I know my mom was getting anxious about the big travel day. The animals flight out of Dallas left at 4pm, but the airlines required that they be dropped off at noon, in their crates. Bruno and Punkins are deathly afraid of their crates and I knew it would be a large task to get them dropped off. But Mom managed and used her superwoman strength to get them on their way.
The flight left at 4:00pm and arrived in Frankfurt at the Lufthansa Animal Lounge. Now this video below is in German, but as you can see, the Animal Lounge is the real deal!! I felt fully at ease knowing that the pets would be taken care of after their 9 hour flight (+3 hours in their crate).
The pets were scheduled to be in the Animal Lounge from 9am-4pm local time, and then arrive at London Heathrow at 5:00pm local time. Since we have been in England, Van has been blessed to have a company provided rental car for 2 months. We were lucky to have had the rental car and our BMW to go and pick the animals up. Their crates were massive, and expensive, and it was worth it to drive 2 vehicles so they would all fit comfortably. So we got the cars ready and headed to London to pick them up from the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (HARC)!
We arrived at around 7:30 as we were told it would take about 3 hours for customs to complete their documentation once the pets arrived. This takes so long because they allow time for the pets to settle into their holding areas before they are examined by a vet. However, once we arrived, they said they were ready to go and we waited about 10 minutes before they brought my 3 babies out to us.
When we made it home, we got their beds and food ready and got them settled in for the night. I knew that they would be exhausted and boy was I right. Punkins was the happiest I have ever seen her! I honestly think that she thinks that I rescued her :) She is so happy in our new house and LOVES the stairs. She is able to peer over from the railing and I believe she thinks she rules the upstairs!
The boys are getting used to not being so spoiled (thanks Mom lol). They have a cosy room in our sunroom and although they aren't getting to sleep in a human's bed any more, I think they are quite happy! You be the judge.....
Our neighborhood has the most amazing dog trails and they have been so excited to go for their walks.....lots of new smells, new dog accents ;) and new landscape. I think they will fit in just fine. All in all, it was definitely a long and expensive process but I am so happy to have them all here!