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Making a PCS Move With Your Pets

April 20, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, PCS Move, Pets No Comments →

It’s getting close to that time for those who are expecting PCS orders this summer to start finding out where their next assignment will be. It’s an exciting time and it’s a stressful time!


Some of you will be making a PCS move with your pet which can be stressful!

If you staying in the States and driving to your next assignment, then you will need to make sure that the pets will be okay in the car. Plan on making sure that food and water are available during the trip. You might consider giving them food and water when you stop for a break. For cats, you will need to make sure that their is litter box available for them. Plan on stopping a little more often to take dogs for a potty break. Cats may do better in a cage because they usually feel a little more comfortable in a more structured setting instead of letting them wonder around the car. Plus if you don’t put your cat in a cage, when you stop you will have to make sure that they don’t make a dash for freedom when you open the door.

If you are moving overseas, then you need to contact the veterinarian office at your next base for shots and quarantine information. Plus, you need to plan on paying to fly your pet. You can only claim quarantine costs for your pets. You will not be reimbursed for travel costs associated with your pets. Small animals like a cat or very small dog should be able to fly in the cabin with you, but you will still have to pay a fee. If the pets are going in the cargo hold, then airlines will only fly them when the weather will not be hot! This can be difficult if you have them fly during the summer months, but each airline will have its own rules. Immunizations and blood tests for your pets must be done on a specific timeline and are specific to where you are going, so check early with your base veterinarian for the requirements. You will find out your base veterinarian can be your best resource when preparing to move with your pet.

MilitaryByOwner staff writer Jen McDonald wrote an article about moving with your pet “Prepare Now to PCS with Pets this Summer” that you will find useful.

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Moving Tips You May Not Have Thought About

March 24, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, Military Spouse, PCS Move, Pets No Comments →

Moving Tips

Moving Tips

The PCS moving season is almost upon us. For many of you in the MacDill AFB area this means getting prepared for the big move. Many of you probably already have a PCS To-Do List and use this as a guide to get you organized. It is easy to get caught up in the packing and organizing and forget about the little things. Here is a list of moving tips you may not have thought of:

  • Fill out a change of address. If you do not have a new address, then secure a mailbox at the post office or send to a relative or friend. You will want to turn this in a few weeks before the move.
  • Notify your utility services a few weeks prior to your move and secure those services at your new home.
  • Pre-order new checks with your new address.
  • Make a plan to get rid of flammable items. My family seems to always forget this step and then we are trying to hunt down a disposal site at the last minute.
  • Transfer your kids’ school records. This is so much easier if you do it while school is still in session and you can do it face to face.
  • Transfer or get copies of medical records and do not forget about your pet’s veterinary records. ( You should have these items in your luggage while traveling)
  • Make a plan of what you are going to have with you traveling. You should have all important papers, birth certificates, pass ports etc.. with you. Know how you are going to transport them and make sure you save room in the car or luggage for these items.

These are just a few tips that you may not have thought of during  your preparation. You do not want to be getting ready to drive out of town and realize you forgot Fluffy’s records! Do you have a tip to add? Please share it with us in the comment section below.

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MacDill Happenings Rainy Day Recap

February 28, 2015 By: Laura Category: Military Life, Military Spouse, PCS Move, Pets, Travel No Comments →

Rainy Day Recap

Rainy Day Recap

On this rainy Saturday I thought I would do a MacDill Happenings recap of some articles that have to do with PCS moving. I have noticed on social media a lot of people have started to get their orders and are making plans to head out to their new military installations. Enjoy these articles and get a head start on planning your PCS move. Here is your rainy Saturday MacDill Happenings recap:

Getting organized for your  move is usually the first step so take a look at these great articles on getting organized:

Once you get organized you may need to start looking at ways to sell or rent out your present home or purchase or rent a new home here are some great article to get started in that direction:

And finally some articles to help you reduce stress during your PCS move:

Besides these above article the resource page of MilitaryByOwner is full of great advice on these subject. Did you know if you go to the bottom of the home page of MilitaryByOwner and click on the state and base you will be transferring you can find information about the base and housing in that area.

Hopefully these articles will make this PCS season a little less stressful. I would love to hear where everyone is headed to on their next adventure so please leave a comment below. Also, please share what information you would find helpful when making a PCS move?

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Halloween Safety Tips to Keep Your Ghouls and Goblins Safe

October 28, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Pets, Self Improvement No Comments →


This Friday October 31st is Halloween.  Halloween on a Friday night along with the great Tampa Bay weather expected should make this a fun night! But along with this fun can come some things to look out for. Trick-or-Treating normally starts at sundown and ends around 9pm. If your live on MacDill AFB you can enjoy Pumpkin Patrol Trick or Treating in base housing from 6pm until 8pm.

Whether you are Trick-or-Treating on MacDill AFB or in one of the large neighborhood like Fishhawk, Panther Trace or Waterset you will want to be careful.  Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Wear bright reflective clothing. You want drivers to see you in the dark. Bring a flash light.
  • Trick or Treat in groups and stay together. If your children are older and going alone remind them to use the buddy system and stay with their group.
  • Never enter the home of a stranger or accept a ride from a stranger.
  • Parents should check all candy before allowing their little ghosts eat any.
  • Keep your porch light to let trick-or-treaters know you are passing out candy and to allow them ample light to get to the door way.
  • Be cautious when using candles, a better substitute would be battery or solar powered candles.
  • Keep your pets safe by keeping them on a leash or in bedroom etc…
  • Make sure costumes are well fitted and are fire retardant. Also make sure masks are not blocking the wearer’s vision.
  • Be cautious when driving, look out for those little mummies crossing the road.
  • With Halloween being on Friday I would imagine a few more parties will be taking place. Please drink responsibly and if you are driving be cautious of drunk drivers on the road.

By using these tips Halloween should be a safe and fun evening.

Share with us what you and your little monsters are dressing up as this year. I imagine their will be lots of Elsa’s out there!!

Trick or Treating can be a great excuse to check out a new neighborhood you may interested in moving to. Check out all of these great listings. Use the advanced search feature to see what is available in a specific neighborhood.

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Things to Do in Tampa Bay

October 16, 2014 By: Laura Category: Concerts, Events, Pets No Comments →

vacation tips courtesyofcenyt

The weather has started to cool down and it looks like there is no rain in the forecast.  Looks like a great time to get and see the sights and event in Tampa Bay!

  • The Clearwater Jazz Festival starts today and runs through the weekend.  This is one of the biggest Jazz events in the country with some of the biggest names in music.
  • On Friday,  the Humane Society of Tampa Bay is having a Pumpkin Patch for Dogs. You can bring your pets for photos among pumpkins, gourds and Halloween decorations.  It’s free.  You only pay for the cost of pumpkin if you want to take one home.  Proceeds from the pumpkin sales support homeless pets.
  • Hyde Park Village in south Tampa has a pumpkin patch that open all week at various times.
  • On Friday, Tampa Theatre starts its 15 nights of fright during as part of their A Nightmare on Franklin Street Series with a showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • On Friday night and Saturday afternoon, Collective Soles in New Tampa will present their first mixed repertory concert of the 2014-2015 season titled, Unmasked, to celebrate the Halloween season.
  • On Saturday, take a ride on the streetcars during the TECO Streetcar Fest with rides only costing a quarter from 10am to 1:30pm.
  • On Sunday, the Tampa Bay History Museum will host “A Night at the Museum: Family Trick or Treat” from 4pm to 7pm.
  • On Sunday evening at 7pm, River Tower Park in Seminole Heights will be the location of the Florida Orchestra’s Pops in the Park. It’s free, so bring some chairs and dinner and enjoy the music.

Hope you enjoy the weekend! Share with us any fun events you are hosting this weekend.

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