This is Ginger

A warm greeting for customers, a welcoming smile, a wagging tail…

First impressions count.  This is Ginger.

She greeted me at Kuhn’s Plumbing Supply store in Pearl River  New York and engaged me for a few minutes till the proprietor returned to the counter.  Ginger knows her customers who are dog people. I heard it ran in her family.  Her mother used to fill the same role at the store.

We appreciate our customers.  Even the ones that don’t speak dog. We’ll give you a smile over the phone and if our general info is agreeable to you, we’ll gladly set a time for a no-obligation in person estimate.  Our effort is to do our job well and keep our customers informed and calm.  

It’s what we’ve been doing since 1978.


Movers Tales: Dog Hires Mover

It was a dark and sleety winter day, the wind blowing wet and cold, the sidewalk icy from neglect despite the midtown New York location. An entire block was on its way to being demolished and reconstructed. A beautiful building no longer beautiful enough was to be torn down, and the tenants, some there for decades, were being uprooted and forced to move out.

Enter Rainbow Movers to do an in-person estimate. It is a always a good idea to get in-person estimates from several companies, compare them, and then make an informed choice about whom to hire.

I was met at the door by a welcoming couple, their floppy golden lab behind them trying to get an in-person sniff of wet, cold me. We sat in their living room to discuss the options available to meet their needs, who would do the packing and when it all would need to happen. Dog sat with us as the subject went from the move in question to the more important things, like the changes the city was going through, the good live jazz just around the corner, and the days when the city was more affordable, habitable and fun for average humans.

Finally we all remembered that I was actually there to estimate their move, and our energies shifted to that task. Dog, meanwhile, was just fine with the laughing-telling-stories energy. As the shift began, Dog bolted into the recesses of the apartment and came back purposefully with a large, well slobbered rubber chicken dangling out of his mouth. It was to be a loaner chicken for me, and he directly plopped it in my lap. What could I say? “Thanks, Dog,” I think it was.

I’d received the blessing of the rubber chicken. His people declared that I’d just been hired. The move went well, and several of their friends in the building hired us too.

Thanks, Dog!

Dogs are not Luggage: Tips for Moving Pets

We know how stressful it can be for people move from one home and into another.  We also know that a move can be equally stressful on a cat or dog — and even fish. Based on years of experience as movers and pet-owners ourselves, we have developed these tips for moving your pets into their new home with as little stress as possible for them:

1. Dog Are Not Luggage

You can’t pack them in a crate and throw them in the back of a moving truck. And you definitely can’t strap them to the roof of your car.

If you have a safe, familiar place to keep the dog for the day while you’re moving, such as a friend’s house, that’s probably the best bet for keeping them calm and out of harm’s way.  If the dog is going to stay with you during the day, keep her confined in a safe part of the house, away from the movers and the boxes. Check on her regularly and make sure her food and water bowls are full. Don’t forget to take her for her regular walks. Some things don’t change, even on Moving Day.

As you are moving into your new home, keep your dog confined in a safe room until the move-in is finished, for her own safety and the safety of the movers. Once the movers are finished, let her explore her new home. We’ve found that dogs usually adapt quickly to their new environment as long as they are with you, their human pack.

2. Cats Are A Little More Complicated

Unlike dogs, cats are much more attached to their places — that familiar chair, or that spot in the afternoon sun.  So we find that cats often take longer to adjust than dogs, although the will get used to their new place over time.

When you bring your cat to your new home, make sure you show him where his food and his litter box are right away. And then let him go exploring.  He will explore every nook and cranny of the new place, and you may not see him for hours.  That is a good thing.  He will eventually find a new patch of sun in his new home.

3. Avoid A Rough Ride With Your Hamsters, Iguanas And Other Small Creatures

The key to moving small pets living in cages is to move them to their new location with as little jostling as possible. Carefully transport them to your new home and find a quiet, safe place for the cage, not too hot and not too cold. Try to prevent them from being exposed to loud noises during the move. And then spend extra time with them over the next few days to observe them and let them know that everything is normal.

4. Fish Need Their Own Water

To prevent your fish from stressing out during the move, the best thing to do is to move their tank water too. You’ll want to transport the water in containers (gallon milk jugs work great). Transport the fish in a container too and not in the fish tank to avoid waves and spilling. When you get to your new home, leave the fish in their container and fill the tank back up with the original water. Let the fish and the water sit for 24 hours to adjust to the new room temperature, and then gently pour the fish back into the tank. They should be happy as, well, a fish in water.

Rainbow Movers cannot move your pets for you, but we can definitely help you plan to move them yourself with minimal stress for them and you.  And there’s nothing like a happy, furry face to make your new place feel like home.