House for Sale. Pitbull NOT Included

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So, I drive up to a showing yesterday, and there is a PITBULL standing on the front porch. He is tied up, but he’s on a 15 foot leash. I instantly flipped out, and refused to show the property. I apologized to my clients (one of whom is vastly pregnant) and was ready to get back in the vehicle, when one of my buyers decided to pull the leash and secure the dog so we could all enter. (I still did not want to show the property, but the buyer wanted to see it, so as long as he was able to keep the dog at bay, I was willing to open the door).

When we left the showing, the lock was broken and would not close. Eventually, we left the door open, and got into the van. I was steaming. I was fuming. I was seeing red.

It’s just so disrespectful.

Is it not, people? Please weigh in here, and tell me if I’m being totally irrational here. I’m interested in some opinions.

So I ring the agent, and explain what just happened, and he’s cool as a cucumber.

“Yah, don’t worry about that dog. He’s a good dog. He isn’t gonna do nuthin to ya,” He says, and he just leaves it at that.

“Well I am sorry, sir,” I exclaim, “But not everyone shares your feelings about PITBULLS.”

He didn’t say much after that. Didn’t even apologize. I let him know that the door was left open and that none of us felt like sticking around long enough to diagnose the problem with the broken lock because of the pitbull. He was pretty nonchalant about the whole thing.

I’ve never seen anything like it. In all my days of real estate.

OK. Let’s just forget about actual physical safety and respect for your fellow REALTORS. Let’s just put that aside. But tell me: how in the WORLD are you doing this client any favours by allowing him to keep a pitbull on site? You have to KNOW that his home isn’t going to sell. You have KNOW that buyers will be totally turned off. You have to KNOW that agents will get to the property and refuse to show. How? Why? WHY? (I’m sputtering like an old car here now.)

OK, now it’s your turn. Please tell me if I’m being WAAAAY too uptight about this. What’s your take? Go:

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REW Kim

Ok, gotta weigh in here. I have several friends with pitbulls and all of them (the dogs and also the people) are friendly and very well behaved. I've never met an aggressive or otherwise disagreeable pitbull. In fact, the most aggressive and territorial dogs I've come across have all been little guys.

However (and this is a big however), not everyone has had good experiences with pitbulls. The undisputable fact is that this breed has a bad reputation. Everyone knows that. Heck, some people just don't like dogs at all. If I were selling my house and I had a pitbull, or a dog of any kind, I would take him/her with me or have someone take him/her on a walk during showings.

I don't see it as disrespectful, I see it as poor home staging. I'd never allow my house to be shown if I hadn't completely cleaned my cat's litterbox, put it in the basement, and vacuumed the hair off the sofas. I'd also never leave a scary-looking dog on my deck. Common sense, really.

Kathleen Templeton-Bandola

Oh Rachel, with all the recent dog attacks in the news recently, you were wise. We always hear "they never attacked anyone before!" comment afterwards. I would assume the dog would be left in the backyard, in the very least. I would not have gone near the home either!

RachelVanderveen

@Kim, I think I'm just an all around chicken. So if I see a dog that looks big and ferocious, I want to run the other way, even if it's supposedly a very nice dog. That being said, about 6 months ago, a very nice dog ate a newborn baby in Airdrie. Nice dogs aren't always nice. They can be inconsistant, unlike me who is consistantly a fraidy-cat. :)

(Yes, I did say "fraidy-cat" just in case you're wondering.)

RachelVanderveen

Epilogue:

I had to do a deal with this agent 3 weeks later on a different property...it was not an easy transaction because I just dressed him down about this dog. Deal got done anyways but it was more difficult. Oooops. (I was still right though. Friggin Pitbull. Gimme a break).

Michelle

it does not matter what kind of dog it is it matters how they are raised my friend had to give her black lab away for bitting her son in the face i do not care what kind of dog it is if they had a bad life growing up they are going to have problems my aunt is having a really hard time finding a place she has 6 pitbulls and i have a 2 year old son they are the nicest to him and protects him with dear life you can not just judge pitbulls like that i do not let my son around any dog that i do not know for the fact is does not matter what kind of dog it is all dogs can bit

RachelVanderveen

I hear what you're saying, Michelle, and that was exactly my problem. I didn't know this dog at all. Therefore, I didn't feel safe and comfortable.

Adam

As someone that is against BSL, I still think it was wrong of them to have any dog tied on the front porch before a house viewing. I have a question though, would you have felt uncomfortable showing the house if there was an African American sitting on the front porch?

RachelVanderveen

Is that even a real question? What in the world does that have to do with the blog I wrote. How is there any comparison whatsoever to an African American and a pitbull?

GerryThomasen

Adam is comparing prejudice against specific breeds, to racism. However, while a human's "race" does not significantly determine one's temperament, it is undeniable that certain characteristics have been "selected" (unnatural selection) by humans during their dog-breeding practices, with the result that certain breeds of dogs are thought to be more likely than others to exhibit certain kinds of behaviour.

Kim points out that this doesn't mean you can pre-judge a dog because of its breed; the dog's training has more effect on its predispositions than its "race" does. Nobody would deny that there are TONS of very nice pitbulls out there.

Perhaps Rachel can win more friends among the dog/pitbull crowd by omitting reference to specific breeds in the future. However, dogs can't read blog posts, so it's not a big deal for her to reveal a prejudice in this regard. Comparing her pitbull prejudice to racism (of the human variety) is pretty troll-ish, but that's just part of the great fun we call the interwebs.

RachelVanderveen

LOL. Well said, Gerry. I should also mention that the only type of dog which doesn't scare me would be one weighing less than eight pounds with more fluffy fur than actually body mass. If a person reads this blog and follows what I write, they can easily see a pattern developing of a woman who is mortally terrified of spiders, Twitter, smelly houses, and now pitbulls. Maybe I should pursue therapy.

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