What Do I Do With My Dog??!!

Business By saffire277 Updated 28 May 2010 , 3:31am by Kellbella

saffire277 Posted 4 May 2010 , 1:45pm
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I am a home baker in North Carolina. The HD will license me to run a business out of my home, but one of the stipulations is that you cannot have any animals in the house....ever. We have a dog, a Shitzu that my husband is very attached to and would never agree to get rid of (I wouldn't mind, lol). I want to be legal and this is the only sticking point. What have some of you done in this situation? My mom told me to hide the dog when I have the inspection, but I don't think that is a good idea. I really don't want to rent out a space, when my home is perfectly fine (and free).

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mamawrobin Posted 4 May 2010 , 1:53pm
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Not good advise from your mother. It wouldn't be wise to lie about having a dog icon_lol.gif . You could be fined or even loose your license should if someone found out. I think you know what you have to do. Either don't do cakes in your home or give the dog away. I don't think that kind of dog is suited for outdoors, right? icon_confused.gif Can you imagine hidding the dog in the bedroom when the health inspector showed up and the dog refusing to shut up barking? That'd be my luck icon_lol.gif

Good luck to you in this situation. Maybe your husband will be understanding of your desire to have your business. What about your mom taking the dog?

TexasSugar Posted 4 May 2010 , 1:58pm
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Sounds like you have three options.

1. Find a new home for the dog.
2. Move the dog outside.
3. Wait.

leah_s Posted 4 May 2010 , 2:04pm
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are the NC regs listed somewhere online?

saffire277 Posted 4 May 2010 , 2:04pm
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Ugh, stupid dog.

cakesbycathy Posted 4 May 2010 , 2:46pm
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What's more important to you - your husband or the dog?

Hiding the dog is a horrible idea. If you hide him in the house while the inspection is going on karma will probably come back to bite you and it will either bark or there will be some trace of the dog you inadvertantly forgot that the inspector will discover while he is there. Plus if you are trying to be legal and go about things the right way - well, you're already lying right off the bat about having a pet.

If you hide the dog at someone else's house or a kennel there is still the possibility of the inspector finding out. Houses with animals in them have a certain smell to them (they do - even if you clean up after your pet and clean your house. There is still a certain odor in the air.) The inspector is going to notice.
Plus, what happens if someone comes for a delivery and there is a dog (or signs of a dog) in what is supposed to be a pet free home? Or even if you do all deliveries but when someone calls to place an order they hear a dog barking in the background?

Sorry but if your DH is not willing to give up the pet then it sounds like you are going to have to wait.

saffire277 Posted 4 May 2010 , 2:58pm
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I am going to talk to my husband about the dog tonight. I wasn't planning on hiding the dog, that was my mom's idea, and I didn't think it was a good one. I am going to see if my husband would be ok with letting my parents keeping the dog for a while to see if my business takes off. I know he wants me to do my business on the down low until we see if it takes off, but I can't do any advertising in the community for fear I will get into trouble. So that isn't a good barometer for success.

11cupcakes Posted 4 May 2010 , 2:59pm
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You can have outdoor pets, you have an option to move dog outside.

KHalstead Posted 4 May 2010 , 3:13pm
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have your DH build the doggie love of his life a nice dog house, literally like a shed that could house a bed and could even have heat and a/c in it! As long as the dog is getting love and attention it probably won't care either way..........sometimes I wish I could live in a shed out back! lol

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 4 May 2010 , 4:01pm
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I'm in the same situation. Although my state won't allow me to bake from home. If they ever did, we have a cat that my husband loves dearly. We couldn't give her up.

mamawrobin Posted 4 May 2010 , 4:42pm
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Originally Posted by KHalstead

have your DH build the doggie love of his life a nice dog house, literally like a shed that could house a bed and could even have heat and a/c in it! As long as the dog is getting love and attention it probably won't care either way..........sometimes I wish I could live in a shed out back! lol




I'm with you. A shed outback sounds like a good idea. (For me, not the dog icon_lol.gif )

sari66 Posted 4 May 2010 , 7:10pm
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Yeah, I think a new home for the dog would be better. The new sheds they have look like small houses and I think the dog won't mind one bit being there. Hopefully your DH will feel the same.
Good luck

Eisskween Posted 4 May 2010 , 7:19pm
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How sad. icon_sad.gif

Dizzymaiden Posted 4 May 2010 , 7:22pm
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I don't know about anyone else but I feel bad for the dog icon_sad.gif

Am I being too sensitive? I have a dog and I could not imagine "finding a new home" for him. He is part of my family.

Instead of stupid dog - stupid rule. I don't blame the state for saying "no dog in the kitchen" but no dog in the house??!!

I hope you find a solution that works out! thumbs_up.gif

Kitagrl Posted 4 May 2010 , 9:39pm
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A dog can be in the opposite side of the house but people can bring the hair into every room.

When we used to have indoor dogs years ago, the fur got everywhere...

Elcee Posted 4 May 2010 , 10:30pm
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I agree with Dizzymaiden; I don't think I could give up my pets for a cake business. They are part of the family. Of course, I can't have a home cake business at all so the point is moot, anyway. icon_smile.gif

malakainrop Posted 4 May 2010 , 10:49pm
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I guess I am the lonely voice of...... a dog belongs outside!

Yes we have pets - but they don't share my home - they have their own quarters! Don't share my bed, my lounge and especially NOT my kitchen.

Dogs are perfectly happy outside - they belong outside!

Oh..... and I especially can't tolerate people who DRESS up their dogs!!

PURRRLLLEASE!!!!

Mrs-A Posted 4 May 2010 , 10:54pm
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Originally Posted by malakainrop

I guess I am the lonely voice of...... a dog belongs outside......




im a believer in all dogs should be outside but my mum had a pug dog and geez i want one too and i dont think i keep her outside when i do get her one day

what about a seperate kitchen/workshop outside instead of the dog? a mini kitchen which you can set up just for your baking??

mamawrobin Posted 4 May 2010 , 11:18pm
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Originally Posted by malakainrop

I guess I am the lonely voice of...... a dog belongs outside!

Yes we have pets - but they don't share my home - they have their own quarters! Don't share my bed, my lounge and especially NOT my kitchen.

Dogs are perfectly happy outside - they belong outside!

Oh..... and I especially can't tolerate people who DRESS up their dogs!!

PURRRLLLEASE!!!!




Agree. We have dogs but they live outside. That hair gets everywhere. I have a friend that has two little dogs in her house. Everytime I visit I have to use a lint roller on my clothes before I get into my car to remove the dog hair.

saffire277 Posted 4 May 2010 , 11:28pm
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She is definitely an inside dog. She is a Shitzu and a lap dog. I do agree that she is part of the family, but I have been out of work for over a year. I lost my job when I was pregnant with my son and had complications and couldn't work, ran out of FMLA yada, yada, yada. I need to make some kind of income, and I would LOVE to stay home with my little boy. Owning my own cake business is my dream. I love our dog (even though she gets on my nerves sometimes), but I love my son more. I love my dream of owning my own business more, I need to help provide for my family. I know a lot of people won't see it my way, but I hope my hubby will.

Mis_Delicias Posted 5 May 2010 , 12:44am
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Please I am looking for a recipe of a "wedding cake" it is delicious, the one that has raisins, nuts, rum, is a bit dark the inside. PLease if someone has the recipe , please reply.

tron Posted 5 May 2010 , 1:06am
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I feel you saffire77......I love my dog too, but I had to adjust him to being outside. He's been outhere for the last 4 months.
GisellaM: if you need recipes you should do a search under the recipes tab. They have all kinds of great flavors on here.

Kandy4283 Posted 5 May 2010 , 1:32am
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Originally Posted by saffire277

I am going to talk to my husband about the dog tonight. I wasn't planning on hiding the dog, that was my mom's idea, and I didn't think it was a good one. I am going to see if my husband would be ok with letting my parents keeping the dog for a while to see if my business takes off. I know he wants me to do my business on the down low until we see if it takes off, but I can't do any advertising in the community for fear I will get into trouble. So that isn't a good barometer for success.




speaking of being on the down low, this is what my boyfriend told me to do and this is what I did to see if my business took off, and my business took off and I was getting ready to get legal and get on my feet and someone turned me in....now I wish I would have just got legal right away and just took a shot at it. I have got myself into such a deep hole that I just am not doing cakes for awhile, I am packing all my stuff and this weekend will be the last cake for a long time! And the cake that I am doing this weekend is for my mom's 50th....so I am not making money off it if anyone does say anything about it....

My word of advise....do not do it! Get legal first...I learned the hard way and now it's all ending for a long time for me.....and I love decorating!!!!!!!!! icon_cry.gif

happigolucki35 Posted 5 May 2010 , 5:31am
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Dogs def. dont belong on furniture or in the kitchen. If your visitors leave with dog hair all over them, there is def dog hair in your kitchen. I think the rule is unfair, dogs are a part of mini families and to have to get rid of your dog is terrible. I say move him outside or to your garage (if you have one), and allow him inside sometimes when you are not baking. However if your dog is on furniture sofa, chair bed ect, I would not bake cakes to give away or sell. Chance of dog hair in the food is too risky. JMO.

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Originally Posted by malakainrop

I guess I am the lonely voice of...... a dog belongs outside!

Yes we have pets - but they don't share my home - they have their own quarters! Don't share my bed, my lounge and especially NOT my kitchen.

Dogs are perfectly happy outside - they belong outside!

Oh..... and I especially can't tolerate people who DRESS up their dogs!!

PURRRLLLEASE!!!!



Agree. We have dogs but they live outside. That hair gets everywhere. I have a friend that has two little dogs in her house. Everytime I visit I have to use a lint roller on my clothes before I get into my car to remove the dog hair.


Dizzymaiden Posted 5 May 2010 , 12:39pm
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I have to laugh icon_lol.gif - I am looking at my 5 pound, short hair, Chihuahua and telling him he must live outside now. I don't dress him up but in the cold weather, he wears a protective sweater...lololol

Oh GAWD-I am the crazy dog lady!

My dog does not go in the kitchen (the floors are too cold icon_wink.gif

On a serious note: I bake for others the way I want to purchase baked goods without the fear or gross factor of animals being in the kicthen. So I have had to resort to sharing a community church kitchen.

indydebi Posted 5 May 2010 , 12:51pm
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Originally Posted by Kitagrl

A dog can be in the opposite side of the house but people can bring the hair into every room.

When we used to have indoor dogs years ago, the fur got everywhere...



oh my this is so true. We got our dog last spring and when we got him, he was shaven. This spring is the first time we are dealing with him shedding his winter coat. Holy freakin' cow what a mess! I take him outside to brush him and the hair just kept coming out. I was using the sweeper, going thru tons of rollers, and dusting the tables everytime I turned around ... the dog hair is freakin' everywhere! He just walks by the couch and I find clumps of hair on the edge of the couch pillows. I told hubby, "I have no idea how people bake with dogs in the house if this is what they deal with" and it just reaffirmed to me why these rules are in place.

I honestly feel for your dilemna, though. I'm not a big "dogs first" person, but I'm not sure how I would feel if I had to face this decision.

Rose_N_Crantz Posted 5 May 2010 , 1:04pm
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Originally Posted by Dizzymaiden

I have to laugh icon_lol.gif - I am looking at my 5 pound, short hair, Chihuahua and telling him he must live outside now. I don't dress him up but in the cold weather, he wears a protective sweater...lololol

Oh GAWD-I am the crazy dog lady!

My dog does not go in the kitchen (the floors are too cold icon_wink.gif

On a serious note: I bake for others the way I want to purchase baked goods without the fear or gross factor of animals being in the kicthen. So I have had to resort to sharing a community church kitchen.




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I can just see you looking over and telling him that, and the little thing just looks up and shivers! So cute!!

Yeah, with our next house, I'm shooting for something that has a detached garage/shed that I can convert to a kitchen so I can have a cake/cupcake/cookie business. Although then there's the issue of cat hair. I'll probably have to have a little changing closet just attached to the kitchen where I can change into some clothes that stay in that area so I don't track cat hair into that kitchen.

oh the joys of our four legged friends. And the things we do for them! I love that joke about how aliens would think the animals are the ones running the show because we follow them around picking up their poop for them! icon_smile.gif

jobueno Posted 5 May 2010 , 1:22pm
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Shitzu's are not meant to be outside dogs.

1. they are tiny and they have heavy long coats.
2. they were bred for royalty in China so all they do is be in your lap and love you.
3. If your dog has been an indoor dog for a while (years) it will be almost impossible to get the dog to stay outside.
4. They need to be with people. After having your dog live inside and then shun him to the mercy of heat and cold outdoors is a cruelty, yes even if you have a shed or doghouse for it.

I'm sorry I know how importnat this issue is but I also know how we treat animals. You make a commitment to care for life for this animal you should stick it out. Unless for some big health rason you are unable. Getting rid of your dog just because you want to start a cake buisness from home should not be an option.

Maybe look into expanding your home and building a seperate kitchen? But don't make the dog pay for consequences he doesn't understand caking or rules that apply to caking.

saffire277 Posted 5 May 2010 , 1:40pm
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Well, my human family comes first before my dog, and if I have to get rid of her in order to make sure my family has food on the table and a roof over their head, and my son doesn't have to be in day care then that's what I'm gonna do. Why would I put my child somewhere I don't want him to be so that I can put my DOGS needs over his? That thinking is crazy to me. I did make a commitment to care for her, and I will, even if that means finding her another place to stay for a little while. I think I will talk to my parents and see if they can keep her for about 6 months and give my business a go. If I am doing well then I can put money into transforming the big shed out back into a kitchen, or renting a space. If I'm not then I can just get a 9-5 job. I have to try though. If not I will resent Angel (the dog) and that's not good for her either.

Adevag Posted 5 May 2010 , 1:54pm
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Originally Posted by saffire277

Well, my human family comes first before my dog, and if I have to get rid of her in order to make sure my family has food on the table and a roof over their head, and my son doesn't have to be in day care then that's what I'm gonna do. Why would I put my child somewhere I don't want him to be so that I can put my DOGS needs over his? That thinking is crazy to me. I did make a commitment to care for her, and I will, even if that means finding her another place to stay for a little while. I think I will talk to my parents and see if they can keep her for about 6 months and give my business a go. If I am doing well then I can put money into transforming the big shed out back into a kitchen, or renting a space. If I'm not then I can just get a 9-5 job. I have to try though. If not I will resent Angel (the dog) and that's not good for her either.




I think this sounds like a great idea! Let us know if everything goes well!

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