Recently we helped Austin, a two-and-a-half-year-old terrier/pug mix, move from Houston, Texas to Sydney, Australia. Austin's owners rescued him from a shelter after he was found on the side of the road, and they've never regretted adding this friendly, free spirit to their lives.
After their big move, Austin's owner Robyn decided to get involved in the pet business herself by starting the website sharpdog.com.au. Sharp Dog offers doggie products to Australian customers with the intention of helping all kinds of pups look their sharpest (you can read all about her business here).
Here's a little more about Austin's move to Australia. We're glad to be able to share this great pet move story, and wish the whole family lots of luck!
Did anything surprise you about the international pet moving process? Why did you seek out the help of PetRelocation?
I had been told that moving a pet overseas wouldn't be the easiest process (especially to Australia, which has one of the strictest quarantine rules), but I didn’t actually realize a) how much in advance you had to be prepared and b) how much paperwork and logistics would be involved.
This is where PetRelocation came in (particularly Scotty, our specialist). I am not sure what I would have done without him. It is stressful enough moving across the world, so to have had the help with moving our four-legged best buddy really made a difference! They help with the paperwork, any questions you may have and they make sure that your pet gets the best care and gets safely back home, which is obviously the ultimate goal.
How is life in Australia so far?
Austin loves his new life in Australia. He loves his daily walks in the park and his occasional visits to the beach (even though he is not the biggest water fan (still working on it!). I think because the whole moving process was so smooth and even though he had to be in quarantine for a month, he adjusted really well to his new home.
Why did you decide to start Sharp Dog?
I got the idea for my pet business whilst I was living in the States for two and a half years. I was working in a doggie daycare/boutique, and saw a gap in the Australian market for some of the pet products as I had not seen or heard about most of them before. It also helps having a pet, as I can tell which products work and which ones don't. Austin is really the whole inspiration behind my business, he is even featured on my logo. I just wanted to share these fabulous dog products with Aussie dog lovers to make our best doggie friends look and feel their sharpest :)
Remember to contact us if you have any questions about moving pets, and thanks to Robyn for sharing this story!