to turn your back on!

Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) about 13 years ago

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