I have to admit…I was having some trouble thinking about what I wanted to blog about this week and it came to me yesterday…”Moving With A Pet”. It didn’t dawn on me that the dogs had any stress issues until Maggie threw up yesterday. I had been keeping an eye on them which is easy because they are always around me but I was all over the house unpacking boxes, taking out garbage, and trying to get the house back together. Maggie, more so than Jake, was my constant shadow following me back and forth, up and down, and I think all of the chaos got her a bit upset. My sister had watched the dogs for us while we were packing up the house in MO and driving back (which we very much appreciated) but it’s been non-stop since we walked in the door and when Maggie got sick, it dawned on me…this change in her routine isn’t working well for her. A big thank you goes to my sister for staying at our house and taking care of our monsters. I know she loves them as much as we do.
"I love how the colors of the blanket compliment Maggie's black coat". "The sun was shining down on her as she slept". "She was so peaceful."
"Jake stole my blanket and then acted like I wasn't looking at him". haa haa
- Try to keep meal times the same as before. If you worked your dog for their meals, make sure you are still doing that, even if the training session is shorter. Keep your dog on the same schedule it is used to.
- Play with your dog. Nothing stresses a dog out like suddenly being ignored. Make sure you are still giving them attention.
- Take them out. Whenever possible, take your pup on outings to get them out of the craziness in the house. If you are having open houses, have your dog go to a daycare they like, to a friend’s, or take them with you when you leave the house so they are not subjected to all the coming and goings of strangers.
- Make sure all of their tags are update with the correct contact information.
- The ASPCA recommends leaving your packing boxes out a few weeks beforehand to ease your pet’s sensation of change.
- Also, when you’re packing your own overnight bag, make sure you’ve got one for your four-legged co-captain as well. Load it with litter, food, toys, and treats — plus room deodorizer if you’ve booked pet-friendly lodging.
- Avoid feeding your pet for seven hours before driving.
- Bring a gallon or so of water for the road. Unfamiliar water can cause upset tummies, which won’t mix well with possible anxiety and motion sickness.
- While you’re driving, keep the windows on child lock because you never know when a loose paw can strike.
During the move:
- Keep them with you. A lot of people think it’s better to leave their dog at a boarding facility while they move, but this can cause even more stress. Your dog knew something was up prior to the moving day, and now you are dropping them off somewhere and driving away. This can make the situation much worse, so make your plans to allow your dog to stay with you.
- Identification. It is an absolute must that your dog have ID on them during the move. If they get loose during the move, you may never see them again. It’s best to have two forms of ID – a microchip and a collar and tag.
- Familiar Toys/Beds. Even if you plan on giving your dog all new items in the new house, bring along a few of the old that smell familiar. Keep them in the car and have them already installed in the new place, so when your dog gets there, the house will at least have some familiar smells.
- Play. Like during the pre-move, make sure you take time to play and give your dog attention.
After the move:
- Go back to “puppy rules.” For the first week or two, keep your dog on leash so you can watch them for accidents or chewing. If you are leaving them unattended, put them in a kennel.
- Routine. Remember their routine and like before the move, stick to it. This will help your dog get comfortable quicker.
- Play. Make sure your dog is still getting attention and play even while you are busy unloading boxes. This will help alleviate stress.
- Familiar smells. Keep your dog’s bed, toys, water bowls, etc., out there they can smell something familiar that’s “theirs.”
- Give the time. Don’t have a house warming party with a bunch of people and your poor stressed dog the day after you move in. Give them time to acclimate to the new place before adding in more stressors. Same goes for getting a new pet, having some come visit/stay, etc.
- Avoid added stressors. If your dog hates getting groomed, a bath, a nail trim, etc., don’t do this immediately in the new house. Do all this before the stress of pre-moving begins so you are not adding stress upon stress. Do not move during July 4th if your dog hates fireworks. Nothing like being anxious at a new place and then having loud noises that sound like the world is ending the first night you are there.
If your dog stops eating, has diarrhea or vomiting, acts nervous, scared, or withdraws and acts aloof, she is suffering from stress and needs some help. In my research, I came across an article about flying with your dogs but I just can’t go there. I would never store my dogs on a plane. They are to big and to top it off, I once had a flight attendant say to me…”You don’t ever want to put your dog on a plane, trust me!” I didn’t feel there was need to ask any questions. I got it. Jake and Maggie were not moving into a new home but the home that they know is all torn up right now and this, I realized, has caused them stress. Today we are going to stick with a normal schedule. We have to run to the post office, drop off winter coats at the dry cleaners, and to grand pap’s house to drop off lunch (cabbage rolls). They are familiar with this routine and will be happy.
"Things I love"
"Maggie blowing kisses"
"My new Melamine dishes from Home Goods Store. The floral plates are made of bamboo. I wanted mix and match pieces to go with what I had at home." Success! "Boy did I miss my shopping buddies Lisa and Sharon who always went with me to my favorite Home Goods Store in Missouri"
"Cabbage Roll Recipe"
1 pound ground meat, pork, and lamb. (I mix ground meat and pork)
3/4 cup cooked rice (add 1 tablespoon of butter to the rice)
1 onion chopped and sautéed in butter (I used 1 stick of Land O' Lakes salted butter)
1 head of cabbage
2 cans of tomato soup
1 can of tomato bisque soup (dilute with 1/2 can of water)
4 strips of bacon
Salt and Pepper to taste
- Boil cabbage until soft and cut back the hard stem.
- Lay any broken pieces at the bottom of the pan so cabbage rolls won't stick.
- Layer the bottom with tomato soup.
- Mix meat, egg, salt, pepper, onions and rice together.
- Add a spoonful of meat mixture onto the stem part of the cabbage roll, roll to the end and tuck in each corner.
- Lay cabbage rolls in the pan seam side down and cover with tomato soup and tomato bisque.
- Add your bacon on top.
- Cook at 350 degree for 2 1/3 hours.
- Serve with mashed potatoes.
Note: I changed this recipe up a bit this time and used tomato paste instead of tomato bisque.
Note: If your sauce is to thick and you don't want that, just add some water to thin it out a bit.