|09-22-2013, 01:41 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2008
Looking For an Apartment
Don't know if this is exactly the correct place for this but hopefully it is.
I am a current student at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and I live with my Long Hair Working Line Shepherd Nikkia who I have had for 6 1/2 years I got her when I was 13 and my Shepherd X Husky Kavik who I have had just a little over a month now. We had a place it was kind of a complicated situation though I was living in a house with some roomates and a friend. Her uncle owned the property and was renting it to us. He was okay with us having dogs we had my shepherds a lab and a golden in the home as well as some cats and rats. Her uncle approached me last month and told me that he had changed insurance plans and that my shepherds were no longer covered. Then he had the audacity to ask if I wouldn't mind finding them new homes. Seriously dude I've had Nikkia for 6 years and vowed that I would do EVERYTHING in my power to keep her and that goes for Kavik now too. So I of course declined. He said that I was allowed to stay with the dogs until the end of the month when my contract ended and I needed to more or less be on my merry way before then.
I've been looking quite fervently but have failed to find many places around me that will accept 1 let alone 2 GSDs. I'm willing to go out of the area into outlying cities as long as there is access to public transportation as I can't quite afford a car plus rent and tuition (I prefer not to take out loans for school they are scary!) so the car isn't in my future for a while. Is there anyone in the Salt Lake/ Near Salt Lake area that has had luck finding housing with GSDs? Utah unfortunately does not seem to be as Pet friendly as Oregon was. I don't require much just an affordable place that isn't in an area with a super high crime rate. Yes I have 2 GSDs but as a 19 year old decent looking Female I choose not to tempt fate. I'd love to get a house and room with some friends again but unfortunately all of my other "friends" hate dogs... hence the air quotes. The most I would be able to pay would be $500 maybe $650 if I went on a roman noodle diet (don't worry Nikkia and Kavik would to stick with their natural dog food). If anyone lives in the area or has and knows of good places please, please, please tell me.
I am currently hiding out in the detached Garage on my Mom's property. We (my dogs and I) are of course not on her lease though so I am trying to find a place soon because I would feel terrible if I got her kicked out. Thank you again for any help.
Nikkia and Kavik are both very sweet, well trained, quiet girls. I don't have their CGC's but should look into getting them soon. They do have certificates from Obedience class graduations though. We also went to the Strut Your Mutt today and had lots of fun! They did great and didn't have any issues or pay any mind to the dogs that were wanting to come over and take them on. Nikkia has a solid temperament she is low drive and submissive but has never startled easily and is quite friendly. Her dad was a Service Dog/Medical Alert Dog so I think she just got his sweeter temperament and not her mom's schutzhund temperament. Kavik has also almost lost all of her anxiety. She was chained and abused in her previous home so she developed a bit of an anxiety disorder. It's almost gone now though we've been working hard! She barely whines anymore and the only thing really left is she is hand shy when strange people reach out quickly to pet her (I tell them not to but how often do they really listen...grrr) but will warm up to people if they allow her to stand near and smell them for a minute or two. Nikkia doesn't chew things and Kavik stays calmly in a crate when I am gone. So they wouldn't be terrorizing the other tenants or tearing around the apartment complex.
Again thank you for any help/suggestions! We really appreciate them!
Shakar WPO (Rescue) - Born: 2/15/05 - Long Hair GSD - No longer in my care, forever in my heart
Nikkia - Born: 3/24/07 - Long Hair GSD
Kavik (Rescue) - Born: 2/2/12 - GSD / Husky X
|09-22-2013, 08:24 AM||#2 (permalink)|
The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Before owning my own place, I moved and rented often, and with a dog. Granted, not two GSDs, it was a medium sized Retriever mix named William, but still difficult to find a place to rent that allows dogs - it was way more work, and these are some suggestions that might help.
- Forget appartment/commercial rentals - look to rent a suite, or a basement, or a cabin from a private individual - (that is what always worked for me).
- Be proactive in contacting landlords and selling yourself and your dogs - getting a CGC or getting your dogs as Therapy dogs can make a big difference. When I was renting, mentioning that my dog was a Therapy Dog (he was), always made a very positive impression.
- Have references. Offer them up front when you contact someone. I'm sure your Uncle will give you a good reference - a reference from one landlord to another carries a lot of weight.
- If the ad for the rental said "no pets", I did not waste my time on it. If it said 'cat only' or no mention of pets at all, I phoned and brought up the dog right away, asking if they might consider renting to a person with a dog. I'd start selling myself and William right away - I'd work the therapy dog thing into the conversation early. In your case, be sure to mention that you HAVE been renting with your dogs in the past with no issues, and menton their obedience training. Most people I run into are impressed that my dogs walk on a loose leash. Formal obedience training will impress the average person.
- Offer for the landlord to meet your dogs. I usually brought William with me when I went to see a place, and since he was quiet, friendly, well-behaved, he always left a good impression.
- Listen to your gut. If you find a great place but something in your gut tells you that this is not the right place for you, pay attention to that feeling.
- Good luck! Stay positive and the right place will come along!
Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
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Gryffon Vom Wildhaus BH