In his book, Disgrace, (which
incidentally won the 1999 Booker prize) J M Coetzee gives the following
He ties the last bag and takes it to the door. Twenty-three. There is only the young dog left, the one who likes music, the one who, given half a chance, would already have lolloped after his comrades into the clinic building, into the theatre with its zinc-topped table where the rich, mixed smells still linger, including one he will not yet have met with in his life: the smell of expiration, the soft, short smell of the released soul.
What the dog will not be able to work out (not in a month of Sundays! he thinks), what his nose will not tell him, is how one can enter what seems to be an ordinary room and never come out again. Something happens in that room, something unmentionable: here the soul is yanked out of the body; briefly it hangs about in the air, twisting and contorting; then it is sucked away and is gone. It will be beyond him, this room that is not a room but a hole where one leaks out of existence.
Each year in New South Wales alone, over 250,000 healthy dogs and cats are destroyed. These numbers include pets whose owners are not permitted to keep them in strata buildings, either because the by-laws prohibit the keeping of pets or because approval to the keeping of the pet is not given. This is one of the reasons we started this web site. There are others. There is a great deal of misinformation about pets in strata buildings: they cause a nuisance, they damage common property, small dogs are good, large dogs are bad, a pet in a nearby apartment will aggravate your allergies and so on.
We would like to assist in dispelling these myths. Many people do not know where to find information on whether or not they can keep a pet in a strata building. Buying a new home is a stressful enough event, without the added worry of whether a favourite pet is allowed. We would like to assist in providing this information. We understand some people want to live in a building without pets. This does not mean this website is not for you.
So for all of you who live in a strata building or live in a home in a community title development, we hope this website provides you with information, insight, a few tears and hopefully some laughs.