Saturday, December 24, 2011

New(ton) Beginning

You may (or may not) have noticed that the tagline for the blog has changed.  That's because Maisie and I no longer live in the Windy City!  We survived the loooong trip from Chicago to Boston thanks to my friend Curtis, who served as our designated driver for all 18 hours (through six states and numerous blinding rainstorms).

I still have a few boxes left, but all the major tasks are done.  The first thing I did was set up Maisie's crate area in the kitchen, initially to keep her out of the way of the movers.

Curtis also helped me unpack, tackling the kitchen and even organizing an entire cabinet of Maisie's stuff.

Maisie is kind of confused and nervous but has found some good napping spots to help take the edge off.  The couch is still one of her favorite places, and I now can check on her from the dining room on the second floor.
can you find the snoozing pup in this picture?  

The dog bed remains another preferred sleeping location, of course.

Maisie also enjoys lounging on the (hideously patterned) big angled stair between the first and second floors.

As well as the same location on the staircase up to the third floor (thankfully with less offensive carpeting).

It also doesn't hurt that Maisie has her very own backyard at the new house!  While it isn't large enough for her to really run around, she still managed to have a mini-pit fit zoomies session out there yesterday morning.  I confess, I have not taken her for a walk on leash since we got I'm loving the yard as well!

But since this is Maisie we're talking about, it's no surprise that not everything has gone smoothly. When the Verizon technician arrived yesterday to set up my services, Maisie lunged at him and had to be put into the crate where she immediately began to cry.  I set up a baby gate in the kitchen doorway, thinking that would give her more room to roam and therefore calm her down.  No such luck.  The installation appointment ended up taking four hours and Maisie was completely freaking out the whole time.  She may appear to be smiling in this picture, but in fact she was a panting, drooling, shaking, whining mess of a dog.

We have Maisie's new daycare meet and greet/interview today and I sure hope she makes a better first impression there than she did with the cable guy.  Fingers crossed!  In the meantime, I am attempting to just go with the flow, per the fortune cookie I received last night with my Chinese food delivery.

Happy holidays, everyone!!!

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Anonymous said...

Congratulations and much happiness in your new home.

Two Grad Students and a Pittie said...

Happy Holidays and congrats, were rooting for you!

K-Koira said...

Glad you got through the move, good luck settling in.

sprinkles said...

I remember when I first moved into this house and how much my then dog and cat freaked out. So I know full well what poor Maisie's going through. I'm glad that she's adjusting and hope that she only continues to do so.

Merry Christmas from me and the chi's!

Bren Lee said...

Congratulations on your move! What an adventure this may be for both of you. I'm sure Maisie will adjust. Poor lil baby. Hope that you are both settled enough to have Happy Holidays!


Unknown said...

Congratulations on the move! The yard looks beautiful!I bet that Maisie is going to love it. and since she is comfortable enough to sleep all over the place, then thats a good sign of successful adjusting to new surroundings!! :)
Happy Holidays from your new friends, Kimberley and Tripp

Dachshund Nola said...

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Dachshund Nola

Of Pit Bulls and Patience said...

Welcome! I'm sure Maisie just needs her new routine to start up and she'll feel more secure. Happy holidays!

Anonymous said...

Awww...poor Maisie girl! So glad you made it safely! Can't wait to hear more about your new Bostonian adventures!

steelcityfox said...

Congrats on your new home!! And yay for landing in Newton, which is just a T-ride away from all the fun to be had in Boston/Cambridge. I was thinking of you and Maisie (and this blog post: lol), and I am glad you got settled in. She will adjust, and I bet that back yard will help her feel quite at home. :)

Poodles to Pit Bulls Clicker Training said...

The new house looks just gorgeous - so jealous!!! If the daycare is basing her acceptance on the initial interview, you may want to wait a few days (if you can) before taking her there so she has time to relax - this is such a big change for and she's already stressed.

A Confessed Pit Bull Addict said...

Congratulations! I'm sure when you both settle into a routine she'll be able to let go of some of her anxieties. Paws crossed!

Jaime said...

Congrats on the move. Love Boston!! I'm sure Maisie will settle in soon.