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STXRaven
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Trying to get a large dog & his kennel (500 series kennel appox.32lbs. & dog approx. 80lbs) off STX ,
to STT so I can fly him as cargo. Since the flight restrictions have changed with the smaller planes coming in and out of the islands.
I've already spoke with private charters to get my dog to Florida but the cost are too high even sharing a flight. Anyone knows of someone who dealt with this issue recently? I could use some insight thanks!

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Topic starter Posted : October 22, 2013 12:05 pm
Alana33
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I flew my dog on Seaborne from STT to PR and back when she needed surgery that could not be performed on STT.
This was q few years ago so their policy may have changed but it can't hurt to check with them.
Shadow weighed about the same and was in an extra large kennel. She flew in their cargo on the way over but on the way back the flight had spare seats so she got to ride inside the passenger compartment. Probably because she howled the entire way over to PR on her first flight! She enjoyed being in passenger compartment. She stayed in kennel which they strapped into 2 seats across from me.
Good luck and let us know how it works out.

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Posted : October 22, 2013 1:58 pm
Stxer1
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Try calling Casey Canton a vet on STX who also is a pilot of his own plane. He can surely answer your questions and advise you. His number is 340-718-1256. Let us know what he says!

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Posted : October 22, 2013 7:38 pm
STXRaven
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Thanks spoke with Casey this am . He doesn't fly dogs with kennels his plane is too small.He recommends flying out of SJU instead of STT, he thinks they handle pets better. He could fly my dog and my self but not the kennel he fly's into a smaller AP in SJU then I would need to get a taxi & arrange for the kennel to SJU AP.

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Topic starter Posted : October 22, 2013 10:17 pm
STXRaven
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Thanks I will call Seaborne in the morning.

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Topic starter Posted : October 22, 2013 10:18 pm
poodle
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I had my dog transported to STX from STT via The Norma H.

She was kept in her kennel, in the air conditioned cab. The NICE man took her for a walk when she got here, as they pulled in late at night.

I was not able to retrieve her until 8:30 in the morning, after she had been placed on the boat at 5:00 the previous evening.

I was happy with the service, and would use the guys at Norma H again!

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Posted : October 24, 2013 8:49 pm
Alana33
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Never would have thought of using Norma H.

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Posted : October 24, 2013 8:52 pm
Ca. Dreamers
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I had my dog transported to STX from STT via The Norma H.

She was kept in her kennel, in the air conditioned cab. The NICE man took her for a walk when she got here, as they pulled in late at night.

I was not able to retrieve her until 8:30 in the morning, after she had been placed on the boat at 5:00 the previous evening.

I was happy with the service, and would use the guys at Norma H again!

Excellent service.

CD

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Posted : October 25, 2013 11:57 am
jwidjaja
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We used Seaborne to fly our dogs from PR to STX last July. One is a 70lb German Shephard and the othr one a 37lb cattle dog. They used XL Petmate Vari Kennel 500series (39x26x30) and Large 400series (36x25x27).

We basically picked the dogs up in PR and went to Seaborne counter to speak with someone directly over the counter. Our experience has shown that face-to-face encounter is always better than over the phone. They will actually try to help and accomodate you when you go to their counter, instead of over the phone which seems to always give a different answer depending on who answers it.

I'm not sure if Seaborne flies their bigger plane from STT to STX but when we were in PR the lady at the counter was very nice to book us a flight on the bigger plane so our two dogs can fit.

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Posted : October 26, 2013 3:29 pm
STXRaven
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Thank you, for all your insights. I've spoken with Seaborne, Cape Air and Casey Canton my kennels with dogs are too large for any of those options to accommodate us. After days of trying to figure out how to transport my large dog to my final destination, I found a direct air cargo fight out of PR. Bohlke International Airways could accommodate 2 kennels (400 & 500 series) 6 bags of luggage and 2 passengers from STX to SJU they arrange for the handlers to meet us on tarmac and take dogs to holding area and we will be pre cleared for customs in PR, so no hassles there transporting dogs & clearing customs. It was a little costly but worth while knowing we're all being transported together... peace of mind is priceless!!!

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Topic starter Posted : October 31, 2013 1:18 pm
caribstx
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I've tried to fly a dog before but slipped off and had a ruff landing.

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Posted : October 31, 2013 4:40 pm
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