Clara the Cat explores her new home

For those of you who don’t know, I moved into a townhouse with my boyfriend Troy this week. It’s an exciting but busy time, and there’s still a lot of unpacking to do before we can feel settled. I couldn’t be happier, though. I plan to write more about the move in the coming weeks.

For now, I’ll give you a glimpse of what the experience was like for my cat Clara. When we moved furniture out of my old apartment, I thought Clara had gotten outside. I couldn’t find her anywhere and started to worry that she was wandering around outside, unable to fend for herself. Eventually, I found her hiding underneath a shelf in my closet and my spirits lifted a little. (Panic attack averted!)

It’s nearly impossible to get her into a cat carrier, so Troy and I had to find another way to bring her from my old apartment to our new place. We ended up putting her in Troy’s motorcycle helmet bag, which she often climbs into. Troy put the bag in his lap and consoled her in the passenger seat as I drove. Here’s a video of us introducing her to her new home. Like us, she’s adjusting. Day by day.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

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