Senior Dog Goes Viral for Ensuring Family Doesn't Move Without Her

by Britt
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Moving can be an exciting time – a fresh start on the horizon. Unfortunately, for many pets, the sudden change to their routine and surroundings (both during packing and after the move) can be stressful and overwhelming. It's our job, as pet parents, to understand and address this potential stress to ensure our pets' well-being.

A recent viral video on TikTok highlights the importance of considering the impact of this significant life change on our pets.

In the video, TikTok user Morganvacala shares, “The last time her family moved, they gave her up to a shelter. A few days later, I adopted her. Now we are moving to a house & she jumped in the box. Don’t worry, Izzy, you are coming with me!”

A heartwarming (yet emotional) video of the rescue pup shows her sitting in an empty cardboard box.

Izzy’s story is a sad reminder of the many pets across the country who are surrendered through no fault of their own. Some of the more common reasons shelters are given for surrender include moving into a place that isn’t pet-friendly, downsizing, or adding a new family member (like a baby).

Luckily, Izzy soon learned that her new family was including her in the next big chapter of their lives.

If you’re preparing for a big move, let Izzy's story serve as a reminder to take a moment and focus on your furry friends. This involves not just acknowledging their potential stress but also taking proactive steps to reduce it. By doing so, you can help your pet feel more secure and comfortable during the move and help them settle into their new home.

Before the Move Day

Leading up to your move day, make sure you are setting aside time for your pet. Give them love and affection, play their favorite games, or offer special treats. Show them that you aren’t ignoring them or forgetting their important role in your family.

Try to maintain their usual routine as much as possible.

This includes taking them for walks at their usual time, sticking to regular feeding times, and packing their usual gear (food and water dishes, toys, bedding) last so they still have a safe and comforting space to retreat to.

On Move Day

Keep your pet safely contained away from all the hustle and bustle. This could mean keeping them secure in a quiet room at the old house until everything else has been moved or bringing them to the new house to secure them in a room there.

Try to choose a location in the home that is far enough away from the front door and any high-traffic areas during the move. The more noise and activity there is, the greater the stress and anxiety it will trigger.

Set up a space in the new home with your pet’s bedding and toys. Not only do these items look familiar, but they also have a familiar smell, which is reassuring. You can also offer them a distraction, such as a lick mat (which is also comforting), food puzzle, or chew.

After the Move

Give them time to decompress and settle in. During that time, keep noise levels low (including voices, TV, and radio). Try to get back into your regular routine as quickly as possible to create a sense of normalcy.

A little planning and preparation can set both you and your pet up for success!

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Britt Kascjak is a proud pet mom, sharing her heart (and her home) with her “pack” which includes her husband John, their 2 dogs – Indiana and Lucifer – and their 2 cats – Pippen and Jinx. She has been active in the animal rescue community for over 15 years, volunteering, fostering and advocating for organizations across Canada and the US. In her free time, she enjoys traveling around the country camping, hiking, and canoeing with her pets.

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