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.
WHAT TO DO –
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: mymovingreviews.com
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 🙂
MEDICAL ADVICE –
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.
ALL DOGS REACT DIFFERENTLY –
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 ❤️