Oh, Tre, I so sympathize with your situation. We moved in 2017 after almost 13 years in the same place. We knew we would be moving 4 months before the actual loading up and going, and it took every bit of those 4 months to lessen our belongings that were overcrowding an 1,800 sq ft house so we could fit in our new 1,300 sq ft home. Exhausting is too weak of a word for the bone-and-brain tiring job of relocating.

Jernee will be fine after she sniffs around your new place and sees all that is familiar to her being homed there.

We moved a 15-year-old and a 13-year-old dog, a 5-year-old cat, and two guinea pigs! Actually, the guinea pigs were the most stressed even though they never left their portable homes as they were transported from place to place. The cat took a few days to grow accustomed to his new kingdom. But, the old dogs thought it was a great adventure! They only seemed unsettled at night. Darkness and newness are bad companions. Rather than their usual sleeping beds in the living room, we placed the oversized pillows near our bed where my husband and I could easily pet and reassure a fur-covered head. They slept peacefully. After a few days, they willingly returned to the living room, no longer worried about unknown shadows in the dark.

I don’t know how far you are moving or how great the adjustment will be, but you and Jernee will be explorers like Lewis and Clark, letting go of the familiar and embracing the unknown.

You both got this!

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