We are getting closer with every passing day, so I am in the process of finalizing things. I have booked our hotel in Germany. It is near base about a 30 min walk, but we are thinking of renting a car for a few days.
After much research, I learned why people don't fly with pets. Trooper is a Shiz Tzu/Poodle Mix and Sissy is a Shiz Tzu/Yorkie mix. Shiz Tzu are classified as a snug nose dogs and most airlines won't put them in the belly of the plane because of their heat intolerance and breathing. Sissy is small enough she will ride in cabin with us but Trooper is just a tiny bit too big for in cabin, so we have had to look into putting him under the plane, which is killing me. After three different airlines, I think we found a solution. We are going with Lufthansa and Trooper will fly under the plane as long as the temperature stays under 80, which is fine but now we have to fly from Atlanta to get the Army approve pricing. The flight is only 9 hrs, but those who know me well, knows that I will be stressing the whole time! So on October 6, I am asking for additional prayers and positive thoughts that everything goes well!
Trooper's crate is the perfect size to use on the plane, all I need to do is get it ready for airline travel. Did you know that you can get a kit from the pet store which has everything you need. The good part is Trooper sees this crate as his safe place so hopefully this will help while he is flying.
So in the process of stressing about Trooper riding in the belly of the plane, I have had to cancel and reschedule hotels and the car drop off from Dallas to Atlanta. We are heading out of town a few days earlier to get to Atlanta. Mail is being sent to mom's, cell phones are on hold and final appointments are made.
This week the movers are coming to pack our Households Goods (HHG), which is the stuff we are taking to Germany with us. The following week another company is coming to pack up the things we are storing and not taking to Germany. With all this packing means we will be sleeping on a air mattress for a few nights to save some money before we check into a hotel. Moving is never dull.
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