Friday, July 3, 2009

Panic sets in

Am freaking out somewhat because a friend of a friend whose dog travelled with them on a flight to Munich a few days ago was discovered dead on arrival. Other animals who travelled on the same flight arrived okay though. How absolutely terrible.

The dog was a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 6 y/o, healthy but a bit overweight and stressed from the move apparently. His owners were made redundant, and had to leave in a big rush. So utterly awful for them.

Of our lot, Loulou's 'elderly', Louis's a nervous wreck, Jeffrey's a bit sniffly, Curtis, Spencer and Finlay loathe confinement in any way, particularly in a cat box... The list goes on and on. On the other hand, Alison took her seven dogs from Dubai to New York with no major issues, and we sent four rescues from here to New York earlier this year and they all arrived in good spirits. At the end of the day, there's nothing else we can do except keep the Barmy Army as stress-free as possible leading up to the travel date, then put them on the plane and hope for the best.

"Bracycephalic breed dogs should get approval from a vet before travelling. These breeds are especially prone to heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or extreme temperatures, more so than any other dogs."

This includes Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, which this guy was. Wonder if it had anything to do with it? So sad.

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