Pet owners struggle as fewer S.F. landlords allow dogs, cats

Pet owners struggle as fewer S.F. landlords allow dogs, cats
Article from SFGate:

Kim Oja lives a quiet life, has solid references and a dog sweet enough to be teaching a puppy obedience class. By just about any measure, she should be a San Francisco landlord’s dream tenant.

Instead, she’s commuting from Orinda to UCSF, spending three hours a day on her bike and BART. The graduate nursing student, who had cruised into good apartments in Los Angeles, Berkeley and Orinda, can’t even land an overpriced crash pad in San Francisco. All because of Jack, Oja’s fluffy white mutt she adopted from the pound two years ago.

“I always got my first choice. I have sterling credit, I have money in the bank, I present fairly well and former landlords give a good recommendation,” Oja says. “Naively, that’s what I thought was going to happen in the city.”

San Francisco has long been known as a pet-friendly city – U.S. census data confirm that the dogs outnumber children by about 1.7 to 1. But for years it has been increasingly challenging to find a pet-friendly home to rent. Now with the recent influx of wealthy residents, many with tech sector money to burn, renters are repor…………………continues on SFGate
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Chowhound: Washington pet store owner living on dog and cat food for a month
Article from Fox News:

A Washington state pet store owner is chowing down on her store’s products for a month to prove that pets can eat as healthy as humans.

Dorothy Hunter started her 30-day feast of eating only the dog and cat food she sells at her Paw’s Natural Pet Emporium stores in Richland and Kennewick, Wash., on June 19.

“You would be surprised how tasty dog and cat food can be when it’s made right,” she told the Tri-City Herald last week. “You really are what you eat and it’s the same for your pets. I decided to eat this food for a month just to prove how good it tastes, as well as showcase its nutrition.”

She stocks her shelves with dog and cat food that is comes from as far away as Italy. She told the newspaper that everything she carries is carefully selected for its nutritional value.

“You won find empty food in this store,” she told the Herald. “There are not fillers, or animal (byproducts) or preservatives. We also do our best to make sure we do not carry any edible foods from China or products whose ingredients come from China.

The one dish she likes to sink her paws into is the Tiki canned chicken cat food.

“In the dry kibble, I really like the Italian brand and the Natural Balance,” she said. “I know people think this is crazy, but I can’t stress enough how important it is to read labels and see what’s in th…………………continues on Fox News
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