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Tips for Finding a New Home that Will Allow Pets
Contributed by Britney Shadow the Pitbull

Recently, I had to move out of a friend's place with my baby [dog] Shadow, and I didn't realize how tricky it was going to be. I knew pitbulls got a bad rap, but I figured it was over-exaggerated. And since I had never had to move into a place with [pet] restrictions, I soon realized how real it was.

My Shadow is a huge baby, I can't even begin to describe how sweet he is. When I adopted him, he had just been fostered by a family with three young girls who used to paint his nails and dress him up to play princess with them. He wouldn't hurt anybody — he's a huge pushover for sure. Even though I kept trying to explain this to leasing agents, they weren't convinced, and I never really felt like they were telling their bosses the good things about Shadow.

What really helped me was finding out that pet resumes are apparently a thing now. I did a bit of searching and I found this Pet Resume Guide that really helped. Even if apartments had pet restrictions, I started handing them his resume and telling them to have the managers call me, or I would give it to the landlord directly. I found an apartment a couple weeks after I started handing them out, and my current place originally had pitbull restrictions.

I also suggest this article Moving with Pets if your dog is a bit nervous like mine, and perhaps you might consider investing in a thundershirt, or something like it. I found that getting a shirt like that really helped Shadow, too.

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