July's pet move of the month features Eddie. He recently moved from the United States to India and is settling into his new home! His owner shared her experience with us below:
What brought about your move to India?
We had to move to India because of my husband's work.
Did anything surprise you about the pet travel process?
Yes. We had an experience moving with Eddie from the Czech Republic to the USA about 7 years ago but moving to India seemed more complicated with the paperwork, receiving NOC, a rule for the arrival time, and so on.
India is very far from the USA. Eddie had to travel for a long distance taking at least two airplanes nearly 10 hours of each, and moreover, our Eddie is almost 12 years old. I researched every day for what we can do but soon I lost my confidence and searched for the help.
Gladly I found PetRelocation who is a member of IPATA. Evelyn the consultant gave us much information. Her quick response and kind words always reassured me. After we decided to work with them, Kelcey the coordinator gave us a plan for Eddie's move. Her quick response and calm advice led us all the way from Kentucky, USA to Bengaluru, India.
How did Eddie handle the move and how is setting in?
Everywhere Eddie went, there were Kelcey's contact people to take care of Eddie. Britt's Bow Wow is the pet hotel where Eddie was staying until he got on his flight from Detroit. Eddie is always a bit shy at first. They understood right away and took care of him kindly and safely.
Thank you Chris for taking Eddie to the Airport for his check-in. Since we reunited Eddie here in Bengaluru we know you did a perfect job for us!
As Kelcey explained to us, Eddie was in the good hands at the animal lounge in Frankfurt for the layover. We received photos of Eddie. Kelcey's contact person in India, Siva, was also wonderful. Siva Picked up my husband's passport at the hotel the day before Eddie's arrival and brought Eddie to us at 5am the next morning.
I don't have enough words to express my appreciation for all their professional jobs. Thank you very much. Eddie was tired and slow when he got out from his crate, but he seemed in a good condition.
He saw us happily and got excited right away!
What advice do you have for people who might be starting to plan their pet's move?
If you have questions or things that you can't decide about your pet's move, consult professionals. Keep your pets healthy especially before their moving so they can go along with the good plan. Prepare well rather than worry too much.
How pet-friendly is your new home city? Feel free to share the names of any dog-friendly places you've found.
Unfortunately, we can not take Eddie out to the public street here in Bengaluru because we see many stray dogs around. We are staying at the hotel for three weeks and moving to our new house following week, which is in the big community fenced around with the security so that we can take a safe walk with Eddie.
Vivanta By Taj Whitefield is a very good pet-friendly hotel. The staff is very polite and kind to us even though Eddie is shy. They have a beautiful grass area outside of the second floor.
Thank you to Eddie's family for trusting us with such a big move! We wish you the best in your new home of India!