If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you’ll know that we live in a highrise condo in South Florida (specifically Ft. Lauderdale but we have a gorgeous view of Miami as well). I’ve lived in highrises since I’ve been here, so I have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t as far as condo living goes. I love to talk about my decor on the blog, but what about the animate objects in your home, of course the people, but more importantly, the pets!
Living communally for so many years I have really strong opinions on what works for condo and beach living and what doesn’t. While we are the proud owners of two Siamese cats, I love dogs too of course. Cats are cats, they can only get so big, but if you’re going to be taking advantage of the glitz and glam of condo living, in my opinion small dogs, like chihuahuas, are the way to go! Of course you can’t give up your existing pet if you move to a highrise, but if you’re in the market for adopting or rehoming a pet, I’ve found the most fantastic resource, Get Your Pet. Get Your Pet is kind of like Tinder for pets, which sounds terrible, but it’s actually awesome. You can browse all pet types and breeds, from Labradors to Chihuahuas, see their (adorable) pictures and read about their personalities from actual owners.
I have some strong opinions on the breeds that are ideal for condo living, probably my favorite is the chihuahua. According to the American Kennel Club, the chihuahua is “a tiny breed with a huge personality”. You definitely, definitely have to train them not to bark (barking is a definite no no in condo living), but the short-haired ones hardly shed at all, you can scoop them up and take them easily down in an elevator, and if you’re living in Miami or a similar climate like me, you don’t ever need a sweater for them either.
One of the mistakes I see people make is to adopt or rehome a large breed, like a Lab or Golden Retriever, while living in a small space. I can’t tell you the number of times I have seen people with these large dogs cooped up in a small condo on a high floor, pacing the balcony. I don’t know a ton about dogs but I do think that larger breeds really need a backyard and space to run around unless you’re committed to exercising them vigorously daily. The other thing I see in South Florida is people with huge, furry dogs like Huskies or Sheepdogs! Oh my gosh! It is soooo hot here year-round! I feel so bad because these poor dogs always look like they are so miserable outside. Unless you have one already, don’t do it!
I also feel strongly about pet adoption. I’ll admit, our two cats came from a breeder because I really wanted Siamese back when we got them, but little did I know there’s a whole nationwide network of Siamese cat rescues, and when my babies are gone, I’m definitely going this route. I know that rescue animals are definitely not without their issues (imagine if someone snatched you up out of your home and dropped you in a shelter or strange place), but if you have the patience and time, adopting a pet is really the most humane option.
I’ll go back to my decorating posts now (you can read all about my solution (hint: flokati throws) to pets biting and clawing furniture here, and I would love to hear from you if you have any tips on adopting or rehoming pets, leave me a comment below!