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ALL Pet Friendly Condos for Sale in Edmonton

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

How do I find a Pet Friendly Condo in Edmonton that will allow both me and my pet to move in? Are pets allowed at Condos?  Get help finding the right home for you and your pet(s) with this Edmonton Pet Friendly REALTOR®.

You find a great home, you write an offer, all to find out that Fido isn’t allowed to come.  The property is not pet friendly, yet the MLS® listing said there were no restrictions,  how does this happen?  Well it happens all too often in Edmonton and Buyers with pets pay the price.

The search is probably frustrating for you when you try to find that feather or fur friendly home.  It’s a bone of contention with me, I love pets and think REALTORS® could work a lot harder to be more clear with listing this correctly. It doesn’t make up for the problematic system; however the best reason I can give you as to why you see discrepancies like this is because:

Many REALTORS® choose not to read the condo documents before they list a property. Many REALTORS® don’t look at condos docs, at any point. Perhaps even your buyers agent won’t look at condo docs for you.  Every agents services are different and industry standards are changing all the time.

The flip side of not looking at condo docs is just using the descriptors for this entry incorrectly.  You see, our system has been created with three options for pet restrictions the listing agent can pick from – NOPET, PETSR and N-KNOWN.

N-KNOWN – Unfortunately many pick NONE KNOWN, so they will not risk turning away potential buyers from seeing the home OR because they have not read the condo documents and therefore CANNOT say if there are any restrictions.

Not very helpful for pet owners, I know.

Click here to search all pet friendly condos for sale in Edmonton.

PETSR – This is supposed to mean PETS RESTRICTED BY BOARD – Height, weight, quantity and type of pet restrictions, all implemented by the condo corporation and you will most likely need to seek board approval before bringing your animals on site.

NOPET – This means exactly that – no pets, not even the ones that make bubbles as their loudest noise.

SO what’s the worst that can happen?  Well here’s a quick story:

My broker was telling me just recently about how an Agent in our office helped a client purchase their condo.  The client loved his cats and moved them into the property.  He had told his agent from the beginning that his pets were very important to him and he essentially bought a condo that did not allow pets.  The agent did not help him review the documents, and he didn’t bother to check the pet rules in the owner usage of the condo by-laws.  When the property managers found out he had pets in the unit, he was fined $250 /day /pet since he moved in.  He is un-impressed to say the least.

How can you be sure your fur babies will be permitted? – READ YOUR CONDO DOCS!!!!!  There is no other way to know.

I hope this information helps you.  I would love to be the REALTOR® to help you find you and your family your next home.  Are you aware that REALTOR® services are free for buyers?  That’s right, both ends of the transaction are paid for by the seller.  My help comes at no cost to you.

Contact me to save thousands on your next home.



Peta Action Alert – Urge Retailer Patricia Nash to Stop Selling Fur!

Friday, April 22nd, 2016


Confined to small, filthy wire cages
Hung up and skinned alive
Death by neck-breaking, suffocation, poisoning, or anal electrocutionThat is the reality for animals on fur farms.

Despite hearing from PETA about how animals are abused to obtain their fur, retailer Patricia Nash continues to sell handbags and accessories cruelly made with fur at various department stores, including Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Nordstrom. Please urge Patricia Nash to stop selling fur immediately. Please let the company know that you will be shopping elsewhere until it does.


Humane Society International Top Achievements 2015

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Hi Folks,

I watch the HSI a lot, I watch their request for public support, signature on petitions and involvement within our communities.  I am proud of the work these people do and I can only imagine how much pain and reward their work brings. I am saddened by the dog and cat meat trade, yet when I hear of the work that gets accomplished by downward and upward pressure from our people.  I am saddened by the welfare, transportation and living conditions of Farm Animals, especially when you consider we eat their meat and essentially their ‘feelings’ or ‘tortures’.  So in respect of this great work, this important movement and the future of animals on the planet, I gladly copy and paste from HSI and present to you – their top achievements in 2015.

 With significant operations in 20 countries, and a presence in three dozen more, HSI has made a difference on a wide range of issues: working to combat the dog meat trade, pressing for 21st-century methods in animal testing, persuading corporate giants to adopt humane food procurement policies, ending the commercial slaughter of marine mammals, aiding animals in disaster, fighting trophy hunting and the wildlife trade, and eliminating spectacles of cruelty — from bullfighting to animal sacrifice to dogfighting and cockfighting. Since January, we’ve had a torrent of accomplishments, demonstrating that HSI has become a dominant and powerful force for animals on the international stage.

1. Taking on the dog meat trade

We are exposing the dog meat trade in southeast Asian nations, where the practice is often conducted in open-air markets and where tens of millions of dogs, who look just like the ones in our homes, are butchered for human consumption. In South Korea, HSI shut down several dog meat farms and rescued hundreds of dogs — treating them as ambassadors for the millions still at risk. In China, we set up a new China Animal Protection Power task force and command center, and supported partner groups as they pulled over dog meat traders’ trucks (leading to more rescues and delivering the animals from purgatory to safety). We’ve also been instrumental with partner groups in exposing the barbarism at the Yulin dog meat festival, holding it up as a symbol to the world that this trade must end.

Help us do even more for animals in 2016.

2. Seal trade ban

Last year, the World Trade Organization once again upheld the European Union’s right to ban seal product trade, a ban we helped to achieve and defend against all challenges. In 2015, the EU strengthened its ban even further and the EU market will remain closed to the products of cruel commercial seal slaughter — a vindication of the right of nations to restrict trade on animal welfare grounds. This has been perhaps the signature victory in our relentless 10-year campaign to keep the sealing boats in Canada at the docks. In 2015, the number of baby seals killed was the lowest it has been for more than two decades, continuing a rapid downward trend that started when the EU closed its market to seal products in 2009.

3. Ending animal testing

Strong campaigns by our #BeCrueltyFree team led New Zealand to ban cosmetics testing on animals, South Korea to make government-approved non-animal alternatives a legal requirement for cosmetics testing, and both Canada and Taiwan to propose legislation to end cosmetics cruelty. Brazil and India heeded our call to remove a year-long dog-poisoning test protocol and other cruel studies from its safety testing requirements for pesticides, while the EU has taken up a number of animal testing alternatives championed by HSI that could spare millions of animals from suffering and death in chemical poisoning tests over the coming years.

4. China steps up to combat wildlife trafficking

In a surprise but very welcome move, aided by Prince William’s appeal to President Xi Jinping and a host of organizations around the world working against wildlife trafficking, China pledged to ban the ivory trade. China has the largest ivory market in the world and is a substantial driver of the poaching of elephants. With a similar U.S. pledge, the potential shrinking of the world’s top two ivory markets offers the prospect of diminishing the incentive for poaching to kill elephants in Africa.

5. Airlines join the campaign against trophy hunting

After the killing of Cecil the lion set off a worldwide campaign against trophy hunting, HSI pressed for action on the part of major carriers and airlines. Some airlines had already prohibited shipment of certain animal trophies before the killing of Cecil, but many more took this step immediately after. So far, 45 airlines, including nearly all the major airlines like Delta, United, and American Airlines, have stopped shipping hunting trophies of the Africa Big Five — African lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and Cape buffalo.

6. Taking our anti-confinement campaigns for farm animals global

We are pressing globally for an end to gestation-crate and battery-cage confinement, and we’ve had tremendous success in Brazil, one of the world’s biggest agricultural nations. There, following discussions with HSI, JBS – the world’s largest animal processing company and owner of SEARA, Brazil’s second largest pork producer — announced its commitment to a complete phase-out of the use of sow gestation crates. JBS will transition to group housing systems for breeding sows in its entire supply chain by 2025. We also convinced Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company, to announce a commitment to go 100 percent cage-free globally. Our campaigns led to a ban on the production of foie gras in the Brazilian cities of Blumenau and Sorocaba. Sorocaba also banned foie gras sales.

7. Ending the world’s largest animal sacrifice

In cooperation with Animal Welfare Network Nepal and People For Animals in India, HSI helped secure a pledge to end, once and for all, the Gadhimai festival, the world’s largest animal sacrifice, where hundreds of thousands of large and small animals were butchered. This barbaric spectacle has occurred every five years starting in the 18th century. At the most recent festival in 2015, thanks to volunteers at the Indo-Nepal border and appeals to the courts and administrative authorities, the number of animals reaching Gadhimai to be butchered was greatly reduced, lowering financial returns for the temple and merchants involved. The Gadhimai Temple Trust decided that they would make the festival a celebration of life moving forward. Nepal was also the site of our largest international disaster deployment in 2015, as team members provided emergency veterinary aid and care for animal survivors after a massive earthquake rocked the nation.

8. Passing and using animal cruelty laws throughout the world

In a strong test of our commitment to expanding legal protection for animals in other nations, Honduran lawmakers approved a new animal welfare law that criminalizes the intentional mistreatment of animals, among other provisions. In Costa Rica, where we’re highly active, The National Animal Health Department (SENASA) attended nearly 2,000 complaints about animal welfare issues, including animal hoarding, puppy mills, and dogfighting in 2015. The Court of La Unión de Tres Ríos for the first time convicted a person for breeding dogs in a puppy mill. In India, HSI sought and won judicial intervention to stop cockfighting in Maharashtra, a large western state.

9. Putting street dog programs in place to help tens of thousands of dogs

In India, where we’ve long been active on the ground, the Supreme Court ordered the implementation of an Animal Birth Control program (spay/neuter) — rather than culls — to control street dog population in all states of the country. We have several major street dog projects in India and, at the beginning of the year, we signed an MoU with the State of Haryana to vaccinate 350,000 street dogs against rabies and to sterilize at least 65,000 in the next two years. That program is now underway. In Bhutan, we are working with government officials to draft an omnibus animal cruelty bill following our six-year partnership with the Royal Government which has resulted in the sterilization of 63,000 street dogs. We also are supporting active street dog programs across the globe, including in the Philippines, American Samoa, Guam and Saipan, Bolivia, Chile, Puerto Rico, Panama, and Malawi. Our Canadian affiliate is also providing care to the dogs of aboriginal communities in northern Quebec.

10. The UK sticks it to glue traps

In the United Kingdom, the Booker Group (202 stores), British Garden Centres (nine stores) and leading online wholesaler MX Wholesale stopped selling glue traps as HSI’s campaign against cruel glue traps, mostly targeting small rodents, got underway in October.

We are winning the biggest of battles, making real change happen for animals. With your support, in 2016, we will continue the fight to help them around the world. Please donate now to help.

Peta Action Alert – Putnam County Fair

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

Animals won as “prizes” often become victims of cruelty or, as the novelty wears off, are surrendered to already overburdened shelters or bounced around from home to home, relegated to lonely rooms and backyards and forgotten. Others are abandoned outdoors to fend for themselves, only to die as a result of starvation, dehydration, exposure, stress, or attacks by other animals. Upon hearing that rabbits are being doled out as booth prizes in Cookeville, Tennessee, at the Putnam County Fair, which is scheduled to run through August 8, PETA implored the members of the fair board to cancel this aspect of their event but to no apparent avail. We need your help now!

Action alert for animals

Action Alert for Bunnies and Rabbits

Please call or send polite comments to: John Allen, President
info@putnamcountyfair.com |     Putnam County Fair Board |     931-528-9316

My letter:

Dear Members of the board for the Putnam County Fair and president John Allen,

I strongly urge you to reconsider your policy and plan to give away live animals at the County Fairs that you hold.

Animals are not prizes to be won, they are creatures that deserve warmth, food, shelter and attention.

To purchase, adopt or guard an animal requires responsibility, time, effort, money and most importantly love.  Often when a person is forced to pay for something they take much better care of it.  Even online community sales organizations like Craigslist and Kijiji have stopped allowing ads to run that give away free animals.

If a member of your public wishes to purchase an animal for companionship, they will.  They animal will then most likely have the best chance of survival, having had its’ shots and a person who sought out ownership/guardianship of a live being.

Please re-consider, animals are NOT TOYS, NOT PRIZES and should be shown to the public as something more than a “stuffy’ that is discarded after the novelty wears off.

Please give these bunnies a fighting chance and don’t replace the bunnies with any other living creature.

In thanks for what you can do to alleviate unnecessary animal cruelty on this planet,


A Canadian First – Hawk the Trauma Dog

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Calgary Police Trauma Dog

Hawk the Trauma Dog – Calgary Police

Here’s something I can sink my teeth into. A large step in the understanding of the abilities of our creatures on this great big planet of ours. As an advocate of animals, I am happy to showcase another example of the greater good animals provide. Which brings me to Hawk.

My head wants to call him the ‘Wonder dog’ though you can refer to him as a Calgary Police dog and even better than that his title is a ‘Trauma Dog.’ Hawk started his career in October of 2013, and just over a year later he is helping a very little girl with one of the toughest moments in her life.

She had some play dates with Hawk, the Labrador Retreiver and his ‘animal spirit’ of ‘unconditional acceptance’ rose right to the top. He walks past others and goes straight to her in the court room. He just knows where he is needed.

“When you’re dealing with young kids who have been victimized by adults it’s hard for them to connect to another adult, but suddenly something magical happens when a dog like Hawk makes his appearance. I mean it’s just immediate trust. There’s things that can be done through animals, through dogs, that just can’t be done no matter how hard we try as people,” said Chief Rick Hanson of the Calgary Police Force.

It’s a Canadian first, and Ellen O’Neill-Stephens, the founder of Courthouse Dogs came up with the idea of pairing victims of crimes and dogs about a decade ago. It is already popular in the US and I am hoping it will become more prominent in the world. This REALTOR hopes that alongside the greater service needs from Earths friendly creatures will come greater rights. Right as this is going on; there is a Canadian movement to change the laws for animals, because without the law behind the issue there is little to no recourse for how abusers and oppressors are dealt with.

The Animal Charter is premised on the recognition that animals experience suffering and pleasure in a way that is not biologically distinguishable from that of humans; that discrimination on the basis of arbitrary characteristics—like species—is a violation of equity, natural justice and the rule of law; and that our legal system must not exclude the most vulnerable members of society.

It is a telling comment on the western world that legislation for the prevention of cruelty to animals (started with horses) predated protection of children in most areas. A century ago in England, eight- and nine-year-old children were forced to work longer hours in the coal mines than the pit mules, which were protected by law. In 1884, John Colam, Secretary of the RSPCA, helped to form the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.

I wish that neither the Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or the Society for the prevention of cruelty to children had to exist in this world. Perhaps this type of pairing is exactly what the world needs to witness, to learn how to speak up and prevent cruelty to both.

Tips for Selling a Pet Occupied Home.

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Selling your home can be a fun process, however it can sometimes also be a little stressful. Selling your home when you have pets offers some extra challenges, what to do with your furry family members while the home is being shown is one of the many questions this Realtor gets asked frequently. Unfortunately, not everyone loves our pets as much as we do. It is important to consider why people may have a negative reaction to our pets so that we can remove any possible barriers in order to sell your home. There are many reasons that some buyers may have such reactions, allergies, fear of certain animals, and smells generally top the list. Here is a list of things to consider when selling your, and your pets home.

What should I do with my pet during the showing?

Some homeowners will get a pet sitter, or bring their pets with them when they leave to allow showings in their home. If this is not an option for you, you may consider putting your furry friend in a crate, in a quiet room to keep them safe and out of the way of the potential buyers. The other advantage to this is that you as a pet owner won’t have to worry about your pets making a mad dash for the door. If your pet is absent then it will not be a distraction for the buyers as they walk through the home.

What should I do with my pets toys during the showings?

The best practice is to remove your pets toys and other accessories that we all have to keep our pets happy. If buyers have to step over toys and have to watch out for water dishes and pet food, this could distract them from seeing the whole potential of your house. Don’t forget to remove those pet beds as well as some buyers may see them as dirty.

What about any smells?

Dealing with pet smells can be a bit tricky. A vacuum will help, but a professional steam cleaning is the most effective way to get rid of smells in the carpet. Stains in the carpet may detract from the overall beauty of your home, use a pet spot remover to help with this, or consider replacing carpet. Bedding is also another place that pet smells tend to linger. If you’re like this Realtor and your pets sleep on the bed don’t forget about cleaning the bedding before a showing. A wash of the walls will also help to give your home a nice clean smell, and don’t forget about those windows. Cat and dog nose prints on the sliding glass door may be just another part of your daily life but it may discourage buyers from seeing your house as their home. Litter boxes should be cleaned daily and puppy training pads should also be removed.

A few final things to remember is to clean up any messes your pets may have left outside, having animal droppings in the backyard will make it seem less welcoming, so don’t forget to clean up the outside as well as the inside of your home. Selling a house with a pet can bring a little extra work, but in the end your extra effort will pay off with the successful sale of your home and hopefully the purchase of a new home for you and your furry family members.

And That’s The Cats’ Meow.

Come and Find us at The Edmonton Pet Expo this weekend…

Friday, January 18th, 2013

This weekend, January 19 & 20, 2013, Edmonton and the City of Edmonton will host the annual Edmonton Pet Expo in the Expo Center of Northlands.

I hear that Buttercup can handle the board and for an English Bulldog, that is some fancy paw action.

Dockdogs however has really caught my attention.  For those of you that know me well, I have a dockcat; Sailor.  I have seen her jump into the pacific northwest and hang out, swim with the seals, and hop back onto the floating thumbs.  Should be a show worth catching.

Wiener races, Understanding Dog Body Language, Dog Sports and Flyball, Zero Gravity Disc Dog and Petting Zoo with Pony Rides. ( I sure hope there is a baby kangaroo)

Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5

Be sure to pick up winters copy of Edmonton Pet Connect and check out our ad on the Services Page.


Edmonton Pet Expo with Jeanine Boutet, The Cats Meow

Find us at the Edmonton Pet Expo, this weekend.

Look for us and come over and say hi, Now that would be the Cats Meow.

Sign this Petition to Stop Dolphin Deaths Unnecessarily

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A Funny Realtor Story with The Hermitage Veterinary Hospital

Friday, May 11th, 2012

Hermitage Veterinary Hospital Edmonton

As I’m working away acouple of weeks ago, I get this call from Joe.  Turns out, there’s a home he and his wife Gina would like to look at.  Purrfect…. I get all the regular details and finally ask for Joe’s email address.  He says, well the wife handles that kind of stuff- so I’ll get her to call you.

I hang up and start working away again.  The phone doesn’t ring.

Finally, the phone rings and I notice that it’s my Kittes Vet Clinic. Hermitage Veterniary Hospital.   All right I’m thinking, it’s time to bring the girls in, I better make an appointment.

Turns out it’s Gina, she tells me that her hubby probalby picked me because of the girls.  Sophia and Sailor.

Now Joe and Gina are just about to take possession of their new home.  The girls are all caught up on their shots and I have some new friends at the clinic.  So thanks to Dr. Howard, Gina and all the rest of the staff.

Now that’s the Cat’s Meow in Real Estate