Why am I moving with dogs?!?

Earlier this year, I completed a certification in Shelter Management and started to virtually hit the pavement with my resume and cover letters.  While I was open to moving, I knew that leaving Colorado would require a really incredible opportunity. It would have to be something really special to get me to commit to an interstate move (one of the top five most stressful things EVER!) and even more special since it would require the added chaos   especially since it would mean moving with dogs! I am beyond excited to share that I have accepted the Vice President of Operations position at Wayside Waifs in Grandview, Missouri!

Tips for how to make moving with dogs as stress free as possible

The original 1944 Wayside Waifs logo

Wayside Waifs is a charitable animal shelter whose purpose is to place adoptable companion animals in responsible homes. Started in 1944, the organization provides temporary shelter for homeless companion animals, educates the public and works to develop partnerships, collaborations and strategic alliances to improve animal welfare efforts locally, regionally and nationally. My new position oversees adoptions (and yes, this is when I become the biggest enabler EVER! 😉 ), pet memorial services, the Bark Park, the retail area and more! 

Tips for how to make moving with dogs as stress free as possible
Tips for how to make moving with dogs as stress free as possible

So, after 26 years in Colorado, I am packing up my crew and two decades of my life and heading to Kansas City! Like right now!

My dogs see any packing as a sure sign of the apocalypse! Five stress-reducing moving tips. Click To Tweet

Stress reducing tips for moving with dogs

This all happened so fast that my head is still spinning. It was literally a matter of weeks between when I submitted my application and when I had to be in Kansas City. Sorting through and packing up 26 years of my life and all the dog related paraphernalia was no easy task and the dogs proved, once again, that their lack of opposable thumbs means they could not assist with packing and preparations.  #MYDOGSARESLACKERS

Tips for how to make moving with dogs as stress free as possible

Because my dogs see packing of any kind, even lunch, as a sure sign of the apocalypse, I tried really hard to reduce their stress as much as possible. I left packing the bedroom until the very end so that they always had a safe, uncluttered space to rest and I used the garage and a spare room to place packed boxes and suitcases in an effort to reduce anxiety.


Stress Reducing Moving Tips

Because my dogs see packing of any kind as a sure sign of the apocalypse, here are are my top tips for making the move as stress free as possible.


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What other moving stress reduction tips do you have when moving with pets? (Note: Wine and chocolate are TOTALLY acceptable human stress-reducers) If you have cats, what are some cat-specific moving  stress reduction tips you’d like to share?

By |2017-09-10T13:58:35+00:00September 10th, 2017|Daily Dog Life, Healthy Living, natural products, Travel with Dogs|20 Comments

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Alison Reder


  1. Denise September 10, 2017 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved furry family member Zora 💔 I’m so happy for your exciting new position and look forward to hearing even more about it! These moving tips are all terrific. I’m lucky Harley and Shasta were good movers since I know now I did it all wrong…

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 1:17 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the sweet thoughts about Zora. I know that you understand the loss all too well. Thanks also for the good wishes on the new job. It’s really exciting!

  2. Liz Suneby September 11, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Alison, Sorry to hear about Zora. At the same time, congrats on your wonderful new chapter. Wishing you all the best and that we see you when you are back visiting your parents.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Liz. It has definitely been a challenging month. I’m thrilled to have started at Wayside! I will look forward to seeing you the next time we’re in town.

  3. Elizabeth Keene September 11, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    We’ve used doggie daycare for our moves (including one of the cats). It was SO much easier to bring the dog/cat in after the chaos. You did so well moving with your crew so quickly!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks! The move was definitely a major sprint. We are finally starting to feel a little settled. Still so much to do at the house and the dogs are needing some more decompression time. The new fully fenced in yard has been a BIG hit! 🙂

  4. Cathy Armato September 12, 2017 at 8:10 am - Reply

    First of all, I’m so sorry about Zora. That is really sad. I lost my beloved cat Mousey in the midst of a move years ago. Secondly, congratulations on your new position! I know you’ll be a great asset to the shelter, they are lucky to have you. Moving with pets can be so stressful. The best decision we made was to move our pets out into the new house before totally clearing out the old house and listing it for sale. They would not have done well being in the house while strangers came in & out to see it. Doggie Day Camp is also a great option. Best of luck in the new job!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much. I am so sorry to hear about Mousey. That must have been awful! Thanks for the good wishes on the new job. I am so excited to be here and to be getting started at Wayside. I love my team and my colleagues and am really enjoying all that KCMO has to offer. Can’t wait to give some tours during the 2018 BlogPaws! 😉

  5. Connie - Tails from the Foster Kittens September 12, 2017 at 9:39 am - Reply

    I am about to move with my six cats, I’m not looking forward to it in the least because they are already showing signs of stress with the small amount of packing we have done

    Wayside is a beautiful shelter. Congratulations on the job.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Connie! I am loving Wayside so far and am really enjoying getting to explore KCMO. Packing is so stressful on pets! Did you see the tip from another reader (Kristin from the Daily Pip)? She recommends getting cats into their carries well in advance of the arrival of the movers on moving day so that no one can get out by accident during the chaos of the move. All the best on your upcoming move!

  6. Amanda Yantos September 12, 2017 at 11:07 am - Reply

    I am SO happy for you, but I am also incredibly sorry for your loss of Zora. I’ll be praying for you and look forward to updates.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 1:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you on all counts! Hugs to you! 🙂

  7. Beth September 12, 2017 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Sophie gets anxious when we pack for a vacation, I imagine she’d be super nervous if we were moving! Although I don’t plan on moving anytime soon, it is always good to have the tips in case I need them!

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 1:03 pm - Reply

      Moving is so stressful on everyone! I can’t believe they haven’t invented a transporter a la Star Trek yet! 😉

  8. The Daily Pip September 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I’m still in awe that you made this move. 26 years in one place is a long time. We have made a couple of short distance moves with our current crew but only in the Chicago area and not half way across the country.

    My biggest tip for cats is to get them in carriers long before the movers arrive and to keep them in carriers while you are in the car actually moving. They can be such escape artists and I have heard way too many sad stories of cats getting lost during the moving process.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      It still feels a little surreal. I can’t believe how quickly we made the move. It’s crazy! Great tip on getting cats in carriers before the movers arrive so they don’t have the opportunity to get out or to find a hiding place where they might get lost.

  9. smdipu September 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    Wayside Waifs is the best animal pet care center in Kansas City. Obviously I like mostly wayside waifs animal shelter. Thank you Alison Reder for sharing these.

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 1:00 pm - Reply

      I agree! I am enjoying getting to know the organization and my new community of animal welfare colleagues. Glad you found the tips helpful.

  10. Alica September 15, 2017 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    Hi Alison
    Good Tips you share with us, Thank you

    • Alison Reder
      Alison Reder September 17, 2017 at 12:59 pm - Reply

      Thanks! Glad you found them to be helpful!

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