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Getting a Great Dane to St. John

 
Mikaela
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Hi! I will be moving down to St. John in October, and I'd like to bring my Great Dane with me. I can get him from Miami to St. Thomas, but I'm a little concerned about how to get him from the STT airport to the ferry/St. John. I know that there are some past topics where this was covered, but they seem to be from several years ago, so I was hoping that someone might have some updated tips/information. The previous posts mentioned that it may be hard to find a taxi that will take him to the ferry - is this still true? Does anyone have any suggestions? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you!

Mikaela

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Topic starter Posted : June 23, 2016 4:44 pm
OldTart
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It won't be a problem if you arrange for a private taxi. One you've made your plans I'll be happy to pass on to you the name of a local driver I know who'll be more than happy to arrange the transportation for you. PM me when you're ready.

You shouldn't have any problem on the ferry but check with the operators (their numbers are listed on the ferry schedule which you'll find linked on the Travel forum here). They may require he be crated or just be muzzled.

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Posted : June 23, 2016 5:09 pm
Mikaela
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Thank you so much! I really appreciate it. I'll give you a PM once I make my plane reservations and have an official arrival date and time (probably in a month or so once I get all the lose ends wrapped up). I called the ferry, and they do require him to be in a crate. Unfortunately, he won't fit in a crate (I wasn't even going to bring one with me because it is extremely heavy), so if you have any suggestions of companies that I could call to do a private water taxi/charter over to St. John I'd really appreciate it as well 🙂

Best,
Mikaela

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Topic starter Posted : June 23, 2016 5:20 pm
OldTart
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There are only two water taxi operations here that I know of - Dohm's (340-775-6501) and Dolphin (774-2628). It'll be an expensive trip for the big boy but I'm sure he's worth it!

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Posted : June 23, 2016 5:50 pm
Alana33
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If you rent a car and take the barge over, that might be less expensive than private taxi and boat. You'll have to see what the temperature is in October as airlines may not fly dogs in cargo if temps on tarmac too high. Will they fly a Great Dane? They also have size and weight restrictions.

There's a post on this forum for sharing a private charter to fly pets in.
Here's the link.

https://www.vimovingcenter.com/talk/read.php?4,265117

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Posted : June 23, 2016 6:13 pm
Stxer1
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Mikaela, I just sent you a PM on here. Please check it when you have time.

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Posted : June 24, 2016 1:40 pm
AandA2VI
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Getting him to STJ wont be a problem... Finding a rental that will take a Dane... I assume you already have a rental lined up then? I would advise having something very solid set up, it can take a very long time to find a place that would take a large dog.

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Posted : July 3, 2016 6:26 am
Alana33
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I rented my rental house to a couple with 2 Great Danes.
I did request from the couple that their vet provide a statement that the dogs were not aggressive and had no bite history. They were wonderful dogs. Huge!
The home has a fenced yard so it worked quite well for them and for me.

Renting an apartment may be a bit more difficult, however

They had to fly dogs in on private transport from Miami.
They drove the dogs to Miami from Chicago.

Good luck.

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Posted : July 3, 2016 11:38 am
Mikaela
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Thank you so much! I have a roommate situation set up, and she has assured me that his size won't be a problem, but he may have to meet the landlord to make sure he is friendly. He has taken a Canine Good Citizen course, and has a certificate from that. I also have a friend on island that owns a home, so I have a plan B in case something happens with the apartment.

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Topic starter Posted : July 5, 2016 5:19 pm
Mikaela
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Thank you so much for the info! Great Danes are actually really great apartment dogs- as adults they are super lazy and just basically lay around all day! I have a canine good citizen course completion certificate for him, and I can definitely get a letter from his vet that he is not aggressive with no bite history too. As a landlord, is there anything else that you would recommend that I do to make sure that my future landlord is comfortable with allowing him? The place I will be renting definitely allows dogs, and my future roommate has assured me that his size won't be a problem, as long as he is friendly!

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Topic starter Posted : July 5, 2016 5:28 pm
Alana33
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Have your vet provide a statement that dog is non aggressive and has no bite history.

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Posted : July 5, 2016 5:52 pm
OldTart
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Have your vet provide a statement that dog is non aggressive and has no bite history.

She said dat. " ... and I can definitely get a letter from his vet that he is not aggressive with no bite history too."

Good luck with your big pup, OP! I have a good friend on STT who has one and she's an absolute love (actually both the pooch and the owner are)!

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Posted : July 5, 2016 6:44 pm
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