by Emily Taylor
My husband and I moved to Ocean Beach back in February after falling in love with it during a visit. We love that it feels like a small town even in the middle of a huge city; we love how laid-back everyone is; and we love that it’s so dog-friendly.
But my question is: Where do all these people with dogs live??
Every rental property that I call inevitably tells me “No pets.” Every For Rent sign I see says, “No pets” or, more specifically, “No dogs.”
What’s the deal? It seems so discriminatory, and out of character for OB, to ban all dogs no matter what.
Our dogs are both female, spayed, and crated when left alone. They are not loud, rambunctious, or destructive. It’s really upsetting that most landlords here ban dog-owners as renters across the board. To not even consider them on a case-by-case basis seems backwards and ignorant.
For such a dog-friendly area, it is extremely surprising and disturbing that dogs are blacklisted from almost every rental property.
All I ask is for the chance to introduce landlords to my dogs; then, if they don’t like them or don’t feel comfortable with them, I understand. But please don’t exclude all dogs no matter what. Dogs and their owners need a roof over their heads too!