Recently my life has taken an unexpected turn and I am faced with the task of moving with dogs in tow. Moving under the best of circumstances can be difficult, but when you add in a couple of dogs watch out! I really can’t complain because it has all worked out so far, but I feel like I have been juggling a million things which include: shuffling dogs to and from boarding during the numerous open houses, keeping the house spotless, working on our book project, and of course trying to remember what day of the week it is!
Throughout this entire process, my dogs, Luther and Earl, have reacted in completely different ways. Luther, my crazy Bulldog, has remained super calm. He probably does not even know anything is going on. Given our recent work schedule and related road trips, Luther has learned to roll with the punches. All that it takes for him is to be with me; I load him into the car and he is good to go! The only real problem I had with Luther was that at one point he and his brother Earl were boarded for five days straight and boy did he let me know that was about two days too long! He came home with an attitude that lasted for the next two days and was completely terrible. I can’t blame him though; it was a really long stretch to be away from home.
Earl, my normally calm and sedate Bulldog, was not so laid back about all the changes. In fact, he became downright stressed. Earl started to shake and tremble every time we left the house and during the car ride would pant and drool endlessly. I felt so terrible about his obvious distress. To make matters worse, Earl recently had knee surgery, so he was in recovery mode at the time. Thankfully, he is a trooper and has managed to deal with all the chaos.
For myself, I have experienced a combination of both of these reactions. Packing and moving is the LAST thing I want to do! My head has not stopped spinning at the thought of everything moving entails. Somehow I am managing to stay organized and am trying to handle whatever comes my way: last minute showings, people showing up early, people showing up late, etc. I just keep repeating to myself, one day at a time!
Any tips on making moving with dogs easier?