So after a month of not posting any updates, I have some exciting news to share. In June, I’ll be moving from Denver to DC for a one-year position (which will hopefully be extended once I’m done)!
Part of the reason I’ve been delaying posting any updates on this move is because there have been so many aspects to sort out. The first one is the biggest… our family will be living apart through this upcoming holiday season. I’ll go ahead to DC and the rest of the “herd” will stay behind in Denver while the hubby finishes up a project at work.
There are still a lot of details for us to sort out, like specifics of the move itself, but the good news is that we have the actual housing part sorted out. The cautious part of that news is that it will involve Diggs and Isis moving in with another cat and dog for several months. Now, we know that Diggs likes the dog, Xena, and gets along fine with the cat, Cat. Actually, Cat is pretty good at making his opinion known with Diggs and has the weight to prove a point if he needs to.
Not one of my best pictures, but at least you can see both pups together!
However, Isis may present a challenge. It’s been a long time since I’ve tried to introduce two cats to one another, but I’m hoping it will go as smoothly as possible. There are lots of things I hope will help, like using our Feliway and keeping them separated for an extended period of time until they get used to one another. Cat has had another cat move in and out of his home and did pretty well, but that cat was much older and pretty much stayed to himself. So it’s hard to say at this point what the first round of introductions will look like. I know moving is never easy, but I do feel better that Isis will have Diggs and her dad around to help make her more comfortable.
Other topics we’ll have to tackle at some point is the actual transportation of the animals. When we adopted Diggs we were warned about his tendency to get carsick, which our experiences confirmed rather quickly. He does ok with our short trips to daycare, training and the vet, but I don’t know how he’ll do on a longer drive. Hopefully the overall improvements we’ve seen in his digestion will help the car sickness for the trip. Right?
These pictures were taken while the car was stopped, I promise.
We will definitely have to work on getting him to lay down while he rides instead of standing/sitting the entire time, although he’s pretty good at sitting if he’s asked to. Additionally, I suppose I now have my final motivation to get him a safety harness for the car. Has anyone tried the Ruff Rider line of harnesses? Since my car really isn’t dog friendly, like an SUV or hatchback, and has leather seats, I’m always worried about him sliding around and bumping into the seats when I stop. And he never gets to ride in the front seat anymore because of my concerns with the air bags. So driving across country should be interesting, to say the least.
Have you had to be away from your pets for an extended period of time? Or have you tackled big moves with the pets?