Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Get a Move On

We are indeed bringing Burkly Deluxe with us to our new home across the world because, after all, she's family. I've contacted countless animal transport companies in the past few months, many of whom don't return phone calls or emails, refuse to give price quotes, or offer rates to the tune of nearly $10,000! We're responsible for our own pet fees, so I'm asking for advice. Has anyone ever handled the overseas animal transfer themselves or had experience with a reputable company?


Sadly Lil' Corn won't be making the trip with us. Shortly after I bought her first bag of cat food, L.C. disappeared. Maybe she didn't like my choice of food or perhaps Bukly gave her the stink eye, but word on the street is the owner finally came back for her kitty. We hope she's safe and sound!

25 comments:

Krystal said...

i like your blog!
you'll have to keep me updated on pet transfers overseas...my husband applied for a job in another country and we'd have to take our puppy dog too! i assumed he'd be on the plane or something? i don't know!

Frau said...

We used louise@worldcarepet.co.uk
for our move from Utah to Germany in July. I was very happy with the communication etc.. It was very expensive around $5,ooo. But part was because our Dog flew from Utah to NJ, then NJ to Frankfurt and then they drove to Bremen. I think if you are east coast can save some. Check there web site out. I know my dog need shots prior 30 days to trip, just a FYI. Good Luck I can't imagine being here without my pup.

Courtney said...

Thanks Frau! We have had her shots done so they'd fall within the required timeline. We got a quote of around $6,000 and that didn't even include the fees once a handler takes over from the KL side! My brother semi-volunteered to get her properly boarded from Houston to L.A., but we still need someone to oversee quarantine, customs, etc. from Malaysia. I'll definitely contact Louise. Thanks so much!

Vanessa said...

I asked my friend Ginny to report back to you with some help. She and her husband moved their dog and cat from Denver to Sweden, so hopefully you can get some help from her.
I'm so glad you are bringing Burkly with you! This is all so exciting!

goosey said...

Just a question, as I've never transported a pet outside the country...are you SURE you want to subject your beloved doggie to this? I transported my dog on a short plane flight once and she had a hard time recovering. Combine that with the quarantine time (on both sides of the journey, I'm assuming) - it's going to be tough for everyone. Is there a trusted friend or family member who could foster Burkly?

Not being negative. Just offering an alternate point of view. Best of luck with your move.

Chris said...

Not the ole "stink" eye!

MrsMonkey said...

A friend of mine used http://www.petrelocation.com/ (company headquarters in Austin)to relocated her dogs from England to Austin, and had a great experience. She felt like the staff she worked with really cared about her pets and treated them accordingly. I don't know the cost, though, so it may be $$$.

Anonymous said...

Same dilemma as we like to travel with our dogs but refuse to put them in cargo. I'm looking into this: www.dogtravelcompany.net where they apparently let you fly with your dog. Whatever you decide, would love to hear what your experience is.

Sarah Danielle: Jeune Marie said...

Best of luck - Burkly is such a doll face! I hope she loves her new home as much as you surely will!

ginny said...

I have been alerted to your pet travel predicament! We moved our dog and cat ourselves from Denver to Sweden, which has some of the strictest pet importation rules in the world. It was indeed a bit stressful following all the rules and paperwork. It was a 5-month process. But in the end it went really well. It was their first flight(s), so I was very worried. But they seemed unphased by it all.

If you decide to do it yourself, your vet can probably help guide you through the process and get all your paperwork in order. It's a pain, but worth it, of course! Good luck!

Rachel @ PetRelocation.com said...

Hi Courtney! One of my friends (I guess she reads your blog!) forwarded me this. I work for PetRelocation.com and, after handling the Asia-Pacific region, now do all of their PR/new media. Fun to see our company already mentioned by someone else in the comments (thanks MrsMonkey!).

We'd love to put together a quote for Burkly Deluxe (great name, sounds kind of like my cat- - Chubby Charles!). He looks like a big guy, so my guess would be that it'd cost about $5000-$6000 USD for our Door-to-Door services, on a climate-controlled, "pet friendly" airline. The price is mainly influenced by just how...uh..."deluxe" Burkly is. :) So we'd need his actual height and weight to put together a more exact price for you.

Our Door-to-Door services would include all customs clearance & quarantine costs in KL, as well as delivery to your residence once BD got out of quarantine. There is a mandatory 7 day quarantine for pets entering KL from the US. Additionally we apply for & obtain the import permit on your behalf. The other major part of our service is that we assist you with your export paperwork and import requirements for Malaysia (here's a checklist for you), as well as get all of the documents endorsed by the state USDA office (the Texas office is located in Austin).

Pictures of the quarantine station as well as some FAQ's about KL can be found here on our blog.

Either way, we hope you have a great relocation! If you're looking for veterinary and grooming services in KL, you might be interested in some suggestions from a past customer of ours.

For a more accurate quote, feel free to shoot me an email - rachel[at]petrelocation[dot]com - and I'll get our Asia-Pacific specialists to put one together for you.

Cheers!

erika said...

I love this picture of Burks even though she looks sad... it is priceless. It's the look she would give you if she got left behind.
XOXO

i suwannee said...

i've always wondered about boating? it seems so much more leisurely. and there's opportunity for outfits. swimming. sight seeing.

consider.

i suwannee said...

all of those things for burkly. duh.

Joyce said...

Courtney,

I was going to hook you up with Frau, but saw she already got in touch. WOW it is almost as expensive for a person to fly and they don't even get their own comfy chair.
This is a cute photo of Burkly! xoxo

Courtney said...

I Suwannee: I literally just laughed out loud. You're nuts :) Well, our goodies and furniture are being boated over there and supposedly it takes them 6-8 weeks to get there. Not sure Burkly has enough outfits and plus-sized swimsuits.

Blair said...

Oh, I have only flown my dogs across the US. By the way, very exciting news about the move--sounds like a wonderful adventure! I am so happy that your burkly is coming with you! Such a cute picture of him.

ginny said...

Just wanted to add that the cost was about $500 for both pets, and they were in climate-controlled holds on SAS and United. United was great.

Yelda said...

Hi I have done this twice, and each time i contacted many company's and I realized its just better and easier and safer in my opinion to make the arrangements yourself. Contact the airline you will using (each leg) as them about their pet policy, make the appropriate pet reservations for each leg. Since he is a bigger dog obviously he will be going in cargo, then contact the embassy of the country you are going to and ask them about the rules about bring a pet, vaccinations, doggy passport etc. You also have to be careful about layovers, if you will have any. I went from Dallas to Chicago to Istanbul. I can only speak for myself here, since I did it myself and not with a company, and I felt more in control, and comfortable. If you need any more info let me know.
Yelda

Anonymous said...

A lady at my dog park moved her Bulldog from London to San Francisco on the QE2 (she drove him across after the quarantine was over). I think a boat sounds like an adventure :) On the boat, she could visit him and walk him but he was not allowed to "mingle" with everyone...he was in the kennel with 8 other "ex-pets"
Good Luck!

Laura said...

My MIL moved her cats to Singapore and used a company called Air Animal. I think they are based out of Tampa, FL. Anyway, she said it is the only company she would use. Just thought I would pass on the info in case you want to check them out.

Cali Girl said...

Burks is soooo adorable.

Anonymous said...

We used Pet Movers based in Conn (but my husband's company picked up the tab). They were expensive, but worth it. I've moved w/a dog & a cat and had good and bad pet relocations (we've moved a lot). I would encourage you to spend the money for peace of mind. There are so many details involved in an overseas move...things that will throw you a curve; this doesn't need to be one of them.

This move will change your life. You have so many adventures ahead - embrace everything. In the beginning, your point of reference will be the ways & customs of the US. Eventually, that will change and you will compare everything to your life in KL. Oh yeah, and something no one tells you - coming back is harder than going.

KL is great & I think you'll find that when you're driving the highways of Malaysia, you'd swear you were somewhere in the US. Join the American Women's Association; read Culture Shock: Malaysia & A Portable Identity: A Woman's Guide to Maintaining a Sense of Self While Moving Overseas (or something similar - there R many titles), read all the expat websites/blogs (expat.com, expatKL.com, etc).

Travel as often as you can. In fact, I would start planning your 1st trip right now for 2 wks after you arrive. Go to Langkawi or Pangkor Laut for the weekend so you and your husband can decompress. Other places to go while in Malaysia - Cameron Highlands, Penang, Malacca; Thailand (everywhere...north to Chang Mai/Chang Rai; south to Krabi - skip Phuket & go to Koh Samui; Bangkok...), Cambodia - Angkor Wat; Vietnam, The Maldives (they're sinking - see 'em now), Singapore, Bali, Hong Kong......travel, travel, travel:))

Finally, the shopping! We went in a partially filled 20 ft container & returned w/an over filled 40 ft! The shopping is amazing.

Enjoy your new life! There will be days when you will feel lonely and frustrated...dig deep - it will pass. You are about to embark on an incredible adventure...can't wait to read about it!

-Inspired Living

CJ said...

Ahhh I wish I could say leave him with me but my girls might not appreciate that. Plus I know that's not an option for you. Good luck and God Bless on your journey.

Wireless Dog Fence said...

I like your dog...so big so cute...I wish i have a dog as big as yours...^_^