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What is it About Real Estate Agents and Dogs?

I second this sentiment. Notice how many agents participate in Rescue Activities and feature this proudly on their posts. The Bachman's do in Northern Virginia and my cousin does on Facebook. I might give a Golden Rescue a home some day, too.

MaxThis is one of those topics I have been meaning to write about for a dog's age (sorry) and I finally have the time and inspiration to do just that. 

It is my view that an inordinate percentage of real estate agents are dog lovers. Canine devotees. Poochophiles. And they aren't just dog owners, they rescue them  adopt them, and give them foster homes. When I peruse Facebook, I can bet that the people who are posting about a dog that needs a home are real estate licensees. 

My very non-scientific observation in my 44 years is that a higher percentage of real estate people are dog people than any other occupation I know. Their dogs were always in their print and home magazine ads, they are on their web pages, in their cars, and often in their offices. They love their dogs. Actually, I should say WE love our dogs because I am one of them. We own a rescued 90 pound purebred German Shepherd who is a big goofy loveball, thinks I am the cats meow the greatest guy in the world, and adores the children. Before Max we had two yellow labs, Logan and Bella, and Logan was also a rescue who was nursed back from heartworm and near death. 

I was around dogs when I was a kid. That's my excuse. Do dogs cause people go go into real estate, or is it something else that causes the canine mania in so many of my colleagues? 

I actually think that the dog things does go hand in hand with a love of homes. Dogs make a house a home. They bring love and warmth, companionship and warm fuzzies. And when you are all about a home, a dog is not a far leap. 

But I think it is deeper than that, and I think what I am about to say should make our profession proud. We have compassion. By and large we are a benevolent group. Sure, there are some crummy, mercenary shazbuts in our ranks but overall we're a home loving (often dog loving), softed hearted crowd. If we weren't we wouldn't be so devoted to our furry family. 

Reading so many blogs and listening to my own team of agents, we lose sleep over our clients. We mother hen. We worry. We SO want them to win. We invest our selves and our efforts in a happy outcome for them. We literally bet our income we can make a difference for them. The public might think that all we see is a commission, but that's the minority. When we look at our clients, we see a noble mission. Is it any wonder that so many of us see the same when we look into a dog's eyes? 

That's my theory- any other ideas? 

Duchess, around 1978

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Comment balloon 6 commentsCheryl Ritchie • January 27 2012 11:51PM

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Cheryl, thank you for passing this one forward. I think the majority of Realtors(r) have a deep sense of community and it translates into of the way we work and build community, pets included. We keep extra dog treats in the car and always seem to be lucky to encounter a lost one to help find its way back home. I think it is our nature.

Posted by Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Hello Realty) over 7 years ago

I think a large part of the connection between Realtors and their dogs... is the obvious fact that dogs love their owners unconditionally.  With all that we go through as Realtors... being able to have a reliable source of unconditional love is a pretty valuable, if not live-saving thing.

Posted by Carolyn Kolba, Keller Williams Realty- Mentor, Ohio (Serving Mentor, and all of Lake County, Ohio) over 7 years ago

Hi Cheryl - I don't think it's just dogs.  I have written posts about my cats and the stray cats I feed, and the comments I hae received make it clear that I'm not the only one doing that.  But when I talk about feeding the wild critters around my home too (possums, racoons, skunks, birds, etc) I get even more comments from other ARers talking about their rescue and wildlife assistance programs.  I love it!

Posted by Susan Neal, Fair Oaks CA & Sacramento Area Real Estate Broker (RE/MAX Gold, Fair Oaks) over 7 years ago

I already got into trouble by making a comment on Phillip's blog.  I agree with Susan that it isn't limited to just dogs.  There are a lot of other good little critters out there that we can love and help out when we can.  The thing that is special about dogs is their unconditional love for us.  The other critters, inclulding cats, may love us but they're too independent to be totally committed to us during every waking hour like a dog is committed.   Yeah Dogs!

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 7 years ago

I can attest to the fact that one of the absolute biggest advocates for rescued dogs here in Tucson is a REALTOR. She is always, I mean always, arranging for a rescue or finding a home for a dog. A very special lady.

Posted by Jon Quist, Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996 (REALTY EXECUTIVES TUCSON ELITE) over 7 years ago

I cannot speak for others but I can tell you I do know I love animals and have 4 dogs.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 7 years ago

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