Discussion in 'Rentals - Vacation' started by Underthebluemoon, Feb 9, 2006.
Russell is just the cutest thing!!!
There have been other such posts without a lot of response. Why, might you ask? Besides the fact that I "might" trust my dog, but even my own family is rather cavalier about their own dogs having accidents, it is an insurance matter. Every year that we've owned our home, our insurance has been cancelled (hard to find insurance for beach houses), and every insurance company that we've had has a clause in their policy that excludes pets.
I am familiar with the cottage called Arcadia. We looked at it one year as a possible prospect. We ended up not choosing it (even though it's very charming) because there's only one bathtub/shower in the entire house. And it's not especially close to the beach, about 1/4 mile away, which I consider a long walk when you have beach gear. It's on Magnolia not very far from where it splits off from the main drag. If you pull up www.mapquest.com and plug in the address, you'll see exactly where it is. One nice feature of Arcadia is that the house is "U" shaped, with an interior courtyard. If I remember correctly, the courtyard is enclosed with a gate, which would make it good for a dog (but I'd double check).
There's a poster here, Unplugged, who rents his cottage and I know it's pet-friendly, if you're still considering other places.
We were pet friendly until last season. As far as I know we never had accidents or damage, but we had a real problem with poor housekeeping after a black lab visited -- guess there was no time to get the hair off the couch and off other places. The renters who arrived the same day were disgusted. Never again.
Getting a place clean in a "quick turn" situation is hard enough given the difficulties in finding good housekeeping service. Adding pet hair to the equation is just too risky when the next renters are expecting a clean house for their $2K or whatever. I think that most places that are pet friendly do it so they can bring in more renters.
By the way, I have a big lab too! I just don't bring him to SoWal. We have a dog sitter.
My pets' hair follows me everywhere. It sticks to things with a force greater than velcro. I gave up trying to eliminate it long ago.
We have had good luck with VRBO and with www.2-getaway.com. Rivard and beachrentals of sowuth walton also have some pet friendly rentals.
Correct me if I am wrong, but once you get your pet to the beach, if they don't have a county license, they can't be on the beach, right?
Underthebluemoon- have you asked your friends and business aquaintances where they board their pets? I have worked for a fairly large vet practice for 5 years, and I can't recall seeing a dog that got mange at a kennel. If Russell has a kennel cough vaccine, you send his own food with him, and don't add a bunch of rich new treats to "make him happy", you will be fine, and so will his health, especially his tummy! Also, if your vet boards, even better. But if Russell wanders, and there is not a fenced yard at the rental, it sounds like a vacation of work and worry to keep track of him. He may even be safer at a kennel. I have 2 terrier mixes, so I understand the focus on "traveling".
I did not have such good luck with 2-getaway. We rented a house from them for 3k, they did not tell us that they were building a new house next door and we would be up every morning at 700 to the sound of hammers and saws. I would not recommend for that reason.
you are correct.
No kidding!? Construction in the 30-A area!? Wow!!!
Blaming the property rental company for nearby construction (even if "next door") is kind of like blaming a car rental company for traffic jams.
I don't know that I agree completely with you on this one. If I am a guest who has never been to the area, but have heard how relaxing it is in SoWal, and the rental page on VRBO suggests that I will enjoy my peace and quiet, I think I deserve not to be awakened at 0700 with the hammering and sawing noices. They definitely do not fit the description which I have been given. A general note of truth should mention that construction is currently in the area.
Joe, I love ya man, but you live here...you should know better. You know how quick construction starts and stops. Those places go up in 6 - 8 weeks. If a company is managing more than a handful of houses in a high-build area (I assume we're talking about Seacrest here...I haven't seen as much construction going on in Grayton) I don't understand how you can expect them to keep up with it all. If I stand anywhere in Seacrest I hear hammers and power saws from 6 am until 6 pm. And I don't mean a muted, muffled background sound.
Exactly, that is why I think a general note should be made, not one for construction next door or across the street, but something simple that doesn't scare away people. Perhaps something like, "While growth in South Walton continues, please note that there may be construction in the general vicinity of our rental home. Construction hours are regulated and limited by Walton County."
I am not sure where the rental home to which you are referring is located. Do you have an address?
When you say "places go up in 6-8 weeks", do you mean framing?
You know that's probably a pretty good idea, now that I see what you mean.
And most of the exterior--roofing, insulation, siding, etc. Interior trim and finish, exterior painting, landscaping, swimming pools, etc. not included. As always, YMMV--this won't always be the case...there are often delays due to weather, funding, too much work, not enough labor, etc. But I have seen some of these "McMansions" in Seacrest and parts of Seagrove go from land-clearing to interior in less than two months.
Would you consider this "quality" construction? Seems awfully fast to me.
So sorry. My apologies. I misread and thought it was 350 ft, not 350 yards. My whole scenerio and gage for distance is totally wrong and I am going to immediately delete that part of my post to eliminate confusion. Thanks for the correction Mermaid.
350 yards is equivalent to about one lap around a track (running track).
If you are going to take Russell to the beach, you will have to have a dog permit from the Walton County Courthouse annex. I got stopped last time with my Jack Russell Minnie Pearl and warned. I'm not sure how much the permit costs, but I will get one my next trip down. There is also something about dogs only allowed on beach a certain times of the day.
Good luck with your search for a rental. We don't board Minnie unless absolutely necessary as she's a runner too. And at 13 years old, she gets so stressed.
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