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Updated: 2017-11-22T05:02:31.347+09:00

 



Rae, They want the easiest possible placement. Do...

2010-03-17T18:10:19.050+09:00

Rae,

They want the easiest possible placement. Dogs don't make it easy.



No one is going to approach me and speak English p...

2010-03-17T07:41:33.147+09:00

No one is going to approach me and speak English probably since I'm Korean and look Korean.

But to update, none of the recruiters wrote me back when I mentioned my dogs.



It'd be a good conversation starter only if, y...

2010-01-21T11:37:59.856+09:00

It'd be a good conversation starter only if, you know, you can actually have a conversation.

Cute pets being second only to babies and small children as conversation starters, a Caucasian friend who lives out in the provinces is familiar with just about anyone within a three-kilometer radius who can speak English because the English speakers, applying self-selection, approach her whenever she's out with her kids. But it's the good kind of approaching (the kid is a built-in excuse for ending a conversation as well).



I would love to live on an island, but I guess it ...

2010-01-21T11:32:28.647+09:00

I would love to live on an island, but I guess it depends on which island you're on or how long you've been in the country.

Kush:

It'd be a good conversation starter only if, you know, you can actually have a conversation.



I have read bloggers who have lived on islands and...

2010-01-21T08:41:46.126+09:00

I have read bloggers who have lived on islands and they usually have a very difficult time with fitting in due to being the only foreigners around.

I would think having a dog — an instant conversation piece — could facilitate "fitting in."



Engaged-to-be-engaged perhaps? You have to buy do...

2010-01-19T08:42:49.507+09:00

Engaged-to-be-engaged perhaps?

You have to buy dog tickets for the plane and, as Joy mentioned, the school will not spring for that.

And I like the "I missed them" angle. Crafty.



Logistics: You two aren't married so it is unl...

2010-01-19T08:00:22.162+09:00

Logistics:
You two aren't married so it is unlikely you will be allowed to get one apartment. But you can make a deal to pretend like you are married ... I have heard of people doing this. If not than the dogs are going to have to be separated.

About telling the recruiters it does make it a little difficult whereas the school has to make sure the housing allows two dogs. My suggestion would be to research some recruiters and find ones you know you can be honest with. Tell some you have dogs and others you don't. See what happens.

As for flying ... I don't know if you have to buy tickets for the dogs. If so that is going to come out of your pockets...not the school.

As for living on islands... I would be cautious. Sure they have big dogs but do they have trained and reputable veterinarians? This is why I would suggest Gyeonggido.. or other province that is still modern.

I have read bloggers who have lived on islands and they usually have a very difficult time with fitting in due to being the only foreigners around.

You biggest challenge is going to be the housing. So get in touch with recruiters before the time of your expected arrival (2 months early) and ask about jobs with pictures and info about the housing.

Housing options that would be good for you are:
- Villa
- 2 room officetell
- Actual apartment

Ask about the size and location. I guess that is all logical.

You could come here without the dogs get adjusted and then have the dogs flown over later. Stating to your employer that you missed them...etc.



I do not see dogs in the river.

2010-01-19T07:47:58.549+09:00

I do not see dogs in the river.



Hmm, I see. Kooley is really skinny only 45 lb, h...

2010-01-19T06:38:57.160+09:00

Hmm, I see. Kooley is really skinny only 45 lb, heh >.< Nahla is 60 lb but it's mainly because it is all muscle. It looks around 45-50 lb . . . so they are not much bigger than the jindos I have seen. Maybe Jindo County would be a good place, heh - they are fixed dogs, too. I don't think outside Seoul or anywhere else in Korea would bad . . . only if you go on vacation, maybe but that's an after thought because I'm mainly focusing the logistics of us all going over there and whether or not we will be able to.



Rae, That's a tricky one. Remember, all recru...

2010-01-19T05:41:02.028+09:00

Rae,

That's a tricky one. Remember, all recruiters want the smoothest and easiest placements, so if they perceive you to be difficult to place, it might take a little longer than expected. Wait and talk to the school directly.

One more thing, there's a different standard for gauging dogs' sizes here: Toy is small, small is medium, medium is large and large is also large, but some might be weary if a foreigner is claiming their dog is large and since your dogs are in the 60lb range, I'd use your standard when describing your dogs.

"They're not that big, really."



Ok, so I didn't know I could leave a comment h...

2010-01-19T04:56:52.693+09:00

Ok, so I didn't know I could leave a comment here using my Google account . . . Do you all suggest going through a recruiter to find a job, then and letting them know prior and then checking with the school once hired that we have 2 larger dogs?



In Kyoung-lee-dan (Itaewon) I see so many foreigne...

2010-01-18T23:36:01.927+09:00

In Kyoung-lee-dan (Itaewon) I see so many foreigners with big dogs, and I'm sure landlords are more lenient because of this. Of course this doesn't really matter if your school is deciding where you live.



Do you ever see dogs swimming in the river?

2010-01-18T21:58:38.177+09:00

Do you ever see dogs swimming in the river?



Even gigs in Gyeonggi do that are still close to t...

2010-01-18T20:57:06.215+09:00

Even gigs in Gyeonggi do that are still close to the subway lines are good for big dogs. Make sure you know what kind of home you are getting first. I know expats with big dogs and they manage. You want a place to take the dog for a walk and exercise. Gyeonggi do offers many parks. I live in Suji with a river below me and a long path. I see both Koreans and foreigners walking big dogs out here.