Moving With Our Dogs and Getting Settled

Dogs on New Dog Bed Cover

Maya and Pierson resting on their new dog bed in our new house.

We’re finally moved and settled into our new home in Des Moines, Iowa. It’s been a rough journey for me because of all the things happening on or around the move:

We said goodbye to our housemates who lived with us for two years, my mom was diagnosed with brain cancer, I found a lost dog, I participated in a pet event with my PetAutoSafety.com pet products, I went to visit my mom in Oregon, when I returned my husband started his new job in Iowa so I organized the contractors for painting and home repair, I took my final exam for statistics (and made an A), I wrote a report for my human relations class, we moved, I unpacked boxes and organized our household, Maya got beat up by another dog and I tended her wounds, my mom is still doing well but getting worse, someone wants to buy our house but wants other repairs done first so I am organizing that from long distance, I was really sick for a couple of weeks, and I am working on enrolling in a school here in Iowa so I can finish getting my degree.

Whew! We’re pretty much settled in now and I’m finally getting back into routine. But enough about me! What about Maya and Pierson?

DANGEROUS FOOD SCARE

While still at the house in Kansas, we had a huge scare with Maya and Pierson getting into food that the contractor workers left outside. Pierson ate half a chicken bone and Maya ate half a candy bar. I was so upset! Luckily, nothing came of it. Pierson later puked up the bone pieces with no ill effects and Maya only ended up with soft stool for a day.

DRIVE TO IOWA

The trip went very well. Maya and Pierson were very comfortable and very well behaved in the car. As you know, I use a number of pet travel products from my PetAutoSafety.com website. The newest one I got to try out was the Pet Dek. It is a lot like the Backseat Bridge with a few differences. Most of those differences are good, but there are a few cons. Read the pros and cons of the Pet Dek on my blog. And click the image below to be directed to my retail website.

Dogs Maya & Pierson on Pet Dek in Car

Look how much room Maya and Pierson have in the car with the new Pet Dek!

Maya and Pierson also wore their dog car seat belts. Pierson wore the Ruff Rider Roadie and Maya wore the ClickIt Utility. I had the windows down during the drive but they couldn’t put their heads out because I have the Breeze Guard car window screens in place. And I put Travel Calm on both Maya and Pierson just before we left. Maya is crazy in the car and Travel Calm helps a lot. It also has ingredients to help with car sickness. Even though Pierson hasn’t had trouble with car sickness for a long time, I still wanted to make sure he was comfortable.

FENCED YARD?

I mentioned in my post on May 15th that we don’t have a fenced yard anymore. Someone asked if we were going to get it fenced. The answer is no. There really isn’t any need. Maya and Pierson are indoor dogs. Even when they did have a fenced yard, they didn’t take advantage of it much. Don’t worry, Maya and Pierson are only out on a chain for a few minutes a few times a day and they are supervised the entire time. I did get a baby gate for the back porch. This will allow me to keep the back door open on nice days and allow them to enjoy the fresh air without having to worry about them being in the yard unattended.

Two Dogs on the Back Porch

We don’t have a fenced yard so in nicer weather, we will hang out on the back porch, which is blocked off with a baby gate.

LOCKED IN BASEMENT

A few days after we moved in to our new house, I accidentally locked Maya in the basement. I didn’t realize she had followed me down and so when I went back up, she stayed down there for a while. By the time I realized it, I was so worried about her. There was still a lot of junk in the basement left by the previous renters and I was worried rat poison might have been left down there. There was rat poison left under a bathroom sink, so I wasn’t sure where else this stuff might have been left. Luckily, the landlord confirmed that they did not put any rat poison in the basement.

MAYA GETS BEAT UP

Maya had some back luck with some dogs in the neighborhood. There were two incidents and they were completely accidental. I would not consider them the result of irresponsible dog owners at all. I will talk more in detail about that in a few days. Don’t worry, Maya is okay. She just had to wear the cone of shame for a while.

My Sad Dog Maya in a Cone

Poor Maya.

A quick little update on my mom – She is sleeping up to 22 hours per day now. Some days she does very well and other days she has problems with confusion and hallucinations. My stepdad is taking very good care of her and she now has help from hospice care. She is in good hands and surprisingly still in good spirits.

Thank you everyone, for stopping by. I think you will start to see me visit your blogs again. I’ve really missed everyone and can’t wait to catch up with all of you. 🙂

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7 Responses to “Moving With Our Dogs and Getting Settled”

  1. The Golden Life Says:

    First things first. I’m glad your Mom is still in good spirits! Attitude is everything when battling that wretched disease! I’m glad Maya is okay!! Bless her heart!! And glad you’ve all settled into your new home! And, of course, I’m proud of your “A” in statistics! Have you gotten your grade on the report yet?

  2. Clowie Says:

    I’m glad you’re safely in your new home. Maya looks a bit sad about wearing the cone, I hope she doesn’t need it for long!

  3. rubytheairedale Says:

    Wows! You sure have had your plate full!! Gosh, Ma is tired just readin’ about it! Poor Maya! I’m glads your okay (both from the dog incident and the candy bar!) And phew! abouts that chicken bone!! Those are nasty fursure!
    I sure hopes your Moms continues to keep her spirits up. This disease is nasty, and that makes all the difference. At least it did for my Mom. {{{hugs}}}
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥

  4. raisingdaisy Says:

    We’ll keep sending our prayers out to your mom. She sounds like an amazing woman. Poor Maya – sounds like there are a couple of bullies in the neighborhood! You sure have been through a lot, but it sounds like you’re keeping a good perspective and good spirits about it all. I admire you. Daisy sends healing puppy hugs to Maya and regular puppy hugs to Pierson. 🙂

  5. Lindsay Says:

    Wow, that is so much going on. I continue to think of you and your mom.

    I’m so glad nothing too serious happened with Maya and Pierson eating the workers’ food or when Maya got injured by those other dogs. They look so adorable in your pictures, as always.

  6. 2 Brown Dawgs Says:

    Thinking of you and your Mom. It has to be tough to be so far away from her. Glad to read you and the dogs are doing well despite all the scares. Maya in particular has had a time. 🙂

  7. 25castleson25clouds Says:

    Thinking of you all! x

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