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  1. Julee

    Julee UNSTOPPABLE

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    Oregon is on our list of places to look at living in. Questions!

    Where are you located, and what is the weather like?
    How pet friendly is your area?
    Are there a lot of training clubs in your area? Trials? Places to rent rings?
    If you're in a more rural area, how far do you need to drive to get to a reasonably populated area?
    Are apartments/houses for rent generally pet friendly?
    Do you enjoy living there? What would you change if you could?

    Anything else?

    I can't think of any more questions right now, but I'm sure there will be more. :)
     
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    Running around doing yard work and general house cleaning right now, so can't leave a detailed reply, buuuut

    DO IT. MOVE HERE.


    I'm in Portland/Beaverton right now but go to college in Eugene. The weather here's been great, 70s and sunny all week with a few rainy afternoons. It's supposed to rain next week, too, but that really is Oregon for you. It rains. A lot. We get mild weather otherwise, it never goes to either extreme. We didn't get any snow this year because it just wasn't cold + wet enough, and I still consider 80 degrees and up to be "extreme weather conditions".

    Portland is extremely pet friendly (although I've never been anywhere else with a dog before, so I can't compare). There are lot of very nice cafes with an outdoor dog-friendly section located downtown, and you can usually bring your dog into any store that doesn't sell food. I've found that the people are usually very dog friendly, too. Even walking around with my 80 lb GSD I get more positive remarks than anything, and a lot of people asking to pet him or telling me about a GSD they owned or knew and loved.

    There are also a lot of fantastic parks and hiking spots, and all the large beaches are pet friendly and never overcrowded. There is technically a leash law but everyone lets their dogs off leash and are smart about managing their dogs.

    Not sure about training clubs/trials/events, so hopefully Adrienne can answer that. I am clueless when it comes to actual dog things.

    We live in the suburbs in Beaverton/Portland but we do have a friend who lives up a hill and owns about 4 acres of land, and I'd consider her area fairly rural. I'd say that it's probably a 15-20 minute drive for her to reach a more populated area? We also drive about 30 minutes out from our house to fruit farms each summer to pick fruit, not sure if that helps.

    Pet friendly rent may be tricky, but again, I've never tried to look anywhere else before so I can't compare. Finding a pet friendly house down in my college town was definitely difficult, especially because there are usually size and breed restrictions... but I'm really not sure how it is in Portland.

    I definitely love living here. I always say that I'd like to stay in Portland forever, and even if I move elsewhere for graduate school or an internship, I'd like to ultimately come back. I love the green, love the people, and even love the rain.

    PS: if you haven't already done so, watch Portlandia :D
     
  3. Julee

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    I like rain, Rick's initially from the Tacoma area, so he's definitely used to it. He misses the PNW :p Portlandia is awesome.

    It really sounds like somewhere I'd love. CT is definitely not where I want to be. Rick wants to be closer (but not too close) to his family. We're hopefully going to be visiting WA later this year for a couple of weeks, I'm hoping to trickle down into OR to check it out!
     
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    I am on my phone but I answered what I could. :)
     
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    Thank you both! I was hoping you two would answer, I can't remember who else lives there. :D
    Oh! Adrienne, how far do you generally have to travel to trials and such? How much are entry fees, generally (agility in particular)? I'm wondering if they're on par with what CT clubs usually charge.
     
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    Some trials are in town, so no travel, but barn hunts have been an hour or so. Dock dogs have been 4 or so. Agility this weekend was 1.5 hr drive, in two weeks obed will be about 4.

    The fees seem cheaper than Vegas but I'm seeing 15-28(high end being average for Vegas) per run. FlynSBT would know better, she's been trialing here a lot longer. Obed still seems equally priced.
     
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    Excellent. Thank you!
     
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    Just move here already :D
     
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    Where are you located, and what is the weather like?
    I'm in Canby - it's about a half hour south of Portland. I love Oregon in so many ways you can't go wrong no matter where you are. Canby has two state parks within it that are awesome for letting the dogs run and there are so many places within a half hours drive to go its ridiculous.

    How pet friendly is your area?
    Pretty pet friendly. Most people love dogs around here so that's nice, though they generally are not allowed in stores unless its a pet store.

    Are there a lot of training clubs in your area? Trials? Places to rent rings?
    There are a lot of training clubs around for sure, and the local fairgrounds have at least 1 or 2 trials a month sometimes every weekend. Once you join a training club there are multiple locations around you can rent from as well.

    If you're in a more rural area, how far do you need to drive to get to a reasonably populated area?
    Canby is a small town and has rural areas but I don't know that it's really rural. Regardless, it's a half hour to Portland, a half hour to Salem, and the closest dog obedience training club is about 20 minutes away.

    Are apartments/houses for rent generally pet friendly?
    In this area yes, I had no problem finding a place to live with two 30 lb dogs, and the majority of places around me are willing to accept pets, and while I have not experienced it I've been told that if your dog has a CGC and is on the "do not accept" list, they have to accept them anyway? Don't quote me on it though.

    Do you enjoy living there? What would you change if you could?

    I LOVE OREGON!!! MOVE HERE!!!! It's amazing. So many places to explore, so dog friendly, and there's always some kind of trial or fun match going on to go play at. It's Awesome. Nuff Said.


    Adrienne - in your "swimming dogs" pics - where are you?? That looks way better than my local swim spot..... And that 1,000 acre dog park is AMAZING I go there quite frequently. Love it.
     
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    On the other side of the river from Sellwood park. :)
     
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    Thanks! I'll have to check it out sometime! :)
     
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    (Adrianne I spelled your name incorrectly earlier in the thread and I am SO MAD because I know how to spell it and I CAN'T EDIT IT ARGH)

    Okay, I'm sold. I'M REALLY EXCITED NOW, OKAY.

    As far as renting goes, do places usually have breed restrictions? We have the whole ESA thing on our side, but I don't want to go through that ordeal if I don't need to :p

    Google tells me Portland is a little over an hour and a half from the beach. Accurate?

    Two hours from Rick's mother/brothers/grandmother, three hours from his father and closest friends, so that's awesome.

    How hard is it to find employment? Rick can do anything, really. Big guy, can lift heavy stuff, will have a GED by the time we move. Experience working as a dishwasher at an upscale restaurant, and general outdoor maintenance.

    I do dog training stuffs, though I'm not opposed to working at a doggy daycare or something similar. Is there a market for force free trainers out there?
     
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    Breed Restrictions

    Depends on where you go.... Places I looked at were a case by case basis, and were more concerned about number of dogs or size of dog than breed. Looking at houses was easier, landlords are more forgiving once they meet the dogs and realized they're not psycho, versus an apartment complex where they won't budge from their policies.

    Yup you can get to the beach in about an hour and a half/two hours depending on what part. It's awesome.

    I'm no help in the employment part..... I would think if you work hard and get resumes and apps out there as much as possible (heck start before you even move) it should happen pretty easily, this time of year there are a lot of construction positions available(thinking for Rick...)

    There are a variety of dog walking/running businesses and some private training businesses as well... I don't know much about that stuff though.

    All I know is - It's Awesome in the PNW and you will NOT regret a decision to move out here! :)
     
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    An hour and a half is accurate :)

    Ack, and I spelled Adrianne's name wrong, too, but it was also too late to edit. I need to stop doing that x.x
     
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    There are definitely work opportunities for all types of training here. When it becomes a sure thing let me know and I'll help you scout work.

    :)
     
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    Thank you, I really appreciate it!
     
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    Brian and I have been thinking of moving in the next few years to either Oregon, California, or Colorado...

    This makes me want Oregon so bad. The weather sounds marvelous and those links/pictures!

    I will be very jealous if you get to move there, Julee!

    And you also must stop in Michigan on the way there, if you drive. ;)
     

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