Mr. Quaid is off to Louisiana. Since a lot of puppy buyers ask about shipping pups and have a lot of concern about it, we thought this would be a good opportunity to share the puppy shipping experience.
Quaid’s new family settled on Saturday, the 25th as the best time for the new puppy to arrive. Kraig called and scheduled an appointment with the vet for Friday morning and then started looking into flights.
There are two airlines that fly out of Helena, United and Delta. We always look to see who has the most direct flight.
When shipping dogs, Kraig calls the airline no more than two days before the ship date due to the temperature restrictions. Weather forecasts have to be very current. During the summer, the temperature of any city the plane may land cannot be over 86 degrees. In addition, only certain airports with proper animal care facilities may be layover cities. The airline organizes the safest and most direct route.
We gave the carrier all the information on us as shippers and all the information on who the dog is being shipped to. We provided them dimensions for the dog crate, approximate size of the dog, age of the dog, and breed of the dog.
Friday morning the dog went on a trip to the vet. Our vet, who is also a Wacthelhund owner, gave Quaid a good check up, and lots of praise as the cutest and smartest Wachtel puppy he’s ever seen (besides his own).
Saturday morning, Quaid was awakened by Kraig in the very early morning and got to go for another ride in the car. Quaid’s flight left at 6 am – so it was off to the airport by 4:00am. The airport in Helena is small and quiet, but it’s still best to get there early and make sure everything is in order.
The weather is watched right up until the flight. Even as we checked in Quaid – there was a question about whether the plane would be allowed to take him to Memphis. The temperature was very near the temperature limit. They decided it was safe to let him on, but we watched the weather the whole way.
Quaid was shipped with all important information taped securely to his kennel. A bag of dog food and travel bowls went along. At any stops, the dogs was provided some food and water. I imagine there are quite a few airport personnel that “oohed” and “ahhed” and told him what a cute boy he was as well.
We watched online as he made his stops and loaded on the next plane. We watched for plane arrival at the destination. Finally, we called Quaid’s new family to make sure they had him safe and sound.
Once we knew he made it to his final destination and the new family was thrilled – we sat back and thought about how we miss him.