Moving Mondays: Zara's New Home

My daughter gives one last hug to our dog Zara,
who will live in Georgia with my parents.

As I mentioned in a previous post, my dad, stepmom and sister are taking care of My Traveling Troop's dog Zara while we live overseas. Although figuring out how to book Zara a plane ticket to Georgia was a headache, I'm happy to report that Zara made it to the peach state safe and sound.

Luckily, I was also able to be in Georgia for a couple of days after my dog arrived -- plenty of time to help my dad, stepmom and sister learn how to take care of Zara and for my dog to get acquainted with her new caretakers and home. I can tell from all the tail wagging I witnessed that Zara loves her new abode, which comes with a huge back yard and plenty of parks nearby to run around in. More importantly, I saw how much attention my dad, stepmom and sister showered Zara with. And it warms my heart to know she is in good, loving hands.

That said, my husband, daughter and I miss her greatly. It feels weird to come home and not see Zara greeting us at the door, following us from room to room, or laying at the foot of our bed when we wake up in the morning. I know it won't be the same as seeing Zara in person, but I predict many Skype sessions and photo exchanges in our future.

Have you ever parted with your dog because of a move?

P.S. Stay tuned next Monday for a post about our experience booking a plane ticket for Zara, preparing her for the journey and picking her up from the airport in Atlanta.

* Do you want to know what it’s like living at a particular duty station? Need tips on how to prepare for a move? Or advice on how to handle a deployment? Tune in each Monday for tips and stories aimed at helping your next move or deployment go more smoothly. If you have questions, tips or stories you would like to share, send a brief email to mytravelingtroop@gmail.com for consideration.


  1. We too have left a dog behind when moving overseas. It is very difficult and you do miss them so much, but the freedom you'll have at your new location will be well worth the heartache. You'll be able to travel at the drop of a hat and not have to worry with boarding (in a foreign country, that can be very scary), or burdening a brand new friend with being the caretaker of your beloved pet. Your dog will thank you too, as the flights over are so brutal for them, not to mention the care, or lack of, that they receive in the baggage area of the airport. Good call, and you'll have no regrets in the long run!

  2. Hi Kristina! Thanks so much for stopping by Flying House! I'm so glad to meet you and wish you the best in your own adventures and hope to stay in touch! Best from Copenhagen!


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