Ever walk into a retirement home devoid of animals and say something like “you guys need a quiet kind dog in here” — only to hear the response “Oh, no, we couldn’t do that!”? I understand there are allergies and fears that some people have, but I ask why I have yet to find one home with the option to bring in these life-affirming creatures? Some people’s most devastating experience in entering a home is the loss of a beloved companion who is not allowed to join them. Instead the default is “no animals, period.” Is this a knee-jerk reaction or don’t people even consider how emotionally and mentally stimulating it is to have well-behaved animals around? Are there laws getting in the way that need to be fixed?
Looking to find or create horse-oriented communities, whether of property owners or renters. Especially thinking of retirement communities. I mean, how many retirement communities are built around golf or bingo or whatever. Not me! I love my horses, in the next few years will need to downsize, and have no intention of living without them. Actually where I live now [north of Seattle] is absolutely perfect for the riding trail access, but I can’t honestly say this is a “like-minded horse community.” Everybody lives their own lives, some with horses and some not. I hear there are some in Arizona, though I think that weather is too hot for me on a year-round basis. This concept has got to get nothing but bigger as the Boom gets bigger. Even like a 55+ mobile home park centered around horses. Great idea for developers, but they’d need to know there is a demand. What do you think?