I Love LA! – A Samoyed in SoCal

Sacha’s Diary – November 20, 2016

It's 75 degrees in November!

It’s 75 degrees in November!

Dear Diary,

Sorry for such a long delay between diary entries, but I have been settling into my new digs in Los Angeles! I am now a Samoyed in SoCal and I’m loving every minute of it!

It’s certainly been a whirlwind for me. It was just a couple of weeks ago, after the Cubs won the World Series of course, that my parents and I climbed into the SUV one Chicago morning and headed out west.

After more than 30 hours of driving, and a stop at The Grand Canyon, we ended up in our new home here in LA. We’re in a big condo complex right off of something called the 101, whatever that is. But so far I like this place a lot. There’s plenty of space for me to walk around safely. And there appears to be lots of other dogs in this complex. There’s even another dog here named Sasha! Who knew?! I thought I was the only one! Although as you can see, she does spell her name a bit weird. 😉

Tips to Acclimate Your Dog to the New Digs

One thing that my parents have done a really good job of is making me feel right at home. I’ve been so confused these last couple of weeks. Staying in unfamiliar motel rooms in these strange areas I’ve never seen before. It’s stressful! Yes, we, your fury friends, do feel stress at times, so it’s important to be aware of that. Here are a few things my parents did to help reduce my stress and make me feel very comfortable in our new west coast home.

Give Your Dog His Favorite Toy

Tennis balls! My favorite!

Tennis balls! My favorite!

As soon as we arrived here in Hollywood, my parents made sure I was very comfortable. They started by giving me my favorite toy, which is as you know, are tennis balls! I just love these green fuzzy things, (CLICK HERE and scroll to the bottom to see my favorite brand of tennis balls!) and this place where we live has tennis courts on site. I’ll bet I may be able to snag few stray balls every now and then. 🙂

Spending Time with the Fur Baby

The next thing mommy and daddy did to acclimate me is to spend lots of time with me. They both work out of the house these days which is nice for me. So they’ve been here with me for most hours during the day, and that’s a big help!

Plus, I noticed they’ve done a lot of grocery shopping lately and even ordered in some food so they wouldn’t have to leave me and go out to dinner.  Which is good, because I still get a little stressed when they leave. And it also give me a chance to put on my happy face and beg for table scraps! 😉

Make Your Surroundings Familiar

The final tip I’ll leave you with today is to make things as familiar as possible for your pooch. So before leaving Chicago my parents bought me a big bag of the Fromm dog food that I love so much as is so good for me! This is great, because keeping my diet the same reduces my stress levels. They also brought my favorite dog food and water bowls with me from Chicago, which I like.

Next, mommy quickly went to work doing things like hanging up some favorite photos from home. Including photos and personal things from my brother Ramius and sister Zoya who, as you know, are no longer with us. In Chicago, I love to sit in front of a floor fan, so my parents also got one of those just for me too.  They’re so thoughtful! 🙂

So after all of that, all of a sudden I found myself to get acclimated pretty quickly into my new LA digs!

Becoming an LA Puppy

I’m not sure when we’ll be going back to Chicago, but I think it may be awhile. I do miss my home, but that’s to be expected. Still, I think I’m going to like things out here in Los Angeles.

It’s sure a lot warmer here than it is in Chicago. And while as a Samoyed, I prefer cold weather, I’m feeling pretty comfortable here. It’s never too hot during the day and it cools down a lot at night. Plus, you know, I got my fan.

And it’s really sunny and pretty here. In Chicago in November, it’s gets so dark and gloomy and it can get a little depressing at times. Here it’s really light out and it NEVER rains, I mean never! Plus, there are so many pretty hills to climb right outside of my back door. I think I can dig this Hollywood lifestyle.

Well I think that’s all for now. If you’ve every moved your pooch across country and would like to share your experience, or if you have a question about my journey, please be sure to leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

Until next time Mr. Diary!!

-S

P.S. As a reminder, all posts signed off as “-S” are written by Sacha himself.

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