Luckily, I found a friend [a great friend!] that also needs to be in a new place around the same time, so we've been looking around for apartments we could afford that would accept a large dog [golden retriever] and it has been so hard. Neither of us make a whole lot of money and our budget is going to be REALLY tight until our promotions [we're both due for one.]
So time is running out, clouds are getting darker... and then I hit the "Refresh" button on craigslist... and there it was!! A beautiful 2 bedroom on a lake with one of the lowest rent payment I've seen, a reasonable deposit, no first or last rent payments, and they'll take my friend's dog for a slightly higher pet deposit, but he said he'll wave the administration fee!! I'm just ecstatic! My friend and I are both off work today, and we'll be meeting the guy at 1:00 and I just can't wait! He said they will hold it for two weeks if we want it, putting us in it on June 17th!! It seems so good to be true, I'm still partially in denial, but I'm just so excited!!
I will take pictures when I go and post when I get back. I'd post the link, but I can't have you all knowing my hopefully-soon-to-be-new-address. =P