Moving is hard. Mentally.
#21
The head rub is making her melt. It looks like the move is already showing positive results for her. Happy for you both.
Linda

One Border Collie Is Never Enough

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#22
Glad all is going well so far. Sounds like Ember is having some fun and busy days and is completely enjoying it!
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#23
It's been great for her. For me, not so much. I'm really unsettled by not having hardly any of my own personal things available. It's like moving into a hotel and throwing everything into storage.

Ember is loving it. She's so "normal". I love to see her thrive, and she's loving my parents too. And she is starting to think she is entitled to everything I do/own lol.
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
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#24
The change in her in just under the year I've been a member here is remarkable. She looks a different dog - and I mean she's physically changed. She's lost that slightly nervy, on edge look and has filled out slightly (she looks lean and healthy). She looks happy & relaxed! You've done such an awesome job with and for her Big Grin Perhaps these next few weeks until you're in your own place its your turn to learn from her and try and go with the flow Wink Seriously though hope you're in and settled very soon.
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#25
Glad Ember is doing so well with all the change Smile I had to move into my parents house for 1 month between apartments a few years back so I know exactly how you feel! We had a total of FIVE cats (3 of my parents, 2 of mine) and a dog under the same roof.
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#26
2 cats, 1 dog, and 3 humans in a 800 sq ft space! No room at all lol. Thanks guys Smile

This weekend is Daniel's wedding so heading back to the old city overnight.

We are now 90% sure we are staying in this apartment. It's 2 miles or so from my parent's new house, so we can visit basically daily for some yard time. All the houses that are popping up here that I can afford are in such iffy neighborhoods that I just don't feel safe in. I'm giving it another week or 2 of searching. This little complex is very nice, very well maintained, and we know it well.
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
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#27
Sounds like a great plan specially if you and Ember feel safe and comfortable. The space is small and its tough but doable Our lil house is about that size and its me and Peg and the 2 dogs so we know it can get crowded at times.
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#28
Update:

We are back to square 1 on walks. Ember is super hyper-vigilant, worried about everything that moves - and oh the squirrels and birds to chase! Clearly we have some sensory overload going on, but I'm not sure exactly how to fix it beyond time. It took her a year and a half to not be so uptight and nervy walking around our old complex - at this point, I'm only hoping that she warms up quicker this time. We will see.

Part of it is that her whole WORLD is in turmoil. Things are constantly moving/changing. No one sits still, there is no schedule (in spite of my persistence to have one - having your parents as your room mates is incredibly difficult!). My stuff is coming in, theirs is going out, half my stuff is still in storage.

There was one very interesting observation made. When I first got Ember, she couldn't handle change in a room, the energy exerted to make that change, nor anything new on the floor. That was almost completely gone before we moved. However, in the past week that insecurity resurfaced pretty strongly.

Getting my couch and bed back made an interesting difference tho - all of a sudden, I had THIS dog instead of the nervy/darting one:

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I think we are all starting to feel just a little more at home, and it's helping. I just can't wait for life to be normal again!

Anybody want a pair of parents? I'm in the market of selling.... >_>
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Gotcha Day: November 14, 2015
Vet-Listed Birthday: May 2, 2014
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#29
Glad she settled when you got the couch out. She may be nervy and uptight now like when you got her but this time she has trust in you so I think it will take much quicker for her to settle this time. You've got this! You just need to hang in there a little while longer.
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#30
I agree with LB, this time you are starting from a very different place and I think she will get back on track pretty quickly once you have your home to yourself. I am not at all surprised that the couch and bed made such a difference. Few things could smell more like home to her than these items.
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