Al and Peggy's Corner: Sometimes The Strangest Things Happen In A Day Of Real Estate

Sometimes The Strangest Things Happen In A Day Of Real Estate

Sometimes The Strangest Things Happen In A Day Of Real Estate!

mini white SchnauzerTwo weeks ago we sold a condominium to a lady who was downsizing from a large five level backsplit home. There was a hitch but we got the bonus!

This very nice lady was looking for a lifestyle change and the only issue for her was, the condominium she loved the most is not a 'pet friendly' building and she has a mini Schnauzer, named Brady.

Staying with her thoughts of a new lifestyle of freedom and travel, this lady started looking for a new home for Brady. She wanted him to have a home with loving people who would appreciate and spend quality time with him.

During the offer presentation on her home, you can imagine my shock when out popped the words "We can take him" tumbled out of Al's mouth!

I had no problems with adopting little Brady, heck he's already trained and is so cute and adorable, actually Brady is also a pure bred rare white Schnauzer. When we say trained, he's trained. When we walk him and get to the curb, all you have to say is "What do we do Brady?" and he sits down until you tell him "no cars". How cute is that?

My only reservation is we have two beautiful and very spoiled Siamese cats and I wondered how they would all adapt. There was a dog in the home when we first got them but that was many years ago. We've had dogs visit but they always leave, this is different. The first day was a bit strained with 'my boys' in hiding. Day two has gone much better with all of them doing the smell check. I think we are all going to be just fine.

Welcome to our home Brady, you're going to help us keep up with our walking program in our get healthy plan!

Sometimes The Strangest Things Happen In A Day Of Real Estate



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Comment balloon 34 commentsAl & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers • May 23 2013 05:28AM


Congratulations on the new addition to your family. Thanks for sharing the story.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 7 years ago

Sounds like the Realtor in Al came out...anything to close a deal. Actually...that's a fantastic story and I'm sure the three furballs will get to love each other soon.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

In the way to selling a condo you were found buy a cute little schnauzer 


Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 7 years ago

Peggy, We have a mixed household of mostly cats and two Chihuahuas.  They adapt to each other and figure out there own pecking order.  I couldn't draw the social structure diagram for all the interactions, but they know where they all fit :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 over 7 years ago

Just plain wonderful.  I hope he bonds with you and the cats real soon and doesn't get depressed over not seeing his former owner.

Posted by Chris and Dick Dovorany, Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty ( Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida) over 7 years ago

Good morning Al and Peggy -

Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty.... :)  Just kidding!  Congrats to you guys on becoming Brady's newest "people".  As you know we are big mini Schnauzer fans.  You won't find a smarter or sweeter pup.  We will be getting our newest member Sunday morning.  A bit nervous but going for it.  Congrats on your newest family member.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) over 7 years ago

Peggy "heck he's already tranined and is so cute and adorable"

Just like Al, they even have the same color hair ..... LOL

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 7 years ago

Al and Peggy - Brady is cute and dorable, I'm sure that all will benefit from the relationship.

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) over 7 years ago

Hi Al and Peggy, what a great story and so good for you to do that Al-Bracy looks absolutely adorable and the cats, well, they will have to figure it out!

Posted by Joanna Cohlan, Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes (Fresh Eyes For Your Home) over 7 years ago

Al/Peggy...with the acclimation process started with Brady and your cats, it looks like the little guy is going to be a permanent addition to your household.

Posted by Anita Clark, Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA (Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055) over 7 years ago

Al & Peggy, I once had to find homes for the 6 llamas that the seller had before my buyer could close the deal. I did not take them to my house.... but I called a sucker friend of mine who took them right away!

Brady looks so sweet, I hope this works out. I wish you much happiness with him. I love my kitties but boy do I miss my dog, he was my bestest friend ever.

I hope we get to see more photos and hear great stories of friendship between Brady and the kitties!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 7 years ago

How sweet, a story with a happy ending for everyone.....and a Gold Star.  Congratulations on the Feature and the family addition.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) over 7 years ago

It only takes a little while for pets to adapt to each other. And by the sounds of how well-behaved this dog is, I don't think you should have any problems. Enjoy! :)

Posted by Trisha Bush-LeFore, Providing Realtor Services in the Walla Walla Area (Preferred Properties Land & Homes) over 7 years ago

Brady is one lucky dog.  Sounds as if you both get a good deal.  A loving home for Brady and a reason to get out and walk for you.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) over 7 years ago

How wonderful! As an owner of 2 rescue dogs myself it's so heartwarming when I hear of others opening their doors and hearts to animals in need. Brady is a cutie, I know I would never have been able to say no. Congratulations on your new addition.

Posted by b m over 7 years ago

Al & Peggy,

Very nice indeed. It often happens that a well cared for pet will get spontaneous offers of adoption as in your case. I was selling a condo I had listed that had a "list" of dog breeds the master insurance policy would not accept. German Shepard was one of the breeds. The buyer was a police officer who had a spectacular German Spepard. it was very well trained and friendly. Well one of the sellers offered to take the dog because she just lost her German Shepard (it died) She said he could come visit the dog. It was very nice closing.

Posted by Dana Basiliere, Making deals "Happen" (Rossi & Riina Real Estate) over 7 years ago

What a wonderful story!  Brought a much needed smile to a day that has not been great.  The pup is adorable and I'm sure all the pets will adjust to each other just fine.  Thanks so much for sharing!  Linda

Posted by Linda Piper (Planatek Financial, Inc.) over 7 years ago
Thats a good story, get a dog, sold a house.
Posted by Michael Blue, REALTOR - 760-889-8877, Encinitas/Carlsbad (Home Smart Realty West) over 7 years ago

I love those kind of warm and fuzzy real estate stories-Enjoy your new fuzzy addition.

Posted by Annette Thor, Residential & Commercial Real Estate Broker in CT (Connecticut Homes and Commercial Fairfield Cty,CT over 7 years ago

Have a cat that followed me around during a listing video shoot. His owners when we sold home were 

hero the maine cat photo

heading to Florida, she was trying to get pregnant a long time and was finally.

But worried about things she read about cat boxes, etc.

Hero was going to the pound... Nope...

I'll take him... neat cat this Hero is.


Posted by Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573, Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker (MOOERS REALTY) over 7 years ago


That is just an awesome story and I know that your new pet will bring a lot of joy to you and your family.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 7 years ago

Al & Peggy - Brady is one lucky little boy, congrats on your new addition.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 7 years ago

This is a wonderful story.  I had a buyer in Amherst NH who adopte the cat that convey with the prior 2 sales.  It is great that the new buyers are willing to welcome Brandy.

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 7 years ago

nice story and I just love a  happy ending for all.  

Posted by Sheila Morales, Your Kauai Hawaii Agent (Kauai Property Shop) over 7 years ago

Oh my! S-M-I-L-E-S all around indeed for this transaction! Congrats on the addition to your family Al & Peggy.

Posted by Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!, So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR (Red Rock Real Estate) over 7 years ago

God works in mysterious ways when it comes to pets and real estate.

Posted by MichelleCherie Carr Crowe Just Call...408-252-8900, Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years (Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty) over 7 years ago
Al and Peggy, if the menagerie doesn't blend, perhaps the lady can take your cats. After all the dog is as cute as can be and the poor lady is probably lonely.
Posted by Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI, Presence, Persistence & Perseverance (HomeSmart Realty West & Lend Smart Mortgage, Llc.) over 7 years ago

Dogs are the best.  I don't know what I would do without my two hoodlums.  On the same idea of selling animals with houses, I once sold a goat with a house. 

Posted by Marc McMaster, Putting my clients before myself (RE/MAX Centre Realty) over 7 years ago

This is a great post.  I am an animal lover myself. So cute. Brady looks adorable. Hope all is well. Enjoyed the post. Keep up the good work.


Have a great day.

Posted by Amber Boyd (Novus Real Estate) over 7 years ago

That sure is one cute little guy!  Congratulations on the new addition to the family.                                                             

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) over 7 years ago

Brady sounds like a perfect addition!  He is, I think in the end you will be the lucky one!

Posted by Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty, Fifteen Years Experience in Brevard County (Bucci Realty, Inc.) over 7 years ago

boy with schnauzer dogThank you everyone for all your comments. As you can imagine it's been pretty busy around here. Brady has settled in just fine in fact it seems as if he has always been here. My 'boys' however are taking their time adjusting. They continue to hide out until Brady is hunkered down for the night and then they come for some loving. I have been trying to search them out but as soon as they see Brady they go back into hiding. Hopefully this doesn't last too long.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 7 years ago

You are right about strange things coming up.  At least you get a cute dog.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Peggy - what a great story! Congratulations on your newest addition - Brady is one lucky, and adorable, dog!

Posted by Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl, The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate (Samsel & Associates) over 7 years ago