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Friday, February 27, 2009

First Proof from Typesetter

February 27, 2009

I got the first proof from the typesetter yesterday. I got it printed up at a local shop (all 120 pages) and I started to edit and proof it. Unfortunately, I am having to read it word by word because there are a lot of problems with the MS Word software conversions from her software. All kinds of wierd things are showing up, so I am having to go through the whole manuscript line by line to fix these things.

I put in my order for the car sign yesterday. It will be reflective. It should be really nice.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009



I want to first thank all the dogs I have had the pleasure to live with who have lived in rentals with me.

My first dog to live in a rental with me. He was my dog when I lived at home with my family, and I took him with me when I moved out. I want to thank him for all his patience in those few, unstable years for always being with me, where ever we went. He lived a long life until almost 16 years old.

Chessie (Woodacre’s Cheshire Smile, CD):
She was the cutest little dog with the funny body and the big smile. She and Prezo were buddies, and she would stop at nothing to have a good time. She even got stuck in the mountains in Northern California when we went for a day hike. She was having such a good time running around and playing, that she cut up her feet so bad that she had to be carried several miles back to the camp. She was my first competition dog and she even won first place in her class at the Cow Palace. I still have the big blue ribbon mounted on cardboard. She moved with me to Santa Rosa in 1991; however, she was stolen out of my yard in 1992 at the age of six after enduring cruciate surgery nine months prior. I still miss her.

Jetta moved with me from San Francisco to Santa Rosa in 1991 after I adopted her from the San Francisco SPCA. She looked like some kind of foxhound mix or smooth collie mix. Very long legs, smooth tri-color coat, and a chewing habit that was insatiable. I have Jetta to thank for introducing me to Frisbee for dogs because I needed to find an outlet for her overflowing energy.

Rowdy (Woodacre’s Rowdy Boy CDX OAC OJC OGC TT CGC VCC):
He was a one in a million dog. I adopted him from the Sonoma County Animal Regulation shelter while living in Santa Rosa. This dog could adapt to anything put in front of him. He has the record of living in the most places with me in a single lifetime. We lived together in over seven rentals. He taught me that a dog truly could be happy living anywhere. We showed all over Northern California for several years in obedience and agility for several years having a great time and meeting a lot of very nice people. He lived to over 15 ½ years.

Scout (Woodacre’s Rocket Fire, RE TT CGC):
When I saw Scout sitting in her kennel at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter I stopped dead in my tracks. What a beautiful dog with huge blue eyes. She has been transfixing me with those eyes for over 12 years. She will probably come close to Rowdy’s record of living in rentals in a single life. She is currently at five. When I did animal control, she would ride along in the front seat with me. She even helped me to catch a couple of male dogs running loose. They were transfixed by her also, and they had no idea I was slipping the leash over their heads! She had a late showing career and didn’t get her CGC until she was ten years. Within one year she had her Rally Excellent title: nine qualifying runs in nine attempts and later sailed through her Temperament Test displaying her bold courage at the final station and facing down the intruder.

Dino (Woodacre’s Court Jester CGC TT):
Named after Dean Martin, Dino is the true jack of all trades and the entertainer at heart. I saw his picture on the website of a rescue group, and when I went to meet him he was running around the dog park trying to get every dog to play with him. When he got Scout to play with him (who didn’t play with other dogs until she met Dino), I knew he was my next dog. We have dappled in obedience, herding, agility and we are currently training for tracking and searching where he is learning how to search for lost pets. He is just over two years old and he has a big adventurous life together.

Dot (Woodacre’s Polka Dot):
The newest member of the pack. I recently adopted her from the Trinity County Animal Shelter in Weaverville. She had come in several weeks prior with a litter of seven one week old puppies. When I visited with her in the yard and tested her out with the office cat, she just wanted to play with me, which I thought was incredible. She is such a joy and definitely the smallest dog I have ever had. She is probably a Jack Russell Terrier or Fox Terrier mix with a couple of large black “dots” on her body, one of them being on her right eye. She loves to go for car rides and loves to sit in my lap as I work on the computer.

I also want to thank all the landlord and property managers and owners who have given me a chance and let me rent from them with my dogs. Without them, I would not have a place to live. I never hid my dogs from them. I was upfront from the start. I tried to be a model tenant and to leave the place better than how I found it. Thanks again.

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Are you looking for a new place to rent with your dog? Have you become frustrated because you can’t seem to find a rental even though your dog is well-behaved? You are not alone. One of the top reasons animals are surrendered to shelters is because their owners are unable to find a place to rent. This book will help you to not only find a new place to live with your dog, but also keep your dog, your landlord and neighbors happy.

Are you elderly or disabled and living in assisted living? Are you looking for a new dog to live with you? Do you have a service animal and want to find a place to rent? This book has a lot of information just for your living circumstances and how to make sure your rights are being adhered to.

This is what you will learn about Renting with Your Dog:

Finding a Place to Rent Where You Can Have Your dog
Renting to Pets Can Benefit Me as a Manager
Moving With Your Dog
Keeping Your Landlord and Neighbors Happy
Keeping Your Dog Healthy
Preventing or Stopping Unwanted Behaviors
Fun Activities Available for Your Dog
Tools Available to Help You Train Your Dog
Acclimating Your Dog to Living in an Apartment
You are Elderly or Disabled and You Have a Dog
Renting an Apartment with Your Dog

Since 1984 I have been renting with dogs, cats, birds and rabbits in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. I have lived in a wide variety of types and sizes of rentals. During these experiences, I have seen a wide variety of landlords, property owners, managers, roommates and rental agreements. I have also volunteered and worked in shelters and have seen many animals surrendered to shelters because their owners were unable to find a place to live. My main objective for this book is to prevent another animal from loosing their home.

I am available to do rental counseling to assist dogs to adjust to living in an apartment or rental housing.

Since 2007 I have owned a photography business shooting dog sports throughout California. You can see links to my photography at

I also do animal intuitive communication readings. I can talk directly with living animals to help resolve behavioral problems and speak with animals who have passed over.

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