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Pet News Round-Up: Travel Developments around the World

Friday, July 25, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

The Delhi airport takes steps towards more pet-friendly travel.

Joanie loves Chachi -- a Pit Bull (heartwarmingly) helped an injured Chihuahua to safety.

UK news: A Pug died on a P&O ferry, inciting a petition demanding safer options for pets crossing the Channel.

Can we ever really know a cat?

Are dogs capable of jealousy?

Amsterdam is super expat-friendly.

An unscientific survey explores the question: do big cats like water?

 

pepper

Have a great weekend!

 

Pet News Round-Up: It's a Pet-Friendly World

Friday, July 18, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Ikea's brilliant pet adoption program.

The DOT has issued new reporting rules for airlines regarding pet travel.

Video: Dogs in wheelchairs playing fetch.

Dogster's Editor's Picks.

Dog Fancy has named Austin, TX (where we're based!) DogTown USA 2014.

Home builders are adding rooms just for pets.

Examining dog-human connections (in therapy).

 

cat on records

Have a good weekend, pet lovers!

U.S. Department of Transportation Expands Airline Reporting Requirements

Thursday, July 17, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Beginning Jan. 1, 2015, more airlines will be required to report incidents involving the loss, injury or death of an animal during transport. This expansion of the current rule is meant to "provide consumers with a fuller picture of an airline's safety record," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Currently just 14 airlines have to adhere to reporting rules, but the expansion will mean that 27 carriers will now be responsible for filing annual reports detailing specific incidents as well as the number of animals carried. The definition of "animal" includes dogs and cats and also covers commercial shipments.

So what are the implications of this? As we told nbcnews.com, greater transparency is a good thing, and hopefully this will inspire every airline to do better when it comes to transporting pets. There are a handful of pet-friendly options out there now (we feel confident flying with a select few carriers, suck as KLM, Lufthansa and United), but it would be heartening and better for everyone to see greater attention paid to pet safety across the board.

Remember, pet travel is actually pretty safe overall, but there is certainly room for improvement. The pet travel industry continues to grow, and it's well past time for airlines offering pet travel options to truly commit to making their services as safe as possible. Greater accountability will help with this, and this new DOT rule is a step in the right direction.

If you'd like to know more, the Department of Transportation issues a monthly Air Travel Consumer Report and makes it publicly available on its website. If you're thinking about moving with a pet and have questions about it, please contact us.

 

pet in cargo

Cargo pet travel. (Photo Credit: Sandy Robins)

 

 

Pet News Round-Up: Money Saving Tips and Travel News

Friday, July 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Money saving pet travel tips.

These police dogs are trained to sniff out hard drives.

Meet Wednesday, the cat featured as our Pet Move of the Month.

This cat video is adorable.

Twelve dog-friendly beaches.

New reporting rules address pet safety on planes.

 

monty

Happy Friday!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Pet Travel Developments and Fitness Tips

Friday, July 4, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Spotting dogs in Tokyo, Japan. (You will love this blog.)

Tips for keeping pets in good shape.

Luxury pet travel options.

A petition has been launched to let dogs ride the Eurostar.

Fourth of July pet safety tips.

Pet boarding facilities around the world.

 

callie the red lab

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

You Already Know, but Still: Independence Day Pet Safety Tips

Thursday, July 3, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Most pet owners know the drill: dogs and cats are not big fans of fireworks or hot weather, and holiday festivities tend to invite numerous dangers (illicit foods, fire hazards, escape possibilities, etc.).

Just in case you need a reminder, though, here's a quick rundown of what to do and what not to do as this American holiday weekend gets going.

america dog

DO: Establish a safe place for your pet, be it a room with a door or a kennel he or she likes to spend time in. When the house fills up with people and fireworks start going off outside, your pet may want nothing more than a little peace and quiet.

DON'T: Leave your pet outside unattended. It may be normal for your dog or cat to stay outdoors when you're not around, but getting spooked by loud firecrackers and running away is a very common behavior this time of year.

DO: Keep your pet on as regular a routine as possible. Keep walking and feeding them on the same schedule and be sure to fit in plenty of anxiety-suppressing exercise.

DON'T: Allow pets to roam through parties, picnics and barbecues where potentially dangerous food and alcohol are in reach. Most dogs love to scavenge for scraps, and it doesn't take much (a cup of beer, a chocolate cookie) to make them sick.

DO: Make sure pets are wearing collars with up-to-date ID tags. History tells us that hundreds of pets do end up escaping over the Fourth of July holiday, so it's smart to be prepared just in case.

DON'T: Assume your pets are interested in the same Independence Day experience as you are. Just like during travel, it's easy to forget that pets aren't humans and their needs are different. You like fireworks, they don't. You like lively parties and spicy foods, but your pets could do without. Don't worry about how much fun they should be having, just focus on keeping them safe and content.

Do you have any additional tips to add? Feel free to share, and have a great and safe Fourth of July, American pet lovers!

 

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Vail Daily, Shane Macomber

Pet News Round-Up: Soccer Pups and Travel Stories

Friday, June 27, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

The dogs of the 2014 Wold Cup.

Get your fix: this week's Incredible Experiences.

Need a good summer read? Here are ten great books featuring dogs.

Five exceptionally pet-friendly hotels.

More apartments are keeping pets in mind as they try to appeal to new tenants.

Cute video alert: a cheetah cub and a puppy become friends.

 

guinea pig

Have a good weekend!

 

The Dogs of the World Cup 2014

Thursday, June 26, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

With one of the world's biggest sporting events underway -- as this is being published the USA is playing a heated match against Germany -- we can't help but search for a pet connection (because that's what a bunch of internationally-savvy pet lovers like to do).

The best thing we discovered is this series of photos by Eric Isselee depicting dogs wearing the national team jersey of the country they're associated with. You won't be surprised to see a German Shepherd and an English Bulldog represented, but it took a little research to choose dogs for the less obvious countries. "Some were very easy to match, others were a little bit less well known," he told the Daily Mail.

Take a look at a few of the photos below and the rest on Isselee's website. And tell us, who are you rooting for in the 2014 World Cup?

 

dogs of the world cup

Pet News Round-Up: Dogs at Work & Baby Goats

Friday, June 20, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day!

A video update about Frosty, the baby goat with the tiny wheelchair.

Slideshow: Dogs on the Queen Mary 2.

Examining summer pet travel.

Everything you need to know about canine atopy (dog allergies).

Don't believe everything you read on Facebook, especially regarding dogs and ice water.

Catch up with our featured Pet Move of the Month.

 

 

Enjoy your weekend!


 

Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day!

Friday, June 20, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Here at PetRelocation we love being a pet-friendly office, and with the help of a few do's and don'ts we enjoy having a furry friend (or two) here just about every day.

In honor of Take Your Dog to Work Day (which hopefully many of you are celebrating), here's a look at a few of the doggy co-workers who make our time at work a little more fun.

 

moe

Moe is always a good sport (and a very fashionable dresser).

 

aston

Sweet Aston also has a pretty good fashion sense.

 

clementine

Clementine loves to help out however she can.

 

goonie

Same with Goonie -- such a dedicated team member!

 

meredith

A newer addition, Meredith is becoming a top-notch office pup.

 

charlie

Charlie's sunny demeanor always brightens up the office!

 

jackson

Jackson is a happy dude known for his always-wagging tail.

 

benni

Benni and his adopted brother Tobi bring tons of energy to the office, too.

 

polly

Look at that face -- Polly is a total sweetheart.

 

dog with hat

Leo is always ready to assist where he's needed.

 

ziva

Ziva is a faithful office friend (and seriously loves snacks).

 

Did you bring your dog to work today? Tweet us your photos at @petrelocation and we'll share them with our followers! Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more cute pet pictures.

Pet News Round-Up: Grumpy Cat & Dog Noses

Friday, June 13, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Fascinating: What the Dog Nose Knows.

This poll says 18% of Americans have Skyped with their pet. (Have you?)

General travel: Virgin Atlantic will save lots of money with this nifty new meal tray.

Follow along with Renzo's travel diary (that's one lucky Boston Terrier).

Grumpy Cat will star in a Lifetime TV movie this Christmas.

Read a few of the latest #IncredibleExperiences from our blog.

 

Have a happy weekend!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Tips & Choosing a Family Pet

Friday, June 6, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

This is why some states don't allow hedgehogs as pets.

Research summer pet travel embargoes before you go so something like this doesn't happen to you!

The Dogster Editor's dog Moxie was hurt after falling from a window, but she's doing better -- watch her progress here.

Thinking of adding a puppy to the family? Here's how to prepare.

Dog breeds you've (maybe) never heard of.

Will New York City's ferret ban be lifted?

 

Don't worry, it's Friday

 

Pet News Round-Up: Travel Trends & A New Pet Adoption Tool

Friday, May 30, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Relocation related: will your cat's identity change if you move to a different place?

Due to an increase in quarantine fees, moving a pet to Australia just became significantly more expensive.

Have you heard of BarkBuddy? It's like Tinder for choosing a dog.

Brands are targeting owners who like to cook their own pet food.

Still though, many pets are overweight.

It's been busy around here! Read about a few of our recent pet moves, a.k.a. #IncredibleExperiences.

 

Happy Friday, Y'all

 

Australia Pet Quarantine Update: Fee Increase Effective July 1

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

A few weeks ago we reported about the possibility that Australia pet quarantine fees could potentially rise. As it turns out, this initiative was approved and, starting soon, a number of changes will go into effect relating to Post Entry Animal Quarantine (PEAQ) procedures at the facilities, which are located in Sydney and Melbourne.

You can find a full overview of the changes here, but read on for a few of the main ideas:

-The fee increase will take effect on July 1, 2014.

-The new fee will be $149 per pet, per day. (The minimum stay is 10 days.)

-It's been the case for a little while but it's worth restating: owners cannot visit pets during quarantine. It is due to the new, shorter quarantine period that PEAQ made the decision not to allow visits. During quarantine, department staff has pledged to exercise pets and attend to all their basic needs.

-Why are the fees being increased? The Australian Government Department of Agriculture lists three primary reasons:

  • Fees haven't been adjusted since 2009, and since then various quarantine management costs have risen.
  • The program is currently operating in deficit, and in order to meet the government policy of "full cost recovery," fees must be increased.
  • The recent PEAQ policy changes have affected the bottom line of the overall operation, and the increase is meant to serve as a counterbalance.

 

This cost increase probably isn't welcome news to hear, but if you're planning a pet move to Australia it's important to be educated about the new conditions so as to make the process as streamlined as possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you think you'd like some help organizing an upcoming relocation, and please stay in touch for more pet travel updates.

Pet Travel News Round-Up: Summer Pet Topics & More

Friday, May 23, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Lufthansa Airlines is called a modern-day Noah's Ark by Today.com.

Want to see some puppy art?

Don't assume it's fine to just pet a stranger's dog.

Dogs tend to have more "tummy issues" during the spring and summer. Here's how to keep them healthy.

Meet Holly and Geoff, our Pet Move of the Month!

Well, it's Friday, so here's a video of a kangaroo and a Rottweiler happily playing together.

 

Happy Friday!

Pet News Round-Up: Heroic Cats & Travel Updates

Friday, May 16, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

See the video of a little boy's hero cat who fought off an attacking dog.

Speaking of high-achieving cats, Millie goes rock climbing with her owner and he says she is the best partner ever.

Exploring the bond between people and animals.

More about the Amtrak pilot program -- would you travel by train with your cat?

Cats and dogs dressed as people (100 years ago).

This journalist took her rescue cat to a pet psychic.

Moving a pet doesn't have to be stressful -- sometimes it's an incredible experience.

 

Have a relaxing weekend, pet lovers!

Pet News Link Round-Up: Globetrotting Pets & Therapy Dogs

Friday, May 9, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Therapeutic service dogs helps soldiers deal with PTSD.

Meet the first dog in Britain to get a crew card (that means she flies a lot).

Go behind the scenes of a few recent pet moves.

Seven kinds of dog shaming.

Photography project: wet dogs.

We have a few new employees here at PetRelocation, and they have pets. Say hello!

Read the results of this DogVacay pet travel survey.

Want to share your own feedback? Take our quick survey (we'll release our results at the beginning of summer).

 

geoff &  holly

Enjoy the weekend!

Learn More About The New Detroit Airport Pet Relief Station

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

As the pet industry continues to grow, it can be pretty tough to keep up with all the latest products and services aimed at making life with pets easier and more fun.

For example, last month we discussed Amtrak's pilot pet travel program and various pet projects on Kickstarter, and this week have learned of a few more new developments that will affect pet travelers in particular.

Thanks to the completion of a $75,000 expansion project that includes a new indoor pet relief area, travelers with small dogs and service animals will now have an easier time at the Detroit Metropolitan airport. Only a couple other airports have facilities like this inside the terminal, and this feature can definitely save a lot of time because pets can use the area without leaving security.

Like at the Dulles airport, this relief area has fake grass, a fire hydrant and a rinse/drain system. If you plan to use this one or are wondering about options in other airports, Dog Jaunt has a great rundown of airport pet relief stations around the country (including pictures and reviews of many of them).

 

Detroit Airport Pet Relief Area (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Mandi Wright)

 

In other pet travel news especially of interest to international travelers and relocating families, many countries and cities outside the United States are witnessing a shift in cultural perception when it comes to pets. We often hear heartening stories from our clients, and in Dubai, where pets are becoming more and more popular, expats have started a pet taxi service in response to a ban on pets using public transportation. Sounds like things are changing everywhere in regards to where pets are welcome.

Have you come across any exciting pet news lately? Has your pet been able to use an airport relief station? Feel free to send us your tips and thoughts!

Meet The New Employee Pets of PetRelocation!

Monday, May 5, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Over the past few weeks we've been excited to welcome several new employees to PetRelocation. These are busy times in the pet transportation world, and it was time to add a few more sharp and capable people to the team!

It's been fun getting to know them, of course, and there's something in particular we never waste time in asking our new hires about -- their pets. Read on to meet the furry friends that Whitney, Vanessa, Linda and Brooke go home to each night. As you'll see, they are truly passionate pet people (so they're sure to fit right in here).

 

Maggie

Whitney says: "My pup’s name is Maggie (or Maggie Moo) and she is a corgi/border collie mix. I adopted her about 5 years ago while in school in San Marcos. I used to volunteer at the shelter and it was love at first sight! She had a hard life before she we met, so we had to work really hard together on her social skills with people and other animals. She is getting older now, she’s about 11. She sleeps more than she used to, but still loves dog parks, hiking and swimming (AKA walking around in shallow water) -- those short legs make her a little nervous in deep water. She doesn’t let it stop her though! She also loves bones that are almost as big as she is!"

 

 

Tyson and Buttercup

Vanessa says: "My main man is Tyson  Leonidas Sepulveda (pictured on the right). He is a 6-year-old Pitbull/Boxer mix. I got Tyson when he was 5 months old and it was love at first sight! He is my doggie soul mate and I love him more than words can say. He has a wonderfully funny personality and is such sweet boy that loves to kiss and snuggle! He thinks he’s a lap dog. To see what a cutie he is please check out his own Instagram: lifeoftys."

"My little girl is Buttercup Sepulveda (pictured on the left). She is a 6 month old Chihuahua/Terrier mix. I got Buttercup the week of my final interview for this job! I had gone to the ASPCA just to see the pups and when I saw her I knew she needed to come home with us. She is my crazy little tripod! Even though we have only had her for about 1.5 months she already runs the house. She is a goof ball that has no idea how tiny she is! She loves everyone and loves to play with other dogs! To see this little monkey please check out her Instagram: buttercupsbigadventures."

 

 

 

Piggy and Paisley

Linda says: "I have had my little Piggy the pug since he was 1. I had never ever even been around a pug until I met Piggy, and from the moment I met him I was smitten! Piggy is now 12 years old and is like my wise little Buddha. Piggy is the most chill dog, and he has a hard time grasping that he is a dog. He likes to lurk and creep on people from afar, and likes to hide in inconspicuous spots.  His favorite game is 'pretend to take the treat.'  Piggy has a huge effect on people, he got more tears when we moved across country than I did. He has even turned three people into actual pug owners, all based on their love for Piggy."

"Paisley was almost named Pancake, which if you met her is quite befitting. She is a 4-year-old Corgi/Shepard mix. I like to think of her as a sassy southern belle.  Paisley is my Texas dog, we adopted her here in Austin when she was about 8 weeks old after battling Parvo for a couple tough weeks at our vet’s office. She is a survivor and one tough cookie! She makes life fun, she is extremely active and so smart. She is an incredible swimmer and so agile on our hikes, she is part billy goat and has actually scaled rock walls. She takes longer to meet new dogs and people but once she feels comfortable she is incredibly loving and cuddly."

 

 

   

Polly and BK

About Brooke's babies: "Polly is a 5-year-old Pit bull mix adopted from the Austin Humane Society when she was two months old. She loves clean laundry, going to Red Bud Isle, peanut butter Kongs and her Beagle cousins."

"BK is a 3-year-old tabby was also adopted form the Austin Humane Society and her favorite things to do include chewing on string, eating, and sleeping on Polly's beds."

Brooke also has a female calico cat named Keasbey who is not pictured. She's a rescue, as well.

 

Love for pets and an appreciation for the incredible experiences they add to our lives are what it's all about here at PetRelocation.

Want to see more? Follow us on Instagram for glimpses of our pet-friendly office. Want to work for us? Check out our Careers page to see our open positions here in Austin, TX.

 

Pet News Links Round-Up: Travel Announcements & Pampered Pets

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Check out the new pet restroom at the Detroit airport.

Amtrak is testing an in-cabin pet travel program that could roll out nationwide in a few months.

Selling your house? Maybe keep your pets out of sight.

Ikea hacks for pet furniture.

Amazon lists the "most pampered pet cities" in the United States (based on money spent).

Love happy pet relocation stories? Read about the latest #IncredibleExperiences on our blog.

 

Happy Friday!