Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)


Animals at Work

Here in Bellingham and Whatcom County I run into many helpful animals on home inspections. Once I ran into a herd or flock of goats, that danced on my vehicle. Then I have run into any number of deer out in rural, and not so rural, areas. And I have seen many helpful dogs and fewer helpful cats. Cats tend to hinder the inspection by vanishing and then showing up where you do not expect to find them.

My most recent helper was a very nice dog. She was in and out of the residence any number of times during the inspection but she never really got in the way, despite following me around much of the time.

Thanks for stopping by,

Steven L. Smith


Steven L. Smith

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Comment balloon 9 commentsSteven L. Smith • August 27 2010 10:14PM


Steven, what a cutie she is! And it sure was a good thing she was helpful!

I have to ask, what has happened to Nutsy? I have missed his bright shining face, his wit and wisdom. I hope all is well with him. Please send him my regards.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 8 years ago

Steven, sounds like a great helper for your inspection!  ~ Susan

Posted by Susan Laxson CRS, Local Knowledge & Global Network (Palm Properties) almost 8 years ago


He is on vacation in Alaska. He is missed but is writing and will be home before too many days elapse. Charlie Buell is begging for his return ASAP

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

I wish you a photo of the dancing goats...what an image! Nothing like company in the trenches with us in the new landscape of real estate.

Posted by Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Hello Realty Partners) almost 8 years ago

Hi Steve, Never had any goats or deer on my inspections, but plenty of dogs, they're the best. jay

Posted by Jay Lloyd, Allpro Home Inspection (Cape Coral Florida) almost 8 years ago


You wonder what the dog was thinking! Love dogs!

Posted by Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS, 'Helping You Make the Best Move" (ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group) almost 8 years ago

REminds me of the chocolate lab on yesterday's inspection. Friendly but stinky...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) almost 8 years ago

Looks like she's inviting you outside.  "You want to see my little friend?"

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 8 years ago

Ask Charlie B about the cat we ran into when I was visiting. We only saw it for a second, but man it could jump and move!

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) almost 8 years ago