- I Love Lucy
- I Love Lucy
He's going to email me more detailed information. Any thoughts on this? He also arranges ground transport, but for as far as I'm going, he'd use air.
- All for the Hogs
Dirving in the winter just requires some extra planning and patience. I think it is tons safer than transporting through the air.
- Supporter in '15
Do you have spring clips for your water bottles? Many water bottle hangers won't work on carrier doors. I know from sending water bottle to the vet with the rabbits.
If you will send me an email with your mailing address, I'll slip one in the mail to you. It's a spring with a tiny clip on each end that clips securely to the cage. They will hold a wide variety of sizes of bottles. I might have some tiny ones if you are using a bottle under 16 ounces, so please let me know and I'll look. If you need more than one, let me know that also, I think I have a few new ones I could send if you needed them.
The clip holds a water bottle on very tightly, or it can be left on the cage for the water bottle to be slipped on for "watering breaks" so it's not hanging there dripping. (Good for leaving on the carrier for vet trips or for fastening to oddly shaped cages. We have even used them like tiny bungee cords for holding cage doors shut tight for escape hamsters.) They sell them from KW cages for about $.85 plus shipping. (2532 is the 4" model, 2528 is the 6" model in case anyone wants to buy some.)
Woah! That company has a location not too far from me! I found them while checking into getting my pigs to Hawaii if we move. I'd never even heard of them before, but thought it was ironic that these guys are right here in my own little suburb.
I will be flying with someone else, so that takes care of the only 1 animal rule. I was just wondering if anyone knew any airline that still lets people take GP in the cabin? I don't mind flying out of the states either. I know I am not moving for about 9 months but I want to get all the information ASAP.
- I Love Lucy
For shipping the pigs, I used a company called Global Animal Transport. They specialize in transportation of exotic animals. (They do not ship dogs or cats.) They did a great job making all of the arrangements and everyone arrived safe and sound.
For my cats, I used a company called Pet Transporter Worldwide. Again, they did a great job and we had no problems.
Both of these places use regular airlines for transport, but they do have specific airlines they prefer based on the pet shipping policies of the individual airlines.
I was able to ship all five of my pigs in one crate which had to meet very specific specifications (i.e., burlap covering all openings, a water bottle attached that can be removed for refill from the outside, an extra baggie of pellets taped down on top of the carrier). They were very good about telling me exactly what I needed to do to make sure everything met airline requirements.
Also, both companies have veterinary contacts in all of the cities that they fly animals through so that should anything happen or a flight get delayed, there is boarding and healthcare available.
The company that transported my pigs ensured that the pigs were sitting in the runway manager's office during their layover. It was very comforting to know that there was no chance of them sitting around on the runway for hours exposed to the hot/cold.
If anyone has any other questions, please feel free to post them here and I'll answer as best I can. :)
Finally, thoroughly irritated, I called Continental's customer service because I wanted to know why rabbits are allowed in the cabin but guinea pigs are not. I kept requesting to be transferred to supervisors until I talked to a management person in Miami who explained that rabbits are easier to catch if they escape, and less prone to chew through wiring on the plane if they aren't caught.
I guess I have to give her credit for telling me something, even if it seems kind of lame.
The "all 'rodents' = bubonic plague-spreading rats" attitude is really annoying, especially because it's so often accompanied by a complete unwillingness to learn anything about other rodent species.
Zoo, I thought about saying that she was a baby "exotic rabbit", and she wouldn't develop her long ears until she got older.
Just pretend not to hear the wheeking if confronted. "'Wheek, wheek?' I have no idea what you're talking about! I can't hear a thing."