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Thank you to our guest blogger, Bobbi Pack from MyMilitarySavings.com, as we approach PCS crunch time

Chewy and Autumn have been 4-legged Army Brats for 5 years now and are PCS experts.  OK, before you ask-Chewy and Autumn are our doggies and we can’t imagine life without them.  Many people think when you PCS you have to “give up” your pets, that’s not the case.  Before you make the decision to give up your 4-legged Army Brats there are a few things you need to know.  

 

First of all never panic or assume anything, odds are what you think may not be true.  Hit the internet and look up the military installation where your family is headed.  Read over the housing pet policy: # of pets allowed, specific breeds that are not allowed, immunization policy, etc. If you are in doubt call the housing office, they are always eager to assist.  Have your 4-legged kiddos micro-chipped, this will insure if they dig a hole under the fence the MP’s can return them safely.  

 

Second, have a heart-to-heart talk with your 4-legged Army Brats about car safety; this is a perfect opportunity to talk to your 2-legged ones too.  If they follow these simple rules it will minimize accidents:

 

1. Never stick your head out the window while the car is moving.

2. Never jump from one seat to another while the car is moving. 

3. Never ever distract the driver, this can cause an accident. 

4. Never yell or bark at the passing cars or people who walk by.

5. Sit quietly and wait for the driver or other adult to open the door for you. Never jump out of the car whether it’s in motion or parked.    

6. When told to sit in your assigned seats in the car do so and never talk back. 

7. Never use the floor or back seat as a “potty” area.  Wait until your driver stops for a potty break. 

 

Third, have an eating schedule planned out before you get on the road.  Feed your 4 legged Army Brats prior to leaving your location in the morning, and when the driver stops for lunch and dinner.  It is a good idea to have bottled water and a water bowl with you just in case there is no public water fountain where you stop.  Never ever pack your 4-legged kiddos food in the back of the car with them.  Odds are they will rip a hole in the bag and eat all the food in one gulp.  

 

Last but not least, planning and being informed is so important.  Rumors are not considered, “being informed” they are exactly what they are…rumors.  When in doubt ask there is no such thing as a “stupid” question when it comes to our family members.  Regardless if they have 4 legs or 2 these are our family members we are talking about and safety is always #1.  

 

So, don’t start thinking you have to “give up” your 4-legged Army Brats when you PCS, think about how you can make the trip more exciting with them! Remember, planning ahead is the key to a successful PCS!

 

For more information on PCSing with your 4 legged kiddos visit: http://ervc.amedd.army.mil/animalmedicine/PCSing.html

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Bobbi Pack is a contributing writer for MilitaryOneClick.  Bobbi has over ten years experience in marketing and broadcast as well as a BA from Ottawa University and an MSM from Baker University.  Bobbi has many years experience being a military spouse and loves to share her experiences, challenges and highlights with other military spouses.

Bobbi is the proud wife of Mike, an active duty Army Soldier and mother of two amazing Army Brats and two loving four-legged Army Brats.  Bobbi is currently stationed with her family in North Carolina and is loving every minute of it.  You can check out more of Bobbi’s blogs and military deals and discounts at http://www.mymilitarysavings.com/.

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