One of the first questions people ask us is, “What are you going to do with the dogs?” And those who know us best know that, OF COURSE we’re taking them both with us. Almost everything we do is all about the dogs…
After spending hours and hours of doing research about moving abroad with dogs and well over two hours at the veterinary, I think I finally know what is expected from us to move with our two dogs, Annie and Alfie. The paper work is very, well, European—all 32 pages of it, with an obscene number of accompanying forms, details, charts, examples, and translations.
I think I’ve found the best link of all at: http://ec.europa.eu/food/animal/liveanimals/pets/index_en.htm
The requirements SEEM fairly straightforward for our older dogs:
1) they need to be microchipped
2) they need to be up to date on Rabies vaccination
3) they need a passport/ vet health certificate
Now to get the dogs crate trained! We have the crates and have been encouraging the dogs to dine in them sans the tops, so they’re eating in, like, a Hollywood Bowl, or so I tell them! Time is getting short, so I’ve hired a trainer to come and hopefully charm them into loving the crates. I found this handy site detailing how to measure your dog for the correct crate size: http://www.pettravel.com/passports_container_requirements.cfm
We are intentionally traveling direct with the dogs from San Francisco to Frankfurt, so there are no dangerous layovers. And we’ve heard from other travelers that Lufthansa has the best handling procedures out there. If you’re interested, here are Lufthansa’s guidelines: http://www.lufthansa.com/online/portal/lh/us/info_and_services/baggage?nodeid=1769643&l=en
Luckily, there is no quarantine coming from the States, so we’ll be with our babies after the 11 hour traumatic flight. Gerd, our good (brave) friend who lives in Frankfurt, is picking the four of us up (including the two crates) and is driving us to Bad Breisig to get us settled in. Thank you, Gerdchen!