Yay, we did it! We’ve finally found a pet-friendly place to rent in Perth!
My humans have spent the last 4 weeks just searching, searching, searching and they saw SO many different houses. It has been almost Mission Impossible trying to find our home – well, first because we had to “tick many boxes”:
1) it had to be close to the hospital for Paul’s work;
2) it had to be “in budget” because we can’t pay lots of money paper;
3) it had to be on one level – no upstairs/ downstairs – because my humans were worried that I might need them in the night and if there are steep stairs, I can’t get up to their bedroom (I usually sleep in the living room) – besides, Paul still has some trouble walking at the moment and stairs are really tough for him, so it’s better to be on one level for him too
4) it had to have a small garden for me; and
5) my humans said that “AC (air-conditioning) was non-negotiable”!!! Why? Because the weather in Perth in summer is often like this!!
That’s MINIMUM 25ºC (77ºF), max 40ºC (104ºF)! It was bad enough not having AC for our year in Sydney but Perth is even hotter and my humans were really worried about me if I couldn’t keep cool. Besides, Hsin-Yi works from home so she can’t escape to a nice cool office and back in Sydney, it got so hot sometimes that she could barely think…can’t imagine what it would be like in Perth!
On top of this, Hsin-Yi wanted to try and find a house with carpet if she could, because I get so stressy and scared on slippery, wooden floors.My humans can put down our own rugs for me but it’s nicer & easier if the house just has carpet to start with. (Hsin-Yi says this is partly her fault coz she forgot to socialise me to different types of floors when I was a puppy…I grew up in a house with carpet and never had to walk on wooden floors or other kinds of slippery, shiny floors – and so now I’m really scared of them. I have Dane friends who can run around on slippy, wooden floors no problem ‘coz they just got used to them as a puppy. See, that’s why early socialisation is so important! )
Oh! and NO PSYCHO NEIGHBOUR DOGGIES!!!!! Our year in Sydney was made really miserable by the horrible Psycho Neighbour Doggie who was always barking-barking-barking all day (and sometimes night!) and trying to attack me & my humans through the fence every time we went into the garden. He used to stand and glare & snarl at me through a gap in the fence when I was trying to eat my breakfast and made me really stressy. I couldn’t even go toilet properly in my own garden anymore because of him! We didn’t want to talk about it on my blog anymore but he really made our everyday life a misery. The neighbour did make some effort to control him but they were a bit useless. So this time, my humans are definitely going to check the neighbours very carefully before we rent anywhere!
Well, so my humans started looking…and looking…and looking… The problem was, all the houses in the areas we wanted to be in, and for the money paper we could pay, came in 2 types:
The Big, Old House – with high ceilings & loads of space and all on one level BUT they’re usually really old & ‘run-down’, with toilets out the back and lots of inconveniences. My humans were worried that a big, old house would need lots of work and repairs and the HUGE gardens would need lots of maintenance, like mowing grass & trimming bushes & weeding, and stuff (my humans are lazy & have black thumbs! ) and the house would cost lots of money paper to heat in winter, ‘coz there’s no insulation – but most important of all, most old houses DON’T have AC!!!
The Small Townhouse – with AC in every room, modern kitchens & bathrooms and small, easy-care gardens (even though I’m a giant doggie, I don’t need a big garden – just somewhere to do my business and somewhere to snooze in the sun; my humans always take me out for walks & adventures everyday anyway! ) BUT they’re usually much smaller and most of all, on 2 levels, with steep stairs.
* Townhouses also had another problem – people usually build them in a group together called a complex (Hsin-Yi says in America, they call it a “condo”) and so they have strict laws about what you can do – like where you can park your car or put your rubbish…or keep pets! So, many townhouses have “strata laws’ which don’t allow pets. Even if they do, you’re always worried because if the other people in the other townhouses of the complex complain about you, they can change the strata laws and make you leave…
Oh dear! So it was a big dilemma! Remember how my humans said AC was “non-negotiable”? But if we wanted AC, we would probably have to take a townhouse…which means stairs and that’s a big No-No too! So what do to?
- Is it better to live in a big, old house with lots of space but no AC??
- Or is it better to live in a nice, comfy modern townhouse with cool AC but 2 levels and steep stairs??
My humans were getting a big headache!
Well, you know my human, Hsin-Yi – she loves a challenge. She was sure there was a perfect house out there, with AC AND on one level AND not too old…they just had to find it! So even though time was running out and my humans were starting to get very worried, she wouldn’t give up. Every day she checked the rental websites many, many times and every time a new house was listed, she would chase the Rental Agent Humans until they told her when she could go see it…and yes, my humans did see some really good houses but there was always something…
The other reason it was Mission Impossible was because of me & Muesli…yes, most Landlord Humans are very UN-petfriendly!! They don’t like pets and don’t want to rent their houses to people with pets. Especially a BIG doggie!! Even though us big doggies might be much less crazy-hyper and much more well-behaved than a small doggie but most humans don’t understand that. They just see the size and nothing else – they think: the bigger the doggie, the bigger the mess & problems…
Well, this happens all the time but it’s extra bad in Perth at the moment ‘coz SO many people are moving here and looking for houses to rent that there aren’t enough houses for everybody and so the owners of the houses can get super fussy about who they want. So even though my humans are nice, decent people – there are many other nice, decent humans looking to rent too – and they don’t have pets…so it’s no contest!
So the few times that my humans FINALLY managed to find a house that ticked all the boxes and applied for it, we got rejected because of me & Muesli No matter how much my humans begged and pleaded and reassured and explained, they just said, “No pets.”
My humans were starting to get so stressy that they even got sucked into a internet rental scam! (You can read all about this and more details about what it was like house-hunting in Perth on Hsin-Yi‘s own blog: Perth – the good, the bad & the ugly )
Anyway! Finally, finally last week my humans found a “perfect” house – it’s not too big (just 2 bedrooms) – just right for us, and not too old; it’s got a nice, little garden; it’s all on one level (no stairs!) and it’s got AC and even carpet!!! And it’s close to the hospital too. So my humans filled out all the papers and sent the application form in, together with all the reference letters for me & Muesli, and we all held our breaths…would they say yes?
They did! The only catch was that we can’t move into the house until the end of Feb. The owners wouldn’t budge on that. Well, my humans decided that the house was too good to lose just because of that – so we’ve agreed and we’ll just have to manage until then. We can only stay in our Temporary Mini-House until the end of this week, because there is another guest coming to stay after us (Hsin-Yi only booked it for 5 weeks because she didn’t think we would need any longer!), so that means there’s still a gap of another week before we can move into our new home.
Well, I’m really lucky because Trish & Luni said that I can go to stay with them again! And my humans will go to stay with a friend of Paul’s, while Muesli will go to stay in a kitty hotel for the week. We are so lucky to have good friends already in Perth to help us! (And Hsin-Yi managed to delay the Movers delivering our stuff from Sydney, so we don’t have to pay extra money paper for storage – whew!)
So I won’t be able to show you our new home for another couple of weeks – I haven’t even seen it myself yet! – but my humans say it’s very nice, and there’s a big, beautiful park nearby!
Speaking of beautiful parks, my humans took me to check out THE park in Perth the other day…Kings Park & the Botanic Gardens! Remember I told you about this place? It is a GINORMOUS park right in the city centre, bigger even than New York’s Central Park, and it is all natural and beautiful and has gorgeous views of the Swan River and the downtown city…
…part of it is also the Botanic Gardens, full of interesting plants & flowers from all over the world. We didn’t get a chance for a proper look – it was just a quick walk through one corner – but the bit we saw was beautiful…
D’you know – it’s weird but although Perth is super-hot, I’m actually coping with it much better than my humans expected. I’m just not panting as much as I did back in Sydney and even though the temperatures are high, I’m still quite bouncy on my walks…how come?? Then my humans figured out that it must be the humidity! Perth has very little humidity – so the air is really, really dry – and it makes it much easier for us doggies to cool down by panting. It’s like a desert climate – Hsin-Yi says it reminds her of growing up in Dubai. Very hot in the day but cool in the night.
And in the evenings, it pretty much always cools down and there is a lovely breeze that comes from the river. So even on a really hot day, I can still go for a nice walk in the evenings – not like back in Brisbane or Sydney when it was horrible walking on a hot day, even if we waited until 8pm to go out!
Well, Hsin-Yi was in a silly mood that day and she started making silly faces at the camera machine…hmm…I have a sneaking suspicion that she was making fun of me and my droopy face…
She was, wasn’t she?! Humph!
But – oh well – it’s quite fun having a silly human sometimes, so I decided to forgive her
Thank you so much everybody who left suggestions for helping my fur grow back faster to cover up my Bionic Doggie patches…they are finally starting to grow back now! I have been going through my Spring/Summer moult so maybe that’s why it took so long – but all my new hairs are growing back nice & glossy now.
Well, I’ve still got LOTS of adventures to tell you about – including a Dane playdate on the beach! – but I’ll have to leave that for the next posts.
We are still not on proper internet here at the Temporary Mini-House- and things won’t really be back to normal until we’re settled in our new home and everything is connected. So please forgive me if I’m not coming round to visit your blogs at the moment and not responding to any messages very quickly. We will try to catch up as soon as we’re settled in our new home!
Oh – and if you want to see more photos of Perth and hear more about what it’s like living in our new city, Hsin-Yi has just written all about it on her own blog: Perth – the good, the bad and the ugly