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How to Move with Your Pets

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to move with pets

Since we’re in the middle of our annual Movers for Mutts charity drive benefiting the Nashville Humane Association, we wanted to share some of our tips for moving with your pets! Supporting your pet through the moving process can be challenging because they don’t speak English fluently, so you aren’t able to explain, “Don’t worry Fluffy, we’re packing everything away now, but it’ll all come back out once we move into our new home!” But there are some things you can do to make your pet more comfortable and ease their anxiety about the upcoming change.

Ease your pet into the move gradually.

If you have a cat or anxious dog, you know they hate change of any sort. It can take some pets a month just to deal with a new rug in the hallway! So when you make the decision to move, start easing them into the change right away. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suggests getting your packing supplies early so they’re used to having boxes around the house. Then relocate their pet supplies, such as their bed, toys, and food/water dishes, into the room you plan to pack up last. This way, your pet can feel like she has a safe place where everything remains steady while the rest of the home is packed up and rearranged.

If your pet isn’t accustomed to spending much time in their crates, start to add crate time into their normal routine. Place treats in their crates, feed them in their crates, and leave the door open so they can walk in and out as they please. This way, your pet won’t feel punished by being locked in an unfamiliar, small space during Moving Day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to move with pets

Plan ahead for Moving Day.

If you’re moving to a location which will require you to get a new vet, follow up with your current pet clinic to get a copy of all his records. While you’re there, check to make sure your pet is up to date on all his vaccinations and check-ups before the big day arrives. Then research and choose a new veterinarian before you actually move so you have time to send your pet’s medical records to the new clinic and familiarize yourself with their location.

It’s also important to prepare for the worst case scenario–your pet getting lost in a new neighborhood. Just in case she dashes out the door unexpectedly, you’ll want to make sure your dog or cat’s tags and/or microchip information is updated with you new address and phone numbers. If she has a microchip, remember that you need to update the information online manually because your vet doesn’t have access to update it for you.

You may want to consider scheduling a “Doggy Daycare” appointment for pet for your actual move date so you don’t have to worry about him getting underfoot of your movers or slipping out of the house without someone noticing. Keeping him at a kennel will also prevent him feeling anxiety from watching his surroundings constantly change throughout the day as movers load all your belongings into their truck.

Finally, make sure you pack and set aside a “pet kit” away from the rest of your packed belongings that will be loaded onto the moving truck. This kit should include food portions for the next few days, medical records, any calming sprays you may have, a leash (if you have a dog), bedding, and litter (if you have a cat). Setting this kit aside from your other boxes will prevent it from getting lost in the shuffle of movers loading your belongings onto the truck during Moving Day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK how to move with pets

Make sure your pet feels at home.

You may be tempted to set your pet down and let her explore her new home as soon as you step foot inside the door… But remember, she may not be as excited as you are about her new home! To your dog or cat, an empty house cluttered with boxes and wrapped-up furniture will feel foreign and can cause anxiety. For the first few days, it may be a good idea to limit the space your pet has access to. For example, on the first day, try keeping them in one room set up with their bed, dishes, and toys which also contains familiar furniture pieces she’ll recognize. Gradually open up more doors around the house as you unpack more belongings so she knows she’s home.

If you’re used to letting your pet go off-leash around your yard, you may want to give him some time to adjust to the new location and get to know your new neighborhood before allowing him free range again. For the first few weeks, only let him outside when you can be with him to make sure he stays safe and avoids running away.

With a little forethought and sensitivity, Fido or Mr. Whiskerkins will be at home in no time at your new place!

And as you’re planning for your move, don’t forget to call or text us at 615-248-6288 for a free estimate. You can also visit our website for more moving information and tips!

Movers for Mutts 2017: Photo and Video Contest

Nashville Movers for Mutts 2017 photo video contest

Although Nashville is known as one of America’s most pet-friendly cities, there are still hundreds of homeless pets living in the Nashville Humane Association each year, just waiting to find their forever home.  At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we host an annual Movers for Mutts charity to collect needed supplies and donations for this amazing pet shelter! This year, we’ve decided to take advantage of our city’s natural creativity and artistry to host our first ever photo and video contest, where all the entry fee donations will benefit the NHA.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville Humane AssociationNashville Humane Association has a very special place in our hearts, not because they have adorable furry animals to cuddle and love, but also because they strive to protect the well-being of animals. Spay and neutering services can come at a very steep price, and adoption fees can also be a barrier to animals needing a forever home. We love supporting the NHA because they offer resources for pet owners to find affordable veterinary care for their fur babies, as well as regular discounts on their adoption fees. In their adoption cost, they include all mandatory vaccinations (such as the rabies vaccine) and spay/neuter services for pets who are old enough to receive them so you don’t have to worry about the veterinary costs piling up immediately.

We hope you’ll submit an entry to our Movers for Mutts Photo & Video contest and help us support this great organization! Our contest will run all throughout the month of September, and we will announce the winners on our social media networks on October 6th. The top three photo and video submissions will win luxury pet products from local businesses, including:

We want to see the funniest, most adorable, and bragging rights-worthy photo or video of your pet! Beginning September 1, here is how to enter and win:

Step 1: Visit bit.ly/NHAcontest (case-sensitive, so caps matter!) to make your entry fee donation.

Step 2: Take a screenshot of the confirmation page for your donation.

Step 3: Upload your screenshot and favorite photo or video on the submission page.

Step 4: Get your friends to vote, vote, vote!  Submissions and voting close at 11:59 pm on September 30!

If you have other questions about the contest or NHA’s amazing work in our community, give us a call or text at 615-248-6288.


6 DIY Halloween Costumes You Can Make for Your Pet Out of Moving Boxes!

5 DIY Halloween Costumes You Can Make for your Pet out of Moving Boxes

Halloween is coming up, and if you’re like us, you probably already have your costume picked out down to the hair dye and the elbow-length gloves you’ll be wearing!  But have you thought about your pets yet?  If not, we’ve got you covered with these super simple DIY costume ideas for Fido and Fluffy!  All you need are some inexpensive collars and harnesses, a hot glue gun, and some leftover moving boxes.

Beanie Baby and Scooby Doo Halloween costumesOur Office Manager, Donald, has two dogs.  Hersh, the black dog on the left, is sporting an easy-to-make Beanie Baby tag on his collar.  And Jax, the caramel-colored rescue dog on the right, is “dressed up” as Scooby Doo!  We made these costumes with two dog collars we found at the Dollar Tree, ribbon, printed cut-outs of the “ty” tag and the Scooby Doo dog license, and, of course, a cardboard box.  All you need to do to make your own Beanie Baby and Scooby Doo costumes is trace the cut-out of each pendant onto the surface of your box.  Then, cut along the lines with an Exact-o knife to keep your edges clean.  Finally, hot-glue the cut-out images to line up with the edges of the cardboard cut-outs.  (With Scooby Doo’s tag, we actually cut out two cardboard pieces and glued them together to add more weight to the pendant.)  Each of these costumes only took about 10 minutes total to put together.

Cat in the Hat Halloween costumeYou can thank our General Manager, Nick, for having his cat model one of our ten-minute cat costumes for you!  Chandler is sporting a Cat in the Hat costume (with the Cat in the Hat’s signature bow tie).  He unfortunately wasn’t about to let us put this Sylvester costume on him, with a cartoonishly large Tweety bird dangling from the collar.  Sylvester Halloween cat costumeWe made the Sylvester costume exactly the same way that we made the Beanie Baby and Scooby Doo costumes above!  However, we decided to just draw the Cat in the Hat tie and cut the drawing out of cardboard to save the printing and gluing steps of that costume.  Again, each of these costumes took 10 minutes or less to make.  

Looking for more of a challenge?  We spent about half an hour making this taco costume for Jax and the flower costume for Hersh.  (Unfortunately, Jax wasn’t nearly as thrilled about the taco as he was about the Scooby Doo costume…so we couldn’t get a picture without him struggling!)  Jax wearing a Taco Halloween costumeWhile we used another Dollar Tree collar for the flower costume, Jax’s taco is made with a $5 harness from Walmart.  If you really want to up your moving box costume game, try covering the cardboard cut-outs for the taco with some soft fleece.  You can also change up petal shapes and colors to make a flower that goes well with your dog’s coat color.

I hope we’ve inspired you with our pet costume ideas!  Want some ideas for human DIY costumes?  Check out our three DIY Halloween costumes we made out of leftover moving boxes!

Marketer Jenni Tallies Up the 2015 “Movers For Mutts” Donations

Movers for Mutts donations

This summer was my first year organizing Nashville’s “Movers for Mutts” campaign.  My goals during Movers for Mutts were to raise awareness of the Nashville Humane Association, and to collect as many donations as possible for the non-profit.  To be honest, I was a little worried about starting the campaign…  If you’ve ever worked in the business world, you know it usually takes a few tries to get a new brand or event off the ground!  But I was definitely not disappointed by our community’s efforts in rallying around this awesome non-profit.

In total, we were able to collect 130 packages of the NHA’s Wish List items, and we had an estimated 300 individuals make monetary contributions to Movers for Mutts!  This is how we pulled it off:

Movers for Mutts kick-off

Phase One:  I knew I wanted to have a big kick-off event to announce the campaign to our Nashville community.  I didn’t want to rent out a facility for the event, because I wanted as much of our resources as possible to actually go to the Nashville Humane Association.  So I talked to the NHA, and they offered to actually bring Teddy’s Wagon to our office parking lot one Saturday!  The NHA also has a great connection to Hunt Brothers Pizza, and Hunt Brothers offered to come out that weekend and make free pizza for everyone who came to the event.  Plus we had five local businesses donate gift baskets for us to raffle off to everyone who brought donations to the event.  I was so excited!

I told our General Manager, Nick, about my wonderfully-brilliant-not-to-mention-ingenius-and-definitely-foolproof plans for the kick-off, and he brought up a really big issue that I’d completely overlooked: We’re a moving company, and Saturday is the most popular day of the week for people to book their moves.  If we held the event on a Saturday, in our parking lot, how would we get the moving trucks out to their jobs?  Whoops.

Fortunately, nearly every manager at Two Men and a Truck Nashville owns rescue pets, and I was able to tug on their heartstrings.  Nick, our Office Manager, and all three of our Move Managers all worked together to reroute our truck traffic around the parking lot for the whole day.  Thanks to their efforts (and the cooperation of our whole moving staff), the event went off without a hitch.

Movers for Mutts collection

Phase Two:  After the kick-off, I planned to collect donations for the NHA throughout the rest of the summer.  But we just have one office, and I knew that it wasn’t convenient for everyone in Davidson County to have to bring donations out to West Nashville.  Fortunately, Nashville is a city of dog-lovers, and a bunch of those dog-lovers own their own businesses.  I asked around town, and we were able to put out collection boxes for donations in 10 different locations around the county.  These businesses let us keep donation boxes in their offices and retail stores for three months until our wrap-up date of September 19th.

Dog Day festival

Phase Three: You may be wondering, why September 19th?  Well, the NHA hosts an annual festival every summer called Dog Day, and we thought Dog Day would be the perfect end for a Movers for Mutts campaign!  I planned to host a Two Men and a Truck booth at the festival so we could keep collecting donations until the very end.  I made a DIY Plink-O game out of one of our wardrobe boxes, and we asked everyone at the festival to make a minimum $1 donation to play.  Every single player was a winner–we brought collapsible water bowls, dog discs, tennis balls, and all kinds of treats to give away as prizes.  In the end, we had over 400 people visit our booth, and about 2/3 of them wanted to make donations!

Overall, I am so happy about everything we were able to collect for the Nashville Humane Association.  I absolutely cannot wait to host Movers for Mutts again next summer!

Need information about our moving services?  Check out our website or give us a call at 615-248-6288!

How to Make a DIY Plinko Game With Moving Boxes

Plinko game

This weekend, we’ll be at the Nashville Humane Association’s annual Dog Day festival in Centennial Park!  The festival takes place on the last day of our Movers for Mutts campaign, and we want to go out with a bang.  So we built a Movers for Mutts Plink-O game for our festival booth.  Anyone who makes a donation of $1 or more to Movers for Mutts will get a chance to win some great prizes from our Plink-O.

But we didn’t just go out and buy a Plink-O board…  We made one out of one of our moving boxes!  And you can make your own DIY Moving Box Plink-O game too.  Here’s how we did it:

Wardrobe boxFirst, you’ll want to collect your materials.  The essentials are a box (I used a wardrobe box, but you can use smaller boxes for smaller games), an Exact-O knife, packing tape, golf pegs, and some sort of disc (I used some leftover round container lids).  If you want to make your game more sturdy and fancy, you’ll want a glue gun and some craft supplies like construction paper, glitter, and paint.

Map out your trianglesNext, you’ll want to start measuring out your peg placement.  It’s important to mark where you want your pegs to pierce the cardboard before you start shaping your game, because right now your box is nice and flat on the floor.  The goal is to have your peg marks form the corners to invisible equilateral triangles.  Decide on the length of each triangle side based on the size of your disc.  You’ll want your disc to be able to fit inside each invisible triangle without having too much extra space around the circumference of the disc.  For my game, I used triangles with 5-in. sides.

Pro Tip: To keep your triangles and peg marks even, cut out the correct sized triangle from another piece of paper or cardboard.  You can move this real triangle around the box to mark its corners with peg marks.

Cut the sides to create a tiltYour third step is cutting an angle into the sides of your box to create a tilt for the Plink-O surface.  To do this, first decide where you want the Plink-O board to begin and end.  (I kept it simple and had my Plink-O game begin at the top crease of the box where the flap begins, and end at the bottom crease where the other flap begins.)  Then measure and mark the center point of the top of your Plink-O board on the side of the box adjacent to your peg marks.  (In my photo above, the peg marks are drawn on the side of the box with our company logo, so the adjacent side is the one with the arrows.)  Trace a line from that midpoint on top, down to the bottom corner touching your Plink-O board.

Perfect!  Now repeat the process with the other side of the box that is adjacent to the Plink-O board.  Draw a line from the midpoint of the top of the adjacent side, down to the bottom corner touching the board.  Then cut out the triangles that are formed by these lines.

Tape three sides of the boxNow you can tape up the back and two sides of your Plink-O game.  Tape the sides just like you’re taping a normal moving box.  The only side that will be taped up differently is your Plink-O board.

Bottom of the boxTape the bottom of your Plink-O board face into the three box sides.  Afterward, you’ll flip the board face up and tape the sides of the board to the diagonal sides of the box.

Taped-together Plink-O gameThis is what your box should look like when you tape the Plink-O face on the sides.  It’s a normal box, except the Plink-O board is tilted so the disc will slide down toward the prizes at the end!

Golf pegsNow you’ll put in your golf pegs.  To do this, I laid my box down on the ground with the Plink-O board face-up.  Since I used a wardrobe box, there were two levels of corrugated cardboard to poke through.  I used the golf peg to first poke through only the initial layer; then I used a hot glue gun to fill this small hole with hot glue before pushing the peg all the way through both levels of cardboard.  I used hot glue to keep the golf pegs super secure, but you won’t need to do this if you’re just using the Plink-O game for indoor fun or one-time use.

Final Plink-O gameFinally, decorate!  I used dog biscuits to line the sides of my Plink-O board so the disc won’t fall out of the pegged area.  You can use anything to border your board, based on the theme of the backyard party or indoor get-together you’re planning.  I also added pictures of our prizes in each of the four landing spots at the bottom of the board, but you can add numbers that represent points or your own versions of prizes.

I made this Plink-O game to help raise awareness for our Movers for Mutts program.  All donations will go directly to the Nashville Humane Association.  Thank you for your support!

Need information about our moving services or packing supplies?  Check out our website or give us a call at 615-248-6288!

How to Make a Cat Home Out of Moving Boxes

Nick's cat

As part of our Movers for Mutts campaign, we’re blogging about your pets all summer long!  This week, we want to introduce you to our General Manager Nick’s cat, Chandler!  Like most cats, Chandler prefers playing in cardboard boxes to the fancy cat trees Nick and his wife buy for him…  So we made a DIY cat home out of some of our moving boxes.  Here’s how you can make a home out of your cat’s favorite material while simultaneously reusing some of your old moving boxes:

Chandler’s cat home fits an average-sized kitty, and I used one Large moving box and one Small moving box to make the home.  I also used an Exacto knife, a Sharpie, and tape.

Step One: Measure the sides of your triangle.Step One: Draw your triangle.

I used a yardstick to trace the sides of this triangle.  We’ll be making an isosceles triangle (two sides are the same size) with the base and height each measuring 18 inches.  If your cat is larger or smaller than the average cat, you’ll want to adjust this measurement as needed.

Step Two: Trace the sides of the triangle cut-out to make three more triangles of the same shape.Step Two: Trace your first triangle to make three more of the same size.

Cut those triangles out, and you have the four sides of your cat home.

Step ThreeStep Three: Measure a square.

Each side needs to be the 18 inches (or the same length as the base and height of your triangles).  I found it easier to keep my lines perpendicular to one another by placing one side along a crease in the box.

Step FourThis is what you should have cut out at this point.

If you want to make your cat home fancier than mine, you can use a staple gun to cover these surfaces with your favorite fabric, or use double-sided tape to cover them with patterned scrapbook paper or gift wrap.

Step FourStep Four: Cut a hole in the front side of your cat home.

Remember that the bottom of the front side will be the shortest side of the triangle.  The bottom of my hole is 1.5 inches from the base of the triangle, but you can place your hole further up if you want to make your cat work to get into his new hideout.

Step FiveStep Five: Tape your triangles to the floor of the cat home.

Be sure that you only tape the base (the shortest side) of each triangle to the square floor.

Step SixStep Six: Start taping the sides together.

I didn’t want tape showing on the outside of my cat home, so I taped up one side at a time.  If you want to include a cushion in the bottom of your cat home, now would be the time to place it in the bottom.  Once you have all four sides taped together, you (obviously) won’t be able to fit it in.

Final ProductYou’re Done!

If you want to reinforce the strength of the home’s sides, you can add one strip of tape to the back two corners.

Thanks for reading!  If you want to help us support the cats and dogs at the Nashville Humane Association, click here to find out how to get involved with Movers for Mutts.  If you need information about our moving services or packing supplies, check out our website or give us a call at 615-248-6288!

How to Move In Your New Cat

How to move in a new cat or kitten

As part of our Movers for Mutts campaign benefiting the Nashville Humane Association, we’re publishing a series of blog posts all about your pets.  Even though we call the donation drive Movers for Mutts, we still love our adopted kitties too!  So this week, we’re talking about how to “move” a new cat into your home when you already have one or more cats living with you.

Unlike dogs, cats are not naturally pack animals, and actually make efforts to avoid one another when living in an outside environment.  Because of this tendency, domestic cats can take months (and possibly even a year) to warm up to a new adopted brother or sister.  In fact, professionals will tell you that some cats will never be willing to share their space with another kitty, so go into this adoption process knowing that you may have to re-home your new fur baby if it won’t work out.  Ready to give it a try?  Here’s a good introduction timeline to use for your new cat:

Day 1-3: Keep a supervised separation.

To avoid an ugly hissy fit, make sure your cats stay in separate parts of your house for the first few days of their introduction.  The first indicator of whether your cats will get along will show up when they’re able to smell one another, and you should let them get acquainted with each other’s smells without having the opportunity to see one another at first.  Keep your two cats separated with a door, and feed them next to the door at the same time for the first few days.  The food will provide a positive association with the other cat’s smell, so be sure to add in some special treats as well, like fish bits or cat treats.

Day 4-6: Switch-a-roo time!

Using the same door as a separator, pick the cats up and switch their places so they can smell the other cat in their former space.  (This also allows your new cat to get to know another part of their new home.)  Keep feeding and treating them near the door so they can become accustomed to one another’s scent and sounds.

Day 7-9: Add some fun into the mix.

Have your spouse, roommate, or a friend play with one cat on one side of the door while you play with the other cat on the other side.  This adds more positive associations with the scent and sound of the other cat, and encourages play between the two cats.  You may start to see your cats bat at one another under the door–a great sign!

Day 10-12: Why, hello, beautiful!

It’s time for your two cats to see each other!  But keep it safe–use a screen or baby gate as a separator where your door stood before, just in case.  Start feeding them treats through this separator so they can see that the other cat is accepted and treated in the same way they are.  Continue feeding and playing with the cats next to this separator so they can continue to bond.

Day 13-15: Introductions are in order.

Get ready to bring your cats together for a same-room meeting.  Before bringing them together, try to have each cat at its calmest.  By this time, you should have a clue about how to tucker out your two cats, possibly through meal time, lots of comforting petting, or extended play.  When they’re both nice and calm, it’s time to bring them together in the same room to meet.  Make sure you have your spouse, roommate, or friend there to help you with this introduction, and have a squirt bottle full of water ready in case of bad behavior.  During these meeting sessions, be sure to supervise the two cats at all times.  Notice whether one of the cats seems overly fearful of the other, or overly aggressive.  In such a situation, you should call a professional for further advice.

Day 13-Forever: Keep it nice and open.

When you have more than one cat in your home, always be sure to keep their food, water, and litter boxes in open spaces to avoid causing timid kitties from feeling trapped if their housemate comes in.  Additionally, the minimum number of litter boxes in your home should be equivalent to the number of cats you have, plus one, so they feel like they have some personal, private space to do their business.

Jenni's adopted kitten, Cupcake

We were able to find this tried-and-true advice from the ASPCA website, and some of our employees have even used this advice for themselves when moving in new cats!  ASPCA even has articles explaining how to introduce cats to a dog-filled home, and how to make your cats feel more at home in general.

If you liked this blog and would like to help us “move” homeless cats into new homes in the Nashville area, please check out our Movers for Mutts campaign to benefit the NHA! If you need information about our moving services, give us a call at 615-248-6288 or check out our website!

8 Types of Pet-Friendly Furniture

Pet-friendly furniture

In honor of our Movers for Mutts campaign benefiting the Nashville Humane Association, we’re continuing our series of blog posts all about your pets this summer!  One struggle we personally face with our pets is decorating our homes (and keeping them clean!) when we have our fur babies running around inside every day.  All pet owners want to keep their dogs and cats safe and happy, but we also want to make sure our homes still look nice in the mean time.  After talking it over in the office, we’ve compiled this list of 8 fool-proof furniture ideas for you and your pets.

1. Your favorite furniture, wrapped in machine-washable covers.

When we all started adopting our pets, we didn’t want to start throwing out all of our old living room furniture sets.  Instead, a practical option is finding some attractive canvas covers for your existing furniture.  Canvas is made with cotton, which is totally machine-washable, very durable, and comfy to sit on.  You can also protect your bed from potential pet-mess disasters by covering your mattress with a thick, cotton mattress pad and wrapping your bedspread in a washable duvet cover.

2. Bringing the outdoors in.

When you bring pooches and putty-tats into your life, there’s no such thing as outdoor vs. indoor furniture anymore.  Outdoor furniture is built to withstand harsh weather, kid play, and pet claws, so why limit it to your backyard?  If you find some patio cushions with a great pattern, don’t be afraid to pull them into your indoor living areas.

3. Pet-safe wall art.

While there isn’t a specific type of picture frame or sculptural design that is pet-resistant, strategic placement of your wall art can keep it safe from your pets.  Be sure to hang pictures high enough that your pets can’t inadvertently knock them down, and keep your most fragile wall art in areas that your high-jumpers don’t have access to.  Remember that your pets can also climb on couches and side tables to reach particularly attractive-looking art if they really want to, so keep this in mind when choosing where to hang those pieces.  (For example, our marketer Jenni has a replica of a Lord of the Rings sword hanging in her living room.  Instead of hanging the sword over furniture, she chose a high spot on the wall away from couches and railing, where her puppy Lucille has no hope of climbing!)

4. Mud room inspirations.

Families who have children often have mud rooms near the back door to hold dirt-crusted shoes away from the rest of the house.  Take some inspiration from this mud room idea and consider making an “animal room” near the main pet entrance of your home.  Use easy-to-clean linoleum floors and tiled walls in this room, and keep an old towel on a hook to wipe off muddy paws on rainy days.

Donald's dogs, Jax and Hersh

5. Attractive pet gear.

When you have pets, not all of your furniture belongs to you anymore!  Your kittens need their own litter boxes, and your pups need some sort of dog bed to hold their favorite toys and dog chews.  Plan ahead for these pet spaces and purchase homey-looking furniture and toys.  Litter boxes can be hidden in side table/kitty spot combo pieces, dog beds can be upholstered to match your existing decor, and you can purchase toys that won’t shed or fall apart all over the rest of your house.  Be sure to purchase dog toys made of durable rubber or fleece instead of toys stuffed with cotton pieces, and find scratching trees for your cat that are made of pretty carpet materials instead of corrugated cardboard.  (When office manager Donald realized his dogs were going to rip apart all of their stuffed toys and bring stuffing around the house, he started supplying them with rubber toys that stay in one piece.)

6. Crypton, leather, and ultrasuede.

These three upholstery materials were invented specifically for pet owners.  (Ok, maybe not, but they may as well have been!)  Crypton is a synthetic fabric that is super resistant to stains and pet smells.  Our move supervisor Joe M. opted for leather living room furniture because leather is very easy to wipe off and clean if you have pets that tend to shed more than normal.  And Donald found some great arm chairs covered in ultrasuede, a microfiber fabric that is machine-washable and stays cool during all types of weather.  You can find plenty of furniture options made with these great materials.

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7. Low-pile carpets–or no carpets at all!

Especially if you’re potty-training a new puppy or kitten, carpets can be a huge hassle for pet owners.  Consider a more pet-friendly alternative to your cozy carpets that will be easier to keep clean and fresh-smelling, such as a low-pile carpet or a smooth floor surface.  One good option is ceramic tile.  This tile is easy to clean, resistant to pet nails and claws, and is stain-resistant.

8. Strategic color options.

When choosing your furniture pieces, always keep your pets’ coats in mind.  Our marketer Jenni will never purchase dark-colored furniture because Lucille’s fur is a light blonde color, and our customer service supervisor Joe G. chose bold patterns for his ottoman because the patterns hide his dog’s fur more easily than solid-colored pieces.

Pets definitely add a complicating factor to consider in your home decor options, but we hope these tips can narrow down your choices to keep your home looking sharp and clean.  If you liked this blog post and want to help us “move” some rescue pets into permanent homes, check out our Movers for Mutts campaign benefiting the NHA!

How to Pack for Your Pets

How to Pack for your Pets when moving

Almost every single employee here at Two Men and a Truck Nashville owns one or more pets, so we have a soft spot for families who have dogs and cats.  This summer, we’re really focusing on bettering the lives of our pets (and the families of our pets!) by supporting the Nashville Humane Association with our Movers for Mutts campaign.  One way we hope to take care of your family pets is by helping you prepare to move with your furry relatives.

When your family moves, you’ll typically keep a “Day-of-Move” kit separate from the rest of your moving boxes so you can have everything you’ll need immediately right on hand.  (For example, you’ll need toilet paper, bed sheets, and Clorox wipes pretty much as soon as you move into your new home.)  Well, you should think about moving your pets in the same way.  There are some things they’ll need as soon as you get to your new home.

Fluffy moves

Here are some things you’ll want to have in a specially-marked moving box to take care of your pet on Moving Day:

  • Food and water for 5 days, in case you can’t find the rest right away.
  • Travel crate/carrier.
  • Security blanket, toy, bone, etc that will keep your pet feeling secure and comfortable with the move.
  • Collar with updated contact information, in case Fido or Fluffy gets lost.
  • Cat litter for Fluffy; poop bags for Fido.
  • Carpet cleaner and paper towels, in case there’s an accident.
  • Vaccination and medical records.
  • Contact information for your current vet, new vet, and emergency veterinary clinic in your new neighborhood.

collapsible bowl

If you’re a Worst-Case-Scenario type of person like I am, you may also want to think about these items:

  • Pet first aid kit.
  • Treats.
  • Pet seat belt, car carrier, or car seat cover.
  • Current photo of your pet, in case Fido or Fluffy gets lost.
  • Collapsible pet bowl for travel.

You should be all set!  If you liked this article and would like to help us find homes for new Fidos and Fluffys, please check out our Movers for Mutts campaign benefiting the NHA.

How to Make Your Move Easy on Your Pets

How to Move With a Pet

Because we’re in the middle of our Movers for Mutts campaign to benefit the Nashville Humane Association, we’ve all had our minds on our pets even more often than usual.  Most of our office staff owns dogs and cats, and our Customer Service Manager, Donald, and our General Manager, Nick, have both recently moved into new homes with their dogs.  In fact, a large amount of the families we move in Nashville also move with their pets as well.  So how can you make this transition easiest on your fur babies?

Remember that your pets can’t speak English.

Even though your human family members have been preparing for this move for months, your pets have no idea why you’re packing the entire house into boxes.  They also have no idea why they’re living in a brand new place.  These changes may cause your pets to have some anxiety, and anxious pets can sometimes wreak minor havoc in a new home.  Don’t be surprised or upset if your dog has an accident in his new living room, or if your cat is suddenly nervous around furniture you’ve owned for years.  While you shouldn’t neglect normal disciplinary action with any accidents or damages that your pets inflict upon their new environment, be sure to remain patient while they adjust.

Donald's dogs, Jax and Hersh

Keep them safe on Moving Day.

Curious pets will most likely find themselves underfoot of your moving team, and nervous pets may hide in the spot that your movers plan on placing the next moving box.  Instead of letting your pets have free reign of the house on Moving Day, consider dropping them off at a Doggy Daycare or Kitty Kennel for the day.  If this isn’t an option due to a long-distance move, at least keep your pets confined to an area of the house that movers aren’t currently working in.

Let your pets have access to their security blankets.

Your pets will have a much easier time adjusting to their new home if they have familiar elements surrounding them.  Even though you’re excited about the brand new doggy bed you purchased to match your new wallpaper, or the new litter box you found that can be hidden inside an end table, your pets may not catch onto these changes very easily during this transition.  It will be easier for your dog to sleep in the comfort of his training crate for the first month, and for your cat to be introduced to a new litter box after she becomes acquainted and comfortable with her new surroundings.

Donald's dog, Jax

Set boundaries right away.

Your new home may be coming with some new rules for your pets.  If you know there’s a bedroom you don’t want covered in cat fur or your dog won’t be able to go into the unfenced backyard without a leash, go ahead and let your pets know from the beginning what their new normal will look like.  Start closing the door to your bedroom from Day One, instead of waiting for your cat to become comfortable having free reign of the full home before instating this rule.  Be strict about keeping your pup on a leash each time he needs to go outside so he knows right away that he won’t be able to roam around freely outside at the new place.

Once your pets adjust to your new space, they’ll be just as excited as you are to get back to playing fetch and chasing laser dots on the walls.  Just remember that they have an adjustment to make, just like you do!

If you liked this article and want to help us “move” more rescue pets into homes with their forever families, check out our Movers for Mutts campaign benefiting the NHA.