Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Meanwhile, back at the vet...

Curtis was not happy when he didn't get to go outside at 5.30am today. Even a dish of tuna would not placate him. We had to keep him in cos otherwise he'd disappear for the day. Anyway, we got him to the vet for his appointment at 8.15am and he behaved immaculately, which is pretty amazing given that he's a street cat we couldn't even get near, much less touch, this time last year. Thanks Curtis, you went a long way to restoring the family honour that Louis totally wrecked with his little performance last Friday!

So now all four dogs and six cats are up to date with their vax and can travel 30 days from now. Yes, that includes Spencer and Finlay. As we've done absolutely nothing about rehoming them, it looks like they are coming too. Note to self: buy two more cat travel boxes. Their flight is booked for mid-August and so are the kennels where they'll need to spend a few days while we get the house packed up and before they travel. They are so gonna hate the upheaval but hopefully it's all gonna be worth it in the end. We're gonna travel the day before so we can be at LAX the next day to greet them. That's gonna be exciting! Got to rent a big van for that...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Tulips from Amsterdam

Our animal freighters, in their infinite wisdom, have informed us that the direct flight to LA (approx 16 hours) is too long for animals to do in one go. So, they recommend that they travel via Amsterdam, spend eight hours there where they can get out of their travel boxes, wander round in an enclosure for a while and have a drink (but no food), and then get reloaded back into their boxes and onto another plane to LA.

This is all well and good but it means two take offs and landings instead of one which is stressful enough, but also two lots of being bundled into travel boxes and loaded onto an aircraft, which Louis, Roxy, Daisy and Jeffrey in particular are going to absolutely hate. And when they are that terrified they will be very aggressive for sure. Got to trust that the peeps at Schiphol know what they are doing but it's all starting to get rather daunting...

Friday, June 26, 2009

It's a date!

We are tentatively working on a date in mid-August to ship the Barmy Army to Los Angeles. We have a quote from the air freighters which will not quite break the bank, but will come close. Next step is to fix an appointment to drag the four dogs down there to be measured for their boxes. That's going to be a joy. At least we don't have to take the cats, they can travel in standard cat boxes. Also next week we have to take Curtis for his vaccinations and then everyone is up to date. At last we are making some progress!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Traumatic vet visit, as expected

Just taken Louis and Daisy to the vet for their annual vax. Been dreading it for months and they did not disappoint! To be fair, the vet made them wait for half an hour which didn't help, but anyway... We managed to muzzle Daisy which made her very subdued and we were able to lift her onto the table and get her jabbed in a matter of seconds.

Louis was a different story of course. The muzzle was too tight so I couldn't do it up fast enough, by which time he was snarling and freaking out. Tried a few more times but he got worse and worse. We didn't want anyone to get bitten to we decided to try it without. He calmed down inside the vet which was fortunate, but he was still terrified. Luckily our vet Malcolm is so cool! Two of us managed to hold him at the front end while Malcolm jabbed him at the back end. Louis snarled and struggled like hell, but we held firm and it was done, again, very quickly. Only not before Louis had emptied not only his anal glands but also his entire bowel contents all over the floor. It was like fine spray and went absolutely everywhere, including all up our legs! Poor Nutty, he was so frightened. I'll never forgive that bastard Dr Wolf at Jumeirah Vet last year who terrified the living daylights out of Louis and Daisy and ensured that every vet visit from then on has been hell on earth. If you want to find a vet who has no concept of how to handle or approach a nervous, frightened dog, you can find him here. On the other hand
, if you want vets who are confident, competent and empathetic, go here.

Anyway, the point is, it's done for another year. What a relief!!! And all things considered,
it went much better than it did last year. Now we can relax for a while. Or at least till we
take them to the air freighters to be measured for their dog boxes next week...