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Getting A Dog While Renting

Pets In Rented House

Not long after we moved into our current home I became desperate for a dog. Sadly one by one the family dogs had moved on to Doggy Heaven and for the first time in my life I was without a dog. Of course being a renter it’s not easy to keep a pet, so here are my top tips for getting a dog while renting:

// Ask. Our contract didn’t allow us pets, but being the sort of person who isn’t afraid to ask for what I want I went ahead and put in a request to change that. It seemed like a total long shot and our letting agents flat out said no, but our Landlord wanted to think it over. We had talks about it where our landlord voiced his concerns giving us a chance to ease his mind on certain issues. Despite being advised strongly against it by the letting agents, he finally made the decision to write a dog into our contract.

// Offer a larger deposit. We rounded up our security deposit to allow for any additional damage that may be caused by the dog.

// Make compromises. We were due to have a brand new kitchen fitted and the hallway carpets ripped out and walls decorated, so instead we agreed to put that off and get a dog instead. The following year (I presume after our Landlord checked the dog wasn’t programmed to destroy!) our new kitchen was fitted anyway, but we painted our own landing walls and kept the old carpet. That way when we move out it doesn’t matter if the carpet is ruined by the dog because it needs changing anyway.

// Agree to additional cleaning. We had a full carpet clean added to our contract so when we move out we are required to get a professional carpet cleaner or have the cost taken from our security deposit.

Getting a dog for renters

// Adopt a rescue dog. Often dogs from rescue centres, particularly slightly older ones, are already housetrained before they come to live with you. This minimises any accidents that may occur or any damage to the house. We also got a massive folder full of our dog’s medical and behaviour history, which leads me on to my next point…

// Create your dog a CV. Hopefully your dog is the poster pup for good behaviour, so gather up recommendations from your vet/neighbours/previous landlord so your landlord has evidence that your dog is well behaved, instead of just taking your word. If you don’t have a dog yet, Dogs Trust can advise you about your new pal!

// Don’t forget insurance!! Argos Pet Insurance asked me to share their services with you guys and I cannot stress how important it is to get insurance. Not only does it cover you for unexpected vet fees, but it also covers for third party liability so your landlord can rest safe that you’ll be able to pay your rent! It also shows you’ve taken the responsibility to look after your pet.

// Be responsible. If you have a long history of being a good tenant, paying on time, not holding wild parties and not causing any damage to your property your landlord will have a stronger trust in you to act the same with a pet.

// Get it in writing. When we went to adopt Frank, because we lived in rented housing we need to provide a letter from our landlord to state that we were allowed to keep a pet. It’s also important to get any stipulations into your contract and signed so no-one can go back on their word at a later date. A dog is for life.

Getting a dog while renting

If you have any specific questions, please do ask in the comments or @me on Twitter! It may seem like a long shot, but it’s worth a try. Trust me.

Loves x xx

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The Dandy Dog Company: Dog Coat Review

Quilted Dog Coat

I’m so excited to be bringing you Frank’s first outfit post! Haha, I’m such a geek ;) Look how smart my little pup looks in his new coat. If you don’t know (where have you been?) Frank is our rescue dog; He’s about 7 years old and we adopted him from Dogs Trust Leeds just over three years ago. Frank is completely nuts, obsessive, annoying, loud, messy and a poop-machine, but I love his little heart to teeny-tiny pieces!

Handmade Dog Coat

Dog Coat Review

Frank is a Whippet cross-breed so he has very short hair and barely any on his belly. He doesn’t really like the rain, but he absolutely loves bounding around in the snow so when The Dandy Dog Company kindly sent me and Frank a brand new, handmade dog coat from their bespoke service we were eager to try it out for this bitterly cold Winter. The coat is quilted, waterproof and warm, but still allows Frank to run wild and free like he demonstrated today in the park. It came beautifully gift wrapped too, in case you’re thinking of a Christmas gift for your favourite beast. There were even a couple of biscuits in there for Frank to devour – Thanks Dandy Dog!

Warm Dog Coat

Dandy Dog Company Gift Wrap

The popper buttons are much more practical, unlike the velcro on his old coat that we bought from the local pet shop, so when he runs it doesn’t fly off onto the floor. There’s also an adjustable belly strap for added comfort. It was a joy to work with The Dandy Dog Company who gave clear instructions on how to measure my pooch and offered a great aftercare service were there to be any problems. I also really love the adorable corduroy collar, making him look super trendy and all the doggies we meet either want to be him or be with him!! What a stud ;)

Good Quality Dog Coat

Quilted Jacket for Dogs

Navy Quilted Dog Coat with Corduroy Collar | c/o The Dandy Dog Company

Loves x xx

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