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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Moving With Your Pets

          If we move, Parental Unit, there must be a backyard!

Although most of us are settling into our homes or apartments for the holidays and long winter ahead, some of our readers maybe considering relocation (Canada anyone?!). No, seriously folks, we are not prepping for any kind of a move right now, but who doesn't consider that possibility at some point in their future?

As our reader friends know, we believe it's always best to think ahead and prepare for natural and other unforetold disasters, and any other major life-changing events, and moving your family with  furkids certainly is one of them.

One of our favorite holistic veterinarians, Dr. Karen Becker, wrote a wonderfully detailed article  explaining the most important strategies for keeping your pets safe and comfortable before, during and after a move to a new abode.

Parental Unit continues to mentally "beat herself up" about how little attention she paid to these matters with her previous pets, and vows to be much more attentive should a move arise in the future. And that's why we both think articles like these are important to read now and save for future reference.

                Glad to hear we're not moving anytime soon!

We particularly agree with Dr. Becker's recommendation to closely monitor your pet for at least several months after arriving at your new home for lingering signs of stress or discomfort.

But...we respectfully disagree with parts of two of her recommendations:

1. We think (and so does Cesar Millan), that the first time you and your dog enter the new house, you should walk him through the entire place on a leash and let him or her thoroughly sniff out his new digs.

2. Take your pooch for a long walk through the new neighborhood ASAP—not after you've unpacked and settled in!

Let us know what you think of these "moving with pets" strategies—we'd love to hear your experiences and ideas!


meowmeowmans said...

There sure is a lot to keep in mind when moving with pets. We'll go read Dr. Becker's article now! :)

Duke said...

Moving would be so exciting but we don't think that mom and dad have any plans of moving anytime soon. Bummer.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

When WE moved from OHIO to Pencil Vane E Ah... MOM made SURE that we Walked and Walked and Walked our Neighborhood... so we could Find our Way HOME in case we happened to ... Ummmmm Wander. She even made us practice FIND YOUR HOUSE... OFF our Walkin Strings... from up at the Pond Corner... and we NEVER failed to Find it... Of course Mom was Right BEHIND US all the time... IN FACT... this is such an Impawtant SKILL... that we STILL practice... Find your Home... We actually did it Just TODAY...

Bocci said...

Oh, thanks for that tip, Frankie and Ernie. Great idea!

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