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[ad] Today I am dreaming...

I've been a bit MIA lately. Why you may ask? Well, because I've been half on the struggle bus and half working on a rather large project that I've had in draft mode for far too long. And I am SO excited about it. I literally woke up the other day and decided THAT was the day I'd get started on it and I've been hooked on it ever since. If you're a mom in Southern Maine, you won't want to miss this! So be sure to sign up for our email list via the link in my bio so you can be one of the first to know what's going on.
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I've been a bit MIA...

Well, it's officially the day Zack and I have been looking forward to for a couple of years now. While we've already unofficially been "moved on" from military life for a couple of months now, today it's official that Zack is no longer an Active Duty Marine and I am no longer a military spouse. The first big chapter of his adult life and our life together has officially ended. It's scary almost when you've been living with all the stability of a lifestyle for so long. A stable job, stable income, health benefits, a home. It's been a challenging couple of months as we get more settled here in Maine and figure out the next step for our little family. But I know we have so much to look forward to in the next year and it's refreshing to know we have the opportunity to start over. I am so proud of this guy and I can't wait to see what the next chapter of our life has in store for us. •
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Well, it's officially the day...

This mama is on the struggle bus today. This morning I spent over an hour searching for Allie's sippy cup of milk only to find it in the shower...where I looked 5+ times considering that's where she was playing while I got ready for the day. I then got the incorrect order from Dunkin and to make that even worse, it was pumpkin flavored...and if you know me, you know I cannot stand anything pumpkin flavored so I couldn't even suck it up and drink it (shoutout to @mwhited8195 for bringing me the correct drink order!). Nap time wasn't any better. A solid 40 minutes of crying before Allie finally went down...then she woke up 30 minutes later 🙄 And now I'm scrambling to get everything on my to-do list done so we can officially launch Blogmas tomorrow 😬 It's been a morning and I'm about ready for my own nap at this point. But at least it's Friday? 🤷🏻‍♀️😂
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It's yet another snow day here in Maine. The last winter I spent here was in 2015 and we maybe had three snow storms all winter. This year, we've had 3-5 just in the last couple of weeks 🙄 I'm already homesick for beautiful and warm North Carolina summers 😔 anyone else here who hates winter? If you need us, Allie and I will be curled up inside with some movies and a never-ending to-do list. #bloggerlife •
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It's yet another snow day...

Blogmas starts in T-5 days! I've been working so hard on producing awesome Blogmas content these past couple of months so I'm super excited to finally start sharing it with you all this weekend. Today on the blog I'm sharing a quick breakdown of Blogmas 2018, what you can look forward to on Mainely Keating, and 25 blog post ideas for those of you who want to participate in Blogmas as well! You can find the link to the full blog post in my bio! •
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Blogmas starts in T-5 days!...

How To Travel With Pets Without All The Stress

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How To Travel With Pets Without All The Stress

As the owner of a very stressed out puppy dog, the thought of taking our four-year-old German Shepard, Jack in the car instantly gives me anxiety. He’s the type of dog who will cry and pace all way from point A to point B no matter how far these two points are. Driving to Maine from North Carolina is miserable for everyone involved as he spends the entire time pacing the back seat and barking at everyone we pass (even when they’re in their own vehicles). Toll booths and drive thru’s? We have to skip those as much as possible because he’s scared of people (thank God he’s now in training!).

I love road trips, but taking him along for the ride just not my idea of fun. That’s why we always make sure we have all the necessary tools needed to keep him as happy and entertained as we possibly can throughout our trips. And with a 45+ hour road trip coming up in a couple months, it’s extra important to have a good system in place so that it’s stress-free for everyone.

How To Travel With Pets Without All The Stress | MainelyKeating.com

Pack The Toys

During longer road trips, packing the right toys is essential. We like to pack things like bones so that he constantly has something to gnaw on throughout the trip. With the bone he currently has, we’re able to put peanut butter on either end of it so that he’s distracted for a bit. Toys that allow you to put treats inside them are great as well! It keeps them happy and entertained so that you’re not constantly having to tell them to lay down or be quiet.

*For your own sanity, I do not recommend toys that squeak! Think ahead. Do you really want to listen to a squeaking toy for the entire trip?

Make Them Comfortable

Just like humans, dogs need to be comfortable when they’re in the car. Jack is pretty easy in this case. For some reason, he loves squeezing himself on the floor between the back seat and the front seats. We have a Jeep so I’ve tried to put down the back seats for him so that he has all that open space and he still tries to fit into that space. So I gave up there. We also have leather seats so, in the winter months, I try to keep a spare blanket in the car for him as well so that the seat isn’t too cold for him. If they’re comfortable, they’re more likely to sleep as opposed to spending the car ride crying and whining.

How To Travel With Pets Without All The Stress | MainelyKeating.com

Don’t Forget The Treats

Treats are a lifesaver sometimes. Jack isn’t a fan of people so toll booths and drive-thrus are a complete nightmare with him. My fingers are crossed that his training sessions help with this issue. Having treats on hand makes it a bit easier to distract him from these things so that we’re not all losing our minds every time we have to make a stop. It’s also a great way to reward him for his good behavior.

Take Breaks Regularly

The biggest thing for an anxious dog is to allow them to have the occasional break. Not just to go to the bathroom, but to get out of the car, stretch out and just relax for a bit without feeling so confined. This is the perfect time to feed them a great meal. We’ve been using Purina for a couple years now and Jack loves it! Recently we decided to try out the Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend and it was a hit! We just had a brand new PetSmart location open up in our area and they had tons of delicious flavors for our puppy dog. Jack tends to love the chicken and rice formula so that’s the one we went with.

Purina® Pro Plan® Savor allows us to take a moment to “paws” in the middle of our road trip and savor meal times. We only give Jack the best dog food and Purina® Pro Plan® is just that. The best. It contains high-quality ingredients including real meat, fish, or poultry and is 100% complete and balanced nutritionally for each of your pet’s stages of life. With the Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend formulas, your dog will have a combination of crunchy kibble and tender shredded pieces for a great mix of taste and texture. These formulas are carefully adjusted so that your dog is always getting the right about of nutrition they need to be happy and healthy. We always go with the dry dog food, but Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend is available in a variety of dry and wet foods as well as snacks and meal enhancements. These formulas are perfect for all dogs, including those picky eaters.

How To Travel With Pets Without All The Stress | MainelyKeating.comRoad trips are no longer as much of a hassle as they used to be and thanks to these tools and the Purina® Pro Plan®, Jack can have a great road trip every single time!

How do you keep your pets happy during a long road trip? Have you tried out the Purina® Pro Plan® Savor Shredded Blend yet?

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