Moving the Dog – A Photo Essay

It’s official. We’re homeless.

Or at least living off the kindness of relatives.

How did Honey cope with the big move?

First of all, we tried to squeeze a little fun into all the chaos. Before the move, we watched the Ithaca Festival Parade.

Honey the golden retriever at the Ithaca Festival parade.

You’re not doing this for me, are you? I couldn’t possibly find anything in a parade interesting.

Honey the golden retriever sees something interesting at the Ithaca Festival parade.

Wait a minute. What’s that?

Honey the golden retriever looks at a golden retriever rescue.

Yep, that’s definitely interesting. If things keep being so crazy I might be looking for a new home.

Of course, it wasn’t all fun.

We still had stuff to get rid of and things to pack.

Honey the golden retriever lies on the floor.

What? You couldn’t even leave my bed out? I can’t believe I’m sleeping on a cold, hard floor.

But finally the big day arrived. Time to pack our last bit of stuff into the compact car we rented and hit the road.

A look at the tightly packed car.

Great packing job, Mike. Did you leave room for Honey?

Honey the golden retriever isn't happy in the packed car.

Honey: Do you think you could have made it any tighter for me back here?
Bear: What are you complaining about? I’m going to be wedged in somewhere to keep boxes from falling on your head.

But once we got on the road, Honey settled in just fine.

Honey the golden retriever rides in the car.

Are we there yet?

To prove she made it safe and sound, here’s Honey relaxing at a restaurant in our new, temporary home in Maryland.

Honey the golden retriever waits for a snack at a restaurant.

Well I’m glad you found my bed in time for lunch. I’d hate to be lying on the cold ground while I waited for a little smackeral of something.

We have all kinds of things we want to share. But we still have a boat to buy. Hope we’ll be posting soon from our new, floating home.

Your Turn: Any advice for making the most of a temporary home? Or do you know anyone selling an affordable, safe, bluewater boat?

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  1. Martine says:

    Duster, Zach and I are sending good boat vibes your way. May you see your ship on the horizon soon!

  2. Melissa says:

    Cooper, Bailey and I are sending you love and hope that you find the perfect floating home. While you are in Maryland you can finally get some good crab! We miss you and hope to see u in the not so distant future.

    • Thanks, Melissa. We miss you all too.

      As for crab–when I was in New York I couldn’t get it. Now I’m in Maryland and I can’t afford. it. :)

  3. Good luck to you. The in between stage has to be the worst.

    • You certainly know that.

      We’re lucky we landed with my sister who is making things much easier than they could be.

      Now if only I could stop shaking with fear. :)

  4. The adventure begins! Good luck….

  5. The girls and I send you love, kisses, and hugs to keep you “warm and cozy” while living with relatives. Hope you find your new floating home, soon!! The actual in-between stage – like Emma said – is the most challenging.

  6. I hope you find the perfect home soon. Anchors away!

  7. Looks like your adventure is starting out nicely! We can’t wait to see you new home!

  8. We can’t wait for our vicarious water adventures. Are you sure you wouldn’t rather have them on a yacht or houseboat?

    • Are you offering us a gorgeous yacht or houseboat? Because I wouldn’t turn down any gift from a friend. :)

      I thought that maybe after an afternoon of cocktails on board with your friends you might be getting ready to give up your car. [grin]

  9. Almost there! Can’t wait to see pictures of your new home!

    • Neither can we, Taryn. :)

      Affordable, safe, comfortable, and in-good-condition sailboats don’t grow on trees.

  10. Congratulations! So exciting to see you all on your way. I can’t wait for the next update!

    • Yep, hopefully it will be more exciting than “We called another boat owner and found out he forgot to de-list his boat after selling it.” :)

  11. Wow! You are already in Maryland? OMG Pamela. It is really happening now!
    I admit I am kind of sad. I feel like I am losing a friend. Hopefully, you will take us on your adventure with you. I really do want to stay in touch.

    Honey looks to be doing well now that she has her bed back. Please share your boat pics with us when you get it. Good luck!

  12. If I know you, Honey’s comfort will be a top priority for you. Safe journey Pamela and don’t forget about us. :-)

  13. The photo with Honey and Bear is hilarious!! Have you had any luck with the search for your new home?

  14. Congrat’s I love the photo of Mike behind the wheel with his hat cocked ever so slightly to the side. It’s as if he’s “done” and could care less LOL Awwhhh, the joys of moving. How long will you be in MD?

    • Well, that depends on when we find a boat. We’re currently considering one in Florida. And I’m making up a list of other boats to see.

      Any idea how much longer you’re in VA?

  15. Pamela, I hope you, Mike, and Honey have a safe journey. Best part? No more snow!!!

  16. You are amazing, you’re Really Doing It! I know you know but it gives me goose bumps to witness. And you give me courage for my own (little-er) journey.

  17. We’re thinking of you and hoping you find your boat soon! Honey looks like she is doing OK with all of the changes…hope you are hanging in there too. :)

  18. Edie Chase says:

    Good luck. I hope you find the right boat quickly.

  19. Wow, scary/exciting times! I’m getting a little adrenalin buzz just thinking about how far you’ve come and all the adventures you’ve got ahead of you. Fingers crossed that you find the perfect boat soon and bravo for being so brave as to follow your dreams. Having had wonderful friends stay with me for a weekend that turned in to 6 weeks last year my advice for temporary accommodation is to keep smiling and tell yourself it’s not forever :)