Celebrating Our Pets: “Moving in” a Rescue Dog

How to Move In a Rescue Animal

All of our employees at Two Men and a Truck Nashville, from our owners to our office staff to our movers, love pets, and especially dogs!  A lot of us own rescue dogs, and we love them as our adopted family members.  Anyone who’s adopted a rescue dog can tell you that the first few months of owning this new friend is no walk in the park–you never know what kind of trauma the dog has experienced in the past, and he’ll need some time to trust you and adjust to his new environment.  So how can you best “move in” your new rescue dog?

Move Supervisor Joe and his rescue dog, Diego

Have patience, and remember your priorities.

The most important thing to remember is that your new pooch needs you to be patient while he/she makes the adjustment.  Many rescue dogs show their nervousness, fear, and lack of trust by acting out initially.  When our Move Supervisor Joe first took in his rescue animal, he lost a bar stool, two couches, and the back seat of his car to the anxious chewing habits of his pup Diego.  Although Joe was understandably frustrated by the damages to his things, he remembered that his priority was Diego’s comfort and trust.  After the first few months of learning each other’s habits and routines, Diego, Joe, and Joe’s belongings all live in harmony with one another.

Don’t punish, just discipline.

When a child misbehaves, parents are able to explain what their daughter did wrong, sit her in time out, and have her clean up whatever mess she made.  Rescue dogs are a little more difficult to handle because they can’t understand English, or the concept of reparations.  New rescue dog owners should remember that they need to associate good behaviors with treats, and bad behaviors with loss of attention.  When our Marketer Jenni adopted her rescue dog Lucille, she quickly learned that Lucille resorted to nipping in almost every situation, from tug-of-war games to begging for attention.  To amend that behavior, Jenni kept playing with Lucille and rubbing her tummy until Lucille started playing too rough.  Then Jenni had to shout “OW!” and walk away from Lucille to teach her that those playful nips weren’t acceptable.

Marketer Jenni and her rescue dog, Lucille

Give your pup a safe place.

Many first-time dog owners feel like dog crates look like miniature prisons, and are afraid to use a crate with their new rescue animal.  However, crates act as more than a training tool or discipline technique.  When dogs are put in their crates overnight to sleep, fed meals in their crates, and given treats in their crates whenever you leave your house for an extended period of time, they learn to treat their crates as a comforting safe place.  Jenni’s dog Lucille even prefers her crate to Jenni’s embrace during the scariest of situations: Thunderstorms.

Have a set routine.

Rescue animals need to learn to trust you, and setting a daily routine will definitely facilitate the beginning of that trust.  After experiencing the turbulence of a traumatic situation, moving into a shelter, and now moving into a new person’s home, your new dog needs to know that they can expect a good meal at two set times of day, that their new owner will be home at certain times of day, and that they will have regular opportunities to “make their business” outside.  Once Joe’s dog Diego realized that Joe would need to leave every morning, but would be home every evening, his anxiety began to fade.  Diego also knows that Joe will never forget to feed him, so he doesn’t need to rely on the stuffing of Joe’s couch to keep his tummy full.

If you liked this blog post and want to help us “move” more rescue animals in with their forever families, check out our Movers for Mutts campaign benefiting the NHA!

How to Get Involved with Movers for Mutts

This blog is about the 2015 Movers for Mutts program! Read about this year’s program here!

If you weren’t able to make our kick-off event this past Saturday, you can still help us support the Nashville Humane Association!  Every summer, the NHA runs low on a few “wishlist items:” Paper Towels, Bleach, and Kitten Chow.  Our goal is to help them collect as many of these wishlist items as we can by the end of the summer.

If you’d like to make a wishlist donation, we’ve partnered with some great local businesses around town where you can drop off your gift:

drop off locations

We’ll also be hosting a booth at the NHA’s annual Dog Day festival on Saturday, September 19th at Centennial Park!  You can join in our Movers for Mutts campaign by stopping by our booth for some free giveaways and donation games.  For each $1 donation you make to Movers for Mutts, we’ll give you a chance to win prizes for your pooch in our Movers for Mutts Plink-O game.  (Plus, we’ll teach you how to make your own Plink-O game at home with your leftover moving boxes!)

Questions?  Want to find out how to do even more to help Movers for Mutts?  Give us a call at 615-248-6288.

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Movers for Mutts Kick-Off: 3 Reasons to Be There

This blog is about the 2015 Movers for Mutts drive! Click here to read about the 2017 campaign!

 

Movers for Mutts

On Saturday, July 18th, we’ll be officially kicking off our Movers for Mutts campaign to benefit the Nashville Humane Association!  Our goal for Movers for Mutts is to collect the three items they need the most: Paper Towels, Bleach, and Kitten Chow.  (We’ll also, of course, accept monetary donations to turn into a Visa gift card at the end of the campaign.)  So why should you be at our awesome kick-off event?

1. You can meet adorable (and adoptable!) homeless pets.

Teddy’s Wagon will be camping out at our West Nashville location from 10 am-3 pm to show off some of the NHA’s most loveable dogs and cats.  You can stop by anytime to meet and play with your new fur friends.

Nashville Pet Products

2. You can get free goodies for yourself and your pets.

Who doesn’t love free dog treats, leashes, and other fun pet accessories?  Stop by for some freebies from Two Men and a Truck Nashville and a free copy of the latest Nashville Paw magazine issue.  Plus, if you bring ANY donation–even one roll of paper towels or a dollar–you’ll be entered to win one of our amazing raffle prizes:

— Nashville Paw has donated a gift package of a free 1-yr subscription of their magazine, a free t-shirt, and a new collar for your dog.

— See Spot Eat has donated a yummy treat package for your pooch.

— Nashville Pet Products has donated a $50 gift card, good at any of their locations.

— Pet Supermarket has donated a gift basket of pet goodies worth $150.

— And if you don’t have any pets, the Loveless Cafe has donated a Jammin’ Biscuits + Bacon gift basket to win!

Raffle Prize

3. You’ll be supporting an amazing organization.

This is the most important reason to come.  Movers for Mutts is raising awareness for the need to spay and neuter your pets, and for the many animals at the NHA who need forever families.  By coming out to the kick-off event with your family and friends, you’ll help us give donations and support for this great cause!

Did I convince you?  Click here for all the crucial event details.

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How to Make a Play Refrigerator with Old Moving Boxes

Moving Box Play RefrigeratorIt’s no secret that kids love to mimic their parents’ daily activities.  Every toy store sells minimized versions of McDonald’s stands, grocery store check-outs, and kitchen appliances.  But why spend the money on all of those toy versions of kitchen appliances when you can recycle your moving boxes and make your own?  This week, I made a play kitchen refrigerator with nothing but an old Wardrobe Box!  Here’s how I did it.

Step 1: Get your materials.  I used a wardrobe box, Exacto-knife, tape, scissors, and creativity.

Wardrobe Box

Step 2: Mark where you’ll be cutting.  You’ll want the wider side of the Wardrobe Box to serve as the front of your refrigerator.  Cut off the top and bottom flaps of just the front side–these will serve as your refrigerator shelves.  Then mark where you’ll want to cut out your doors and handles.

Moving box refrigerator, step 2

Step 3: Cut along the lines.  Then tape your refrigerator together.  You’ll tape the top and bottom of your refrigerator together the same way you would tape it if it were still a moving box.  The only difference is that you’ll be missing one of the flaps.  Here’s what it should look like:

Bottom of refrigeratorStep 4: Tape in your shelves.  Your shelves may not reach all the way across to the sides of your box, but I just taped a strip of tape on the top of each side of the shelves, and then another strip at the bottom of each side of the shelves to give them strength against the walls of the refrigerator.

Refrigerator shelves

Step 5: Play time!  That’s really all there is to it!  You can make your refrigerator fancier by taping your child’s artwork to the front (like you would with your real refrigerator) and using other used moving boxes to cut out food shapes.  Let your kids go crazy with (washable) markers!

Food in refrigerator

Did you like this tutorial?  Check out our instructions on how to make a castle out of moving boxes!