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We’re in the middle of yet another move…


To many of you, this will sound INSANE because I hadn’t mentioned it on the blog before.

But please don’t gasp!

We are not leaving my “happy place.” In fact – happy place just got happier!!!


Charleston has many wonderful places to live. My all time favorite location is in the heart of downtown where there’s constant activity all year long, great restaurants, fantastic festivals almost every weekend, beautiful parks and only a 9 mile drive to an incredible dog friend beach.

This one last move after the the initial transition to SC 18 months ago was always part of our master plan. You see, Doodle Dad, the Boys and I are blessed beyond measure – we are moving into the Bennett family home. His parents home. We are honored to keep this edifice with such character, personality, charisma and decades of memories in the family.

Renovations are under way to merge traditional Charleston charm with a contemporary style…


With all the movement, boxes and bubble wrap – Harley is once again getting anxious. I’m a little surprised because this is his second move, and we’ve had “the talk” – yet he’s still following me around more than usual and his eyes give me this uncomfortable stare when I exit a room.


Moving can make dogs confused. Your canine companion will have a much harder time understanding the true meaning of all the changes that are happening around them with lightning quick speed. This is why you need to act immediately before the relocation stress and anxiety take over your pet. Here’s what to do when moving with a dog: chasing away their fears, keeping their routine fairly unchanged, and keeping them safe and secure are your top 3 priorities as a loving dog owner. Source:

While our “new home” is not a strange one for the Boys, we’re taking them with us as often as we can so the house becomes familiar to them…


Once the month of March arrived and the chaos was visible – I remembered to –

  • Chase away his fears – I purposely include Harley in my movements around the house. I call him when I’m changing rooms, even if he’s napping. We’re like velcro. No bathroom privacy for me!
  • Keep his routine unchanged- This week we’re running back and forth to the storage unit, and downtown to the other house. We take the boys with us, even if that means we’ve got to leave a few items behind so they will fit in the car. 
  • Keep him safe – This is an easier move than before. Everyone loading the truck is a family member – no strangers. No need to crate them, but I will make sure they are with me as we load and unload the truck. 
  • Good exercise and mental stimulation – As tired as I am at the end of the day, I make sure we take extra long walks in the evening after dinner. It must be working, for the past several nights we’ve ALL been asleep before 10:00pm 🙂


Ironically Harley has his annual physical exam later today, and of course I will make sure I am on the right track. I do not believe he needs medication, thunder shirts or Adaptil collars but I may learn about additional “natural” ways to assist in keeping him calm.


This is Jaxson’s first move. Living in chaos and clutter has absodoodletutely no effect on him at all.  As the two legged children travel back and forth to help, Jaxson’s like – #letthegoodtimesroll…


I believe my free spirit – hippie Doodle truly has not a care or worry in the world. As long as he can see, hear or smell a family human – he’s good…


Don’t count the days –  make the days count ❤️

  • Cheryl
    March 20, 2017

    Whew, glad everything/everyone is good! It’s good to know why you haven’t posted in awhile, I worry!
    Good luck with the move.

  • Caren Gittleman
    March 20, 2017

    Oh I can tell that the home is just BEAUTIFUL!!! Soooooooo happy for you! What a beautiful part of the country to call home!!!

  • DashLilly
    March 20, 2017

    This is so wonderful!! Congratulations. And relax Harley — everything is going to be ok!!!

  • Emma
    March 20, 2017

    Good luck with the move!

  • Two French Bulldogs
    March 21, 2017

    Good luck with your move. It’s so exhausting yet exciting
    Lily & Edward

  • Lindsay
    March 21, 2017

    Good luck with your move! How lovely that you’re able to keep the Bennett home in the family. That’s incredibly special and your family is very blessed.

    Good luck and keep us posted. Give hugs and rubs to my Doodle boys….


  • Jan K
    March 21, 2017

    How exciting and special to be moving into the family home! It looks beautiful….I hope you’ll share more photos of it with us.
    I seem to remember you hinting one time that your last move wasn’t going to be permanent. Seeing how much you love your new city and enjoy the downtown, it seems like the perfect place for you.
    I hope Harley adjusts quickly and does OK. I expected my crew to take our move harder. They had only lived in one home, and all tended towards being nervous nellies; I was quite surprised when they adjusted as well as they did. The first weekend was very stressful with so much activity, but after that they settled right in. I think they all knew we were meant to be here; and I hope the same for Harley this time (sounds like Jaxson is just fine!).

  • Monika & Sam
    March 23, 2017

    Thrilling for you to keep everything in the family! We love the idea of being in the ❤️ of things. The vibrancy of being downtown can be so soul nourishing. Best of luck with the final move.

  • Pamela
    March 23, 2017

    So excited to see you’re making the big move! Congratulations!

    Honey doesn’t suffer from too much anxiety. But she’s also not as happy-go-lucky as Jaxson.

    Sometimes I’ll break out the clicker and start training a new trick when she seems a little stressed. For her, getting treats for learning something new wipes all her anxiety away. Even in a terrible thunderstorm.

    Harley is lucky you’re keeping such a close eye on his nervousness. I’m sure moving day will go great!

  • JeanneP of bichonpawz
    March 26, 2017

    Wishing you all the best with your move! I am so glad that your boys are getting used to the new place. You sure have done your research! What a gorgeous place to live!!

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