Most Dog Friendly area -- working in Millenia Business Park

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Hello! My wife and two golden retrievers will be relocating to Chennai for an international assignment (1 year). We are looking for the best housing options for our dogs! I know India is NOT ideal for them, so we are looking for the best we can do. Leaving them at home is simply not an option.

Would you suggest a gated community? Ideally we would have some room to take them in the grass for bathroom breaks and moderate exercise without fear of stray dogs causing issues.

We've heard good things about OMR (we are both in our mid-twenties so social life will be important!). Anywhere else you would suggest? Not sure on the budget, but it should be generous as it is corporate provided housing.

I am ok with a slightly longer commute time to work for the sake of our pups. It will be hard enough on them, so anything to make it more enjoyable will be appreciated!
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Most Dog Friendly area -- working in Millenia Business Park

OMR is rather long, very busy, and sort-of the IT/consultancy/outsourcing etc hub of Chennai.

I don't think you'll find it particularly pleasant! But it will run through pleasant areas on either side.

I guess that people with dogs live in "gated communities" and posh apartment complexes. I wonder if those dogs get to crap on the in-house grass? I don't know. I have doubts.

Much is going to depend on what your company is prepared to spend on you, but for a good life with your dogs, I would suggest that you get what we call an "independent house." with garden. Ideally, near to the sea.

First question... Where is the job? Then we may be able to focus the area a bit better!

Oh... One more thing. OMR, areas like Tharamani, is a flood plain. December 2nd, 2015 may have been "once in a hundred years... " or if may have been the first time in a hundred years. Google chennai flood.
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Thanks for the reply! Honestly, I don't know how to read addresses yet in India, but the office is in the RBZ Mellenia Campus (if that makes sense). The rough address is posted below.

Yeah, I've heard about the Chennai Flood. Certainly scary to think about -- did all of Chennai flood or just OMR area?

As far as the dog crapping on the grass, I'm not sure. We would plan to clean it up immediately anyways, so hopefully that wouldn't be a big deal. Our relocation company will be reaching out to landlords to make sure all is well there. I would just like to give them areas to concentrate on! I think the budget will be generous.

We would enjoy being close to other expats as well, but the furbabies come first!

MGR Main Rd, Velachery, Kodandarama Nagar, Perungudi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600078, India
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It's RMZ millennia business Park. I've been there. You're not far from the 'good' part of new Chennai. Check places in Thiruvanmiyur. There're many expats in that area and there's a beach. I'm not going to comment on the quality of the beach as I've not been there in years and also you may have seen better beaches. However, adyar and Thiruvanmiyur are both close to where you'd be. You can't control the flooding, no one can so don't worry about it. The default bcp in such an event is wfh anyways so you'd be fine. I assume housing is picked up by the company as a part of your expat package irrespective of the budget? If not, forget the bungalow on the beach and go for an apartment. If yes, try global adjustments or equivalent.
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Ok, your work place will be not far from where I live!!! Although my corner is not at all posh.

Velachery itself has some very nice streets and houses, and lots of shops.

We cannot control the possibility of flood, but we can be a bit clever about where we live.

Have you found the place on Google Maps? (EDIT: see below)

See the two roads heading south.
OMR and ECR (East Coast Road). You can find nice houses in good areas on the seaward side of ECR, and the beach will be a few minutes walk away.

The closer you are to the sea, the less the pollution will be. This could be a major health aspect. You will get fresh air every afternoon, it will be cooler, and should be fewer mosquitoes.

I think you can achieve this with fairly wide budget range. Perhaps you neither want nor need an actual large seafront house, swimming pool and all! Or perhaps you do, and the company is prepared to pay!

If so, fine and wonderful. But, a couple of streets away will be nice houses, with gardens, for much less money.

You can also go for "farm house" type properties, a bit further out of town. More isolated, also more wildlife. You might not be comfortable with the idea of your dogs socialising with cobras!

I can't advise on meeting expats; I don't think I know any. My scene is the local classical music scene, and apart from occasional visitors, it is pretty-much all local-Indian.
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Originally Posted by abking1992 View Post Thanks for the reply! Honestly, I don't know how to read addresses yet in India, but the office is in the RBZ Mellenia Campus (if that makes sense). The rough address is posted below.

MGR Main Rd, Velachery, Kodandarama Nagar, Perungudi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600078, India
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora It's RMZ millennia business Park. I've been there.
That's Here (Google Map)

(Google suggests that the address is: 11, MGR Main Rd, Kandancavadi, Perungudi, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600096. That makes sense. Kandachavidi (I would say) could be said to be part of Perungudi: Velacherry is a different place.)

And I'm suggesting that you could find somewhere that would suit the whole family somewhere to the East of the route I marked on this google map (Ignore the route, I just needed a line!).

The straight blue waterway line between OMR and ECR is the Buckingham Canal. Avoid it. It is nasty and stinky. And I live fairly close!
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Yeah, I've heard about the Chennai Flood. Certainly scary to think about -- did all of Chennai flood or just OMR area?
A lot of the city was flooded. So far as the area you will work in and I live in is concerned, the Adyar river flooded, that filled and flooded the Buckingham Canal.
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As far as the dog crapping on the grass, I'm not sure. We would plan to clean it up immediately anyways, so hopefully that wouldn't be a big deal. Our relocation company will be reaching out to landlords to make sure all is well there.
Animals are often not welcomed by landlords, but I think that employers and relocation companies will sort something out for you.
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We would enjoy being close to other expats as well, but the furbabies come first!
Would you like a kitten furbaby? I have three, born just one week ago...
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My sister has been breeding goldy’s for 35 years — they struggle in our 40c plus summers - but our heat is dry — Madras is tropical— very high moisture levels and higher temperatures for a lot longer period — seriously a South Indian summer will really knock your pups around— even if you can afford air con for them.
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Most Dog Friendly area -- working in Millenia Business Park

Restricted walkies in April/May! Oddly enough, locally called "the dog days."

I agree, Redninja, but it seems that not bringing the animals is not an option, so a year of our climate is their destiny.

I'm sure they won't want for Aircon. Even in my house, you'll find it on 24 hours at that time.

A year is not really long enough... For man or beast. Not long enough for bodies to really acclimatise, but long enough that they'll feel cold when they go home!

All part of the experience!

Abking, when does your year start? April to June is really jumping in the deep end. Not advised. But if that is what you have to do... At least you can look forward to the weather "improving" towards our relatively cool December
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Thanks for all the resources! I'm still digging through the areas you suggest, along with some Indian Expats that we know here from Chennai. Everybody is giving similar recommendations -- so that's a good thing!

Yeah, unfortunately leaving them isn't an option. They are our kids and we would not go without them. I am quite sure we will have air conditioning with power backups, so they should be ok. I'm sure the walks will be short in the hotter months! And maybe always if we can't find a good way/place to walk them without fear of strays or snakes.

Time frame is very fluid unfortunately! HR doesn't move the fastest ..... They are saying between April and August, pending Visas and stuff. I'm pushing for August! And yes, these dogs love to lay in FEET of snow, so we will do everything we can to minimize their discomfort!
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Most Dog Friendly area -- working in Millenia Business Park

You will be able to walk your dogs, but most people carry a stick in case of street-dog interest. If you get the house, you'll have a garden anyway.

Life with domestic staff, security man, driver! Even we have a maid and I don't know how I'd live without one now .

For locals, word of mouth works. For you, your people should set you up with staff with proper id, references, registered with police, etc, people. And don't accept anyone you are not comfortable with.

Try to make it July/August! Better to work up to next summer than arrive in the middle of this one. And hope for a reasonable monsoon: enough rain but not Too much!

As soon as you walk into your office, you'll have plenty of information sources. I was much better at advising newcomers when I had only been here a year or two myself. But you can always give a shout, if only to say hello. My step-daughter is a doggie person if you need advice about vets. I only know the local cat specialist!

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