Traveling with our Fräulein.

Disclaimer a) Ich bin faul, weshalb es diesen Post nur auf Englisch gibt. No Tschermähn this time 😉 b) I’m not a professional for travelling with pets and the stuff below is just my experience, you cannot hold me accountable for anything. TL;DR Flying with our Fräulein is easy and we’re doing it again. Your milage will vary depending on your dog and/or airline. Let me start with a little background information. Corinna has travelled to Germany with our little Fräulein Knopf twice now and people have been asking me/us about it ever since, so I thought it to be a good idea to write a blog post about it. Here we go. Flying with a pet in general First, what’s flying with a pet like in general? Well, it’s pretty easy actually, there’s not much difference to riding with a bus with a dog. You buy a ticket for the animal, board the bus/plane and that’s about it. The devil – as usual – is in the details. The “ticket” for a dog is somewhere between $100 and $150 per trip for your dog if you take it in the cabin, for Germany this means $300 round-trip for your pet. You need to book this ticket at least 24 hours in advance and the airline can refuse to accept the pet if there are already several pets on the plane in the cabin. Yet, we haven’t heard or read of any occasion where this was a problem. It probably is just some fine print to scare people away. Next, your pet needs to be well behaved and must not pee or poop places. That’s okay. You can only take small pets with you in the cabin and they need to stay in their carrier at all times. Airlines have weight restrictions for the pet and size restrictions for the carrier. Some airlines have breed restrictions as well. If a pet is too big or the carrier is not approved, the pet needs to go into the belly of the plane – I have no idea how expensive that is, I’m assuming it’s more expensive and you need to book that transportation well in advance. Planes have a special area in the cargo hold that is pressurized and heated so pets don’t explode or freeze. Personally, I would not take my pet there but that’s up to you. If you have a service animal or emotional support animal, they travel for free and the size limitation to travel in the cabin does not apply to them. Each airline has a different policy but in the end it’s just paperwork and preparation in advance. Next, you need proper paperwork for your dog if you are travelling internationally. Some countries like the U.K. or Australia are completely out of bounds for pets as they require very long quarantine times, etc. but mostly it’s some vaccination, a micro ship and paperwork by a vet. Before leaving the US, the airline will review the[…]

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