Hello There, VivBounty here. While we are waiting for the rescue shelter in Spain to update their “Adopted Pets” page with our story, I would like to share with you how we got our dog Pedro used to his portable airline kennel.
In my previous post I wrote of us fostering two dogs in anticipation of adopting one of our own permanently. Tilly and Rafael prepared us for Pedro’s adoption, as I described in that blog entry, and as is often the case with pets, they helped us more than we helped them in our humble opinion.
Pedro came to us at 5 months old and by the time he was 4 years old, he weighed 75 lbs. When we adopted him, we did not anticipate leaving the continent nor the prospect of flying him anywhere. Well not only did we leave Spain, his life has been a travelling adventure, of course, as he has parents afflicted with wanderlust.
We did eventually have to fly with Pedro, who was raised on the Mediterranean Coast, running on the beach everyday and now had to be contained in a travel crate for many hours. Getting this large, freedom-reigns-kinda-dog used to being in a box, essentially, took some time but he did us proud as you’ll see in my HubPage about it here, How We Got Our Dog Pedro Used To His Travel Crate. The cost of transporting this gentle giant of a dog was more than 4 times the cost of both our airfares combined! Leaving him was never an option. Would you leave your child behind because it costs too much to take him along?
Enjoy the blog post and the HubPage. If anything is the pervasive theme throughout my writings, I hope it’s the fact that I love my pets and believe they are the keepers of my Being and extensions of our energy.