Five Tricks to Hide Pet Smells When Selling Your House

By: Kyle McKay

You’ve rolled on a fresh coast of paint and banished the battered Barcalounger into storage – it’s time to sell your house! But no matter how delightful your digs, pet odors can make even the most beautiful homes a bust. Don’t let your four-legged love chase away perfectly good prospects! When it’s time to open your doors to the buying public, freshen your nest with these simple tips.

1. Clean everything

This may seem like obvious advice, but smells can hide disguised in places you wouldn’t expect. It’s worth it to invest in professional carpet and upholstery cleaning but also give linens, pillows, throws and curtains a regular spin in the washing machine while your realtor is showing your home.

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Dog beds can be stinky! Make sure you run them through the washing machine or even replace them if they are more than a year old.

Don’t forget about dog beds! Many have removable covers that are machine washable. If yours doesn’t, or if your best friend’s bunk is more than a year old, you may want to purchase a new one.

2. Ditch the wicks

A home full of lit candles could raise a red flag for potential buyers appraising your abode. If you need a quick and dirty fix to perfume over your pup, go for something more subtle. Wax warmers, strategically placed plug-ins and baking soda-based carpet powders can snuff out anything unpleasant to sniff in a pinch.

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Stray Dogs From Sochi Arrive for Adoption

This is a great story. Ten dogs are now up for adoption in Washington D.C. after being rescued from the streets of Sochi during the Olympic Games.

Photo by Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images. A supervisor at the Washington rescue housing the stray pups checks on one of the little guys.

The dogs are described as very sweet and well mannered but a little stressed out from the two-day trip from Russia. They’ll be given a medical evaluation and will be available for adoption within weeks, if all goes well.

Organizers at the rescue housing the pups say there has been a lot of interest in these dogs because people heard about the horrible conditions for strays in Sochi with dogs being rounded up and killed.

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Lights! Camera! Puppies!

Yellow Dog wanted some new headshots, so we invited photographer Billy Poon over to capture Yellow in all his glory! Of course, Yellow was a little ham for the camera. Sundown tagged along, but he was more interested in getting petted by Billy than taking pictures, except when it came to cookies!

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How to Deal With Aggressive Dogs; The Pooch Coach Trains USPS Workers

We’ve been bringing you her expert tips here at Yellow Dog Blog and now our training expert is the official trainer of San Francisco USPS mail carriers on how to deal with aggressive dogs.

Beverly Ulbrich visited the main mail-sorting facility March 21 to lead two talks to a group of postal carriers before they headed out on their daily routes.

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Beverly talked about how fear is the driving force for why dogs attack.

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Pet Food Company to Pay $2 Million for Salmonella Outbreak

A major pet-food manufacturer is shelling out millions to settle a class-action lawsuit after their salmonella-tainted kibble sickened pets and humans alike. Diamond Pet Foods will pay $2 million in damages for eight recalls in 2012 that left 20 humans and countless pets ill. 

Costco’s Kirkland Signature Brand and Natural Balance pet foods are two of the well-known brands involved in the massive recall. A full list of the foods affected contains other lesser-known brands, as well.

Food Safety News says Diamond’s case wasn’t helped by a FDA inspection that found numerous health violations at their manufacturing facility in South Carolina. The FDA also found another strain of salmonella in Diamond’s Missouri manufacturing plant. The recalled foods were manufactured between Dec. 9, 2011 and April 7, 2012.

If you think you may have been affected, you have until July 11, 2014 to file a claim. Details can be found on the lawsuit’s home page.