Thursday, November 21, 2013

DoggyStyle: When Pups Move in

Most people don't know that when Miss M and I were bachelorettes together, she was actually the 'modern girl' who decided to move in with E long before I did. (We wrote a bit more about it in this post here.)
Spending years reading girly magazines, I know a lot of people find it stressful when they are combining households. Though Miss M actually turned out to be the low-maintenence girlfriend.

Personal Space
We know how hard it can be for dogs when their routine is disrupted, and we wanted Miss M to have as many familiar things as possible. The most important thing for us was to set up her crate which gave her a familiar personal space she could retreat to if she became overwhelmed.
It was later that we discovered this Molly Mutt Crate Cover to help it blend in.

Organizing Stuff
Food and treats seem to be the second biggest change that come with a dog. To keep it from becoming overwhelming, we get rid of the original packaging and store everything in food safe containers. We made this "treat bar" and when we fed Miss M dry food we used a dog food safe (they have canned food now).
In her pre-blog days Miss M only had one coat, one extra collar and a few toys. All of her possessions fit into a single storage bin.
When Mr. B moved in, and he was able to keep his toys intact for so long, we began using this personalized bin.

Bonus: Social Dog Beds
When it was just Miss M, we only had one bed for her and the occasional floor pillow. Though when Mr. B moved in we decided to get 'social dog beds' seeing that the pups liked spending time in the rooms where we hang out. Since they are getting older, we decided to get proper beds for them which are more gentle for their joints. We even made them these twin dog beds.
What are some things you set up when your pup moved in?

Also:
Mr B's personal space is a tepee
But is it really personal space?
Apartment dogs!


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7 comments:

Hannah@Eriesistibull said...

When I first got Tess, all that came with her was a crate, a bag of dog food, a brush and shampoo (that we never used!), one collar (that was way to big for her) and one leash, and a thing of dog treats. We have since gone off the deep end and now the pooches have more "stuff" than we do!!

Lisa Marie said...

I love how you've taken style in to consideration! :) We've done the same with Milo!

Two French Bulldogs said...

You are to lucky pups
Lily

Milo Robinson said...

Since I moved in a load of things have changed, I think I have more stuff in the house than mum!!
Love Milo :)

Rambling Hermit said...

I love that you guys are such amazing pet parents

Annie & Pauls Mom said...

Once upon a time, we had a guest room for just in case situations. When no guests arrived, Annie and Paul conspired to take it over. Now that it's their room, we know when we move we have to have at least a 2 bedroom place just so they can keep their own room.

Deanna Basile Koerner said...

Just wanted to pop in and tell you I LOVE your blog and read it everyday, even though I don't often post. Your dawgs are awesome and I really enjoy your insights! Keep up the great work!

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