One of the reasons that things have been quieter on the blog over the last few weeks has been because we have needed to relocate. Our home is undergoing repairs from damage received in Christchurch’s 2010 and 2011 earthquakes and so everything (including us) had to go.
As most of you know, moving house is rarely fun and often stressful and our animals have to be managed carefully during these events. As I’ve said many times, having a solid routine is extremely important for dogs – they get comfort and a sense of security from routine.
So in our case, Izzy was catered for as the #1 priority. All of her beds, her caterpillar and her crate were packed and driven to our temporary house. Meanwhile, she went to a friend’s house for a play date with his greyhound. I picked her up in the evening and brought her to the new place, where she was fed dinner and was put to bed.
Although unsettled for the first few days, I kept her to her routine which included morning walks, feedings, and sleep time followed by afternoon walks and evening meals.
I’m proud to say that Izzy has settled in well; me – well I’m making due with the typical soft mattress and cheap furniture that is found in most holiday rental homes. After all, I wasn’t able to travel with my bed!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, The Balanced Dog, Christchurch, New Zealand