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Old 02-24-2012, 01:29 PM
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yes--well to be honest this is the thing that is stressing me out the most!
We have French Bulldogs, so they are about 30lbs.
Not fussy on the long haul for them, and really not looking forward to a month of quarantine. I guess like you say something to look into. From what I can see sounds like this can be a long grewling process to get all the documentation in place to get them over there.
Oh my, animals are our best friends but my god such a PITA sometimes eh? hehehe

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Old 02-25-2012, 07:55 AM
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Well I've read a handful of stories from people who actually do make the move with their pet at such a distance (in fact, these were Europe-Australia stories, so even further than Canada I think?) and to be fair the testimonies I have read were all good. I suppose it also depends on how "on top" of things you are, if you have a pet transport agency guide you through the process or not, and where the quarantine takes place... but one of the stories I read actually said that the quarantine facility was nothing short of a nice (almost fancy) pet hotel and he was more worried about the cost of stay than the quality of stay.

I have a problem with transporting my cat because he already screams on buses because of the loud engine hurting his ears... I can only imagine what I would be doing to him on a plane, with the pressure, darkness and length of time as well. I guess only people who have seen your animal during travel, can judge if this is right for them? If I had a cat like my old neighbor's, who just slept on their laps in the car and generally was not very anxious about engines (my cat is fine in a car standing still... as soon as the engine starts he freaks out) or anything other than "I want food and potty"... I wouldn't hesitate.

The people who have taken this step before overall say it was well worth it, and that the one day of discomfort for the pet and a month of discomfort for them during quarantine (I hear you can even visit them there? Sounds strange but apparently is true) was not a big price to keeping their pets with them. Their pets seem to all have recovered just fine and walk around like nothing ever happened.

At the end of the day for me the line is drawn at the shelter/pound - whatever happens my cat will not end up back there (I adopted him from the pound) so if he runs out of friends of mine who can look after him for whatever reason, he will be flown over, no question.

I guess in a way I am secretly hoping my partner will make the decision for me and fly the cat over as a surprise, hahaha. I don't want to have to make the decision of putting the cat through that, at the same I don't wanna let him go... that would totally be the easy way out.

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