From today’s SF Chronicle via the AP:
Missouri Housing Contract Comes With Dog
By CHRISTOPHER LEONARD, Associated Press Writer
Wednesday, March 8, 2006
(03-08) 17:39 PST Scott City, Mo. (AP) —
Housing contracts can get complicated in a hurry. Just consider the clause that Jared and Whittnie Essner agreed to when they bought their first home last week:
“Rocky will be allowed to remain in home (with lots of love, care and attention) and negotiated visitation rights from current master. Chain link fence stays for him.”
“In every offer, there’s always something to be negotiated,” said their real estate agent, Greg Lincoln. In this case, that something happened to be a beagle-mix dog named Rocky.
Jared, 20, and Whittnie, 19, were married last spring. They looked at more than 30 houses before settling on the quaint home at the corner of State and Mildred in this southeast Missouri town, about 100 miles south of St. Louis. The place made an instant impression on them when they toured it. So did the home’s sole inhabitant: Rocky.
“We thought, there honestly can’t be a dog here if there’s no one present,” Jared said. Then, Rocky came bounding toward him.