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I love catchy phrases. Especially if I can use it at least once in my lifetime!

Take the familiar phrase – “a picture paints a thousand words.” One of my favorites because sometimes a picture can tell you everything you need to know.

Frederick Barnard reportedly first used it in 1921 while commenting that graphics can tell a story as effectively as a large amount of descriptive text.

Today, Harley and Jaxson have two pictures which fit that descriptive definition pawfectly…


That’s right – we’re moving!

I’ve written often about my love for Charleston SC, and my desire to live there one day. Well that day has finally come. Our home sold faster than Jax could gobble dinner and this weekend we head south to my happy place!

While I am excited about this new journey, leaving Doodleville will be difficult. We’ve met some of the sweetest people on this earth in our cul-de-sac. Saying “so long” in a few days will not be easy. #waterworks

Many of them surprised us last week with the greatest farewell gift ever! They coordinated a group photo shoot in our backyard, so we could continue to look at those smiling faces – forever!…


Many new adventures lie ahead for Harley, Jaxson and I.

New –

  • parks, trails, and beaches to discover
  • doggie day camp to experience
  • vet. There will never be another “Doodle Doc” but we’ve got to find a vet
  • groomer – OMDoodle – we’ll need a groomer too!

My first assignment though – is to pack a decent travel kit for them. Not sure how long our belongings will be in storage, so I’ve got to pack the essentials. #divodoodles 

Transitioning permanently with two dogs becomes intimidating when you’ve actually got to do it #therealdeal

The boys are no dummies. They’ve started to sense a change. Boxes are everywhere so Harley’s been like velcro. Jax doesn’t know any better so he’s been like super glue “to” the velcro. #realsticky

They’ve decided to stay really close to me, so we’re the three doodleteers right now.

I’ve got to take the car into the shop tomorrow. This should be interesting. They’ve never been to a car dealership before and I’m sure the car dealerships never had doodles in their waiting area either. #trendsetter

On Friday – they’ll bark, run and romp for the last time at OTPR – I’ll be sure to take photos. Any words of wisdom from veterans who’ve relocated with pets before will be greatly appreciated.


This is our “wordy” contribution in the BlogPaws Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.


  • Emma
    September 16, 2015

    We moved across the big pond, and that is serious relocating! All us pets love to move because we love all the changes and new stuff to explore. Moving is sad when you leave, but harder for those you leave behind as they don’t have a new life to look forward too. Once you are on the road, the excitement will begin. Did you find a new home or are you going the double move, temp housing while you search? Mom is a realtor, so we are always up on the moving thing and with the current market, no surprise your home sold quickly.

  • Bailey
    September 16, 2015

    Enjoy your new home.

  • Dixie
    September 16, 2015

    Change is good. Sometimes hard to see that when we know that we are going to miss y’ all so much. There will be so many new adventures to blog about. We can’t wait to hear all about your new adventures. Grateful for the internet and modern technology that keeps us connected. We are already looking forward to your visits up north to Northern Virginia and Olde Towne Pet Resort, your home away from home. XXOO

  • Agata
    September 16, 2015

    I hope your guys take well into changes as thay can be hard sometimes

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 30, 2015

      Agata – they seem to be hanging tough and rolling with the punches much better than I could have ever asked for. If anything, they have become even closer 🙂

  • Taryn
    September 16, 2015

    Wow! Congratulations! How very exciting! I love Charleston, such a beautiful area!
    Best of luck in your new adventures!

  • MyDogLikes
    September 16, 2015

    Congrats! Exciting and sad all at the same time. We hope that the move is as smooth as it can be with velco and superglue (those names might stick-pun intended).

  • Golden Daily Scoop
    September 16, 2015

    Congrats! What a thoughtful gift!!! Good luck with the move!

  • Vicki Green
    September 16, 2015

    Looking forward to learning about all of your adventures in your new home!

  • DashLilly
    September 16, 2015

    WOW WOW WOW.. And in a strange little way I feel like I will miss you — no visiting when I am back on the East Coast visiting my sisters. But I am so happy for you! Well done. Keep us all up to date!!! I am so glad your little neighbors got Finley — because those boys are going to miss all of you so much!

  • Ann Staub
    September 16, 2015

    Wow! I hope the move goes well. I’m sure it will be a sad day but new adventures await! I know you are good friends with your neighbors. Those kids are going to miss their doodles!

  • Elaine
    September 16, 2015

    How exciting and you’ve picked a beautiful city to move to! Moving can be stressful, but it’s also exciting. I’m sure Harley and Jax will adapt just fine. 🙂

  • Spencer the Goldendoodle
    September 16, 2015

    How exciting, can’t wait to hear about the new adventure! 🙂
    -Spencer the Goldendoodle

  • Two French Bulldogs
    September 16, 2015

    Congratulations and fantastic! So funny cause mom wants to visit there. Such a great place
    Lily & Edward

  • nichole
    September 16, 2015

    Happy WW!

  • Kari
    September 16, 2015

    What a wonderful photo to remember everyone by! Definitely worth spending a few more words to know the story behind it!

  • Pedro & Alessandra
    September 16, 2015

    Congratulations and all the best Cathy, Harley, Jax and Doodle Dad! A move is exciting and daunting at the same time, but you’re going to be fine with so many cheerleaders along the way -including ourselves.
    Many years ago, before Pedro, there was Renata -our terrier mix, aka, Queenie- and our Family moved from Mexico City to Vancouver, Canada… Despite the logistical nightmare, at the end of the day we were together as a Family in a beautiful place that offered us a quality of life that we were craving. Renata was happy! And even when she passed and sent Mateo (my parents’ Westie) and Pedro to follow in her pawsteps, that happiness has carried through.
    We wish the same for you and yours, Cathy!

  • M. K. Clinton
    September 16, 2015

    Congratulations on the move. What an incredible group of neighbors that you have there. You must be very loved by them.

  • Earl Lover
    September 16, 2015

    Wonderful snapshots! They really do paint a thousand words! 🙂

  • DZ Dogs
    September 16, 2015

    That’s awesome!!! Good luck with your move!!

  • De Hufford
    September 16, 2015

    Wow! Big adventures ahead. So nice of your neighbors to arrange the photo shoot. Happy trails!

  • The Swiss Cats
    September 16, 2015

    Pawsome ! Good luck for your move ! Purrs

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 30, 2015

      Thanks my feline furrends 🙂

  • Jean Dion
    September 16, 2015

    What amazing news! Best of luck on your move. I’ve never moved so FAR with my little crew, but on the short moves I’ve put them through, I found that keeping myself calm was the key to keeping them calm. Whatever you have to do to find your happy place during the chaos of a move will, in the end, help your dogs, too.

    So excited for you!

    Jean from Welcome to the Menagerie

  • Robin
    September 16, 2015

    I’m very excited for all of you! It’s great that you are getting to move where you’ve always wanted to live. I’ve moved with my cats a couple of times and my only suggestion is patience. They have to explore the new house and yard the same way they did with the first one. It may take a little time to reconfigure their routine. They have to learn where each door leads and all of that again.

  • Rama's Mama
    September 17, 2015

    What a wonderful picture!!! How fun that you get to move where you’ve been dreaming of going!

  • Claudette Pope
    September 17, 2015

    Oh My Gosh, no more running into you at Church and in the neighborhood 🙁 This is going to take me a second to Digest :-(. :-(. I am so very happy for you tho. I do recall you writing about loving Charleston, so anytime a Dream can become a reality… It’s ALL GOOD. We have a home in North Carolina, so maybe one day next summer we can meet up for a Beach Day. Good luck my friend, you ALL will be truly missed. In the meantime I’m glad we can continue to see the antics of your boys through your blog 🙂

  • Jackie Bouchard
    September 17, 2015

    Wow, that’s big news! How exciting! And stressful! 🙂

    The last time we moved with a pup it was just a few miles, so no words of wisdom to offer, but sending good thoughts for a safe and stress-free (well, as stress-free as possible – some of it is unavoidable!) move!

  • Monika & Sam
    September 21, 2015

    Happy tails & happy trails to the new crib! Paws crossed your travels go smoothly and you find the doodle vet & groomer quickly and score some pawsome sniffs while checking everything out! 😉

  • Faith Ellerbe, Live.Wag.BARK!
    September 23, 2015

    That was so sweet of them to coordinate the photo! I love the people in the dog community! I know you will enjoy Charleston! It is one of the most desired places to live in the US! I’m so happy for you guys!

    • Cathy Bennett
      September 25, 2015

      Wasn’t it though? They were the best neighbors EVER! It was throat choking to drive away last week. I’m grateful that our adult children are still in the area so I get to come back and visit everyone.

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