Archive for June, 2007

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

 

Shutterstock_1100175

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.

Comments

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.  

June, 2007 055

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.  
  
 

Comments

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.

 

Comments

Would You Want Michael Vick Wearing Your Shoes?

Shutterstock_1480852Nike prides itself on its squeaky clean image it promotes and with its slogan, “Just Do It” aspires to be one of the top brands of the world.  The slogan should really be “Just Did Not Do It” after Nike refuses to get rid of Vick after Wayne Pacelle of The Humane Society of the United States writes to Nike asking them to terminate their relationship with Michael Vick.  Why then will they not rid themselves of Vick after all the publicity surrounding his alleged dog fighting crimes and find a better person to hawk Nike products? One can only assume it is about the money but this association may come back to bite Nike.

Philip Knight, the co-founder of Nike, appointed Mark Parker to the CEO position and described him as “an experienced, talented executive and has played an instrumental role in building our business and making the Nike brand as strong as it is today.”  I hope Mr Parker will care more for the dog fighting allegations surrounding Michael Vick than selling more Nike Zoom Vick. (Whatever they call these shoes that cost over $100 they do not make Michael Vick a better football player or a better friend to animals).

Air Tran did the right thing and did not renew Michael Vick’s contract.  After the “Ron Mexico” lawsuit, the obscene gesture to Vick’s own fans, the water bottle incident at Miami International Airport and now Vick is in the news about dog fighting what is Nike waiting for?  Mr Parker may wish to monitor the situation quite closely for if Philip Knight decides to get involved to protect all his dog friendly customers, Mr Parker’s tenure at Nike could go the way of his predecessor, William Perez, described in great detail by Business Week.  Remember Nike, a great many people run with their dogs.

Comments

How Does Your Market Grow?

Being a Pet Friendly Real Estate Agent has its Advantages.

Niche market to a targeted and growing group of Pet Friendly people WORKS because it takes advantage of current social trends in a way traditional marketing cannot, allowing Agents to pursue very individualized and particularized interests in a quickly growing market.

Just how quick is it growing?

APPROXIMATELY 10.7 MILLION PEOPLE MOVE WITH THEIR PETS EVERY YEAR!

The number of households in the United States owning at least one pet has risen from 51 million households in 1998 to 64 million in 2002 to 69.1 million households in 2006

In 2006, 63% of homes in the United States owned at least one pet and about half of those homes own more than one pet.

$38.5 billion was spent on pets in the United States in 2006, and it is estimated to grow to $40.8 billion in 2007.

There are 44.8 million dogs in the United States, 38.4 million cats, and 4.3 million horses

(Figures according to Pet Product News International (March 2007) and American Pet Product Manufacturers Association – APPMA – Pet Owners Survey)

Tap into the Pet Friendly market and growing your Market has never been easier.

 

Comments

Is There One NFL Player That Will Speak Out Against Dog Fighting?

Surely there is one NFL player that is man enough to speak out against Dog Fighting or are they all too busy counting their Overpaidmoney, looking for sponsorships or do they just need a course in the horrors of animal cruelty?  Now Jonathan Vilma (Jonathan who?) of the New York Jets puts his foot in his mouth by comparing dog fighting to horse racing and then saying according to the jetsblog.com that everyone has heard about dog fighting and whether they choose to participate is their decision.  Why not stand up against dog fighting Mr Vilma or as you correctly state while attending your sister’s graduation at Harvard Business School, “She’s got the brains,” Vilma said  “She took them all.”  Truer words were never spoken.

While the Michael Vick saga continues and Clinton Portis remains quiet, probably due to pressure from the Redskins owner, Daniel Snyder, Vilma and other NFL players must stop blaming the media for blowing things out of proportion.  Where are the NFL players that will stand up against the horrors of dog fighting or are they afraid of being called sissies by their colleagues, not the good guys of the NFL like Drew Brees or Warwick Dunn, but the players that are involved in guns, shootings, verbal and physical abuse to name but a few?  Where are the owners, coaches and staff of these teams that must know that a huge majority of their fans, the people that pay the money for tickets, are pet lovers?  The time has come for the NFL to take a stand against dog fighting, both by words and deeds.

Comments

Attention Bloggers Promoting Amazon.com For Extra Revenue

There will be no cute, fuzzy and warm photos attached to this post.  Just some awful facts that have recently been brought to my attention by The Humane Society of the United States  regarding Amazon.com selling materials promoting illegal animal fighting, including dog fighting videos and cockfighting magazines.  One does not have to be a rocket scientist to know that it is wrong for Amazon.com to profit from illegal animal fighting whether on videos or magazines.

Amazon.com defends its rights citing freedom of speech but in The Humane Society of the United States’ lawsuit against Amazon.com it states that the First Amendment protections do not protect criminal solicitations for the illegal purchase and sale of fighting animals and weapons.  Surely Jeff Bezos and Amazon.com make enough money without having to sell this type of material.  As far back as December, 1999, in an interview by Joshua Quittner in Time Magazine Jeff Bezos said he would sell anything, “anything with a capital A”, except for firearms and live animals. Surely his Board of Directors, including a representative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and John Doerr, a well-respected venture capitalist, among others cannot agree with the officers of Amazon.com taking issue with The Humane Society of the United States and millions of animal lovers around the world that stand together against cruelty to animals.

But back to the Blogging community.  Perhaps you may wish to think twice about supporting Amazon.com on your Blog and linking to Amazon.com until the Company acknowledges that they are aware of the Federal Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007 and stop selling this vile material.  You do not have to be an animal activist to do this but simply think of the numbers of pet lovers that read your Blog and do not agree with animal cruelty.

Comments

Monday at The Water Bowl – Dog to Dog Interviews or Learn From the Top Dogs

PimmsMonday0507Pimms, the Chocolate Labrador and Director of Barketing at The Pet Realty Network, likes to have a chat with everyone that crosses his path- he is a Labrador after all.  Anyway, at one of the Monday office meetings new ideas were being discussed and Pimms woofed for some water.  When Pimms speaks people jump so as his water bowl was being filled, as well as for the other dogs waiting their turn, I imagined what it would be like for dogs chatting at the water bowl after their weekends.  What would they discuss – the new Dog Park laws, the latest new snack, when they were going to buy that home with 2000 acres so they could invite their friends over to play, the newest dog in the neighborhood?

 

Pimms took the idea and ran with it (all around the office) and as he has the loudest Woof at meetings we agreed to let him establish Monday at the Water Bowl as he wished to become a celebrity canine interviewer and choose and then interview the Top Dogs of Industry, Politics, Entertainment and Technology (with the odd feline interview thrown in just to avoid any harsh criticism). He could ask the no teeth barred questions, dig out all the details and bark the candid opinions that people interviewers dare not ask.  He has no interest in interviewing the people that the Dogs own as they have plenty of chances to make their views known but instead wanted to concentrate on the power behind the throne in the Boardroom. He believes that Dogs have more to say and one of his favorite quotes sums up why he is starting MONDAY AT THE WATER BOWL

 

“All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers, is contained in the dog.”

                                         Franz Kafka (1883-1924) 

 

 

 

MoxiepupWhy did I choose MOXIE RHEINGOLD as my first interview?  Everywhere I go in the office one of my canine colleagues is working on their Dogster page, www.dogster.com, and getting E-mails asking them to be a Pup Pal.  Now, I am not a joiner of anything but I had to check it out and then I heard about Moxie, viewed her page and photos and from then it was inevitable – I had to join and decided that I had to have my first interview with her.  She owns Ted and Molly Rheingold (they seem to get enough press and speaking gigs on their own) and she is the Top Dog and the power behind the couch at Dogster (after her great answers to my questions I expect they are taking up a collection at Dogster for a special couch for Moxie with extra sets of legs for that tea time chew).

 

 

1. What are your responsibilities at Dogster?

Woof! I carry the weight of this company all in my little paws. Basically, I’m in charge of moral boosting. Whenever there is tension or someone is having a bad day, I always have to think of something cute to do to cheer them up. Perhaps it’s running around in really fast circles, or waking up my gal-pal Ripley and making her play with me so we can get people’s mind off their issues. My motto is that there is no problem too big or small that a little dog love can’t fix.

 

 

2. Are you on the Board of Directors or are you more involved in the day-to-day management or both?

I’m more of a day-to-day sort of pup. Board meetings just aren’t my thing. I’m the type that enjoys going desk to desk to check in with people and see if there are ways I can lend a paw.

 

 

3. What do you think the best feature of Dogster is?

Showcasing all the cute dogs, of course. A place dedicated to puppy love is all-good, all the time. Plus, we have great people in the community willing to lend a paw with advice on training, grooming, tricks, etc. I learn so much from the site every day! Now, if I could only learn not to chew on the couch leg.

 

4. What are your feelings about cats, particularly as Catster plays an important role in the Company?

Without cats, what would I chase!?! No, seriously, cats are great. (A couple of the guys in the office have cats that out-weigh me by at least 10 lbs. So if I say anything bad, they’ll come after me. ) The great thing about Catster and Dogster both is that we’re all for the health, safety and loving support of all animals. So no matter if they bark or meow, they always have a home with us. (Did I mention that they’re also fun to chase…?)

 

5. What are your perks at Dogster, i.e. share options, new couch, play dates, special treats and toys?

Oh, this one is wag-your-tail simple: All the great pups that come in to the office mostly every day. There’s Ripley, Sherpa, Mochi and Marcel! (This is off the record, but Marcel has a little crush on me. I’m a heart breaker, I know)

 

Back to your question: Sometimes other humans come in and bring their pups to visit. It’s all one giant playground at the office. But, as I woofed in question one, it’s hard work sometimes. Chase my tail or run in circles? Chase my tail or run in circles? Pick the wrong one, and disaster!

 

6. Congratulations on having over 400,000 Members.  Do you see your role expanding as Dogster grows and will it take away from your park time or will you add a few assistants from the SPCA?

They’re will always be room for more pups and kitties from the SPCA. There’s so much dog love out there…and we at Dogster/Catster are on the front lines of it all!

 

7.  What advice would you give dogs that want to make it in the corporate world?

Know the right butts to sniff.

 

8.  When you were at the San Francisco SPCA what criteria did you use to select your pet parents?  Were you looking for something special?

I was looking for a vibe more than anything. A feeling that made my tail wag. Plus, honestly, I wanted them to be good dressers. And man-o-dog, my mommy can dress! She makes things. And daddy always wears fun shirts. It’s so much fun to go and walk them every day and show them off. We make a great family!

  

 9.  If you create your own treat what would it be?

Well, it would be a toss up. My favorite thing is a tennis ball. And my next favorite thing is kibble. So a kibble-flavored tennis ball! I wouldn’t know if I should chase it or eat it. Which, when I lower my ears to think about it, isn’t a bad problem to have!

 

10. How would you make the world a better place for dogs?

A better place for pups and kitties starts with better humans. We animals have such a desire to be picked up and loved, and petted and walked and just to make the world a friendlier place. Every pup and kitty should have the chance to have a great fur-ever home and have a place to run and sleep and be safe.

 

Also, if I could add, the world would be a better place for dogs if humans just let us chew on the darn couch leg like we want to! It’s so fun to gnaw on, especially for pups that are getting in their adult teeth! We can share, can’t we? I don’t bark when the humans sit on it. Why can’t I chew on it!?! Can we have a little give-and-take here?

 

My special thanks to Moxie, the Top Dog at Dogster, for adding her three woofs to our Blog and I hope you had some fun to start off your week.  I must admit that from a Dog’s perspective this was way more cool than thinking about the challenging Real Estate market, listening to more political debates or seeing more Hollywood starlets being arrested.   

 

 Is there a special dog you would like me to interview for my next Monday at the Water Bowl?

                                         

Comments