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Traveling with Your Dog Abroad (Max the Maltese).

When you plan on traveling with your dog abroad, There are some preparations to do ahead.   Max is one of 3 dogs we adopted along the years. He is the smallest Max the Maltese Traveling Abroadvery spoiled because of his health.  So when it came time to go and visit our family I knew that whatever it takes, Max is coming with us.

With any overseas travel you need to check what the destination country rules are and the airline rules.

Tests and Vaccines

To find our destination demands, I searched the internet and found it to be quite confusing and not clear enough . It’s good to have friends who already went that road and willing to help you. In addition, the vet was a good place to clear things up.

So Max needed his vaccine again, even though he had a few months left before the 3 years ends. Then we had to send to Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine  blood for a special DNA rabies test which they are the only vet laboratory in North America doing it .   After our vet got the results (and they are good) he did a full body checkup and a lot of paperwork!! With all of that, we went to the agriculture office to have them authorize the documents.

All the above need to be done in a limited time frame, and the cost  depends on your destination.


In The Airport

We did it all in a month and a half and paid more than the tickets cost. At the airport, on both sides,  we’ve been asked to show the documents, so bring it all with you.

After landing, we had a long walk. It’s not easy if you need to carry luggage in addition to the pet carrier. We also had a wheeled carrier/  backpack.  Bringing it with us was one great decision. We got  OK in places where pets are not allowed, if we kept him in this carrier, he used it to sleep while we were busy with our things, he was covered when it was raining and was very comfy when we needed quick move.

After we landed hubby walked the wheeled carrier and Max enjoyed it very much, but at the same time he was checking to see that I am behind.

Pet Carrier

The next step is checking with the airline’s in-cabin pet carrier rules.  The carrier dimension is quite the same for most airline companies, and it should fit under the sit in-front yours. The best choice is a soft carrier, so you can bend a bit the frame if it’s not a perfect match under the seat.  In addition, you want the bag to be comfortable for your pet. After all, he will be spending the whole time in it. For Max we had his blanket in his carrier and  a sweater ready to put on,  so he’ll be comfy while feeling safe and warm for the very long trip ahead.Max in His New Carrier





Packing for Max

1. Documents – Done

2. Carrier – Done

3. Extra Wheeled / backpack – Done

4. His drugs (plus a few extra just to be on the safe side)  – Done

5. His beloved blanket and toy for better chance he’ll stay in the bag and go to sleep – Done

6. Bag of treats – Done

7. Some dry food for the few first days – Done.

8. If you use and weather depends – raincoat / sweater etc. – Done

9. Poop bags – done

10. Toothbrush, shampoo, etc., depends on your visit length.

I am sure I forgot something. That is why I start my list way ahead and each time I remember some new stuff, I’ll add it.

 On The Plane

Max is not use being in a closed carrier, although I let him try it a few Max and Me In The Planetimes during the last month. So the truth is that I was holding him most of the time.  I did have to hide him under the blanket when an attendant was in the area… Shhhh, no telling :)


The Destination

Traveling with your dog means you have to go with him anywhere you go, unless of-course you have someone to take care of him when you are going places dogs are not allowed. It was a nice surprise, seating for afternoon coffee,  Max, Hubby and me, and that is what I was served with. (See the image)coffe-doggie

There were places where people don’t like pets. You may feel offended, but you shouldn’t.  The best is to ignore and move on to another place.


It was fun having Max with us. But it also was extra work like walking a lot of stairs up and down for the walks. Finding places to have him when going to a show (or any place where pets are not allowed),  food (did I mention how spoiled he is?  Only cooked by mommy food at home and now mommy pays the price).  But I will do it again next time!!

Prepare Your Family & Pets For The Unexpected: Better Be Safe Than Sorry

Dog and Cat With BabyWe’ve all heard the saying that it’s always better to be safe than sorry. In life, we are placed in situations that we do not expect, and if we are not prepared, we have to be ready to face consequences. Situations such as natural disasters, illnesses, and untoward incidents may happen to you, family and your pets. So if you are prepared for the unexpected, you will have an easier time dealing with problems if you know how to handle them.

Here are some things that you can do to prepare for different situations:

In your car

Car Seat and Pet Carrier In OneCar accidents are one of the major causes of death and injuries. If you travel using your car, keep babies and pets restrain using car seat and / or harness. That way you prevent pet’s injuries in case of sudden stop or an accident.  You yourself are safer as the pet on back seat  will not fly and heart you if you have to stop suddenly. Make sure that you do maintenance and check if all parts of the car are running the way they should. It is best if you bring your vehicle to an expert who can determine if it is safe for driving. Always fill your gas tank, and have tools handy in your trunk. You’ll never know when you’re going to have a flat tire or other types of car trouble.

During natural disasters

Soft Pet CarriersTyphoons, storms, hurricanes, and snowstorms can leave you stranded at home. Be prepared for a natural disaster to make sure that you and your family and pets can survive. Keep blankets, food (human and pets), and water handy at all times. Make sure that you have an area in your home where you can keep your family safe, and have the dog and cat kennel (wire or soft)ready in that area, food and water, any medicine if needed and favorite toy. Furthermore, keep a supply of batteries and make sure that your gadgets are charged before disaster strikes. Put on the window and door a note about the number of cats and / or dogs inside, in case of evacuation. Do have collar with tag ID and vaccination on each pet.

At work

Disaster can also strike at work, even if you do not work with heavy machinery and tools. Make sure that you prepare yourself by knowing where the fire extinguishers are, reading policies, and knowing the evacuation plan. If you have company-wide emergency drills, listen and understand what you have to do in any type of situation. Knowing these things will help save your life.

For pets

We all know that having a pet takes a lot of hard work. If you have a pet, it is recommended to get pet insurance, so that you won’t have to worry about spending a lot of money if ever you experience emergencies. Talk to your pet insurance provider before purchasing insurance and make sure that you have all the details correct before making any decisions. Keep your pets healthy and happy while not having to worry about your expenses.

Everyday situations

Unexpected incidents can happen at any time. For everyday situations, make sure you have an emergency kit with you at all times. For instance, if you have allergies, make sure that you always carry your medicines with you. Other useful things to have with you everyday include extra cash, snacks, a charger or battery pack, and your mobile phone.

Whatever life throws at you, you have to be ready to face them. There is no doubt that you will be experiencing things that you never thought would come your way, which is why it is always important to be prepared for the unexpected at all times.