Hi Bucka. Regarding the pet, finding a rental that will allow your dog is just a matter of finding an individual owner who is willing to accept the pet. In most cases, you would need to pay a non-refundable pet fee in the range of $250-300 for having the pet at the property. When buying, the only time there are pet restrictions are when you are looking at condos or townhome communities, in most cases. if you want something with a workshop, find an agent (like me!) who is willing to take the time necessary to find you properties that have that feature.
Let me know if I can help!