Bob in South Africa
Pushkins in Dubai
We're paying a relocation company to help us with the move, they've provided all the information we need and links to UK government websites to avoid tax and duty.
All their injections are up to date. The vets have the forms they need to complete and sign to confirm all injections have been given and that both the animals have a micro chip.
Micro chips must be implanted prior to giving the rabies jab and the pets must have at least 30 days left before the next one is due to be able to travel. Bob the dog must be treated for tapeworm and fly within 5 days of the tablet being administered by a vet.
The cat and dog need to travel within 5 days of my flight and can only fly into Manchester, Edingburgh, Gatwick and Heathrow, so I'm arranging for them to be processed and transported from the airport.
I don't know what airline they will be flying with as the relocation company will book the flights. Pets have to fly cargo out of Dubai, regardless of the airline and the price is per kilo, including the weight of the crate.
We kept the pet crates after the last move, but not sure if the dog crate is up to standard. We will attempt repairs, but it's looking likely we'll need to purchase a new one. The cat's crate has been stored indoors and is ok to use.
HOW TO MEASURE YOUR DOG LENGTH _______________ cm From the tip of the nose to the base of the tail (i.e. excluding the tail itself).
LENGTH OF FRONT LEG _______________ cm From the ground to his or her elbow (left or right will do!).
WIDTH _______________ cm With your dog standing, and you standing over top of him or her and looking straight down, find and measure the widest part of his or her body, wherever that happens to be!
HEIGHT STANDING _______________ cm From the ground to his or her highest point (normally the top of the head, or in some cases his or her perky ears!).
HEIGHT SITTING UPRIGHT _______________ cm Again, from the ground to the highest point.
The cat's breed as per the booklet book and information if the cat is particularly tall or long bodied.
Pushkins has been an indoor cat for the past 2 years due to her getting in frights with strays and over eating with the food put out by neighbours. Her new home is also on a busy road and as she's almost 11, she'll continue to be an indoor cat.
I'm hoping Bob will like the UK, not sure what he'l think of the rain and cold, it's not something he's used to. In South Africa the winters are cold in the night but warm in the day and dry. It's the summer it rains and it doesn't last long.
He's never seen snow, but the UK is much better suited for owning a dog than Dubai is with this heat and ability to take him places. He adapted to Dubai, I'm confident he'll adapt to the UK and I have bought him waterproofs.
The cost for their relocation is AED 12,000 approximately £2,500
I'll let you know how they're settling in.
You can read more of our Repatriation story below:
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Repatriation or Operation Relocation
Part 1 Things we have to do
Part 2 Starting to get organised
Part 3 Transfer of Residence
Part 4 Relocating pets. Dubai to UK
Part 5 Sorting out our new home in the UK
Part 6 Bob and Pushkins arrive in the UK. What do they think of it? February 2020
Part 7 Renting an apartment in Dubai May 2020
Part 8 Vacating a Villa in Dubai May 2020
Part 9 Moving Day May 2020
Part 10 Relocation