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Moving your Dog and Cat Cross Country to Northwest Houston!

Moving your Pets Cross Country to Northwest Houston!

Moving cross country to Texas with your cat and dogWe have made two cross country moves with pets and it is an interesting experience.  We moved a dog named Rusty and a cat named Rosy from Colorado to North Carolina and then from North Carolina to Texas.   There are certain things that you can do to help your pet have a smooth transition to your new location.  Both Rusty and Rosy have passed on since that time but they died from old age with us.  I have included their pictures in this post.

One of the first things you will want to do is to invest in a high quality, sturdy pet carrier.  For us we only had to invest in one for Rosy as our dog Rusty loved to travel and was a wonderful traveler.  We spent some time ahead of time getting Rosy use to being in the pet carrier.  You will want to invest in a carrier that is appropriate for the size of your pet.  I bought a carrier that was way too big for her thinking it would give her room to stretch.  In retrospect I think she would have been more comfortable in a carrier that was appropriate to her size.  This is not a time when they will want to do a lot of moving around.

We bought a restraining harness for our cat.  I spent quite a bit of time getting her use to the harness before we moved.  You can see she has the harness on in the picture at the left.  Cats do get use to taking walks with the harness but it takes some time.  I had her in the harness almost constantly for the two weeks prior to our trip.  My sister presently has a cat trained to a harness and found that the ones made for rabbits work quite well.  Rusty was use to walking on a leash so we didn't do anything special for him.  If you pet does not like traveling you might want to talk to your veterinarian ahead of time and get appropriate medications. 

Another thing you will want to do is to purchase a new ID tag for your pet.  Put your new address and your cell phone on it.  Two weeks after getting to our new home we were shooting off fireworks and Rusty ran away.  Rusty the dog, moved from NC to TexasSomehow he found his way home.  We were just lucky that he found his way back home. They did not have imbedded chips back then but that would be another idea.  Presently we have an indoor cat that likes to go outdoors and we have an imbed chip at the back of his neck.

On the actual moving day you will want to put your pet in a room that is isolated from all the commotion.  Put a BIG note on the door so everyone knows not to go in that room.  They are not going to understand what is going on and they have a long trip ahead of them so you want to keep them as calm as possible.

We did move our pets during the summer months and that is going to make your trip interesting.  You don't want to leave your pet in a parked car as the temperature rises so you might end up having lots of picnic lunches. 

Find pet friendly motels in advance.  When we made our trips there was not the wonderful map questing programs that are available now.  You can map out your trip decide how far you want to go and find a motel that accepts pets. 

Welcome your dog and cat to Northwest HoustonTake all the things your pet will need with you so your pet will have some items that they are use to in their new home.  This is your pet's new home and you want them to be as comfortable in it as soon as possible.  Many people lose their pets in the moving process.  The first few weeks are an important time in your pet's transition and this is the time when many people lose their pets.  As I said earlier we came very close to losing a dog during this time.

This next part is REALLY important for dog owners.  Texas has a BIG PROBLEM with heart worms in dogs.  You will want to get your pet on heart worm medicine right away.  I had friends that moved here from Colorado and I didn't even think about telling them about heart worms and a year and a half later they now have to treat both dogs for heart worms.  It is not a cheap treatment it is costing them $700 per dog.  In Colorado it was not a problem like it is here.

I hope this helps you make a smooth move to Northwest Houston with your pets.  For more information about my furry friends please visit My Furry Friends weblog.

For all your real estate needs, contact me today!
Marchel Peterson
Results Realty
Cell: 832-721-8332

Comment balloon 26 commentsMarchel Peterson • April 17 2008 02:21PM


Great info for the Houston Relocation client! Pets are family...and with moving to a different area this info should prove beneficial and helpful!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 12 years ago
Marchel - good point on the heart worms - it is so sad to see a dog die with that type of problem...(did you see my post about you and Liz from this week?????????)
Posted by JDo Doe over 12 years ago

SALLY, we do love our pets.  We are empty nesters now and the pets are a lot of company.  We now have two cats and a dog.  All of them were supposed to be our children's pets but our children are off seeing the world.  With the exception of one cat they are now our pets.  Our daughter still says she is going to claim the cat but at the moment she is talking about joining the Air Force so I don't see that happening anytime soon.

NATHAN, I just found out about my friends dogs having heart worms and I felt bad it was just one of those things that I didn't even think about.  No I did not see the post I will check it out now.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 12 years ago
Marchel- I love this post, full of good solid information. Plus I love the fact that you started a blog about your pets.  I hope you get a great following.
Posted by Rebecca Levinson, Real Estate Marketing and Online Advertising Consultant (Real Skillz-Clear Marketing for Your Real Estate Vision) over 12 years ago

Hi Marchel...Back in the mid-80's we moved our dog, Lucky, with us to Somalia and than she made the return trip when we moved back to the States.  It was a bit rough on her but she made it through fine and we were able to continue to have her as part of the family.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) over 12 years ago
This is great information!  As an animal lover, I seem to attract "animal families" to me that are relocating to VA.  I'll be sure to share some of your experiences and success with them.
Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 12 years ago
Marchel, throughout my moving about with my dogs I always felt sorry for them when I kenneled them. It just seemed too long a time "locked up" when we flew away on vacations. Need to find more neighbors that can take care of them I guess. But often with larger dogs or multiple dogs it wasn't practical. I can't imagine flying dogs on airplanes like some do, unless they are just little dogs.
Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) over 12 years ago
Hi Marchel, moving pets can be just as traumatic for them as it is kids.  Many times pet owners to not take into consideration the reaction a pet is going to have leaving an environment they feel protected and  safe to a strange place.  Nice post Marchel.
Posted by Gary White~Grand Rapids Home Selling Pro Call: 616-821-9375, Real Estate Services You can Trust! (Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions") over 12 years ago

REBECCA Thanks!  We do enjoy those pets.  I learned a lot about moving them across country by doing it. 

KATHLEEN, Wow, what did you do in Somalia?  That's great that your dog made it there and back. 

CHRIS, Much of my moving information could be used anywhere in the country.  I think the only thing totally specific to Texas was heart worms and that is a huge issue here.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 12 years ago

GARY WOLTAL, My husband works for an airline and I will be honest that has made me a little scared to fly dogs in the cargo area.  I know that they usually make it but there are those occasional times where they don't.  I do see the little dogs in the small carriers where they are carried on.  We have a neighbor that takes care of our dog when we go out of town and that has worked well.  As an 85 pound lab she is not going under the seat.

GARY WHITE, It is traumatic for our pets.  We almost lost Rusty in North Carolina; it was a big lesson for us.  They have feelings and we are totally disrupting their life.  Our dog now is very sensitive we took her to a kennel once and it just didn't work for her.  Thanks for stopping by.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 12 years ago
Good post Marchel,  Lots of things to consider before moving pets or traveling with them.  I am a cat lover and I take my cat with me a lot of the time.  I find talking to her keeps her calm and reassured that we will return home later and keeping my voice low and calm helps her rest while riding in the car.
Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) over 12 years ago
Marchel, I just love this. You are so thoughtful. I really like that about you! You're right about the heart worms. They are so bad! I actually met a couple of people last year that had West Nile Virus. Yuk. I keep my Jill Jill on meds all the time. She, at one time tested low positive for them and since then I have given the medicine faithfully. She is fine now although growing older. I hope you're doing well. I will visit with you soon. Later in the rain~Deb
Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) over 12 years ago

RICKI, Thank  you!  I'm amazed that you have a cat that likes to travel in the car.  Ours only go to the vet and they are not happy when that happens.  Thank goodness our vet is close.  NOTHING else is close to us but our vet (lol).

DEBRA, I felt so bad when my friend told me both of her dogs have heart worms.  I just didn't think to tell her.  We need to set a time to meet for lunch.  What works for you?

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 12 years ago
Marchel - Great information for pet lovers, and a great addition to a relocation package.
Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) over 12 years ago
Marchel--This personal account is so important. I think anyone relocating will learn from your experience. Those ID tags are essential with the new information or your cell # as pets can wander off quickly in the confusion of a cross country move. And many forget about the heartworm dangers. Good information!
Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) over 12 years ago

Marchel,  I can remember as a kid, moving from California to Alabama.  We had a menagerie.  German Shepherd, Cat and a hamster.  It was summer and we stopped along the way to see friends a family.  It was an adventure.  The poor little hamster didn't make it, but the dog and cat did.  Like you, our dog would hop right in the car anytime the door was open hoping to go for a ride.  The cat was another story.  He got in but hid under the drivers seat most of the way.  They didn't have all the good pet stuff they have nowadays.  Thanks for the reminder to keep our furry family safe and calm!

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) over 12 years ago
Marchel - This is excellent information for us as agents. I usually focus on the people I am working with rather than the pets but as we all know - "dogs are people too!" Pets are very important to our clients.
Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) over 12 years ago

JENNIFER, I need to put all my relocation articles in to one post.  I have been meaning to do that but since I market to 4 different areas I really need to do 4 different post.  Just not enough time in a day.

TERI,We almost learned that lesson the hard way when we almost lost Rusty.  We drove around for hours that night looking for him.  Finally we all went to bed late and he returned at about 4:00 in the morning.  I remember all of us getting up to welcome him back home.  He wasn't one to wonder but it was new house and fireworks.  Our present dog is not bothered by fireworks at all; which is fairly unusual I think.  She is a lab and would have been a great hunting dog but my husband doesn't hunt.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 12 years ago

AUDREY, I think it is almost aways easier to move a dog than a cat.  I guess with the exception of sister's cat.  He goes to the hardware store with my brother in law.  As far as the hamster I'm glad our Guinea pigs had already passed on by that move.  I can't imagine trying to move a caged animal like that.

JUDY, I have found the baby boomers which would be my age are now focusing a lot of energy on their pets as their kids have flown the coop.  I luckily don't often have the pets come along to see houses but I have had clients that have brought them.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 12 years ago
Hi Partner, great post and good advice, most pople don't think that for in advance, and put so much love into thinking about how their pets are going todo and the tings they need.  They really do need "their stuff", kinda like we do :).  I walked Rhett again today so that's two days in a row, and tomorrow I'm going to go sing up and get back to my yoga too.  Glad you got some ideas from my post, there is 33 years experiance and 16 years of coaching in that so there should be a couple of points :).  I have Mr. Tex Rain, and Miss Molly Blogger's wedding posted, Good Golly Miss getting married in the rain...Active Rain that is , check it out :).  Talk to you soon, Liz
Posted by Liz Carter, Broker/Owner of Liz Carter & Team Realty, Katy TX (Houston) (Liz Carter & Team Realty-Your Real Estate Resource For Life!) over 12 years ago

Marchel, I bet you miss Colorado :)   This is great advice for pet owners.  Our cat hates traveling and the size of her carrier has made a difference.  This is a very important part of the move many sellers may forget about with everything else involved.

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) over 12 years ago
Patricia, Amazingly we love living in Spring.  We could have come here straight from Colorado but didn't even consider it.  Instead we took that long loop through North Carolina.  North Carolina was a long way from family and friends.  My family is in Colorado, Kansas and Texas so we are more accessible here also.  My parents and sister are still in Colorado so I come back quite often.  As a matter of fact we decided that I would fly in and surprise my Mother for Mothers Day. 
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 12 years ago

I didn't realize you had so much family here in Colorado.  I've lived in Colorado my entire life, not sick of it yet I guess!  What a great surprise that will be for your mom!!

Posted by Patricia Beck, Colorado Springs Realty (RE/MAX Properties, Inc., GRI, CDPE) over 12 years ago
Pets are family too and you have provided great tips and advice and even better, first hand experience.  Love the pictures of Rusty and Rosy.  I'm sorry they are gone but I know you must have many great memories.
Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) over 12 years ago
Donna, they are missed but we have new furry friends in our house now.  We now have two cats and a dog.  They have it really cushy since the kids have flown the coop. 
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 12 years ago

I moved last year with two cats and a dog. A dog was just fine, but cats were very stressed out. It took months for an older cat to adjust. 

Posted by Inna Ivchenko, Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA (Barcode Properties) about 4 years ago

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