3 Tips for Moving When You Have a Dog

By Guest-Blogger   Cindy Aldridge  of Our Dog Friends.org

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Congratulations! You found the perfect home and you’re packing up and almost ready to go. But have you considered your dog? How’s she handling the news? Just like with humans, the stress of moving can put a lot of pressure on our four-legged friends. Dogs are sensitive and become anxious when they anticipate change approaching. They have found comfort in your existing home and associate it with safety, and a change in your situation disrupts their routine, causing anxiety and insecurity. This anxiety can manifest itself in many ways:

Withdrawal
Hiding
Reduced activity
Escaping
Trembling
Chewing
Becoming clingy
Excessive licking, biting, or scratching
Panting
Barking
Whining
Tail tucking
Drooling
Diarrhea or other digestive issues

While your dog may not show all of these signs, it’s likely to feel some measure of discomfort. The same way moving can be distressing for people, moving can be a rollercoaster of emotions for your dog. Take the following precautions to ensure that your move with your dog will happen as smoothly as possible.

Keep things as routine as possible.

Dogs, much like children, thrive when they have a routine. Being able to anticipate what comes next helps calm their fears and prevent them from worrying. While your move may throw a wrench in some of your day-to-day activities, it’s important to try to maintain their routine as much as possible. Take them on their regular walks even if you are exhausted from packing. Keep their bed with them in the car during the move, and do whatever you can to assure your dog that while the house is changing, very little else is.

Provide emotional support for your dog.

Sure, Fido can’t speak your human language, but she can still sense that something is different. Under the stress of the move, your dog can pick up on the subtle changes in your voice, the variances in your pheromones, and all the new smells coming in from movers, real estate agents, and possible occupants. If you fail to provide emotional support for your dog, all these changes are bound to cause anxiety, which may lead to your dog acting out around the house.

Instead of ignoring your dog during this transition, be sure to offer her emotional support and comfort. Your presence is their ultimate comfort. Talk to them in loving, reassuring tones. Give them their favorite treats or play their favorite game. It may seem silly, but taking the time to reduce your dog’s emotional distress can ease the moving process for both of you.

Plan for the Big Day.

When it’s finally time to get from Point A to Point B, your dog’s stress may be heightened.
There are several things you can do to reduce their stress. Whether you have a little or a lot to move, the presence of movers picking up and setting down furniture, boxes, and more will be loud. Dogs are especially sensitive to these kinds of noises. Many dog owners find that Thunder Jackets help alleviate the physical symptoms of stress caused by loud noises, while other pet owners have their veterinarians prescribe anti-anxiety medications.

In addition to preparing your dog, you should also prepare your movers. If your dog is wary of strangers, it’s best to have her stay with a friend or at doggy daycare while the movers are in the house. You can also put your dog in another room to reduce interaction. Talk to your movers about how to interact with your dog if she’ll be around They may have specific policies about what to do with canines when they’re working.

While moving to a new house is exciting, it also comes with a fair share of stress. Being as sensitive as they are, dogs tend to pick up on this stress from their owners. By maintaining a routine, reassuring your dog, and preparing for the big day, you can alleviate stress and make the entire process smoother so you can get to enjoying your new home as soon as possible.

Custom Dog Food Bin – Love it!

THIS changed my life.  Custom made specifically to the dimensions of the space I had – and for the amount of kibble I wanted to store (lots!).   To get one made for you – whether large, small or something in between,  contact  Heritage Tables & Wood Craft  at  Heritage1740@yahoo.com

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Custom Dog Food Bin

They not only make the Bin, but also will fashion whatever you want for the label!  So it could be a picture of your dog, or a saying, or any design, art,  or it could be the same as mine.   They will also stain it and/or paint it – whatever you want.
It’s on Wheels!  So when I bring home a 50 pound bag a Kibble I wheel this bin over to the door and dump it in right there, rather than carrying the weight of the bag all across the house.  Then roll it back where it lives.   It could also hold canned food, there could be a drawer for bowls or treats – anything you choose.
Mine is large – 2 feet tall and 16 inches square.  If painted or stained it would have been $130.
With the printed and mounted full color “label” it was $150.
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Meet Jilly!

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JILLY of WAGADILLY

Meet Jilly… Jilly of Wagadilly!  the latest addition to the family.
As are all Wagadilly Dogs, she’s a rescue.  Her beautiful life was saved by the wonderful people of the Mineral County Humane Society.
Mineral County, WV is about three hours west of Washington, DC.  The County government doesn’t have what I’d call a “shelter”, they only have a “Pound”; a Dog Pound.
As with so many pounds and shelters, they are usually over-crowded with too many dogs – due to irresponsible and immoral  people who breed dogs on purpose, or who fail to spay and neuter all dogs they own.

 

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I have been told that this Pound gasses the dogs to death… every Thursday.  And I am told that they don’t even try to find homes for them.  I got all up-in-arms about this when I first heard, and I looked-up the laws.  Sadly, it said that a County Pound is “a place of impoundment “, much like when a car gets impounded , and that they are not bound to try to place the dogs in homes.

But this Story has HEROESGLADIATOR 4 inches
For many years, a small group of very hard-working volunteers, The Mineral County Humane Society,  have taken what dogs they can – out of this Pound.  (FYI – in the Rescue World, this is called “pulling”… as in… “we pulled three dogs from the Mineral County Pound today”).
They foster as many as they can and do the endless work of Posting them on Facebook and Petfinder, etc., give them evaluations, spruce them up, provide medical care and… most importantly… Spay and Neuter them BEFORE letting them go to their Forever Homes!  and this is included in their SMALL and REASONABLE Adoption Fee.

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They are located near where Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania all converge,  so if you are anywhere in these areas, DO consider them next time you are able to Save Another Life! and Adopt Another Dog!
In the meantime, PLEASE  DONATE TO THEM!  I personally can validate they they are doing a wonderful job – in a horrible situation.


 

 

Shopping + Saving Lives! What could be better

Have you ever seen a “Puppy Store”?  You know, those place  where you can walk in and buy a puppy.    Do you understand where those puppies come from? 
They are “farmed” by horrid people… greed-driven monsters who imprison dogs, year after miserable year,  to repeatedly have puppies for these evil breeders to sell to these “Puppy Stores”  for easy money. 
The Dogs sit in their filthy cages… usually, never ever seeing the light of day.  Pounding out puppies for the “puppy farmer” to convert into cash.   And that is what is called a Puppy Mill.
To buy from a Puppy Store… is to support Puppy Milling!  PLEASE NEVER EVER do this! If no one buys their “product” (puppies)… then, we hope, Puppy Mills will be put out of  business.
ENTER, THE HEROS !!
NATIONAL MILL DOG RESCUE !  YAY THEM!!
They Specialize in saving the saddest of the sad from being held captive in hell.
STARTING TODAY National Mill dog Rescue is holding an on-line auction!  Please have a look and SHOP!!
There are tons of great items for you and for your Dogs….
I especially like these particular donated items (: 

Lilly is their inspiration.  She is an example of the condition of these
Mill Dogs….
SUPPORTING THIS AUCTION, YOU WILL HELP FUND MORE RESCUES….AND YOU WILL BE ….
Keeping the Promise Alive
In 2007, National Mill Dog Rescue founder Theresa Strader made a promise to Lily, vowing that she would continue to rescue dogs like her. Please click here to read Theresa’s letter.

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About Lily

National Mill Dog Rescue was established in February 2007, in honor of a forgiving little Italian Greyhound named Lily. Theresa Strader, NMDR’s Founder and Executive Director, rescued Lily from a dog auction in Missouri. Prior to that day, Lily had spent the first seven years of her life as a commercial breeding dog, a puppy mill mom. Determined that her years of living in misery would not be in vain, Strader started NMDR, giving a voice to mill dogs across the country. During her years as a breeding dog, Lily spent all of her days confined to a small, cold wire cage in a dark, foul-smelling barn. Never was she removed from her cage for exercise or socialization. In her dreary confines, Lily was forced to produce one litter after another with no respite. Like all commercial breeding dogs, she was a veritable breeding machine whose worth was measured in only one way – her ability to produce puppies.
By seven years of age, Lily was worn out. Commonplace in the industry, she had received little to no veterinary care throughout her life, the result of which, for her, was terribly disturbing. Due to years of no dental care, poor quality food, rabbit bottle watering and no appropriate chew toys, the roof of Lily’s mouth and lower jaw, had rotted away. Her chest was riddled with mammary tumors and she was absolutely terrified of people. Theresa brought Lily and twelve others home from the auction and declares that even for a highly seasoned rescuer, the following months were the education of a lifetime in rehabilitation. That she would take up the cause for the mill dogs was never in question and National Mill Dog Rescue was promptly underway.
About Us
National Mill Dog Rescue pledged to put an end to the cruelty of the commercial dog breeding industry, more commonly known as puppy milling. Through rescue and education, NMDR continues in its life-saving work while enlightening the public about the truth of pet store puppies. NMDR has taken a national approach to their rescue and adoption efforts and they have rescued and placed more than 10,000 mill dogs since their inception in 2007. These dogs are now living as cherished family members across
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY WAGADILLY!  PLEASE JOIN US… AND BID!

Doggie Deals Alert!

I was in my local Southern States Grain store and saw two especially good things:
Dog Paws
and for your Secret “Christmas/Hanukka/Yule/Kwanzaa/Dogmaskaa or whatever you celebrate” Doggie Present stash….. this hunormous TWO POUND bag of Chews for $19.99  (I know some dog have problems with these, might not want to leave dog unattended with rawhide – but if they work for your kids…) 
dog chewsFOR GOOD DOGS ONLY !

 

Operation Free the Humans! Part TWO “Are You Chained to Walkies?”

This is a Two-Part Article, please read Part One  (below) if you haven’t yet.
OK, so I hope we’ve convinced you that you can have a Dog Door (the Key to Dog Owner Happiness)… but what’s going to be on the other side of that door?  That’s right –  You need a Fence!

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If you believed you could have one – you probably already would.  So, I’m thinking you have objections…. number one might be “too expensive”.
Give us a chance on this.  You just might end-up with a Fence, a Dog Door and a much easier life!
The Goal, at the very least, is an area attached to the Dog door where your dogs can let themselves out for potties.  Better yet if it can be large enough for some play and outdoor relaxation. dog owners
Read more…

SWAT Your Dog when Necessary

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My years of having a Farm and rescued Farm Animals taught me a lot of tricks that are helpful for Dog care.  A great one is SWAT.  It’s an ointment that specifically has stuff in it to repel flies, gnats and other hateful creatures.  And it’s formulated to be very sticky; it stays where you put it!
In the “Dog Days” of Summer Heat… any cut, scrape, hot spot, rash or incision site has a risk of getting a lot worse if bugs, especially flies, get at it.
SWAT is what you need!  It comes in two forms: the Original, which happens to be insanely PINK, and the other is white.  Might be my imagination, but I’ve always thought that the pink is stickier and the white seems more prone to melting and rubbing off. 

Follow the directions and ask your vet if you have any questions.
Price: About $9.00 for this 6 Oz. jar and it will last you a long time.
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