The economy and job market have been on a lot of people’s minds in the last year or so. The topic hit home in February when my husband was laid off after 10 years with his company. Wow – that was something we hadn’t expected to happen. We knew we would be ok. He got a nice severance and I still had a job. We didn’t have any human children, just two furry ones, Destin and Derby. All they knew was that daddy was home all the time now.
We did some soul searching and decided it was time for a change. We had talked about moving before but it never felt like the right time. We decided now would be time to take the plunge and move across country. We have family in Florida so it seemed a great place to start our lives over.
So we decided to trade in our snowshoes and snowboards, for flip flops and surfboards. We were excited, and our families in Florida were, too. The dogs weren’t aware of the big decision we’d made. It’s not as if we had to tell them they were moving away from their school and all their friends.
And what about the dogs? What were the steps I needed to take to get them ready for the big move? I should know this since I am a certified veterinary technician. As Pooh says “Think. Think. Think.” But I had never done a cross country move before. I added that to my long list of things to do before the move.
This is the first part of a series of blogs where I describe getting ready for a cross country move with my dogs. Hopefully you will enjoy reading about my trials and tribulations of preparing for the journey, our four day road trip to Florida, and what happened once we arrived. Hint – we made it just fine and are learning to love the air conditioner.