The dogs will have food and water in the crate. I have shipped 2 dogs and everything was fine
I wanted to add that apparently sometimes the damage is done to pets even before they reach cargo ... I mean during the luggage handling process itself. Have you ever been sitting in your seat on a plane, and before waiting for take-off ... watching how luggage itself it being handled before being placed in the cargo section? Yes, airlines might tell you that your pet will be handled with TLC ... but, lets's put it this way ... TLC can have different meanings to different folks.I have a friend who works for one of the major airlines. She said people would be shocked to know the horrific things that have happened to many pets who have flown cargo. We just don't, nor are we going to hear about it. I, personally cannot imagine any pet, especially a dog or cat, not feeling traumatized flying cargo.
I'm pretty sure KLM out of the Netherlands you can fly with a dog in the cabin so fingers crossed you can work something out!For me, personally, I would only consider shipping cargo if I thought the temperament of the puppy could handle it. Within the US, I have only shipped with a courier that takes the puppies in the cabin and have not done any international shipping yet.
I am getting a puppy from the Netherlands though in a few months and while the logistics have not been worked out, i will try my hardest to avoid the puppy being flown cargo, even it if costs a fortune to ship with a courier service.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who has heard this from friends who also work for major airlines. They all tell me they would never ship a dog in cargo unless there was absolutely no other way.I have a friend who works for one of the major airlines. She said people would be shocked to know the horrific things that have happened to many pets who have flown cargo. We just don't, nor are we going to hear about it. I, personally cannot imagine any pet, especially a dog or cat, not feeling traumatized flying cargo.
Sandi I truly appreciate your sharing this. This is what so many of us have been concerned about when going to a breeder from another country and there could be communication problems, real or used as an excuse. As well as how can a breeder who is half way around the world really help you? And to my knowledge, no one has ever been to either of these breeders place. And I'm not even sure if anyone has actually met one of the breeders personally. I find it disconcerting that both of these breeders have puppies available at all times. It doesn't seem that there is a waiting list like there can be with many other breeders. Has anyone tried to purchase from either of these breeders and been told they have no puppies at the moment but have a litter planned for 6 months from now? And since there has been very little true contact with these breeders, has anyone ever found out what happens to their retirees? What happens to any puppies that don't get sold? I'm trying to be careful here to not slander any names or be disrespectful of other countries and what is deemed acceptable practices. But does anyone know what is customary for show breeders in Korea? It may very well be just like here in the US or even better. I just don't know.I did communicate w/your Korean breeder before discovering that there was an export in Europe from this line who had been bred & I could get one of those puppies w/out shipping. I found the breeder in Korea to be easy to work with, but the distance was prohibitive for ME. When Kitzel developed issues w/walking I tried to find out if other puppies from this line had issues & suddenly the breeder's English was not good enough to communicate w/me. I speak from first-hand personal experience.
Thanks for this post Lynn! I agree with you, of course if I was flying with my girls, they would go in the cabin with me.I have really mixed emotions about this subject.
As many of you know, I was one of the top Lhasa breeders for many years and I often shipped puppies (at least 6 months old) overseas and in the U.S. Also most of my top show dogs were flown (with their hander) to shows every weekend and often in the cargo section.
I have shipped puppies to Europe, South America, the Phillipines, Thailand and Japan a number of times and have never had a problem. Also, I've had dogs shipped to me from these same places without a problem.
Gambler (Mult. BIS, BISS Ch. LynnLaine's The Gambler) was shown as a top winning Special for more than 4 years. He HATED being stuffed into a bag and flown inside the cabin. But, when shipped in cargo, he would sleep, rest and come out of the plane happy and ready to show. On the other hand when Roulette (Mult BIS, BISS Ch. LynnLaine's Roulette) was being shown as a Special for almost 3 years, she much preferred going into the cabin with her handler.
As far as the 3 Malts I have, I don't believe that Lacie, and most especially Tilly, would do well in cargo and have never (and won't) fly them in cargo -- only in-cabin with me. Secret, on the other hand, has been flown in cargo several times -- both in her show career and when Bonnie shipped her to me and she seems to do just fine. But, still I prefer having her in cabin with me.
So -- I do believe that most fluffs do OK in cargo -- some even prefer it. But, when possible I will fly my current fluffs in cabin with me.