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Pets & Crowdfunding: Successful Pet Projects Funded on Kickstarter

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Pet products are getting fancier and more interesting all the time, especially with the help of crowdsourcing techniques that help get zany-sounding and/or expensive ideas off the ground. We've come across a few especially cool projects lately that have been made possible with the help of Kickstarter. Take a look...


Starting at the top: Petcube is the highest funded pet-related project on Kickstarter to date, having raised around $250,000. Intended for people/pets who suffer from separation anxiety (or just miss each other when they're apart), this high-tech box allows pet owners to watch and even interact with their furry friends when they're not home thanks to a camera and remote-controlled laser pointer. Makers of Petcube hope that animal shelters will find a use for the product, too, as an additional feature allows Petcube access to be shared with followers.

About 2,000 people have already pre-ordered Petcube and shipments are set to start next month.





Shru is geared specifically towards cats and calls itself not just a toy, but an "intelligent cat companion." This programmable egg-shaped rolling toy responds with movement and sound to cats' playful advances and is charged with a USB cord (no batteries needed). Can't find your Shru? It also has a "find me" feature.

Shru reached and exceeded its Kickstarter goal and is available for preorder on its website. Shipments are expected to begin in fall 2014.



This next successful project helped to build the first true off-leash dog park in Detroit, a city that's all too commonly diminished by stereotypes of decay and disorganization. Not mentioned quite as much is the underlying energy of neighborhoods working to build themselves up, and the addition of a dog park has helped to foster community while giving pets a place to run and play.

The park is now celebrating its second anniversary! Follow Detroit Dog Park on Facebook and take a look at the original plans for inspiration.


What's next on the pet innovation agenda? We can't wait to see.

Friday Good Deed: Support the Pedal for Paws Bike Ride

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Feel like doing a good deed for animals as this Easter weekend begins? Consider supporting The Pedal for Paws Bike Ride for pets in need.

Yesterday Floyd Lampart, a cyclist and pet lover, left his home in Lake Clear, NY and will ride his bike to Kanab, Utah (that's nearly 2100 miles). He intends to raise $40,000 to help rescue homeless pets through Best Friends Animal Society in Utah. Last year Lampart rode around the perimeter of the United States with the goal of raising $100,000 for a new animal clinic in Kanab and didn't quite reach it, so he's undertaking another ride and hopes to raise the rest of the intended funds.

Lampart and his wife have adopted five dogs from Best Friends and tend to befriend pets wherever they go. (That's Fuzzy below, a stray dog Floyd found in California and ended up taking home with him.) In addition to riding for pets, Lampart is also dedicating this cross-country trip to the memory of his son, who recently passed away.

If you'd like to help this worthy cause, make a donation here. Lampart hopes to reach Utah by the end of May in time to attend the dedication ceremony for the new clinic the original funds helped to build.

We congratulate this passionate animal lover on the work he's accomplished so far, and wish Lampart a safe and smooth ride!


Fuzzy, a dog Floyd met and adopted on his last big bike ride.

Pet News Round-Up: Tips for Easter Pet Safety & More

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Our dogs, ourselves.

USA Today presents dog travel tips from author Kelly Carter.

The story of Dolli the cat's move to Japan.

Watch and play with your pet remotely with the successful Kickstarter project Petcube.

 Have you met the cutest baby and dog duo ever, Zoey and Jasper? Here's their Tumblr so you can catch up.

This Washington hotel is super pet friendly.

Can this man make his dog a Hollywood star?

From the archives: Tips for Easter pet travel.

Finally: Please take our pet travel survey!


two cats

Have a lounge-y weekend!

Watch This #PuppyHour Video from SXSW 2014

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

It's been almost a month since we hosted the SXSW #PuppyHour at our Austin, TX office, and as you may have heard, it was a great success!

Not only did we meet up with lots of pet lovers in town for SXSW Interactive, we joined forces with a few well-meaning groups and were able to adopt out nine puppies from Austin Pets Alive!

In case you missed out on the fun, here's a little video recap put together by GoBank. In summary: Puppies!


Pet News Round-Up: Are Pets Being Treated More Like Humans?

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to have a stress-free pet boarding experience.

General travel: All about Abu Dhabi.

Toby's mom draws a comic about his cat adventures, which now include his international move to London.

Author David Grimm discusses how pets are blurring the lines of personhood.

More general travel: Airlines received fewer complaints last year (but misplaced more bags).

What Dogster loves about positive dog training methods.

Read the story of three cats who moved to the UK.

Finally, meet Sam and Gretchen, the Weimaranars we featured as our Pet Move of the Month!


Happy Friday, pet lovers!


Summer Pet Travel: 2014 Airline Embargo Information

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

puku the bulldogIt's that time again... As summer approaches many people start to plan their relocations, and it's important to be aware of temperature-based airline embargoes that may affect travel arrangements for pets.

Read on for an initial list of embargoes from major airlines. We'll be sure to keep you updated as changes are made and more restrictions are announced, so keep in touch if you have a pet move on the horizon.


  • ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs or their mixes unless under 6 months or under 20 lbs
  • May 15th – September 15th: No Pugs, Boston Terriers, French/American Bulldogs unless under 6 months old
  • September 16th – May 14th: Snub-nosed breeds are accepted if forecast temperature is 85 degrees or lower during departure/arrival times


ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, or Pugs

British Airways

  • March 22nd – October 22nd: No pets in or out of PHX
  • June 1st – September 15th: No pets in or out of DFW, IAH, DEN or AUS
  • April 21st – October 21st: No pets in or out of LAS
  • ALWAYS: No Bulldogs, Pugs, or Pekinese, other snubs are acceptable if kennel is one size larger


  • ALWAYS: No pets in or out of DTW if the temperature exceeds 80 degrees. Also, no Boston Terriers, Boxers, Brussels Griffin, Bulldogs (all breeds except American), Chow Chows, English Toy Spaniels, Japanese Chin, Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), or Shih Tzus unless under 80 degrees  
  • SUMMER: No pet imports into IAH (exports okay)


ALWAYS: 85 degrees maximum for all warm-blooded animals, except snub-nosed breeds. 75 degrees maximum for all snub-nosed breeds (Pit Bull, Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bulldog (all breeds), Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel (Japanese Chin), Mastiff (all breeds), Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), Shar Pei, Shih-Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel, Burmese (cat), Exotic (cat), Himalayan (cat), and Persian (cat)

Air Canada

ALWAYS: Consult here and here to find out about the most current restrictions

Worried about summer embargoes getting in the way of your pet's move? Please contact us and we'll help you figure out the best and safest way to get your pet to your new home.

PetRelocation Shortlisted for a 2013/14 Re:locate Magazine Award

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

This morning we were excited to learn that we've been shortlisted for a Re:locate Magazine Award in the Excellence in Employee and Family Support category. Thank you to our clients and colleagues for helping us to achieve this recognition!

From the press release:

Re:locate’s managing director, Fiona Murchie, says, “The quality of this year’s entries – which came from organisations both in the UK and around the world – is truly exceptional. There are shining examples of those from across the relocation spectrum who are rising to opportunities, overcoming challenges and driving through change."

During the next few weeks, the judging panel will have the difficult task of choosing an overall winner from each category.

It's an honor to see our company listed alongside other hard-working, top-notch relocation companies, and we congratulate everyone who has been recognized.

Read more about the Re:locate Awards here, and wish us luck in making the final cut!

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Advice & Community Pet Programs

Friday, April 4, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

A program called Pets are Like Family helps low-income families keep their pets.

Tips for how to retire abroad with a pet.

This traveling kangaroo helps to educate kids about nature.

A look at what it's like to be a dog walker for wealthy clients.

A list of pet friendly destinations in Europe.

From Texas Monthly: inmates at two women's prisons train service dogs for veterans.


Have a fantastic weekend!


Retiring Abroad? Plan for Your Pets, Too

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Recently we came across this helpful article about how to prepare for a post-retirement move abroad. More and more people are choosing to relocate to another country after they've stopped working, and doing so requires quite a bit of planning and money-saving.

The BBC points out that it's important to research housing and medical costs in the new location and to allow plenty of time to map out all the details. They also say to "consider your family," -- important advice for sure -- but we think they left out something pretty big. To the list they've made, we would add pets, who are family members, too.

Pets are becoming a bigger and bigger part of people's lives worldwide, and people in their 50s, 60s and beyond are some of the most dedicated pet owners out there. When children have moved out and when free time becomes more available, it just makes sense that people turn to pet companionship in their lives and in their travels.

So what should a pet owner do if they decide to retire abroad? We have a few tips.

Start planning early

We say this a lot, but it's always a good idea. Some countries (such as Australia) have quarantine requirements for pets, and no matter where you go you'll need to make sure paperwork is in order, vaccines are updated and flight reservations are made. You may not know what you don't know, so give yourself plenty of time.

Keep pets in mind as you consider the major (and minor) details

We're not saying "let your pet rule your life," but just remember that each detail will affect them, too. The city to which you move (are pet amenities available there?), what house or apartment you choose (are pets allowed?), what the weather is like (will your furry friend be comfortable there?) -- these are all a part of the big picture. If you're bringing a pet along, think carefully as you make arrangements so that they will be able to find reasonable happiness, too.



Calculate the costs

The BBC article reminds potential expats that moving abroad can be more expensive than you might initially suspect, and this is especially true when you add the cost of pet travel. More expensive than just an airline ticket, relocating a pet requires vet visits, paperwork, customs fees and maybe quarantine costs and pet agent fees, as well. Also, once you're there you could face marked up prices on your favorite pet food, medical care, etc. Figure out how much you'll need to save beforehand to make your move realistic.

The common theme to all of this is 'do your research before you make a move.' Obviously it's a big deal to move to a new country, and if you've chosen to make a pet an important part of your life (as so many of us have), their needs must be a factor in the ultimate decision. 



And on a lighter note, we can tell you from experience that pets are often pretty great at settling into completely new places. As long as you're there with them, they have the most important thing they need.

Enjoy your retirement adventures abroad, and if you have any questions about how to move your pet with you or need advice about a particular destination, please contact PetRelocation.

Pet News Links: Dog Friendly Hotels and Spring Health Advice

Friday, March 28, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

A cute cat cartoon (made by one of our clients)!

Very strange animal laws.

The best San Francisco hotels for dogs.

Spring safety tips for pets.

Travel snacks for dogs.

Photos of Karma and Reiki, cats we've helped with two international moves.

Things you learn when you get a puppy.


Have a good weekend, pet lovers!

Pet News Round-Up: Earthquake Preparedness Tips & Travel News

Friday, March 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to keep your pets safe in the event of an earthquake.

The Colombian vice president says won't accept the ambassadorship to Brazil because his dog wouldn't fare well in the hot weather.

With a little help from the internet, now you can play with cats all over the world.

Don't fall for a puppy scam!

Mastering the art of pet travel crate training.

Here's an update on some of the Sochi stray dogs who were adopted by an Olympic athlete.

Happy National Puppy Day!


Have a happy weekend!

Relocation Preparation: Training Pets to Love Their Travel Crates

Thursday, March 20, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Big parts of a pet move -- completing the vet paperwork and booking the flight -- are certainly important, but it's easy to overlook another essential element: the travel crate. Not only do you need to pick the right size and airline-approved model, you need to help your pet learn to see it as a safe and normal place to be so that, on travel day, stress is kept to a minimal level.

Sound impossible? We've had many clients whose pets started out unacquainted and downright suspicious when it came to the travel crate, but by the day of departure they were happy as could be. Getting from skeptical to relaxed does take some time, but with step-by-step actions and a bit of patience, you won't believe what's possible.

Take a look at these crate-training tips for cats (they work for dogs, too) as well as this move snapshot of Karma and Reiki's pet crate journey. Finally, see the pictures below for a good illustration. Using toys and treats seems to be working for this kitty; maybe that could work for you, too.

As always, please contact PetRelocation if you have any questions about an upcoming pet move!


The Early Stages of Travel Crate Training



Acceptance Begins...

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Industry Trends & Sweet Adoption Stories

Friday, March 14, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Wow! Americans spent $56 billion on their pets in 2013.

Canada's pet industry is growing, too.

Hundreds of new products are being unveiled at the Global Pet Expo 2014.

Here's a great story about a Peace Corps Volunteer whose heart was won by a puppy in Madagascar. (Spoiler: she adopted her.)

Meet Charlie, our Pet Move of the Month.

A quick list of foods your pet should not eat.

Finally, thanks to everyone who came to our #PuppyHour last weekend. It was a great success!


Enjoy the weekend!

Thanks, Everyone! #PuppyHour Wrap-Up

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Thanks to everyone who came out to #PuppyHour over the weekend -- it was a huge and fun success!

Here are the highlights of the party, held at our downtown Austin office during the first weekend of SXSW:

  • Nine puppies brought over by Austin Pets Alive! were adopted
  • More than $800 was raised for APA!
  • #PuppyHour blew up on Twitter and was called "the best party at Interactive" by many
  • Dozens of people played with puppies (so everyone was a winner)


Remember that every day is a good day to help puppies in need find good homes, so when you're ready to add a pet to your family, seek out an organization like Austin Pets Alive! Hint: check out their available dogs right here.

Thanks again to GoBank, BarkBox, Austin Pets Alive! and everyone who participated. See you next year!

Update: Here's a Facebook photo album put together by GoBank.


Gepetto, one of the APA! pups


Go #puppyhour team!

Pet News Round-Up: SXSW Pet Tips & Cat Dynamics

Friday, March 7, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Going to SXSW and/or visiting Austin this week? Here's our pet friendly SXSW guide filled with tips and insider info.

Traveling to Australia with a pet? Be aware that the rules have changed.

Ideas for having a happy Spring Break with your pet.

Five ways cats bring families closer together.

What should you know about dogs and separation anxiety.

Finally, don't forget that this weekend is #PuppyHour, hosted at our office with GoBank, Barkbox and Austin Pets Alive! There will be puppies up for adoption and refreshments -- what more do you need, really?


Happy Friday!


It's Here! A Pet Friendly Guide to SXSW

Thursday, March 6, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

SXSW, one of the biggest and brightest tech-film-music gatherings in the world, takes over Austin, TX for a fun and crazy week each March. The event kicks off tomorrow, March 7 and runs through March 16, and since we're based in Austin we'd like to offer a little hospitality (and general good advice) for all you pet lovers who will be checking out the conference and festivities.

Enjoy this info, and have a great week, everyone!

Where to bring your dog

Austin is notoriously dog friendly, and there are a variety of parks, restaurants and hang-out spots that will welcome four-legged friends with open arms. Here are a few of our favorite places:

  • Redbud Isle is one of the most popular off-leash dog parks in the city and makes a great escape from the hubbub of downtown
  • Up north a bit, Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is another great off-leash choice for adventurous pet families wanting to get some exercise and fresh air
  • Closer to downtown, try Norwood Estate. It's not quite as scenic as some of the other parks, but it has a large off-leash area and is conveniently located in the Travis Heights neighborhood just off Town Lake Trail.
  • After the park, it'll be time for a bite to eat and (maybe a cold local beer, too). Here's a great list of dog friendly restaurants in Austin (some of our top picks: Freddie's Place and Jo's Coffee on South Congress).

Where not to bring your dog

If you're attending any panels or shows during SXSW, it's best to leave pets at home. Downtown absorbs the impact of thousands of people, making it a loud and not-so-ideal place for even well-socialized dogs. Stick to the above-mentioned parks and restaurants and avoid the Convention Center area if you have a pup in tow.

Where to hang out with other pet lovers

Each year there are usually several official and unofficial pet lover meet-ups during SXSW. For example (!), this year we're excited to be hosting a #PuppyHour along with GoBank, Austin Pets Alive! and Barkbox, where we'll be adopting out puppies and discussing pets and pet relocations with anyone who wants to stop by. You're coming, right? RSVP here.



Official SXSW events to attend

If you're attending the Interactive conference and are interested in pets, the pet industry, internet trends or all of the above, there are a few panels worth checking out:



Feel free to share any additional SXSW-oriented pet tips or Austin advice in general. We'll see you this weekend!

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Tech Trends & Travel Insights

Friday, February 28, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Brain scans show similarities between dogs and humans.

Keep up with these pet tech innovations.

Want to help Kickstart a travel guide for pet owners?

Learn more about life as a pet shipping specialist from our very own Joe.

Cats have amazing vision.

You're invited to a #SXSW #PuppyHour sponsored by GoBank, Austin Pets Alive!, Barkbox and us!

Buying a kitten? Don't fall for a scam.


Happy Friday!


Behind the Scenes at PetRelocation: Lessons Learned from Two Years of Pet Shipping

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Two years ago, PetRelocation Specialist Joe wrote an account of what it was like to be a new hire here at the company. After three weeks on the job he had already learned more than he thought was possible, and now that many months have passed (how time flies!), we thought it would be fun if he once again shared his thoughts about what it's like to be a busy pet shipper.

Here's what Joe had to say about his continued journey here at PetRelocation.

In looking back over my last two years of moving pets around the globe, I am in awe. In awe of the places I have moved pets, the diversity of the clients I have worked with, and the crazy situations I have gotten into (and out of). This has been an unprecedented journey of learning, joy and self-discovery. I am no longer a newbie; I am a pet relocation veteran.

Since joining the PetRelocation team in February of 2012, I have had many job titles and responsibilities, as this industry and company are in a constant state of change. As a soldier on the front lines, I have had to adapt to each change and always do what is best for the pets, the client, my team and the company.

Now that the Corporate Relocation team is growing and becoming a trend-setter for service and a pillar of revenue for the company, I am a Corporate Account Manager. It has not been easy by any means, but I strive to help where help is needed and support the company’s journey to being the industry-leader in worldwide pet moving services.

The great Johnny Cash wrote a song called “I’ve been everywhere,” illustrating how his life’s journey has taken him around the world. If only he had seen what we do, the song may have been “they ship pets everywhere.” I have worked to move pets to places that I never even knew existed before working at PetRelocation. From Papua New Guinea to Macao, from Mauritius to Djibouti and from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to Pune, I have seen it all. I have even received inquiries to locations that not even Google Maps can find, like Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory.

Working with local agents and clients to move pets to these countries has given me great a perspective for the diversity and awesomeness of the world. I know it’s hard to believe that the state of Texas is not the standard for life on planet Earth (ha ha), but being exposed to the amazing people and cultures of the world has changed my life for the better forever.

The biggest takeaway from my last two years at PetRelocation is the same as when I graduated from college. Even after learning, growing, laughing, crying, dreaming and waking up from those dreams, I have not even scratched the surface of expertise. For all of my in-depth knowledge, experience, skills and abilities, I still have so much more to learn and so far to go. The only thing I truly know is that I know nothing. This is the journey of life and I will push forward as if there is no tomorrow.

My name is Joe Fraser, and even after two years, I am a pet relocation newbie.

Coming to SXSW? Don't Miss #PuppyHour!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

If you live in Austin or if your March plans happen to include a visit to SXSW, you're invited to attend a very special event that's being held at the PetRelocation headquarters in downtown Austin.

On March 8 and 9 we're partnering with GoBank, Austin Pets Alive! and Barkbox for a #PuppyHour featuring puppy playtime and the chance to adopt a dog. Mingle with fellow pet lovers, take a break between interactive sessions, and consult with the specialists who will be on hand if you have questions about how to relocate a pet.

Register to attend and check us out on Facebook to find out who else is planning to come. All are welcome, so see you then!


WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8 & 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 9 (CST)

WHERE: A short, 9-minute walk from the Austin Convention Center! PetRelocation.com Headquarters, 612 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

WHO: Hosts include GoBank, PetRelocation.com, Austin Pets Alive! and BarkBox. Company representatives will be available on site for demos, interviews, etc.

RSVP: On Eventbrite to make sure you don't miss this event.



Here's more about the #PuppyHour from the official press release:

PASADENA, Calif. & AUSTIN, Texas--In celebration of the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival next month, Green Dot Corporation’s GoBank is partnering with Austin-based non-profit shelter and adoption service, Austin Pets Alive!; PetRelocation.com, an international door-to-door pet transportation service; and BarkBox, the monthly subscription box for dogs to host an innovative #PuppyHour event March 8-9 (Saturday and Sunday during the Interactive portion of the SXSW festival). The big bonus: all dogs at the event will be available for adoption.

"As innovators in the banking industry we know two things to be true: the future of banking is all about mobile, and puppies are super cute," said Sharon Pope, Head of Marketing at Green Dot Corporation (GoBank’s parent company). "As our official GoBank mascot is an adorable schnauzer named Professor Dog, we clearly have a special place in our hearts for the canine community. Partnering on this event gives us the chance to highlight the great work that Austin’s local resources have created for animals in need of adoption, as well as echo the innovative spirit that makes the South by Southwest Festival so special."

Throughout the weekend, #PuppyHour attendees will have the opportunity to pal around with pups, enjoy light refreshments and share the adorable event with friends back at home with the Twitter-enabled photo booth. To align with GoBank’s unique "Pay What You Want" membership fee, the event comes full circle, as attendees will have the option to donate between $0 and $9 to support the adoption mission of Austin Pets Alive!.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with GoBank on such a fun and worthwhile event," said Veronica Mabry from Austin Pets Alive!. "As the largest no-kill shelter in the country, we are dedicated to finding the best homes for every single puppy we house and are so grateful that GoBank will be helping us generate awareness in a unique and interactive way."

Every #PuppyHour dog that gets adopted will receive three months of BarkBox. Additionally, PetRelocation.com and their partner PetMate will be providing free-consultations for those who adopt puppies, as well as a limited amount of crates and puppy starter kits.

Pet News Round-Up: Olympic Adoptions, Pet-Friendly Hotels and Travel Lessons

Friday, February 21, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Meet Dottie, our Pet Move of the Month!

If there was such a thing as the Pet Travel Olympics, who would the winners be?

If you're a dog, you probably want to stay at one of these pet-friendly hotels.

Several Olympic athletes are adopting stray dogs in Sochi.

This woman traveled the world with her dog for months. Here's what she learned.

Are you coming to SXSW? Here's a #PuppyHour event not to be missed!

And because it's Friday, cute before and after pet pictures.


Have a relaxing weekend!