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They Gave Up Kitty Kitty

 

A few years ago I was working with classic clients, both in their ninth decade. They had been living on a small farm in an old two story house. Due to age and health issues, it was time for them to move.

A condo was chosen and they proceeded forward.

 

While at their home, signing the paper work, I noticed their beautiful cat.

Kitty Kitty, as they called her, was everywhere. We sat down at the table  and Kitty Kitty was gently nudging the seller and there was continuous contact.  It was a love affair.

 

Calvin Rome

 

But uh oh...the condo they were purchasing had a  No Pet  policy which I shared. They seemed OK, wanted to move forward  and  proceeded to make plans to find Kitty Kitty a new home.

 

When speaking with them after the  move, I found the owner depressed, not feeling well and missing his Kitty Kitty. The owner passed away within that first year. I do believe that the loss of his companion may have speeded up his demise.

 

Today I would have encouraged them to have their Kitty Kitty certified as an ESA - Emotional Support Animal.

Emotional Support Animal

This was a topic on my radio show this past Sunday and we recieved a lot of response. Please look into this for clients with special needs.

 

Margaret Rome

 

 

 

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Comment balloon 21 commentsMargaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland • September 18 2016 07:10PM

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Good evening Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,

I will look into this..I've never heard of this before..thanks for sharing.

Posted by Dorie Dillard, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799) over 1 year ago

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland , I sure would have to agree with your conclusion. When I lost my girls ( little yorkies) I missed them so much. Different reason but I can attest to the feelings you mention. Like Dorie Dillard , I will also look into this should I need to protect one of my senior clients. Thanks for sharing this valuable info.

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 1 year ago

William Johnson Thank you for sharing your little girls. So hard to lose one and overwhelming with two. We as Realtors need to be aware and proactive in helping our clients with special needs.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 1 year ago

I have mixed feelings on the matter. I've seen people take advantage.   But as for me, I am not moving anywhere I would have to give up my pets. I believe it would be detrimental to me and to them. 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 1 year ago

Tammy Lankford, Not everyone is fortunate to have that choice.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 1 year ago

That's true I suppose.  I actually know of a local assisted living place that allows small dogs and/or cats (just 1, but it was a blessing for one of my agents in laws). And when he passed his roommate adopted the cat.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 1 year ago

I can see the attachment was more than likely too much to bare.  This is sad. 

Posted by Rose Mary Justice, Synergy Realty Pros (Synergy Realty Pros) over 1 year ago

Hi Margaret

What a sad story but with an important message about a beloved pet and the possibility for using this certificate. Thank you for the share and learning!

Jeff

Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 1 year ago

Oh yes, I forgot about this.  When I was healing my broken foot and staying w/ my parents, I brought my cat, and I know it helped.  They make a big difference.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 1 year ago

Good morning Margaret. What a really sad story all around. What happened to Kitty Kitty?

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 1 year ago

Hi Margaret - That's a sad story, and it's easy to understand what a great impact there could be from having to give up a loved pet.

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 1 year ago

Dick Greenberg It was sad. I am glad to know about these ESA now. 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 1 year ago

Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland , good info, thanks for sharing, do not recall of hearing about this before. Can't get the bookmark to work at the moment with the new update ;:-( so will have to come back and try later.

Posted by Greg Large, A Tradition of Trust (ERA Real Solutions) over 1 year ago

Greg Large Thanks for trying to bookmark.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 1 year ago

Hi Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland ,  I had not considered that.  It would have been a great idea.  I will keep that in mind, when I run into that type of situation.

Posted by Larry Johnston, Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN (Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC) over 1 year ago

Larry Johnston  Glad this gives you an idea for these situations.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) over 1 year ago

My elderly neighbor is SO attached to his cat, Eric - and Eric is old. After watching him fall apart 10 years ago when he had to let his old dog go, I cringe thinking of the day when Eric passes on.

One of my worst tales from animal rescue was from taking in a dog whose person was homeless. A family had stepped forward to give her a home for the winter, but refused to let the dog go with her. My heart broke for both her and the dog.

Posted by Marte Cliff, your real estate writer (Marte Cliff Copywriting) 7 months ago

Marte Cliff Sensitivity to the situation is so important. There is no one rule that fits all of the situations we, as REALTORS® encounter. Being aware and knowlegable is so important

I appreciate your comment and feel your sadness.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Marte Cliff You are so right. Not every rule fits every situation. We are in the people business and there many times the rules need to be adjusted and  people come first.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 7 months ago

Hi Margatet -- I'm late to the party(comment-wise at least) but I'm happy I stopped in to read this thoughtful post.  I needed it today.   Thank you.   

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 6 months ago

Never too late to stop by with a positive comment Michael Jacobs 

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) 6 months ago

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