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July
13

Doggy Daycare Options in the Triangle

Raleigh pets

Looking for doggy daycare here in the Triangle? Our real estate agents can help you find it!

Whether you're looking at Raleigh homes for sale or homes in other area communities, it's no secret that many of our customers love their dogs. When it's time to compare all of the property options, an ample backyard for Fido to enjoy is often a key consideration.

Sooner or later, though, you might find that you need to travel and you aren't able to bring your beloved pooch. Airfare for dogs can be very expensive, and some road trips are just too long for them. And if you happen to be traveling by bus or Amtrak, not all vehicles are equipped to have them on board.

Likewise, boarding options might come in handy if you are selling your home in Raleigh. While lots of people love pets, they may not want them underfoot during a showing. And you never know if your prospective buyers may have an allergy to dogs or even a phobia.

Let's take a look at just a few of the many comfortable options available:

  • Dog Holiday Resort – 830 L Purser Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
    Dog Holiday Resort is open regular hours to help pets with lots of energy stay engaged while you're on your trip. Curbside service is available, and the facility is held to the highest sanitary standards. All dogs are welcome, from pups to seniors – simply disclose any special needs to get the appropriate attention.

  • Dog Tales – 1204 Patterson Road, Durham, NC 27704
    For dog daycare near Durham homes for sale, check out Dog Tales. Dogs who visit here are kept safe and comfortable, fed according to your exact instructions, and have medications administered at no extra cost. Safe and fun playgroup sessions are held daily, and you'll also receive regular updates.

  • Knightdale Pet Resort – 7633 Knightdale Boulevard, Knightdale, NC 27545
    For a dog daycare option near Knightdale homes for sale, many pet owners look to their local name: Knightdale Pet Resort. Dogs and cats are both welcome here and are looked after according to best practices in pet care. With these local animal behavior experts, your pet is in good and safe hands.

  • Canine Country Club and Pet Hotel – 8320 Litchford Road, Suite #118, Raleigh, NC 27615
    Canine Country Club and Pet Hotel is the place that promises to treat your pet like one of the family. This highly reputed local business not only looks after dogs, but it also provides grooming, boarding, and training. All of its add-on services can be performed while your dog is enjoying doggy daycare in Raleigh.

  • Audrey's Barkyard – 3129 Heritage Trade Drive Unit #104, Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Promising love, experience, and care for all of your favorite canine friends, Audrey's Barkyard is a top pick for reliable doggy daycare near Wake Forest homes for sale. Audrey's offers a full suite of pet care services including boarding for dogs and cats, pet grooming, dog training, and pet fostering.

Contact us to find out more about real estate opportunities here in the Triangle.

September
15

National Happy Cat Month: 5 Tips for a Pet-Friendly Home

Raleigh CatsYour pets are a part of the family. Our real estate agents are well aware of that and, since September is National Happy Cat Month, we want to share with you some of the many ways you can make your home more comfortable for them. Make your home the purr-fect place for your feline friends by following these tips. 

  1. Give Them Space
    If you provide a convenient space for your cat with fresh water and food close to the litter box, your cat is going to hate it. That may seem ungrateful, but there are actually good reasons for their reactions. First, their very sensitive noses can locate their litter box when it is quite far away. If it is too close to the food, the odor will overwhelm the scent of their dinner. They are also unhappy if the scent of their food overwhelms the scent of their water. They like to eat in quiet, out-of-the-way places. If this describes your kitchen, it may be a good kitty dining room, but if not, you may want to find a more appropriate location. 

  2. Don't Forget Playtime
    Your first reaction may be that the entire house is a cat playground, and to a degree, you would be correct. But remember that cats love to climb, jump and look down from on high. Fortunately, cat trees come in all shapes and sizes that can fit in any size home, from a small condo to a mansion. Often covered with carpet, it can blend into the decor and serve double duty as cat scratch poles. 

  3. Build a Cat Cave
    Cats love the safety and security of a confined space. Even big cats like lions and tigers will climb into any box they can and curl up in comfort. Some of the most popular cat toys are miniature houses and fabric retreats. They are also more than happy to curl up on your clean laundry, so why not give them a basket with a baby blanket? Whatever you choose, do keep in mind that cats can be like toddlers. No matter how much you spend on the toy, they may prefer to play in the box it came in!

  4. Give the Cat a View
    Indoor cats are prone to sitting for hours staring out of the window. Whether they are watching the birds in the trees or just relaxing in the sun, a special cat should have a special space, much as you might enjoy a reading nook in a bay window. You can make it special with a well-placed shelf or even just a chair. Be sure the cat has easy access to the window itself by opening the drapes or blinds sufficiently. 

  5. Keep the Litter Box Odor-Free
    Ammonia and cat feces carry foul odors that your cat hates even more than you do. Fortunately, modern technology has made the most despised chore facing cat owners a little easier to tackle. An expensive self-cleaning litter box is well worth the investment. Keep in mind that multi-cat homes require multiple litter boxes. 

If you think one of the exquisite Raleigh homes for sale might be a great new place for you and your cat, our real estate professionals would like to help you find it. Contact us today to get started.

March
24

5 Helpful Tips for Introducing a Pet to Your Home

Raleigh New Pet

If you feel your home isn't complete without a four-legged friend, you're not alone. Many homeowners have at least one pet. Whether you're thinking about getting your first pet or adding yet another to your pack, introducing a new pet requires some planning and finesse. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for bringing a new fur-buddy into your home.

  1. Get your home ready.
    Before your new four-legged friend comes home with you for the first time, make sure you have everything you need and that your home is ready for their arrival. Get all the pet supplies you need, such as food, bowls, a kennel or carrier for a larger pet or a cage if it's a small animal, and a collar and a leash if necessary. Also, be sure your home is ready to receive a new pet. Pet-proof and put anything away that could be hazardous for your new pet.

  2. Make new introductions slowly.
    Keep introductions stress-free for your pet by slowly introducing them to other household members. For a dog, meeting on a leash in a neutral area, such as outside instead of in the house, can take some of the pressure off. A new cat may need to be kept confined to a single room for a few days while getting used to the new home.

  3. Plan a quiet few days at home.
    The last thing you want is a lot of activity while you're letting a new pet adjust to unfamiliar surroundings, so keep introductions to just the immediate household for now. Remember, this is a new member of your household, so friends and family will have plenty of time to get to know them later on. For now, plan to spend a few days at home while they get to know you and their new home.

  4. Establish routines.
    These first few days at home are a good time to start establishing routines with your new pet: when mealtimes are when bedtime is, and if it's a dog, walk schedules and outdoor routines.

  5. Plan for the future.
    As you and your new pet settle in together, remember to plan for the future. For instance, if you plan to move soon, maybe you don't want to cut through that exterior wall to make a doggy door. House training is important at this point so that you keep your home in good shape, minimize repairs, and maintain the value for when you sell one day. Keep in mind things that you notice would be nice, such as a larger yard for your dog, so that you know what to look for when you start browsing Raleigh homes for sale.

Adding a pet to the family is exciting, but it may also remind you of the features you want in your next home, such as more space, a larger yard, and close proximity to parks or walking trails. If you're ready to start looking for a new home for you and your family, both two-legged and four-legged family members included, contact us today.

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