I had a chat on the phone with the representative from the transport agency, and I'm happy that she'll try to do everything she can to make it a good journey. My flight leaves at 5.45am on the 5th, so the pigs will be picked up the night before. They may spend a night in Los Angeles to recover from the 14 hour Sydney->LA stretch. It's so nice that I don't need to worry about the cost involved.
I explained that it was very important that their carrier is loaded up with food (especially) before the long flight, and she said she'd even look into procuring some fresh veggies for them in both Sydney and LA.
Their Australian partner company, JetPets, will be handling the Perth->Sydney flight and putting them on the international flight in Sydney.
When they arrive in Seattle they'll be delivered to my temporary housing, so it's all very convenient. Their flights haven't been booked yet, but hopefully I can give more details soon.
I think I'll order a cage from http://www.guineapigzone.com - it's not perfect, but it will be ok until I get a chance to buy more grids. I'll sacrifice some premium suitcase real estate for a towel and a fleece, and I'll also order some PiggyBedSpreads as soon as I find out my temporary address. My poor bank account! It's down to the three figure mark, my last week in Perth is turning out to be depressingly frugal.
According to the Oxbow website the closest stockist is http://www.dennyspet.com a few miles away - but according to their website they sell animals. Am I better off ordering food online and dealing with the fact that it may not arrive in time (especially since the next day is a public holiday (I think?)) or should I sigh and just give them money this once?
- Poop Obsessed
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Make sure that they're charing you only what is necessary. NOTHING about relocating pets is free. You are paying for that overnight stay some where in your fees to the company.
Find out where they are staying overnight in the LA airport. Don't accept anything other than a climate controlled designated pet are.
- Supporter in '13
Like lisam mentioned, they also carry Oxbow hay and pellets. We buy our hay and pellets from kleenmama, though. Shipping is really fast since she's located in Washington, too.
Our vet is Dr. Elizabeth Kamaka in Mountlake Terrace. It's a bit of a drive at about 40 minutes, but it's worth it; we highly recommend her.
Of course we also recommend lisam's rescue!
Please feel free to send me or Mr. Capybara a message through the Guinea Lynx mailer if you need any help with anything else when you get here. Good luck with the big move!
Sooty and Smudge went for their pre-flight health check up today. The vet said they were both very healthy, with lovely teeth and coats.
I'll check out MudBay as soon as I arrive, that looks like a good place for me to stock up when I get there, thanks for the info! I will be switching them over to Kleenmama after they get settled down, but think its probably best to give them what they are used to in the short term.
Qantas flight #648
Departs Perth at 12:25 am
Arrives Melbourne at 6:05 am
Qantas flight #93
Departs Melbourne at 9:35 am
Arrives Los Angeles at 6:55 am
Alaska Airlines flight # 457
Departs Los Angeles at 5:20 pm
Arrives Seattle at 7:57 pm