Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Animals are Restless!

by Leann

The stress of one move to South Carolina and now another out of the rent house has been difficult, but now that boxes are being removed from closets and bedrooms, it's taking a toll on my fur babies, too. For the kitties, I can see it in their eyes. Wexford is a scaredy cat anyway, so he tends to hide under the bed,
but even Marlowe is jumpy. And Marlowe is usually pretty darn laid back!

But poor Rosie, the hyper labradoodle. Oh my. She loves her daddy so much and when he drags out stuff and loads it in his truck, it usually means he's off on a trip to hunt or fish. Rosie doesn't like that one bit. This has been a tough place for her to live as it is. Dogs roam the streets during the day and bark every night all night. She's very hyper as it is and this latest household activity has amped her up big time. She watches every move my husband makes, follows him everywhere and races from door to window to door, hoping not to miss a move.

Sometimes we forget that our pets have emotions, too. When I was putting a few boxes in the car, Rosie sneaked out the door and planted herself in my backseat. so bad. I'm a big softie, but that couldn't happen. She is just too wound up to make the drive back and forth and then back and forth again. Her panting and barking in the house is bad enough, but in the car, it's a little distracting.
She wanted to go with me

The good news is, the kitties and Rosie will have a new home very soon, with lots of room to chase each other. The air is so fresh over at the new place--no must, no dust, no mold. And I know with all the windows where they can watch the squirrels and birds and bugs from lots of different places, they will be in pet heaven. It won't be long, I keep telling them. But they are just a tad on edge--and I don't blame them! My husband is, too! But me? I'm just happy.



20 comments:

Lynda Turpin said...

Pets don't like change. It is really hard on them when there is a lot going on. When I'm packing to take a trip, I have to remove my kitties from the suitcases constantly - they KNOW something is up. And a move to a new house is extremely stressful. But you're right that they will be very happy once all the confusion is over.

Sometimes a pheromone "calming" spay on bedding, etc. or calming drops in their water can help the kitties. And have you ever tried the thunder jackets? I have heard really good reviews from people who have used them for helping with anxiety in their dogs. They also make them for cats now, but I haven't talked to anyone who has used them. They come in handy for any situation where a dog (or cat) might be anxious (4th of July, vet visits, travel).

Good luck to your move and keeping your furbabies calm.

Nancy said...

What a relief that will be, moving into your new house, at long last.

Mark Baker said...

Here's hoping you can get settled into your new place soon. I certainly understand the stress of the uncertainty.

Dru said...

I'm so happy that the wait is almost here. I can't wait to hear the words "I've moved"

mary kennedy said...

Leann, I can't wait till you and your adorable pets get settled in your new home!! What a long road it has been...cheers to a happy homecoming!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Lynda! You sure know about our fur babies. Marlowe has a little thunder jacket and it really helps him, but I think he's outgrown the EXPENSIVE thing! Yesterday, my husband was loading boxes on the dolly and Marlowe sprawled out on the floor in front of it so he couldn't move it! I was more amused than my husband!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Nancy. Now, if the internet hook-up will be as easy as they say. I have my doubts. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mark. It is far less stressful than 6 weeks ago when I thought this would never happen. Two years is about a year too long!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Dru! I cannot wait to shout them. You might hear them all the way in NYC! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary. They will be shocked and confused, that's for sure. But as long as we are there together, it will be fine! Heck, I'll be shocked and confused!! LOL

Janet Morrissey said...

I'm so glad the end is almost here and you'll all be in your new home soon! Change is so hard on our fur babies, but I'm sure they'll settle in well once they are home. The calming spray or drops have worked for us in the past ad are worth a try. Good luck on the move!!

Oh, and Marlowe is really looking good!

Anonymous said...

I hope you are ll in and settled real soon. I live with 4 dogs and 5 cats and they can all be very anxious when things are different
Kim j
Kjohnson952@yahoo.com

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Janet. He is very curious about this whole business. I have some of those drops somewhere ... but I haven't seen them in two years. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much! They are worried. And this human has been anxious for months. Time to relax even though moving is hard!

Sue said...

Change is not something that our pets are fond of---I hope you get moved soon and that they just love their new home.

Leann Sweeney said...

You are so right Sue. But they are going to love all the windows and the added space. They can run up and down two hallways now! :-)

Mary Jane Maffini said...

This has been so hard on all of you, but the poor little loves don't understand. My Daisy gets keyed up when she sees me with my handbag. They found our move very hard, but they settled into a much better place for them as yours will.

So happy it's coming soon. XOXO

MJ

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ! Poor Daisy. Rosie is a basket case with all the boxes going out the door. And Marlowe lies in front of the dolly as if to say, "Wait. No one consulted me about this!" But it will be so much better for all of us!

StephanieHobrock said...

Thinking of you and the kitties.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Stephanie. Today, they are doing better. They are getting used to boxes going out the door. Even the dog has calmed down--and that usually NEVER happens on a normal day. I think she wore herself out worrying we might take off and leave her! :-)