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The Dogs Do Not Have A Voice In Dog Fighting But Highly Paid, Over Rated NFL Players Do

Shutterstock_607158Michael Vick may not be concerned with the fate of the dogs on his property and in all the dog fighting crimes across the country but he is probably starting to look at the money that is “fleeing” quite quickly from his highly paid endorsements.  Finally Nike gets the picture and announced that it was suspending Vick’s endorsement deal without pay as well as halting sales of Vick named shoes and other products in its stores.  Also, Reebok followed by stopping sales of Vick’s jersey.  And now Donruss, one of the four major trading card companies, has decided to pull Vick’s card from any future releases as well as Upper Deck removing all Michael Vick autographed memorabilia from its online store and will remove Vick’s trading card from its packs.

And talk about changing minds and “fleeing” from Michael Vick, this morning Michael Vick’s co-defendant, Tony Taylor, appeared in federal court to change his plea to GUILTY. Taylor entered his plea to conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activites and conspiring to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture.  Taylor also confirmed the indictment’s claim that he helped purchase pit bulls and killed at least two dogs that fared poorly in fights.

According to The Atlanta Journal Constitution today Michael Vick said in a radio interview today that he is remorseful for the negativity his situation has brought to Atlanta and to team owner Arthur Blank and would like to play for the Falcons again.  Talk about fleeing – Arthur Blank is probably “fleeing” to his legal team and hoping never to see Vick in a Falcon’s uniform again.

It is what these over paid and over rated NFL players say from the Clinton Portis, Jonathan Vilma and now Deion Sanders of the world– no apologies for the abuse they have caused to the dogs, no statements telling others not to participate, particularly young fans but statements such as Vick made this morning saying “I’ve learned a lot through this situation.  I know there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.”  One can only hope that it is a train carrying NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Arthur Blank, Russell Simmons, Senators Byrd and Kerry and the millions of pet lovers in the world.


Arthur Blank and The Atlanta Falcons Missed The Ball

Shutterstock_605220Less than 24 hours ago the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ordered Michael Vick not to report to the Atlanta Falcons training camp this Thursday pending the completion of a NFL review of his recent indictment by a federal grand jury for allegedly participating in the heinous crime of dog fighting. Why Vick was not suspended indefinitely or for good  is impossible to figure out. Vick has apologized to Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, i.e. the man that writes his paycheck, but there has been no apology from Vick for the way in which he and his cohorts treated defenseless animals. 

Now today Arthur Blank holds a press conference with Rich McKay, the General Manager and Bobby Petrino, the new Head Coach by his side.  Pure Public Relations! They mentioned they were ready to suspend Vick for 4 games but the NFL stepped in and told Vick not to report to training camp.  The NFL saved the Falcons from making any decisions. What was so sad and pathetic about this group of 3 Falcons was that they talked about how their hearts went out to Michael Vick and what he must be going through and how he must sort out his life and concentrate on his legal problems and putting his life together, how they would address replacing a quarterback during training camp (yes, they were probably saying that Vick will not be back) and the effect on Vick’s teammates, the coaches, the NFL and the fans.  All they seemed to be concerned about was the Atlanta Falcon’s bottom line, i.e, the money.  What about the crime of Dog Fighting and all the poor animals that suffered and died because of Michael Vick, either being involved in person or conspiring with the thugs that roamed Vick’s house and organized dog fights in Virgina and other States.  Forget your 2007 Season, Mr Blank and do something for the animals. Donations to Animal Shelters would be more appropriate than giving your millions to the overpaid NFL players that take part or condone dog fighting.


The Chicago Tribune Writes About The Pet Realty Network Confirming That “Going To The Dogs Is Not A Bad Thing”

Yesterday in the Real Estate section of The Chicago Tribune Mary Umberger wrote an article emphasizing that to stand apart from their competition Real Estate Agents must promote themselves in this challenging Real Estate market. It was great publicity for The Pet Realty Network’s Members Linda Lamb and Lindsey Marcus to be featured in The Chicago Tribune.  Would they have been featured without The Pet Realty Network? Possibly, but the Network certainly helped  and hopefully real estate leads will follow now and in the future from fellow pet lovers.

 As Mary Umberger states affinity marketing is not new but as 10.7 million people moved with their pets last year it is certainly a niche market worth looking at and, of course, it is ideal for the Pet Loving Real Estate Agent.  What better way to connect with a client than to have a common interest of pets?

Shutterstock_14598The Pet Realty Network is the perfect way for a Real Estate professional to market as dogs, cats and horses in particular are found in over 69 million United States homes from the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to the mega homes of celebrities to the Baby Boomers, Generation X, Empty Nesters and everyone in between that loves pets. The pet connection is an easy way to get noticed. Remember the quote from President Harry Truman, “When you want a friend in Washington, get a dog” and the saying is a great reminder for Real Estate professionals when it comes to marketing – your dog is always there for you and can be a great help (of course, the same goes for cats, horses, etc).  We thank The Chicago Tribune and Mary Umberger  for it is wonderful to be noticed by a national publication after only 5 months since The Pet Realty Network’s launch.


Nike Does It – Arthur Blank and the Falcons Do Not

Shutterstock_1480852It was just announced that Nike has suspended the release of the latest signature shoe, Air Zoom Vick V.  Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer confirmed that Nike has not terminated the relationship with  Michael Vick as they believe he should be afforded the same legal rights as any citizen.  This is right and as it should be. However, Mr Stoyer did not comment further about the long term relationship with Michael Vick which, of course, could be a polite way of saying that Vick’s shoes will not run off the shelves and do they want the face of Nike to be an indicted so-so quarterback that does not seem to be making it to any play offs but appears to be spending a bit of time watching dogs killing each other.

Now, there is Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, and the Atlanta Falcon organization.  He is presently “exploring his options” and that he is working “diligently” on getting the right people involved in the situation.  One can only assume he means his lawyers and unfortunately, Mr Blank, the dogs did not have the luxury of “exploring” their options before they were thrown in the ring. One can only assume your organization, your coaches, your fans and even the Board of Directors and shareholders of Home Depot, with their reputations tied to yours and your favorite money pit Michael Vick, are anxiously awaiting for you to speak.


How To Make a $130 Million Marketing Mistake

MarketingdollarsAsk Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner and Philip Knight, founder of Nike and most likely the answers will all be similar – put the face of Michael Vick on your franchise, the NFL or a pair of training shoes – and watch your investment be indicted. Of course, there are more people on the Vick gravy train that will stand to lose millions more but look what the dogs lost.  It is sickening to hear from the NFL that Vick is a “first time offender” in relation to these horrific dog fighting crimes.  Most of the dogs were most likely fighting and being mauled to death for the “first time” and do the various forms of torture used on these poor animals mean that the perpetuators may be “first time” offenders as they commited these horrific acts. It proves that money does not buy compassion, class or good judgment. Vick seems to shift the responsibility for most bad things in his life to someone else.

It is reported by ESPN this morning that the NFL has agreed to let Michael Vick play for now – could this possible be construed as protecting your investment for as long as possible?  The argument that Vick is innocent until proven guilty is absolutely correct but do we have to see his $130 million grinning face everywhere we look.  It looks as if the Big Boys have just wasted millions of dollars on someone that says he did not know what was going on in a house he owned and then cuts the price in half to sell the house in one day. The property market is not that bad!

Supposedly Mr Blank will make a statement about Michael Vick by the end of this week and hopefully before then the NFL commissioner will issue a statement as well.  Probably the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons are busy with their respective law firms attempting to extricate themselves from the Vick situation. 

 First a definitive statement about the horrors of dog fighting, then training for NFL players about dog fighting crimes with community service in shelters and then some nice checks to animal welfare organizations around the country would be a place to start. In case the NFL, Atlanta Falcons and Nike need a use for their marketing dollars. 


Should the Atlanta Falcons Be More Than “Troubled” Over Michael Vick and Dog Fighting?

103981_law_officesMichael Vick, the suppose to be so great quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons, was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury. In order to read the actual indictment you must keep turning away from the pages that list the atrocities commited and can only wonder why a man that has money, fame, the adulation of some NFL fans would need to become involved in something so barbaric and cruel that the words of the indictment scream at you from the pages.  But you must read the indictment so as to understand why Dog Fighting must be stopped even though it is already against the law in 50 States.

The irony of the situation is that the Atlanta Falcons organization issued a statement last evening using words such as “troubled’, “disappointed” and “disturbed”.  It sounds as if they did not get their first draft choice, not talking about Michael Vick and dog fighting. 

Where is Arthur Blank, the owner of the Atlanta Falcons?  Why is he silent?  And where is a statement from Nike that uses Michael Vick to endorse his Nike Zoom Vick shoes?  How long before the NFL, Arthur Blank, Nike and others come to their senses and get rid of Michael Vick?  They may be forced to as if Vick is convicted of both portions of the conspiracy charge he could face six years in prison and a $350,000 fine according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  And hopefully, Vick will have to use some of his $130 million contract to defend himself unless, of course, Arthur Blank, does the right thing and gets rid of him and his contract is not worth so much anymore.

The Humane Society of the United States has worked for many years to stop dog fighting and to make the public aware of the horrors of dog fighting.  Wayne Pacelle, the President and CEO of the HSUS, states that “now that Michael Vick has been indicted, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell should not hesitate to take appropriate disciplinary action under its internal guidelines.”  It does not take a rocket scientist to realize that Michael Vick has brought dishonor to the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons so the words “troubled” and “disturbed” should be replaced by “life time ban”. And then start looking for others in the NFL that perpetuate this heinous crime of dog fighting.


How Pet Friendly Real Estate Follows the Trends

DogsuitcaseThanks to the power of the Internet, being a pet owner today is much different than it was a few short years ago and we now are seeing the rise of Social Networking for Pet Owners.


For the vast majority of pet owners the #1 place to turn for the most up-to-date pet information is – you guessed it – the Internet.  But as static informational-based Web sites are quickly becoming passé, Social Networking Web sites are pushing their way to the top of search engine results and eventually onto the computer screens of devoted pet lovers everywhere.    

That is why The Pet Realty Network™ has just launched a new Social Network for pet owners, Your Pet Friendly Community,  offering a different kind of Social Networking where pet owners can gather from across the country and around the world to share their opinions and experience about a range of topics from the latest pet news to pet product reviews, pet health information, where to find the best local pet parks and beaches, pet friendly rentals, a special lost and found pet section, pet services and special events and more.

As a leading resource for Pet Friendly Real Estate for pets and their people, it was inevitable that The Pet Realty Network™ entered into the social networking scene to capture the attention of the 69.1 million pet owners in the United States and many more around the world hitting the Internet as their main source of information. 

Utter the words “Social Networking” to anyone with an internet connection today and a few dominant leaders come to mind.  There is of course MySpace with it’s astounding 180 million users worldwide, Facebook recently jumping to 27 million active users, and even and, where every dog or cat can have a web page, proudly serving its 400,000 (human) members.  

Pet owners are a wealth of information, and when they want the very best for their pets, they want real opinions and feedback from real pet owners.  The mission of Your Pet Friendly Community is to provide a place where pet owners from Communities all over the country and around the world can talk about what is important to them and their pets, but most importantly to increase exposure for our dedicated Pet Friendly Real Estate Agent Members of The Pet Realty Network™. 

Pet owners, Pet Friendly Real Estate Agents, dogs, cats, horses and pets of all kinds are always welcome to Your Pet Friendly Community by visiting




Does the NFL Commissioner Really Wish to Set a Good Example?



If Roger Goodell, the NFL commissioner, wants to step up and truly set an example to the 255 members of this year’s draft class his choice of one speaker certainly questions his view on the Michael Vick dog fighting situation.  It was reported by the CBS SportsLine and news organizations across the United States that during the meeting this week Goodell was concerned about “how they become not only great NFL players, but how do they become great men?”  Goodell constantly states that the conduct issue is one of his priorities and therefore one of the players chosen to speak at this meeting was slightly inconsistent with his stance on conduct.  According to the report speakers included Vince Young, Reggie Bush, Romeo Crennel – all good people, no problems so far – and then Jonathan Vilma. 

Jonathan Vilma of the New York Jets (he who puts his foot in his mouth by comparing dog fighting to horse racing) is listed as one of the speakers.  Now is Vilma the best choice by Roger Goodell or his colleagues that organize these meetings? What did Vilma have to say to the draft class about standing up to issues but then again the NFL has certainly not set an exemplary position about taking a stand against dog fighting.  “Curiouser and curiouser” says Alice in Alice in Wonderland and it appears that Roger Goodell and the NFL’s head in the sand position on the horrors and cruelty of dog fighting and not speaking out to players, coaches and staff could be straight from Wonderland. 

Mr Goodell, please do better than passing the buck as Vick seems to do and make each team owner and coach aware that the NFL is against dog fighting.  A good first step would be to send out The Humane Society of the United States’ fact sheet about dog fighting to these owners and coaches and perhaps reminding them that a majority of NFL fans own a pet and these are the people that pay the salaries.


Monday at The Water Bowl – My Dog to Dog Interview with the Top Dog at Realty Times

PimmsMonday0507I had such fun with my first interview with Moxie, the Top Dog at Dogster that I had to choose my second interview very carefully as I needed to find a dog from a different dog walk of life.  I also could not interview another lady, and believe me when I say that I am partial to a pair of fine eyes, and it had to be a dog that knew what was happening in the world of Real Estate so what better choice than Clooney Evans, the owner of Blanche Evans, the award-winning editor of Realty Times

Now Realtor Magazine named Clooney, oops I mean Blanche (we dogs must put each other first) one of the “25 Most Influential People in Real Estate” but according to Clooney they did not send any dog biscuits as a prize so he was quite excited to be interviewed at Monday at The Water Bowl as it appears that Blanche gets enough press and interviews on her own.


DSC00003Clooney is a mix of miniature dachshund, dalmatian and spitz and is named after George Clooney.  You can see that Clooney is much more handsome than his namesake and from my understanding is a much bigger hit with the dog ladies. Does George Clooney play fetch, tug of war and bite the head off the flowers in the garden? No, but my man Clooney does.  Anyway here goes my interview with Clooney Evans.  

1.   I assume that you are named after George Clooney and wonder if the name Clooney gets you any more play dates with the girls in your area?  If so, would it help if I changed my name to Pitt instead of Pimms or does a name matter?

What’s in a name? A dog by any other name would smell as sweet. But it couldn’t hurt, especially if you need some help in that department, my man. I have to beat the poodles off with a stick, which is why I carry one in my mouth. 

2.  As the Top Dog at Realty Times have you lobbied to have your photo on the Web site? 

I get enough attention. It’s good to be king, but you have to share the wealth. If Blanche wants her picture online, that’s fine by me. She needs the publicity worse than I do. 

3.  What advice would you give to all The Pet Realty Network’s pet friendly agents as how to promote themselves and their pets in this challenging market?  

Get out of the office. Walk your dog. Meet your neighbors. Or you can do it the easy way and buy a video ad on Realty Times and put your dog in the ad with you.
4.  What special perks do you get as Top Dog at Realty Times and are you asked to join in any promotional tours and speaking engagements?

When Blanche goes on speaking tours, I get to stay overnight at my vet’s doggie day care. They bathe me, clean my ears, give me treats and play with the big dogs. If she misses me, she can see me on a Webcam. But she never checks so I can be as naughty as I want.
5.   I understand that when your ears are up you supposedly look like Napoleon.  Do you use any of Napoleon’s tactics to run your Empire at Realty Times?

As my friend Nap says, “In all things – timing.” That means that you can be too early and you can be too late. But if you’re there at the right time, you’ll get a pat on the head and a treat. Oh, and another thing – never invade Russia in the winter. It’s always a bad idea.
6.   It seems that you are the literary genius behind your mother’s most recent book “Bubbles, Booms and Bust – Make Money in any Real Estate Market”.  Do you have any advice for dogs in maintaining their high standards of living in the present Real Estate market so trips to the pet store, getting presents and special treats do not suffer?

Buy and Hold. That means when you get a good bone, bury it in a good location. Sometimes you can trade your bone for a bigger bone, but during a buyer’s market, you have to have a different strategy. You could rent your bone out, or take advantage of cheap bone prices to get a second bone. Then when the market’s better both bones have appreciated. Then you can trade up for an even bigger bone.
7.   What would your ideal home be like if no expense could be spared? 

I don’t have much of an attention span and after I play, I get sleepy, so I’d need a big fluffy bed and blankie in every room, and I’d want a housekeeper to follow me around and pick up after me.  It’s so hard to get good help these days. Oh, I already have that. Her name is Blanche.  

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8.  What are your hobbies?  I understand that you are a keen gardener but what are your other favorite activities? 

 I like frisbee, but learning the rules has been hard for me. I’m supposed to catch it in mid-air, but I prefer to watch it sail over my head and then chew on it, shake it and break its neck when it hits the ground. When I’m with my friends, I like Chase Me. That’s when I bite their tails and make ’em so mad they start chasing me around. If they ever catch me, I’m in trouble.  
9.  Do you believe in the real estate saying, “location, location, location” or do you rate other factors such as proximity to your friends, local doggie daycares, doggie restaurants and dog bakeries as more important?

Populations are more dense than ever, which means people need to get smarter about living in more crowded conditions. City planners, developers, builders and Realtors need to work together to make sure that there are enough dog parks and homes with doggie doors for the expanding dog population.
10.  Do you see your role at Realty Times expanding and will you be taking on further responsibilities?

As a consultant, I really don’t want to work any harder.   


Thanks so much for your time and insights, Clooney, and please woof here often.  


Zillow Is Only $22,957,376 (that’s millions) Off With Their Zestimate

40milThe Naples, Florida home of Miles Collier, heir of the Collier County’s founder, was recently sold for $40 million dollars.  According to property records it appears to be the highest price home sold in Collier County to date but in Naples one never knows because a private sale may have taken place on another property in exchange for another residence, a boat, a plane or 80,000 nights at the Ritz Carlton. 

The sale never even made it to the MLS system and therefore lucky for Real Estate agents that they never had to rely on Zillow that gave a Zestimate of $17,042,624 with a value range of between $15,338,362 to $21,644,132 as of today.  Even though Naples is not your average market when it comes to the sale of prestige properties I can only assume that Zillow is not geared for this end of the market.  I would just like to know where Zillow’s statistics are really coming from and perhaps the Buyer and Seller should think twice before relying on any estimates of the property’s value.  Welcome to Naples, Zillow.

It is still a Buyer’s market in Naples and there should not be more $40 million sales in the next few months. However, it is encouraging that without all the marketing hype and bells and whistles significant sales are beginning to take place once again along the Gulf of Mexico.



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