Like I’ve mentioned, we be movin’, and soon. I thought I knew for sure how each dog would handle this. As usual, my mutts are proving me wrong.
Since Buddy has moved with me all the way from Nebraska to Florida (and about 10 times since we have been in FL) I assumed he would take this move the most in stride. Since Tag is always insecure and needs to be reassured that I do in fact love her (silly goose!) I assumed she would just need a little more reassuring but go with the flow too. Since Maggie is the most unsure about new situations (though vastly improved from when I got her) I assumed she would be a bit of a mess.
You know what they say about assuming, right? It makes an “ass out of u and me“? Yea, my dogs are totally making me look like an ass. Buddy is a hot mess. He’s acting like this is the first time he has ever seen a moving box and seems to think he is going to get left behind. He won’t leave my side and has been “talking” to me even more than normal. Tag is acting totally normal, no reassuring needed there. And Maggie? The boxes that I was sure would be so scary to Maggie are like her new play toys. I thought she would be all distressed and confused seeing all of our things get packed up and the house in disarray, but nope! She’s taking the whole thing in stride.
A while back I read a great post from one of my favorite blogs, Love & a Six Foot Leash, about moving and everything they did to make the transition easier for their dogs. I have been taking their tips to heart and I hope that Buddy’s insecurity (which really just manifests in wanting to cuddle more–so I’m not complaining too much) is the worst of my worries. I suspect that I will have some funny antics to share as we get closer to the big day, so stay tuned! I’m curious, have any of you been through a big move with your dog(s)? How did they handle it? Did you do anything special to ease the transition? Spill the beans!