I 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.
Clooney 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.
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.