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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.


How to DIY a Snoopy Doghouse

How to make a Snoopy Doghouse out of moving boxes

Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville, we’re all about a fun DIY craft!  We especially love making crafts out of used moving boxes that we would otherwise have to throw away.  This time, we took inspiration from our Movers for Mutts charity campaign and made a Snoopy Doghouse.  Here’s how we did it:


  • Two moving boxes (we used a Large and a Medium, but you can use whichever sizes you have available)
  • Packing tape
  • Black marker
  • Exacto-style knife*
  • Red spray paint*

*For these last two supplies, make sure to have an adult supervising children who make this craft!

Step 1 for building a Snoopy doghouse out of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxesStep 1: Cut out Snoopy’s doorway.

For this step, you’ll want to keep your box flattened on the floor to make tracing and cutting easy.  Pick one of the smaller sides of your box to be the “front” of the doghouse, and trace your arched doorway with a pencil.  Then use your crafting knife to cut the shape out.

Step 2: Cut a roof-shaped point in the front and back box flaps.

This step will also be easier if you leave your box flattened on the floor for now.  Using a yard stick or the edge of your second box, draw two diagonal lines starting from the bottom outer corners of each flap, ending at the midpoint of the top of the flap.  Then use your crafting knife to cut through these lines.

Step 3: Fold up Snoopy’s doghouse.

Now you’re ready to get the basic shape of your doghouse!  Fold up the bottom flaps and secure the edges with tape to hold them down.  These will make up the “floor” of the doghouse.  Next, tape the edges of your top flaps together.  Your doghouse should look nearly complete, and just a teeny bit leaky on top.

Step 4 of making a Snoopy Doghouse out of a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving boxStep 4: Make a roof with your second box.

Look at all sides of your second box, and decide which of the four side folds you’d like to serve as the top point of your roof.  Then use your crafting knife to cut off the non-adjacent sides of the box.  Fold and set the remaining two sides over your doghouse box to get an idea of what your roof will look like.  When we got to this step, we noticed that the roof was going to be much longer than we wanted, so we cut a few inches off the end.  Adjust your roof, too, to make it the size you want!

Step 5: Decorate!

The final productNow for the really fun part!  To decorate our Snoopy doghouse, we spray painted the outside walls and roof piece separately.  Then we used a permanent marker to add the “siding” and “roof slats,” and of course wrote in Snoopy’s name.  After all the coloring was done, we taped the roof piece down to the top to keep everything nice and secure.

That’s all!  This easy craft took us about two days to complete, just because we wanted to let paint completely dry between adding layers.  You can come see our Snoopy doghouse at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville booth at the upcoming Dog Day Festival on September 17th!  And to take some free, cute photos of your pooch next to (or inside!) our masterpiece, just bring a donation for our Movers for Mutts charity collection.

If you’re in need of moving supplies for your upcoming relocation–or for your upcoming DIY project–give us a call or text at 615-248-6288.  For more information about our moving services, check out our website here!

Movers for Mutts in Nashville

This post is about the 2016 Movers for Mutts campaign! Please click here for information about this year!

What is Movers for Mutts, and when is it happening this year?

Movers for Mutts in NashvilleMovers for Mutts® is our annual charity campaign benefiting the Nashville Humane Association!  Every year, we collect donations from the NHA’s needed items “Wish List,” such as canned dog/cat food and dog collars.  This year, we’ll be collecting donations between August 1 and October 8!

There are plenty of ways to get involved with our 2016 Movers for Mutts® campaign!  Use the following navigational buttons to find out more about the fun dog-friendly events we’ll be hosting, our design and coloring contests, and more:

Donation “Wish List”

Some of the donations we’re looking for this year include:

  1. Old newspapers, blankets, and towels
  2. Paper towels
  3. Collars and leashes
  4. Nylon brooms
  5. Stainless steel feeding bowls
  6. Canned dog and cat food
  7. Milkbones

You can drop off a donation at one of our designated collection sites around town, or by bringing a donation to one of our upcoming Movers for Mutts® events!

Where can I drop off my donation?

If you aren’t available to attend a Movers for Mutts® event, you can drop off your donation at any of these Nashville locations!

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville  |  4801 Alabama Ave.
  2. Wags and Whiskers West Nashville  |  3731 Charlotte Ave.
  3. Nashville Humane Association  |  213 Oceola Ave.
  4. Wags and Whiskers 12th South  |  2222 12th Ave. S.
  5. Wags and Whiskers East Nashville  |  1008 Forrest Ave.
  6. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Hermitage  |  4830 Old Hickory Blvd.

How can I win the Movers for Mutts Doggy Dream Home?

Win the Movers for Mutts Doggy Dream Home with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville and REALTOR Matthew HansenTogether, REALTOR® Matthew Hansen and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville can even move your dog into his or her dream home!  Bring a donation to any of our Movers for Mutts® events, and you can enter to win our Doggy Dream Home.

This custom doghouse was actually hand-crafted from reclaimed wood by Matthew, who spends his spare time working on fun carpentry projects.  Although this weather-resistant doghouse is perfect for your porch and backyard, it can also make a stylish indoor dog bed when you insert your favorite dog pillow!  This house is 44″ wide x 29″ deep x 34.5″ high (all measurements include the roof).

What upcoming events benefit Movers for Mutts?

You can bring donations to any of the following events, plus enjoy the other activities and freebies at each one!

Month of August:  Enter the Movers for Mutts® poster design contest!  (Or, for the kiddos, enter the Movers for Mutts® coloring contest!)  Click here for details about these fun contests.

August 22:  Kendra Scott Shopping Party  |  Come out and shop for new accessories between 6-8 pm, and 20% of your purchase will go straight to the NHA!  Plus, bring your Movers for Mutts® donation and you’ll be entered to win a Kendra Scott jewelry set.

August 27:  “Doga” — Yoga with your Dog  |  Yoga instructor Olivia from Hot Yoga Plus will be teaching a doga class from 10-11 am on Centennial Park’s main lawn between 26th and 27th Aves.  Bring your donation in lieu of a class fee, and don’t forget your yoga mat and furry friend!

September 10:  Free Pet Portraits at Bellevue Animal Hospital  |  Local photographer Jonathan Hargrove will be at Bellevue Animal Hospital between 12:30 pm-2:30 pm.  Bring your donation and your pet to have Jonathan photograph your pet for free!

September 17:  Dog Day at Centennial Park  |  Visit the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK booth between 10 am-4 pm to make your donation and win some fun prizes for your own dog!  Plus, anyone who brings a donation can take a free photo of their pet in front of Snoopy’s doghouse in our DIY photo booth!

[NEW DATE] October 1:  Movers for Mutts® Day at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville  |  Show off your dog’s Halloween costume at our Nashville office between 10 am-2 pmTeddy’s Wagon, Mix 92.9, Bongo Java, other local vendors, and a surprise mascot guest will also be in attendance with giveaways, activities, and adoptable puppies.  For all the fun details, click here!
Bonus: Bring a donation to enter your dressed-up pooch into our costume contest for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Nashville Pet Products!

How can I enter the Movers for Mutts poster design/coloring contest?

Poster Design Contest
The NHA needs your help creating an 11″x14″ poster advertising next year’s (2017) Dog Day Festival!  The winning design will be announced this September at Dog Day.  For complete contest rules and information about prizes, please read our Dog Day Poster Design Contest Guidelines.  If you would like to use official NHA graphics in your submission, click the thumbnails below to download.

Nashville Humane Association logo     Black and white Nashville Humane Association logo     Fluffy     Rover

Coloring Contest for Kids
For our younger animal-loving friends, we’re also hosting a Movers for Mutts® coloring contest!  Download the Coloring Sheet, Rules, and Prizes!  The winning color-er will receive a fun Movers for Mutts®-themed Movie Party Supply Kit so you can host a celebratory movie night with your friends!

I have other questions about Movers for Mutts!

Movers for Mutts with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK NashvilleWe’re so glad you’re excited about our fall charity campaign!  For further information about Movers for Mutts®, please call us at 615-248-6288 or email christian.osaile@twomen.com!


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!

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.

Photo Credit: freeimages.com

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.

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!