We are Moving!
Since we are moving this whole week has been a packing adventure! All I’ve been doing is packing and throwing away the stuff I don’t use anymore if you have ever moved you know how cluttering it can be.
Moving is a new experience to Lilly and you can tell by her behavior she isn’t happy about it, but the move is necessary for her safety if you haven’t seen my other post here, is the link http://thepoochpowwow.com/neighbor-danger/. The situation with the neighbors that live adjacent to our yard is getting worse to the point we cannot go in our backyard anymore, in fear of them putting dangerous items out for Lilly to eat. We have tried everything to solve the problem, but now we need to get away from the situation, so we can go back to living a normal life and keeping Lilly safe in her own yard. The whole situation breaks my heart to change her environment, but her safety is my highest priority.
There is a lot of priorities that you don’t think about while moving. The easiest way to remember these things is to create a checklist and check off all the items that you get done before you move. Here are some important things that are on my list that I almost forgot about;
- Address – Don’t forget to change your address, go to the post office and get a change of address form, make sure you turn the form into your local post office about two to three weeks before the move, so your mail will go to your new address. The last move I forgot to do this and it was a mess trying to do once I moved into my new residence.
- Locks – Change the locks on your new house, you can wait till moving day to do this, but just make sure if you are getting it done professionally, schedule the appointment for the exact day that you’re moving.
- Cleaning – You can call a cleaning company, or save some money and do it yourself, just in case the previous owners had pets that could have marked their territory. Might be a good idea to clean any carpet areas so your dog doesn’t do the same thing.
- School – If you have children, it would be a good idea to have your kids records transferred to the new school two to three weeks before you move.
- Computers – Make sure prior to you moving to back up all your computers, laptops, or tablet information just in case, you never know what could happen and you don’t want to lose all your information, pictures, or passwords on your computers and devices.
- I.D Tags – Don’t forget to change your dog’s microchip information and the ID tag information on their collar.
- Vet – Inform your Vet about the move, make sure they have all your new information. If you are moving to a different state ask your vet if they have any recommendations for a vet in that location.
- A calm dog is a good dog – During the move, the goal is to keep your dog calm, put them in a quiet area if you don’t want to hire a pet sitter or kennel.
Moving is stressful and sometimes frustrating! Try to think of the move as a new adventure, for you and your dog. Moving can give you a new outlook, a new start, and a new place for you and your dog to explore the new environment. Especially if you are relocating to another state or country it will take a while to get adjusted, but once settled in the new adventure will be worth all the anxiety and stress that comes with moving.