However, I would totally call the shipping folks and ask THEM how the carrier should be. Whoever you're going to hand the carrier off to before you get on the plane. Whatever they say will go. You don't want to find out that the lady behind the desk thinks you need burlap on the air vents or whatever. That happened to me!
Write emergency contact info for someone in the US AND someone in Germany. I put it in sharpie on the carrier. You need this so someone can make decisions for the pigs if planes are delayed or whatever. If you don know anyone ingermany yet, you can use me.
I don't know how old your pigs are or if they are heart pigs. The ride is going to be long and very scary. My pigs are seniors and the stress was not worth it for them- they live with another member here now and didn't make the trip.
I am not 100% on the ages as they are rescues but they are all under a year for sure (the vets guess my oldest pig is about 9/10 months, my middle pig is around 7 months, and my youngest ist around 5 months) but except for my oldest pig they are all super healthy. My oldest is prone to ear infections. He has had 2 so far.
You might want to NOT include the sacks in there. Pigs will jam themselves in those beds and overheat. If they want to hide, they can dig under the fleece.
Also, I found that it was best to not put anything in the carrier I couldn't lose or throw out. The Lufthansa people threw out the towel in Lois' carrier because it had poop and banana smeared all over it in a complete mess. They washed her and put a new towel in for me, but my towel was gone. I'd hate for you to lose nice pig beds.
I hope all goes well, and I'm glad you have someone there to help greet the pigs. Please update us on your experience with the FlySafe program.
In Canada, dogs & cats can fly in the cabin on international flights. At least they could on Lufthansa. My friend had his cat in the cabin for a flight to The Netherlands. However, I yet to find an airline that will allow any other pet in the cabin (other than dogs & cats that fit under the seat in their carriers).
"Heinerfest" in summer? I've not been back since 4 years
now, but I know Darmstadt has changed quite a bit. Sometimes I dream of white asparagus too - nom nom.
It is weird, I'm not at home in Darmstadt and the surrounding areas anymore neither I'm at home here. I see myself now as
homeless. On the other hand as a "homeless" person for
12 years I have developed a passion for piggies :-) so it seems
it serves a purpose?
Did you go to Griesheim for "Zwiebelfest"?
We went through all the places, got all the stamps, saw customs, saw the veterinarian, and had my car registered twice to get out of gates! Then we went to the local pet store in Kaiserslautern to get hay and a grocery store for veggies food so they are all set.
I'm not sure if she has internet regularly, as she's living in the temporary housing on base until they find a house in one of the towns around here.
Pictures are on FB if anyone wants to bring them over. I have to go to bed so I can get up at 5am to go to school!