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Pet News Round-Up: Globetrotting Pets & Helpful Travel Tools

Friday, December 12, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Lufthansa will soon allow falcons to travel in the cabin in a special "Falcon Master" tray.

This is how dogs drink water

New York dogs vs. L.A. dogs.

Beware of pet scams

Holiday safety tips for pets

Need help choosing the right travel kennel for your pet? Watch this helpful video.

Cute English Bulldog alert: read about Chiefa "The Beef"'s move to Switzerland.

 

jammer

Have a wonderful weekend, pet lovers!

Pet News Links: Pet Travel Myths and Controversies

Friday, December 5, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

The numbers don't lie: Airlines are pretty good at transporting pets

The best dog books of 2014.

This is how cats show affection to people.

#MindTheChat: Catch up with the fun pet travel Twitter chat we had this week with BBC America!

The controversies surrounding emotional support animals.

Finding Rover is an app that uses facial recognition to help bring lost dogs home.

 

Bela

Have a relaxing weekend!

 

 

Pet News Round-Up: Positive Pet Stories

Friday, November 28, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Incredibly, Arthur the stray dog followed an adventure sports team for miles and miles through rough terrain. 

This data shows which dog breeds are the most popular. 

Luxury pet travel for a lucky few. 

Pictures of flying dogs.

Pet travel updates from a few of our recent (super cute) clients.

Giving thanks and giving back (to pets). 

 

Have a cozy weekend!

Pet News Links: Pre-Thanksgiving Travel Updates

Friday, November 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Thanksgiving travel tips and advice.

An orphaned cougar kitten becomes JetBlue's cutest passenger ever.

Today in cat cafe news: New York is getting one and D.C. wants one.

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month.

10 tips for bringing a runaway dog home safely.

This smart harness could help dogs with hip dysplasia.

General travel news: the 10 busiest airports this holiday season.

Incredible Experiences: Big Kahuna's move to Hawaii!

 

biff

Have a happy weekend!

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Safety Tips & More

Friday, November 14, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

You heard the sad story about the dog lost by an airline. Here's how to plan safe pet travel.

Speaking of pet-friendly airlines, here's a look at one.

Acupuncture for pets.

Failing at life, succeeding at dogs.

It's not too early to start looking ahead to summer pet travel.

Tips for installing a pet door in your new home.

 

achilles

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

After the Move: Installing a New Pet Door [Guest Post]

Monday, November 10, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Now that your move is complete, it's time to make your new home safe and comfortable for you and your pet. In this guest post, Home Depot's Ronique Gibson offers some advice for installing one of humanity's greatest inventions: the pet door.

How to Choose the Best Location for Your Pet Door

You've found the perfect new house, and you're eager to settle in -- both for yourself and for your pet's sake. But if the previous homeowner didn't have pets and your dog or cat loves to go outside and inside without your assistance, one of your first challenges will be providing that access.

Installing a pet door in your new home can help your pet be independent and can save you from attending to their every move. Before you pull out the drill and screws, take a look at these tips to choose the ideal location for the door. Remember, just because your wall looks ideal, ensure it works architecturally with your home and, of course, is safe against intruders.

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Ensure your new home is comfortable for your pet

Assess your new house and its outdoor area

The first step to choosing the perfect location is to walk around the outside of your home and determine where the outdoor area coincides with your exterior walls. A pet door should be placed on an exterior wall that is adjacent to a dog run, enclosed patio, or fenced-in yard area.

Make sure any outdoor repairs are made before letting your pet roam free outside. The previous owner may have a broken fence or a gate that doesn't latch closed properly.

Trace along the exterior wall of your home to a back patio door, utility room door, or a bare wall that serves a utilitarian function on the inside of your home. Private rooms such as bedrooms and bathrooms may not serve as a good choice for privacy and security reasons.

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Choose a wall or door that works architecturally and is secure from intruders

Choosing the right exterior wall or door

The construction of your house makes a difference when choosing the location for a pet door. If you're moving into a home that has a brick or concrete load-bearing exterior wall, it may be more of a challenge for you to install a pet door. Instead, you may want to opt for a flap door inside of an exterior door. Many homeowners get custom pet doors made to fit into the construction of their exterior walls. Especially if you're moving to a climate that has extreme temperature conditions, an insulated pet door that can be locked could be the perfect option.

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A pet door installed in a door could be easier than a wall installation

Measuring your pet and wall for a pet door

Once you've determined what area of your home will work best for the pet door, don't forget to measure your furry friend! (I have a neighbor whose cat used to fit through the pet door in their garage, but now he can't use it because he's gained too much weight as he's aged.)

Here are some basic guidelines for measuring your pet door; you will need these measurements to ensure your pet can fit safely.

·  The width of your pet: measure around their widest part and add a few inches to be safe.

·  How tall or high does your pet stand off the floor? Measure them from the top of the shoulders to the floor. The top of your pet door should be 1 ½"-2" above this measurement.

Once you have these basic measurements, outline them on a piece of cardboard and hold it up to the interior and exterior of your home to ensure the measurements won't impede on any downspouts, doorway entries or other structural pieces of your home. Now you're ready to install your new pet door.

Moving can be exciting but also a little scary if your pet doesn't feel at home in their new house. Use these guidelines to assess the safest, most convenient and architecturally ideal place to put your new pet door. Before you know it both you and your pet will be settled into your new home as if you've lived there for years.

Ronique Gibson writes on home styles, DIY, and interior design for the Home Depot. Ronique is the author of the ebook 111 Simple Tips for your Everyday Home and she has a Bachelors of Architecture from Tuskegee University. You can view a variety of pet and dog doors available at Home Depot, including styles mentioned by Ronique, on Home Depot's website.

 

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Owner Quirks & Holiday Travel Tips

Friday, November 7, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How much does it cost to own a Pit Bull in the city?

This sweet dog is a nanny for kittens.

Weird things all dog owners do.

Gift idea for cats/cat lovers: a felt kitty cave.

Planning to travel with a pet over the holidays? Read this first.

Here's a behind-the-scenes video of the Lufthansa Cargo Animal Lounge in Frankfurt.

Meet Rocco, the tall dog featured as our Pet Move of the Month!

 

andy the cockatoo

Happy Friday!

 

Spooky Pet News Round-Up: Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 31, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Here are the pets of PetRelocation dressed up for Halloween!

Here are a few more pets in costumes (we know you weren't ready to move on yet).

Halloween pet safety tips.

How to avoid being accidentally injured by your dog.

A video reminder that black cats are awesome.

Not scary, but cool: Advances in canine medicine.

 

buttercup

Have a safe and fun weekend!

 

Pet News Round-Up: The Costs of Pet Ownership (and the Rewards)

Friday, October 24, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Read about the hero Secret Service dogs who helped keep an intruder out of the White House.

Berkeley considers making pet-friendly housing the norm.

Fancy dogs go to Whistler for vacation.

The importance of pets to homeless youth.

Alaska Air Cargo's snub-nosed breed restrictions.

What is the cost of owning a pet?

Learn what it takes to plan an international pet relocation.

 

 

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Happy Friday!
 

PetRelocation Wins a 2014 'Content is King' Markie Award

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

markie awardsHere's a follow-up to our Markie Award Finalist announcement: We won!

We had a great time attending the Modern Marketing Experience in London last week and feel honored to have been recognized by Oracle Marketing Cloud as the Content is King category winner in the 2014 Markies.

From Oracle:

“In what has proven to be yet another impressive year for marketers, it is remarkable to see what this group has been able to achieve,” said Kevin Akeroyd, general manager, Oracle Marketing Cloud. "Oracle is proud to recognize our winners for their outstanding achievements and their dedication to modern marketing.”

Thank you to all of our amazing clients for choosing us to be a part of their relocations, for letting us share their stories, and for inspiring us with their dedication to their pets.

Read some of these incredible customer experiences and find out more about all the 2014 Markie Award winners. As you'll see we're in fine company, and PetRelocation offers heartfelt congratulations to all the other winners and nominees. Thanks again to Oracle for this recognition!

Four Ways to Make Your New Home Pet-Friendly [Home Depot Guest Post]

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

You've moved your belongings, yourself and your pet, but the work isn't done yet. Here are a few tips from Home Depot's Sarah Kellner that can help you make your new house a warm and pet-safe home.

4 Musts for Making Your New Home Pet-Friendly

Being a pet owner is a lot like being a parent. The responsibility of feeding, protecting and caring for your pet falls solely on your shoulders, and when they look at you with their big, sweet eyes, how could you not want to give them the world?

Just like toddlers will find every dangerous nook and cranny in a new home, so, too, will pets -- especially curious puppies and kittens. Pets can find places in your home you didn't even know existed! That's why it's so important when relocating with your pet to a new city that you take the proper precautions and pet proof your new digs.

Look at the new space from your pet's point of view: where would you hide; what would you scratch or chew?

While a certain amount of pet proofing happens through trial and error, there are many things you can do to make your home safer, regardless of where you live or what type of pet you have.

kitty on the fridge

The Kitchen

Your kitchen is a veritable treasure trove of possible dangers for your pet. Be sure to keep your furry friends out of the cabinets by installing child-proof latches on them and block any small spaces like gaps between cabinets where small pets could get lodged. Since dogs are heavily driven by their sense of smell, be sure to keep your trash cans sealed with covers or secured away from pets inside a latched cabinet or pantry. Also, be sure to keep all food off the ground and out of reach, because while the food itself may not be harmful to your pet, the packaging easily could be.

Chemicals & Harmful Substances

One of the most important aspects of pet proofing is identifying all of the potentially poisonous liquids and substances in your home and keeping them well out of reach. These kinds of common household substances include cleaning agents, laundry detergents, medicines, toiletries, cosmetics, and even toilet bowl water. If you have houseplants, do your research to ensure that they are not harmful to your pet. Common examples include lilies, corn plants, jade plants, and aloe.

Your garage can also contain a staggering number of harmful chemicals like fertilizer, pesticide, paint, gas cans and antifreeze. Even one taste of antifreeze can be fatal to pets, so be sure to store it on a high shelf and keep it off of your garage floor and driveway, too.

Appliances

Household appliances are another area to add to your pet safety checklist. We all know that cats are attracted to warm hiding places, so it only makes sense that they gravitate toward clothes dryers. All you need to do to avoid tragedy is to always check inside the dryer before turning it on. When cooking, try to get in the habit of using back burners to keep curious noses away from the heat and always turn your pot and pan handles in toward the middle of the range.

dudley the dog

Cables & Cords

Every pet owner can attest that animals love chewing on and playing with cords. As part of your cable management system, use cord cover kits wherever possible to keep entertainment center cords, desk cords, and other hubs organized and secured away from pets. You should also keep dangling lamp cords fastened to the furniture or wall, run under the carpet, or enclosed in chew-proof PVC pipe.

What pet-proofing tricks do you use in your home?

Sarah Kellner is a pet lover and likes to share great DIY advice and tips for The Home Depot. She comes up with some creative solutions to make your life with pets easier. To find cord covers and other cable management products, visit The Home Depot website.

PetRelocation Included on the 2014 Inner City 100 List

Friday, October 17, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

icic logoPetRelocation has once again been included on the Inner City 100 list of fastest growing United States businesses. The Inner City 100 program recognizes successful inner city businesses and their CEOs as role models for entrepreneurship, innovative business practices and job creation in America’s urban communities.

PetRelocation is ranked #5 in the Transportation and Logistics category this year and #64 overall.

From ICIC:

"For the first time in the list’s 16-year history, the Inner City 100 consists of 10 fast-growing businesses from 10 industry categories: Construction; Manufacturing; Professional Services; Food and Beverage; Retail; Media and Communications; Software and Information Technology; Transportation and Logistics; Healthcare and Biotechnology; and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation."

"The rankings for each company were announced at the Inner City 100 Awards on Thursday, October 16, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Preceding the Awards celebration, winners attended a two-day small business Symposium designed exclusively for urban firms featuring business management case studies presented by Harvard Business School professors and peer-to-peer learning sessions led by CEOs of fast-growing firms. Keynote speakers included Harvard Business School Professor and ICIC Founder and Chairman, Michael E. Porter; Honest Tea Founder and CEO, Seth Goldman; Rapid7 President and CEO, Corey Thomas; Communispace Chairman, Diane Hessan; and Launch Co-Founder and CEO, Ben Fischman."  

"The 2014 Inner City 100 winners represent a wide span of geography, hailing from 53 cities and 23 states. The winners grew at an average compound annual growth rate of 39 percent and an average gross growth rate of 336 percent between 2009 and 2013. Collectively, the top 100 inner city businesses employ 8,276 people and have created 5,119 new jobs between 2009 and 2013. Not only are the winners powerful job creators in their communities, they also help develop their employees – 73% provide business skills training and 69% provide professional development training to all full-time employees."

“It’s important to recognize businesses like company name that are truly driving economic growth and job creation and America’s urban cores,” said Matt Camp, President, ICIC. 'We believe that inner cities hold unique competitive advantages for business and the success of these firms underscores that market opportunity.'"

Take a look at the full list of winners at Fortune.com, and please join us in congratulating our fellow awardees!

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Health & Pet Travel

Friday, October 10, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

On thinking of your pets as children.

Health tips for dog owners.

How to tell if your cat is overweight.

Changes to the EU Pet Travel Scheme will go into effect Dec. 29, 2014.

Should dogs be vegetarians?

Cute video alert: Watch a French Bulldog frolic with a deer.

 

 

alex

Have a great weekend, pet lovers!

See You at the Markie Awards!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

PetRelocation is excited and honored to report that we've been nominated for an Oracle Marketing Cloud Markie Award! We'll be attending the Markie Awards ceremony in London on Oct. 15th as well as the accompanying Modern Marketing Experience conference.

Thanks to all of our clients for sharing their moves and stories with us over the years -- your incredible experiences give us so many reasons to love what we do every day.

Any marketing friends out there? Let us know if you'll be at the conference next week and want to say hello! You can also follow us on Twitter for updates and follow the events of the conference at #MME14.

See you there!

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Pet News Links: Pet Travel Tips and Confessions

Friday, October 3, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Meet Benson, our Pet Move of the Month!

Australians reveal their most surprising pet travel confessions.

Simple hacks every dog owner should know about.

Jon Stewart helps set the record straight about pit bulls.

Never lose your pet again.

Rescuing Hawaii's homeless pets.

 

satu

Have a fun weekend!

Pet News: Cat-Friendly Living and Dog-Friendly Working

Friday, September 26, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to make pets comfortable in their golden years.

Bringing your dog to work? Make sure they are well-behaved and well-trained first.

LOL: Dog reactions to everyday situations.

KLM has a new dog on staff!

Moving with a cat? How to find a cat-friendly rental.

How to be a responsible dog owner.

Dealing with a flea problem? Here are a few DIY, all-natural flea prevention tips.

 

reba!

Have a very relaxing weekend!

After Your Pet's Move: DIY Flea Prevention Tips [Home Depot Guest Post]

Thursday, September 25, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Our friends at Home Depot have some great ideas when it comes to battling flea problems in an earth-conscious and pet-friendly way. Here are a few tips for tackling a pesky problem often faced by newly relocated pet owners.

cleaning supplies

All-Natural DIY Flea Remedies & Prevention

By Melissa Massello

It's peak flea season all around the United States right now, but with just a few hours and these easy steps you can rid your indoors of these tiny terrors forever. Whether you're already in a new home or just arrived to discover fleas in your yard, these steps will help get them out (and keep them out) of your new house.

Stick with this super simple – and totally organic – regimen, and you and your pets will live harmoniously at home without itching, scratching, or icky flea-borne diseases like typhus. Yuck!

What you'll need:
•    Vacuum
•    Washer/Dryer
•    Course salt (about 12 ounces)
•    Empty spray bottle
•    Distilled white vinegar or witch hazel
•    Lavender, lemon & eucalyptus essential oils
•    Natural clove-based flea & tick shampoo
•    Vet-prescribed flea & tick medicine, monthly dose

First, wash all your linens and textiles: Sheets, comforters, couch covers, dog beds/blankets, dog toys, etc. If it's a textile, your dog comes in contact with it, and it fits in the machine, wash it on the hottest setting it can take.

sea salt & vacuum

Vacuum, salt, vacuum, repeat: the rugs, the couch, your mattress (especially if your dog sleeps on your bed). Vacuum first, then cover in salt and let sit for at least a few hours (overnight is ideal). Vacuum again. For dog beds and couches with covers, you can sprinkle salt in between the cushion and the cover for even more lasting protection. After that, repeat every other day until the fleas are gone, and make sure to vacuum regularly after that to keep pests at bay.

Dog bath. Use an all-natural clove-based shampoo, paying special attention to around the tail/back end, in between the paws, neck scruff and all around the ears. Let the shampoo sit at least a few minutes before rinsing. Make sure to give your pets a bath weekly and regularly check for fleas/ticks to avoid (another) infestation.

Flea and tick medicine. There is absolutely no replacement for the effectiveness of vet-prescribed flea & tick preventatives. Think of your pet like a flea-killing magnet. You actually want any remnant fleas to gravitate toward your pet, so that they'll be killed once they're 'onboard.' Make sure to apply the prescribed preventative monthly (after a flea bath and thorough drying). Flea and tick medicines start working to kill pests about six hours after applied. Keep your pets out of the pool, lake, ocean, bathtub, and mud puddles for at least 24 hours after applying.

diy flea spray

Make a DIY flea spray. Not only is this blend of essential oils super offensive to fleas and ticks (and therefore super effective), but it smells great, too. The aromatherapy mix of lemon, eucalyptus and lavender has a calming effect on both people and pets – just what you'll need after all the steps above! – and will make you want to spray with it regularly.

Spritz linens & textiles daily. Give your bed/pillows, pet beds, couches and rugs a spritz with this spray blend daily after treating the house and pets to keep fleas from returning and laying eggs. Keep a bottle handy and then bottle up a big batch to give as housewarming or holiday gifts for all your pet-loving friends in the future!

DIYer Melissa Massello provides advice on pets, home cleaning and floorcare appliances for Home Depot. Melissa enjoys sharing her tips with homeowners, especially on how to keep our pets in good health. Home Depot's selection of vacuums and other floorcare products can be found on the company's website.

Photos courtesy of Shoestringmag.com

Pet News Round-Up: Birds, Puppies & Travel Updates

Friday, September 19, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Hundreds of endangered and exotic birds live in one California woman's backyard.

Bella's trip to Scotland!

From Baywoof: Deciphering Dietary Options for Dogs.

From Dogster: An interview with Seth Casteel about his Underwater Puppies book.

Tips for traveling to the UK with an EU pet passport.

Do you like cute pet pictures? Follow us on Facebook to see lots of 'em.

 

merlin

Have a happy weekend!

Double Check EU Pet Travel Rules for the UK and Ireland

Thursday, September 18, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

International pet travel is all about the details, and we just learned of a new one that may affect pet travelers going to the UK or Ireland.

If you have an EU pet passport and are traveling into the UK or Ireland, the rabies vaccination must have been done by a veterinarian inside the EU for it to be accepted. In the past some EU passport holders have been allowed entry from the United States, Canada, and other third countries, but now those travelers will need to have (in addition to the pet passport) the EU Journal Annex II certificate issued and endorsed no more than 10 days before arrival.

Further, remember that any new vaccinations obtained outside the EU should not be noted on the passport, but rather on a separate certificate. You can read about this in more depth here.

Essentially the EU has begun to enforce EU regulations more strictly, and having the EU passport alone only permits travel between EU countries (no more bending the rules).

If you have questions about this requirement or pet travel in general, please contact us and one of our Specialists will clarify things and/or talk about how we may be able to help with a solution for your upcoming move.

 

posey

Posey followed the rules and made it to the UK.

 

 

Pet Travel News from Around the World

Friday, September 12, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Explore the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (HARC).

Underwater pictures of cute puppies.

Again, luxury dog travel.

Pet Move of the Month: Gordon the horse moves across the United States.

Check out the latest issue of Family Dog magazine. (They profile PetRelocation!)

Despite protests from pet owners, Eurostar still does not allow pets on board.

RIP Zeus, who was the world's tallest dog.

Read about two cute Chihuahuas who moved from California to Australia!

 

darcy

Have a good weekend!