|Barked: Fri Mar 4, '11 9:02am PST |
|I've been putting off making this post, because I've been thinking hard about this. There is a lot of complicated crap surrounding getting a dog from the US to the UK, and my life in general seems to be kind of complicated right now. But now that we have the senior forum, I am inspired to ask for information specific to the heart of the problem.
Eppy is not a spring chicken anymore. The crux of the problem is that I'm desperate to have her with me but I don't know if that's totally selfish and I should leave her where she is.
Background: I came overseas to study, leaving Eppy with my Nana while I buggered off to the UK to get my Masters, thinking "oh, I'll be back in a year, and if I find a job or something and want to stay, I'll just fly the dog and cat over, no big."
Well, yes big. I'm here for now, I met someone, and all that. Staying in this area for another 2 years at least, while he finishes HIS stint at uni. And the legalities and fine print of the process of importing a dog here from the US? Oh. My goodness. It's a bit daunting. And expensive. And takes 6 months.
But I miss her more all the time and I'm scared that if I wait too long, she won't be there anymore. It is a bit of an irrational fear-- yes, she's 11 or 12 now, but she's a small dog, and in good health. But there are no guarantees, you know?
I had a friend offer to pay her way over, which was an amazing gesture, possibly the most generous offer I've ever received in my life. Now I really have the opportunity to actually have her with me, which is huge for me. I think about her all the time. I was thinking of trying to get the process started as soon as I have secured a job (still looking, sadly).
But I'm concerned. How would she handle the flight? She hates riding in the car, and it's 8 flippin hours, and they're not allowed to come out of the crate the whole time.
I mean, she's not with me right now, but she's safe and cared for. I'm not going to kill her just for the chance to have her again.
How do elderly dogs handle transatlantic travel?
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