When I was just starting out appraising, I got a new order out in the country. It was quite a drive and when I got there I was disappointed to find that the owner had forgotten his appointment with me. Not only that but there were 7 snarling barking dogs at the gate telling me to leave. I hated to drive all that way and not even get some exterior shots, so I thought a minute. Dogs are amazing creatures, staunch guardians and friend to man but they have a weakness and that’s food. I had some cashews in my truck and wondered if they would eat them and think me a friend. Unbelievably that’s exactly what happened. They let me climb the gate, walk the property, take the pictures all the while I was talking to them like I knew them and they in turn followed me around tails wagging cause after all I had just fed them so I must be okay. That day I found out that sometimes, man’s best friend can also be an appraiser’s best friend and maybe the appraiser can be man’s best friend too by not being afraid to try new approaches! Later, the owner of the property was talking to my supervisor saying, “what I can’t figure out, is how she got past the dogs”.