Where did the month of September go? It didn’t feel much like September here, since we had a very warm spell of weather, and our foliage is just starting to finally change now.
We’ve had a lot of crazy stuff going on, which I guess may be why the month has flown by for us. At the beginning of the month, I bought a new Wag-Woof Mobile (as we call it because of my vanity plate). I’ve been wanting leather interior to make the fur clean up easier, and our local Toyota dealership made me an offer I couldn’t refuse! You may have seen these couple of photos on social media earlier this month.
Not long after that, the Dadz took two weeks off from work, and went away for three days, which is an unusual occurrence! So I had the 4-5 am “wake-up for breakfast” call with the dogs – yikes! It was only for two mornings though, so I survived.
On Labor Day weekend, when we were waiting to pick up my new car, the Dadz and I got talking about something we both had been thinking but kept to ourselves. He had made a comment in passing that I ignored at the time because I needed some more time to stew on the subject.
I’ve been saying for a long time that we are getting older and need to start thinking about how we’re going to stay in our current house, which you can’t get in and out of without climbing a lot of stairs. Which is fine for us now, though it’s already been an issue with our senior dogs at times (and with Luke when his knee was bad). Along with that, things have changed over the years and we’ve gotten to the point where we don’t really use our whole house (we have 3 levels of living). There’s at least 2-3 rooms that get little to no use, and I’m tired of cleaning spaces that do nothing but collect dust and pet hair!
Long story short, we decided to start looking around to see if we could find a ranch style house (in our area – we want to stay close to family), and started talking to a realtor about selling ours. We looked at two different houses, and started doing some serious clean up on ours. Long story short, we’ve put our house on the market and made an offer on another (contingent on selling ours).
So it’s been a busy, stressful time, and I’m glad my hubby was on vacation so he could spend more time with the dogs through all of this craziness. Mostly it’s just been time consuming, but it’s also been a bit stressful for Luke to have a stranger (the realtor) at our house, and we’ve had to manage that situation. He does OK…one thing about Luke is that as soon as the stranger is gone (or even out of his sight), he’s fine. The weather has been nice so we were able to keep the dogs outside. I’ll tell you more about how Luke did on the next Positive Pet Training Hop post, but overall I think he did as well as expected.
Now the dust has settled a bit, and we’re just waiting for the first showing of our house (we will take the dogs for a ride when showings happen), and to see if our offer is accepted on the other.
By the way, both houses we looked at already had fenced in yards, and nice quiet places to walk the dogs. Yes, the dogs are a big consideration in our house hunting! Of course, I’m concerned with how they’ll do with a move. They’ve lived in this house their whole lives. I worry less about Samantha, because I’ve moved with cats many times over the years before we settled here, and they’ve always done fine. I’ve never moved with a dog, because we got our first dog after building this house.
This wasn’t an easy decision for us either. We had this house custom built 22 years ago, and we’ve made a lot of changes and put a lot into it over those years. There’s a lot of happy memories here, but we will take those with us and ultimately I know that a home is where your family is. I think the dogs and Samantha will feel the same way. As long as we are there, they are going to be fine. Plus we’ll do everything we can to make the transition easier for them.
We also know that we may not be able to sell this house for what we feel it is worth, so we may just end up staying here. We believe that everything will work out for the best in the long run.
October is shaping up to be a busy month as well! I think I have something going on at least one day of almost every weekend, but in the middle of all that, we’ll be sticking to our normal routines as much as possible. Plus we’ve got Walk Your Dog Week starting, so the dogs will be getting extra walks, and I know that will be good for all of us.
If you haven’t read our post about the week yet, please read “Coming October 1st: Our Walk Your Dog Week Celebration Begins and hopefully you’ll join us in daily walks for one week and beyond!