Sooty and Smudge fly to Seattle

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Bugs Mom

Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:58 am


Angels to the rescue! Thank goodness there were GLers in the area to help.

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:08 am


I didn't realize they were listed as emergency contacts. I thought it was all arranged last minute when ilumari's flights were delayed. Thank goodness for planning ahead!

capybara
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Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 1:58 pm


The boys ate that whole pile of hay you see in the photos yesterday evening, and all of their pellets. We refilled their hay before we went to bed. I'm a little worried they haven't been drinking. The water level has not gone down at all. Maybe they aren't used to a bottle? They had a water tray in their carrier, but when I showed it to them empty, they ignored it and didn't look like they expected it to be filled with water in it to drink. They did have a nice pile of veggies last night, so I hope that was enough water for them.

They're still getting on each others' cases a little bit, squealing and nosing off. I'm guessing they aren't used to a cage this size. It's the largest Marchioro, but still smaller than a 2x3. I wish we had enough extra grids and coroplast to throw together a larger cage for them upstairs.

To clarify, we actually weren't listed as an official emergency contact. I'm not sure if ilumiari was able to contact the pet people before she boarded her flight to let them know what was happening, but when Mr. Capybara called and explained what was going on, they didn't seem to think it was a problem. I was a little worried that they released Sooty and Smudge to us so easily, but then again, we had ilumiari's name, knew she had two guinea pigs, where she was coming from, and that she was delayed. Hopefully someone looking out to steal animals wouldn't go to that much trouble. Plenty of other places to get guinea pigs from, sadly.

We haven't heard from ilumiari yet, but I hope everything is going well. If you're sleeping because you're exhausted, no worries! We'll be home today and the few errands we have to run are close enough to our place that if you call we'll be able to get back quickly.

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Feylin

Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:33 pm


Oh, I thought she emailed with Capybara a few times and then called the airport?

I'd hope so! lol. I'm pretty sure that they don't just release them to any one.

capybara
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Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:55 pm


Yes, we did e-mail back and forth a couple times trying to figure out what to do. But since we weren't sure what was going to happen once the pigs arrived or what condition they'd be in, I wasn't able to tell ilumiari we were going to end taking the pigs. I suggested it before knowing for sure we'd be able to take them, but didn't get confirmation because I think she had already boarded her flight. There was no way for us to contact her by phone. I'm not sure if ilumiari was able to contact the people at the airport or not.

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Feylin

Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 2:59 pm


I think she had to have, in order for you to be able to just show up and get the pigs.

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clairey

Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:37 pm


I had a look at their Chronicle and they definitely usually have a bottle. Pic in this post

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ilumiari

Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:40 pm


You are an angel! Thank you so much! I'm on the flight to Seattle now, shaking from sleep deprivation but so relieved everything is ok. As soon as I arrive I'll try to pick up a sim card and call you, you are just amazing!

slavetofuzzy
4 the Good of all Pigs

Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 3:59 pm


And we are glad you are finally in the States! You need sleep. Take care of yourself.

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Feylin

Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:04 pm


Your pigs are in excellent hands! SO glad you made it over. :)

capybara
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Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 4:24 pm


Yes!! Glad to hear you've made it to the US safely and are almost here. I'm glad you're ok with our decision to have Sooty and Smudge delivered to us rather than the boarding place. Please do call when you can, but don't worry about rushing. We don't mind caring for our visitors for as long as we need to while you get situated.

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ilumiari

Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:24 pm


I'm safely in Bellevue now, wondering where I get food not smothered in sugar and fat :) I'm waiting for my sim card application to get approved, and I've been searching for grids but no luck so far. I didn't risk driving home from the airport, but I'll pick up a hire car tomorrow which will let me widen my search.

I am currently acutely aware of my Australian accent. I am having more trouble than I care to admit carrying on conversations sometimes!

capybara
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Post   » Fri Apr 06, 2012 9:39 pm


Hi ilumiari! I'm glad you're here!

Don't know if you found anyplace to eat yet, but Boom Noodle is pretty good. It's in downtown Bellevue and there are some healthier Japanese fusion options.

Are you staying in Bellevue temporarily, or is your housing in Redmond? If you have your address and would like to get your boys tonight, we can drop them off with you if you can send us your address through the mailer. Also, if you need a cage, you can borrow ours until you're able to get your hands on some grids. We do have 8 extra grids but that's not quite enough for a 2x3. And we don't have any extra coroplast, unfortunately.

Anyway, even if you aren't able to contact us by phone, we've been sticking near the computer so we can arrange something that way if it's easier. I'll e-mail you this same information.

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ilumiari

Post   » Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:50 am


Capybara and Mr. Capybara just came past to drop off Sooty and Smudge and lend me a cage to use for the meantime as well as other supplies. I don't know what I would have done without them, their help was invaluable. I'm happy I got the opportunity to meet new people here too!

I noticed Smudge drinking from the teeny little water bottle, so we don't need to worry too much there. I'll go to Mud Bay tomorrow for a larger bottle and any other supplies I might need.

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ilumiari

Post   » Sat Apr 07, 2012 1:03 am


I think it's finally time for me to get some sleep. Thank you again, Capybara and Mr. Capybara. It was lovely meeting you, I hope I can meet your pigs sometime too!

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AldenM1
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Post   » Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:11 am


Yay for safe, happy pigs at home!

capybara
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Post   » Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:48 am


Everything worked out perfectly! We could tell Sooty and Smudge were happy to be back with with their mommy. It was no problem at all having them stay here. It was fun having special visitors for a night!

We're happy to have met you, too, ilumiari. We'd love for your to meet our piggies someday.

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Feylin

Post   » Sat Apr 07, 2012 3:51 am


It's a little bizarre being in a new country where just opening your mouth marks you as different, huh? Even when people are being perfectly kind to you, they still let you know that they notice you're not local. All you can do is just be shameless and blow it off. Ask for help, talk to whoever you need to, go wherever you need to go. :)

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ilumiari

Post   » Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:40 pm


Time for some quick photos!

Here are two from about an hour before they left my house in Perth:
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And here is a quick blurry shot of them safely in my apartment here in Bellevue:
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Their temporary home is a little smaller than a 2x3, but they are small pigs so as long as they get plenty of floor time they should be ok for a while. My apartment has plush white carpeting, so I hope they remember that they are somewhat toilet trained!

Having them in a non-C&C really reminds me that C&Cs are wonderful. I feel like I was only really using the grids to hold their water bottle (I didn't use grids on the front, similar to Momo's setup), it's so hard to have a casual scratch when there are only small openings in the lid.

They are fighting a bit at the moment which is pretty unusual for them, but they start pining if I ever try to separate them.

In all I can really only give glowing reviews of WorldCare Pet Transport and the various partners they used (I think JetPets in Australia and Pacific Pet Transport in the US), I was constantly kept updated through the whole process. I don't know what the total bill was in the end, but to give an idea the estimate I was given by JetPets was around $2500. This included vet clearance and carrier hire, but I provided my own carrier (about $50) and I opted to get them cleared by their own vet (Dr. Elizabeth-Jo Vickridge from The Rabbit Shop in Booragoon, about $300 including x-rays).

They travelled in a size 100 carrier lined with towels and fleece, but I would probably recommend a size larger for most pairs of adult pigs making a journey of similar length (Sooty and Smudge are each about 850g/1.9 lbs and can comfortably fit in the size 100 side by side). During stop overs they were taken out of the carriers and were put in larger cages (at the transport company facilities) to give them a chance to spread their little legs. They were obviously in the vicinity of other animals at the time, but as Capybara said they don't appear traumatised by the experience. Fortunately my flights were all about as smooth as flights can get, even crossing the Pacific there was no turbulence at all, and I expect their flights were similar.

When they were picked up the lady from JetPets was very friendly, and answered all my questions as well as making careful notes of my answers to her questions concerning their care. I included a small zip lock baggie with a spare set of bedding (the bedding they fly in with is discarded at customs) as well as a number of serving sized baggies of hay cubes, pellets and vitamin tablets and feeding instructions including a list of vegetables they could be fed. Note that the vegetable feeding was handled by the transport company, if dealing with the airline directly they will generally only use the food provided and ensure that water bowls are filled before the flight.

I couldn't have afforded using a pet transport service if I were paying for it myself, but even though I was stressed about them being around so many strange people, animals and events, it really made the moving process a lot easier. This is especially true since I had the long unexpected delay - animals weren't allowed in the hotel the airline put me up in. It's correct that the transport company didn't check with me before delivering the pigs to Capybara (They may well have tried - I was on a long haul flight at the time) but as she said she knew enough details about the situation to make it obvious that she wasn't just a random pignapper.

That's all I can really think of concerning the transport, but I'm happy to answer any questions anyone has.

Tracis
Let Sleeping Pigs Lie

Post   » Sat Apr 07, 2012 2:37 pm


They look happy!

It is wonderful to hear that WorldCare Pet Transport took such good care of Sooty and Smudge.

This will be so helpful for others in the future!

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