Antonio & Alexia's Blog


With Real Estate going to the dogs... Dogs should work! Mine has a job at the office!

We work mostly out of our home office. While typing my last sentences for a relocation report , I ignored the small little rubber ball that was being dropped at my feet over and over again. My 2-year old Pomeranian dog Prince wasn't going to stop inviting me to go out and play. The phone rings and the moment I pick it up I can hear one of my clients almost yelling at me complaining about a Realtor that just left her house. He showed up 30 minutes early for a showing of her house and she was in the shower and the house was not quite ready. She was very upset and wanted me to file a complain to his broker because of his early showing. 

It took me a few minutes to calm her down, as I hung up, I directed the dog to get out of the office! Out! I called pointing towards the door, I did not want any distractions, the dog looked at me, picked up the ball and ignored me, the phone rings again, I ushered the dog out, push the door closed and answer the phone. Now is the Realtor who showed the house, he is upset because the seller let him know her disapproval in front of his clients and he wants an apology! I asked him about the time he had set the appointment and the time he showed up, he wouldn't take any of that, we had a lively disagreement about how to show houses within the time frame set for the appointment. 

My office has two doors, one is a double glass door right in front of my desk, as I talk on the phone I can see the small dog jumping up and down trying to get back inside the office. The other Realtor is not going to settle down just yet, an incoming call gives me an opportunity to put this guy on hold, I am alone in the office. As I take the second call, I am surprised to find my upset seller who wants to know now what is the brokerage company this Realtor works for, she demands to know the name of the manager because she wants to file the complain herself. I promise I will find out and call her back, I hung up and tell the other Realtor what the conversation was, he is not happy and ask me to "rein in" my client! I tell him I had to go and we hang up. 

The phone rings again, at this time the dog has pushed open the door and sticks his head and with the ball in his mouth, he gives me this tilted head sort of question... are we going to play? If you have a Pomeranian you know what I mean. I look at the phone, and at the dog's invitation, I take the second one, I come out of the office and pick the ball off his mouth and throw it far into the yard, he runs and happily fetches it, we play like that for about 15 minutes, finally he brings the ball back but he does not come straight to me, he goes to his water dish, an indication the game is over, he is tired, he comes to me and I pet him and thank him for being there at a time like this. A time out with my Pomeranian dog "Price"

I have been rattled with the situation between my client and the other Realtor. Because of the dog I am now more relaxed and my blood pressure is probably down. I pick up the phone and call the seller, explain to her the job of the Realtor and the fact that sometimes this happens, I apologize on behalf of the other Realtor and invite her to let it all go. I call the other Realtor and apologize on behalf of the seller and invite him to let it go. Neither of them really apologized to each other but they both believe they did.

The mere presence of the dog and the break I took with him, made me a better negotiator, a more subdued, mellow and calm individual who diffused a potential explosive situation and prevented me from going into the argument more forceful. Can my dog help me be a better person? Yes, he can. Now if I could only put his name on my taxes... sort of "consultant" "special aide""trouble-shooter..." He deserves all those titles. I would love to know if any of you have had this secret tool in your offices or homes and how it works for you. Kibbles anyone?



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Comment balloon 20 commentsAntonio & Alexia Cardenas • October 20 2008 11:56PM


Dogs can be such a stress reliever.  They're always good for a game of fetch or just a quick cuddle.

Posted by Christine Donovan, Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M (Donovan Blatt Realty) over 11 years ago

Antonio & Alexia My problem is that I have six dogs.  We have two Carin Terriers, and four Greyhounds.

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) over 11 years ago

loki this is my therapist/ Loki. no matter how nutsy it can get, he'll beat it by running into the wetlands behind my home, thus delaying everything because a bath is imminent, we have learned: ride, beef, un/dus, walk, pee, no, dig, but fetch, that is a hard concept for him. I commend you on your response, doesn't it feel better avoided future drama?

Posted by Harriet Maj, Professional & Caring Real Estate Services (Classic Realty Group) over 11 years ago

Christine. Yes, we all should have a game of fetch with our dogs before making a nasty phone call.

Larry. With six dogs... I am sure you have your hands full, but what a pleasure!

Harriet. Cute picture of Loki, yes, I have about the same dialoge with my dog. And yes, we avoided future drama, nobody knew it was thanks to... Prince!

Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 11 years ago

I used to take my dog to the office.  It was a great stress reliever... and I even got some exercise walking him to the park.

Posted by Ryan Shaughnessy, Broker/Attorney - Your Lafayette Square Real Estate Partner (PREA Signature Realty - over 11 years ago

Maybe that is why they are called "Man's best Friend".  Gotta love em!

Posted by Eunice Waller, Working Together, We Can Do Great Things (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Simpson Realtors) over 11 years ago

There have been so many studies of the joy and peace we get with animals. I would see where it would be a quick break and relaxer to give the pooch a smooch!

Posted by Chip Jefferson (Gibbs Realty and Auction Company) over 11 years ago

We should all take hints from our pets and not take life so seriously.  Get out and play!

Posted by Kathy Fey (Fey & Associates) over 11 years ago

Ryan, it is true, the exercise we do when taking out the dog for a walk... maybe is the other way around, it is the dog taking us out for a walk!

Eunice. "mans best friend" is also, a therapist and it helps both, the dog gets the attention, or so we think, but in cases where you need to simply step away and shift gears, your best friend is all you need.

Laura. Giving the pooch a smooch is far more  than we think at times like these.

Kathy. Get out and play means also get a quick check on your attitude and mood.

Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 11 years ago

This is great advice and you don't have to have a dog! Taking a walk, getting outside, counting, whatever helps. But I have two dogs and taking them on walks is definately a stress reliever, not only from work but from the kids, the hubby oops. Little breaks are helpful!

Posted by Terrie Leighton, Reno Real Estate Agent ~ Selling Homes in Reno (Ferrari-Lund Real Estate ) over 11 years ago

Great story....your puppy story reminds me of my glass doors and my husband pacing back and forth needing some attention! ;-)  That's one of many reasons that I don't spend as many hours daily on AR as I did for the 18 months prior. ;-)


Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) over 11 years ago

Terrie, Having my dog around does help me most of the time, it sort of reminds me that not everything we do has to be perfect, for this dog playing ball is EVERYTHING and he loves it... ALL THE TIME!

Teri, your husband pacing back and forth in front of the glass doors needing attention...? did he had anything in his mouth...? I'm sure you made him fetch something.


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 11 years ago

Love your post.  Animals are such great tension relievers.  Whenever I have a really bad day I go out and ride my horse.  Whenever I ride I am completely in the moment and my mind takes a vacation for a little while from all of the other things that are going on in my life.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Great comment Pam. it is true, animals to have so much to offer us, just being around them make us all better people, better humans. They teach us so much, if we could just learn to listen to them!


Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 11 years ago

BoysAntonio, I loved this post! 

Our dogs, Bailey & Baxter, are a constant source of entertainment. Both are Golden Retrievers and it's fetch, fetch, fetch, and fetch again!

If we ever feel stressed or down, they are the ultimate therapists. I would also like to know if you can figure out how to write them off on our taxes as employees!


Posted by Lara O'Keefe (North Texas Home Finders) over 11 years ago

Antonio, you need to post this great story in It's Raining DOGS! Dog Lovers Group to get more readers.

Also, as a first for me, I have flagged this post to be featured :-)


Posted by Lara O'Keefe (North Texas Home Finders) over 11 years ago

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What a great story!  Many of us Realtors are fortunate enough to work from a home office most of the time... I have two Cocker Spaniels in my house who provide a much needed distraction from time to time too!

Posted by Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team, Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate (Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team) over 11 years ago

Lara, Baily and Baxter seem like great companions! I am sure they make your day... everyday! Thanks for sharing the pictures. I will follow your suggestion and post on the group.

Cheryl, everybody seems to have two dogs... I only have one, the pictures look good, thank you.

Posted by Antonio & Alexia Cardenas, "The Realtors In Motion" (Alameda County - San Leandro, CA.) over 11 years ago

Antonio ~ see, I did read your blog and this is a FANTASTIC post! You are a great storyteller, and the more I read the faster I went, laughing and picturing this whole episode in my mind - too bad Alexia wasn't getting this on video - "Oscar" material! Thanks for your comments to me yesterday and it's a pleasure to meet you!

Posted by Diane Kawell (Windermere Real Estate / West Campus) over 11 years ago
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