In 2019 I made a decision that would not only drastically change my life, but that of my dog, Zeus. By late 2020, I would be leaving my hometown and move to Colorado. I had grown up in Woodbridge, Virginia my entire life and a change of scenery was long overdue. Although I had grown tired of my childhood town, I knew the same might not be true for Zeus as he was used to having my family and friends around, he had his routine and seemed to be loving life. Knowing this fact, I needed to do everything I could to ensure Zeus’ transition to Denver wasn’t a negative experience.
First and foremost was to find a living situation that would allow him to thrive; a dog-friendly complex, a patio to lay out in the sun, and trails and parks nearby for exercise. I found a dog-friendly apartment complex with big patios and a multi-mile trail right off the complex. All of these features allow me to keep Zeus happy and healthy with the proper exercise, socializing, and leisure time. We’ve met people and dogs at the dog park and while walking around the complex, making some new friends along the way.
Secondly, I made sure to give Zeus extra attention and time shortly after we moved to prevent him feeling isolated or alienated in a new environment. Luckily, I am in a position to work from home, which has allowed me to be around Zeus and provide that familiarity and comfort to him. As Zeus was used to two other people at home, I have to make up for those lost interactions. And sometimes laying on the couch watching tv or taking a nap is the best way to bond, not everything has to be high energy or high effort, just be present.
I’m almost two months into living in Denver and the transition continues for me and Zeus. We both have plenty of new places, new people, and new dogs to meet in the new city we call home.