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10 Reasons We Love Our Four-Legged Friends

January 17th, 2017

DogDogs and cats bring a lot of joy to our lives in many ways. These are just some of the reasons that we appreciate our furry, four-legged friends.

Instant Cheer

When you’re feeling down, your pets can bring a smile to your face and boost your mood. Some might do so by cuddling with you, while others might make you feel better by playing with you.

Workout Buddy

If you have a dog, you’re more likely to get regular physical activity. Whether you take your dog for long daily walks or run around at the dog park, you and your pet get to exercise together on a regular basis.

No Judgment

Your pets are always willing to listen to you complain about bad days, and they never judge you for it. This can help ease stress by letting you air your grievances rather than bottling them up inside.


Pets live in the moment, which can inspire you to do the same. Focusing on the present can help you feel calmer and less stressed on a day-to-day basis.

Easy Care

Dogs and cats don’t need much other than food, water, toys and affection. This means you get to enjoy their companionship without having to invest in a ton of supplies.


Dogs and cats are both capable of goofing around and acting silly at times. Watching your cat chase a toy or your dog do tricks can provide you with plenty of amusement.

Stress Relief

If work or personal relationships have you feeling stressed, your pets can help ease tension. Spending time with pets has been shown to improve emotional well-being and reduce stress.

New Friends

When you bring your dog to the local dog park, you both have a chance to make new friends. You can chat with other dog owners and strike up a friendship, or talk to others who are out walking their dogs.

Different Interests

Having pets can help you find new interests or hobbies. You might end up deciding to volunteer at a local animal shelter or learn more about what it takes to train dogs.

Unconditional Love

One of the most important reasons we love our pets is that they give us unconditional love. This can help you feel happier overall, especially when fellow humans get you down. Your pets will always love you without expecting anything in return.

Our pet-friendly community includes a dog wash station and bark park. Please contact us for more information on our available apartments in San Mateo, CA.


You’re Purr-fect: 3 Ways to Tell Your Cat You Love Them

October 17th, 2016

Living in a pet-friendly apartment is a must for anyone who loves cats. Whether you’ve had your cat for a decade or are on the hunt for a new kitten to add to the family, showing your cat just how much you love them is a great way to keep them happy. But unlike your best human friend, cats can’t always understand that a big hug means you care for them. Check out these simple cat-approved ways to say, “I love you!”

3 Easy Ways to Tell Your Cat You Love Them

1. A Full Body Message

While cats are super responsive to touch, there is a right and a wrong way to pet them. For maximum good vibes and a true bonding experience, try the nose-to-tail rub. When your cat rubs their body against your leg from nose-to-tail, this is their way of rubbing their scent on you and claiming you as their person. So show them you’re happy to be their family and love them too by petting them from nose-to-tail.

2. Making Eye Contact and Snuggling

Sometimes the best way to share a special moment with your cat is to make eye contact. Cats often use a slow blink and a simple head bonk to show affection to each other and their owners. Aside from scent marking, when a cat points their head down, they are more vulnerable and this shows how much they trust the person that they’re nudging. Return the love by slowly blinking your eyes back at them and giving them a few head bonks with your forehead!

3. Train Your Kitty

While most people think dogs are better at doing tricks and being obedient, cats actually love to be trained as well. Cats are very trainable and enjoy the mental stimulation that comes along with learning a few tricks. Training your cat is also an ideal way to strengthen your bond and show them that you love them. Reward your kitty for a job well done with healthy treats and they will be your best friend for life. An active and engaged cat is a happy cat, so be sure to keep up with your training efforts and practice your tricks often.

Share the Love with Your Cat

Owning a cat shouldn’t keep you from living in a great apartment community in the Bay Area. For more information on our pet-friendly apartments in San Mateo, be sure give us a call or check us out online today!