Change in living arrangements...advice welcome

Hi all,
I don't blog much but will likely start doing it more now that I am single again. My boyfriend and I have decided to part ways as we don't want the same thing right now. Unfortunately this means I need to find a new place to live. I want to stay in the DC area but the only area I can really afford that is part country/part city is Frederick, MD. I tried looking for a townhouse but my price range means there is not a lot available that allows pets. I still have hope but might have to consider an apartment complex and wanted to get advice from other corgi owners who live in apartments. Would it be better to have a garden level apartment (less steps but someone above us) or a top floor (more steps but no one making noise above).

Also is there anything I need to make sure i do for Monty during the move and introduction to the new place?

If anyone lives in Frederick feel free to let me know of any fun dog activities in the area or tips on where to live.

This is a hard time for me but thankfully I have my Monty. He brings sunshine to my morning and knows just when to snuggle to make me feel better.

Hope you all had a nice holiday.

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Comment by Angela on May 31, 2009 at 7:30pm
My cousins live in Frederick and really like it if that is of any help. They both have babies and dogs and are working class folks and seem to be pretty happy. Of course, they are also country boys at heart, so that dosen't hurt. I think it is beautiful country out there and I wish you best of luck with this move.
Comment by Monty'sMom on May 26, 2009 at 4:45pm
Sam-thanks for the advice. Yes I know Frederick is out there but I have been living in southern maryland for the last two years and got used to the country lifestyle. However, knowing I will need to start socializing more Frederick's downtown has lots to offer without being as crowded as the city, plus I have lived for 10 years in DC so been there done that. I luckily work from home most of the time and only have to commute to Reston 2-3 times a month in which Monty gets to go to fun daycare. Good points on the moving day. I will have to schedule daycare for him a couple of days.

Stephanie-I am sorry you are going through the same thing. Good luck on your move. Yes at first I thought it would be easier to take Monty out if I was on the ground floor but then I thought about noise and worried. He isn't left alone much but don't want him to be stressed either.
Comment by Stephanie & Lola on May 26, 2009 at 4:07pm
Hi Theresa, I'm sorry you are in the same situation that I am also currently in. I know it's hard... I am moving into a second floor apartment in 2 weeks when it is finished. In the same house they also had a basement apartment for rent. I took Lola and Benji with me and they didn't like the noise above us and kept barking so I decided the second floor was for us! If Monty isn't much of a barker I'm sure you won't have a problem no matter what you choose.

I hope everything goes well for you! Take care!
Comment by Sam Tsang on May 26, 2009 at 3:55pm
Hi Theresa, Frederick is quite out skirt, depending on where you work, it could be quite a commute, if you want to be close to the DC area, have you thought about moving across the border in Arlington county? Or if you prefer to stay in MD, Laurel is actually pretty nice, the traffic on I95 is not bad if you're commuting towards DC.

As far as apartment goes, I have lived in both, there are pros and cons, downstairs is cooler, easier access to potty, depending on insulation, it could be nosier from upstairs. Upstairs has more light, hotter, going potty at night in your jammys in winter is not fun. Depending on how often you plan to move, moving stuff up and down is a hassle.

As far as introduction goes, you want to have someone else to take care of Monty on the day of moving, once you're done with everything with the new place, then bring monty in on a leash to each room and let him sniff everything. It might be a good idea to make sure all the AC filter has change and vacuum or fog the place / air out before you move in.

That's all i can think of right now. How exciting, a new place, a new chapter of your life, good luck :)

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