We've been telling you all about the 2011 IPATA conference and how two of our specialists were also able to help Kika, a 150 lb Newfoundland, cross the border from Hong Kong to mainland China (read Part One and Part Two of Kika's story).
Today we have another fun chapter to share. Check out Cara's account of the client pet party we had at one of the most pet-friendly venues you'll probably ever see!
Cara and Bella, en route to the party
It’s not every day that members of the PetRelocation team get to visit Hong Kong, so we knew we had to make the most of the trip. And what would be a better way to meet people and enjoy the surroundings than to host a party for our Hong Kong clients and their pets!
We determined that we had 48 clients currently living in Hong Kong; the majority are pets that we moved there, but we also had some who we were preparing to export. There were even a couple of returning customers that we were excited to see (including Sawyer, who we featured as our October Pet Move of the Month).
Obviously we wanted to have the party somewhere pet-friendly, with private space, catering available, and an all-around fun environment. It turns out that a place called Pet World fit the bill perfectly! We quickly got to work sending out the invites, planning the BBQ menu (butter garlic mussels, tiger shrimp, black pepper steak – not too shabby!) and assembling the party favor bags with toys, disposable potty bags, tennis balls, and treats.
Matt, taking in the gorgeous landscape
Now the only thing left to do was cross our fingers that it didn’t rain! The day of the party turned out to be sunny and gorgeous, albeit a bit humid, not surprisingly. We provided complimentary transportation for any pets whose bus passes had expired, and it was great to see a bit more of Hong Kong while we criss-crossed between the Kowloon side, Hong Kong Island, and Discovery Bay.
Our lovely agent Louise of Pet Movers Hong Kong, cuddling with Bella
We had high expectations for Pet World’s grounds, staff, and facilities, and were not disappointed upon arrival. There were two sparkling clean swimming pools (one for little pups, another for larger ones), a complete agility course, comfortable kennels for boarding, numerous enclosed yards for running freely, indoor sport courts, a grooming center, toy shop, full kitchen with doggie bakery, and the nicest staff around.
Matt, manning the grill
The party was great fun. Everyone left happy, with full bellies, and ready for a nap. Special thanks to Polly and her entire team at Pet World, Pet Movers Hong Kong for providing the transportation, and our two-legged and four-legged guests for attending. Enjoy the pictures, and look out – maybe we'll host a party in your town someday!
Catching up with former clients! Kevin and his one-year-old Springer Spaniel, Sawyer
Have questions about moving pets to Hong Kong? Contact us to discuss your travel options.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in December 2011 and has been updated with new information.