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#61 LJ

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 07:19 PM

My dog sleeps about 20 hours a day. Wide awake when there is food on the go though. She is deaf, going blind and has cancer but she is the sweetest animal you could imagine. I have never heard her bark, she is disinterested in other dogs other than to give them a quick sniff if they come up to her. Otherwise she is content to lie with her head on your lap. She would be a perfect candidate for any rental unit. 

I don't know about Great Danes but Greyhounds need about 20 minutes of vigorous exercise per day then they are content to lounge about for the rest of the day. 


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Posted 06 March 2017 - 07:21 PM

Ya, Greyhounds and Great Danes both fine in condos, from what I read.


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#63 shoeflack

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Posted 06 March 2017 - 10:04 PM

I think the moral of the story here is that all dogs are different. Some labs are lazy sleepers, others are high energy nutty psychos. Some tiny breeds need a lot of good runs, while others could live like a cat for their whole life.

There's no carbon copy for every situation. It's the responsibility of the owner to determine what their dog needs to stay healthy. If your dog runs around all day long non-stop, then yes, a condo is probably not for you. But if your dog is the type that runs around non-stop every day, then chances are it's because you're not exercising it enough. Ultimately, the size of the home is irrelevant. It's the time and energy you put into keeping your dog healthy that matters.
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Posted 06 March 2017 - 11:10 PM

Great Danes aren't dogs, they are small horses. I have cleaned a house that had them and it is a constant struggle to clean up after them. The hardwood floor was destroyed. They shed like crazy. Every vertical surface, every wall, every door is coated in slobber and has to be scrubbed clean weekly.
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#65 Mike K.

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 06:39 AM

There's a guy at the 860 View condo who has two giant Huskies.

Great Danes are frieken huge. I concur with Rob, they're pretty demanding animals as far as maintenance goes. I'm not sure if it's going to be easy to find a rental that will accommodate them, but I'll pose the question on our Facebook page and maybe someone will have a lead. It's at http://www.Facebook....VibrantVictoria and the post will be up soon.


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#66 jonny

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 08:30 AM

There's no carbon copy for every situation. It's the responsibility of the owner to determine what their dog needs to stay healthy. If your dog runs around all day long non-stop, then yes, a condo is probably not for you. But if your dog is the type that runs around non-stop every day, then chances are it's because you're not exercising it enough. Ultimately, the size of the home is irrelevant. It's the time and energy you put into keeping your dog healthy that matters.

 

Exactly. We shouldn't generalize and say people who live in apartment shouldn't have dogs because it's impossible for the dog to have a good life just like we shouldn't say every Victorian is a pot smoking hippie or all rich people are greedy.


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#67 Mike K.

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:20 AM

Lots of info has now come up on VV's Facebook page regarding this question.


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#68 johnk

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:32 AM

jonny,
my little doggie is 15 yrs old and half-blind. Give her a break!
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Posted 07 March 2017 - 10:44 AM

There's a guy at the 860 View condo who has two giant Huskies.

Great Danes are frieken huge. I concur with Rob, they're pretty demanding animals as far as maintenance goes. I'm not sure if it's going to be easy to find a rental that will accommodate them, but I'll pose the question on our Facebook page and maybe someone will have a lead. It's at www.Facebook.com/VibrantVictoria and the post will be up soon.

The guy in 860 is the reason they changed the bylaw from two dogs any size to 1 dog with a size limit. As soon as these dogs got wet, the lobby, elevator and carpet on his floor were a disaster with no effort on his part to clean up. A very good example of how one person spoils it for everyone.


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#70 shoeflack

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 11:44 AM

The guy in 860 is the reason they changed the bylaw from two dogs any size to 1 dog with a size limit. As soon as these dogs got wet, the lobby, elevator and carpet on his floor were a disaster with no effort on his part to clean up. A very good example of how one person spoils it for everyone.

 

In theory, one wet dog could make just as much of a mess as two, so I would hope there was more to it than just that.

 

At The 834, the strata has provided a nice thick mat and towel rack at the side entrance to the building. So now there's a lovely communal towel situation going on for those rainy days. Our dogs love the different smells they get to experience while we dry them off.


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Posted 07 March 2017 - 12:55 PM

One dog with fleas...

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Posted 07 March 2017 - 03:43 PM

Thank you everyone for the info! Our danes are super lazy and sleep all day (hence the condo idea). We take them out once a day for a walk or to the off leash park and when we get home, they sleep. We are really excited to move back out there, the danes do make it more of a challenge but we know it will work out.
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#73 MarkoJ

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 03:32 PM

Late into the conversation but a lot of developers building new condos are amending the standard BC Strata Bylaws (one dog) to two dogs allowed.  I see it in pretty much every single disclosure statement.


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#74 Mike K.

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 09:30 PM

Right, it's two dogs or cats at The Wade.

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 07:15 AM

Bayview has a pet wash station just inside the garage.  I think its a great idea.


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#76 shoeflack

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 07:51 AM

Developers (and subsequently stratas) that do stuff like this to encourage responsible pet ownership are awesome. I would be willing to bet that buildings that provide amenities that actively encourage you to keep your pet(s) clean have a far lower rate of complaints against pet owners in the building, than say buildings that just put in restriction after restriction.

 

I hear of stratas with the "you must carry your pet in common areas" rule. It seems silly to me. I understand it from a "people might be scared of your pet" perspective, but if its pouring rain out, I'm not carrying my dog through the common area. If a basic towel/towel rack is provided however, I'm definitely going to stop and take my time to dry my pet.



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Posted 14 March 2017 - 09:38 AM

While I support dogs in condos, (brings up property prices), there is an interesting wrinkle in the city of Victoria animal control bylaw which states:

 

(3) Notwithstanding subsections (1) and (2) the occupier of each apartment in an apartment building under whatever form of land title, may keep one dog.

 

So is the necessary assumption then that while two or more dogs may not be a strata bylaw contravention it is a city bylaw contravention, which in turn would be a contravention of the standard strata bylaw that owners will not do anything in violation of municipal bylaws?


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#78 Mike K.

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:06 AM

Oh, interesting. Looks like the CoV bylaw and BC's strata template contradict.

But wouldn't the CoV know that there are two dogs at the same address when they're registered?

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#79 shoeflack

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:06 AM

So would stratas that ban dogs also be in contravention of the bylaw permitting one dog in an apartment?



#80 Mike K.

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Posted 14 March 2017 - 10:09 AM

No, a bylaw cannot be broken (or at least it shouldn't) but you can restrict an activity or a usage that a bylaw works to limit or control in some way. I.e., the bylaw does not give you the right to own a dog in your condo, but it restricts you to owning just one (as it appears) if your strata bylaws permit you to own a dog(s).

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