Yesterday afternoon I was walking my 4 month old lab around the property of my condominium complex as I do at least 5 times a day. He’s a sweet and friendly puppy so as you can imagine he’s become quite well known and generally loved among my neighbors. It’s a pet friendly condo and many of my immediate neighbors have dogs. Living in a condominium complex can come with its perks like swimming pools and tennis courts but along with the perks come many rules to be followed by the owners and residents. We are all in this together so to speak.. The Association decides when you clean your chimney, where you park your car, and not to mention what kind of grills you have and where you locate them. Of course you never have to think about landscaping or painting or shoveling again so there are tradeoffs. I along with many of my realtor friends have moved here from our single family homes in Short Hills, Summit and Chatham to downsize and simplify our lives. Making the transition to condo living at times can be a challenge.
As I said- I take the same walk with my puppy 5 times a day and we walk down a little path through the woods. It’s about 50 feet long and I take him off his leash so he can get a little “run around” and yesterday I blinked, and in 2 seconds he ran off into the pool area where he heard some children playing. There’s always going to be that person who doesn’t like dogs! And that person always seems to be there when something like this happens. Go figure. Yes, the rules are that all dogs must be on a leash. Mind you that I had my puppy in my hands within 30 seconds. The next thing I knew was that I was being yelled at by a very unpleasant and apparently unhappy woman. Needless to say, I swooped Bailey up in my arms and left.
Afterwards and in the wake of the turmoil that was created I thought about how easy life was in my single family home in Short Hills when Bailey could have just run out the back door to the yard without worrying about rules or people that might not like dogs. But as they say, there are tradeoffs in life and in pet friendly condo’s. Hmm..