So we have been thinking about moving house…yes, again!
This will be Zoey’s third house move with us (fourth / fifth in her life) and Kasper’s sixth with us (seventh in his life). Kasper is a pro at moving; he isn’t at all stressed by the packing process, he settles quickly into a new house, and he doesn’t freak out thinking we are abandoning him, which he did the first time we moved.
Zoey really surprised us with how great she did at moving. We did all the packing whilst Zoey was in her crate, so she was unaffected by that (and the process of packing everything up was what freaked Kasper out during his first move).
Surprisingly Zoey also did great with the hour and a half car journey when we moved area (which was amazing considering she’d only been on a few 15 minute car rides as a puppy previously!) and has done great with all the shorter car rides since. She does take longer to settle in a new house, and can be noisy the first few nights, but nothing too stressful for her or us! 🙂
We have a great house here, it’s nice and spacious and probably the nicest house we’ve ever lived in…so why move after only staying here for six months? Well, it’s a 30 minute walk to the bus / train station, and a 40 minute walk to the shop…there’s no shop in the village, and then we have to walk all the way back!! We thought we’d be able to manage it, but with all the extra dog walks we do too…zzzzzzz!
There are several things we are looking for with the next house:
- Be close enough to a train station / have a good transport system
- Have at least two good dog walks nearby that will work for us
- Be closer to our vets / a new vet
- Be within easy walking distance of at least one local shop!
- Have a shower (the last three places we’ve rented haven’t had a shower, I’ve missed it so much!)
- Have an enclosed garden (this would be ideal for the dogs, but we’ve already proven we can manage without)
We viewed a house today, and whilst it was a gorgeous house (and checked all but one box!) I don’t know if there are any decent dog walks nearby. I’ve been searching everywhere on google maps, and we walked around the village today, but could only find one. I did find some public footpaths listed, so we’re going to check those out tomorrow…
Here’s some photos from one of the walks we would have near us if we took that house; we recently checked it out with Zoey 🙂
I was a little worried Zoey would be concerned about crossing the narrow bridge, she hasn’t since she was a young puppy, but she tackled it with confidence
The path eventually leads to the beach, although it’s all grass, there’s no actual beach / sandy area there!
It’s still a lovely walk and took us two hours to complete, although that was from our current house. You can see the Crag / mountain in the background of the next photo that we walk the pups up too!
And I have to include this sunset shot 😉
So yes, that’s where we’re at…to move, or not to move?!
On the one hand the dogs are probably happier without moving; they’re very settled at this house, and the walks are probably better here (although this depends on the area, and hopefully if we *did* move there wouldn’t be so many aggressive dogs about…) – on the other hand, life would be a lot easier for us if we moved…Hmmm.