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Is there any other transportation to ship a dog besides an airline?
If you need to leave the island in hot months, is there any other way?

Posted : April 25, 2006 8:55 pm
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private charter aircraft would be about it.

Posted : April 25, 2006 9:11 pm
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Someone posted a week or so ago that they were chartering a plane to bring down their dog - you might use the search feature and find that post - maybe they can help you?

Posted : April 25, 2006 9:41 pm
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that is bringing one DOWN, not taking one back. And it will be on a specific date. If you need to leave when that plane would be returning to the mainland, perhaps it would work. It wouldn't be readily available, though.

Posted : April 25, 2006 10:44 pm
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My neighbor took her two dogs back to the states during the heat restrictions. She took the jet from St Croix to Miami. She told the woman at the counter that she was moving and she was taking her dogs with her, end of discussion. They let her. I don't know if I would trust that as my entire plan but I think that it's easier to get dogs out than in.

If you've been to the airport and especially if you traveled on American from St Croix, they aren't real sticklers. I have traveled to the states on American with dogs as baggage and carry-on and I don't think anyone every really payed attention to anything more than the fee I payed, they wouldn't have even done that until I reminded them.

For those of you moving here during the summer bringing big dogs, it can be done. It tooks me months of research but it can be done. ATA will fly dogs during the summer to San Juan, once in the area getting over to St Croix isn't to hard. There are a lot of small charter companies. My landlord ships his dogs as cargo to STT then picks them up by charter.

Posted : April 26, 2006 1:28 am
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Well I was able to bring my dog back on the last move, but I had to leave one of the kids behind. The little one, "Mary Lou' had to stay with 'gram' for a while.

After while, grandma found that container shipping would work.

We really missed Mary Lou. But hey she is with us now.

Ok so I had to spell check "dilemma"

'Get a life lady'

Posted : April 26, 2006 2:37 am
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They restrict transporting pets in baggage because of the heat restriction in the departing city. 85 F and above and they won't let you check the animal in. These American policy. The Miami-St Croix flight departs around noon, and usually in the summer it is +85 F in South Florida at noon. However, if you took a evening flight to Puerto Rico, stay in the airport overnight (not as bad as it could be, or find a cheap hotel in SJU), and take the first morning flight to STX, you can get away with flying with pets in hot weather. If you have a big dog, this might more challenging, but smallish medium dogs you can get away with it. Might have to go through security a couple times to go outside and walk the dog, but I think its worth the hassle...Or you could take the early early flight morning flight to SJU, and the late late flight to stx...

Posted : April 26, 2006 3:32 am
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YOU, Mr. Shipper, are a jerk and a troll. We feel exactly about our dogs as we do our natural children, so get over it. We DO have lives, they happen to include our dogs, and there's this little thing called "commitment". Would you prefer that she leave her dog behind on islands that are already overpopulated?

I would have PM'd you, but you at least you thought it through enough to prevent just who are you, really?

The lady wants to take her dogs back stateside from the VI and is caught in red tape and policy. We're trying to help her. Back off.

Sorry if I have offended anyone else. This is a pet peeve of mine, people who create new names and hide behind them...if you've got something to say, then say it and have the gumption to stick to it.

CHARLOTTE - you might do well to get any info from a supervisor. One lady at American told me they only look at the forecast HIGH for the day in case the plane is diverted, and the highs are rapidly getting ready to go over 85 on a regular basis. Also, there are a number of airports that are "made" for doggy layovers more than a short period of time - when USAir was flying dogs, Charlotte had access to a kenneling service they could use if temps went too high and the dog was going to end up staying overnight or something. I would imagine American also has hubs like that as well.

Lauren and stxem are very correct - you may be able to wheedle your way through this taking very early morning flights, late evening flights, and doing a little layover and hopscotching. It will take intense planning and effort, and probably considerable expense, to get your dog back stateside.....but I commend you for your efforts.

Posted : April 26, 2006 7:34 am
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They are probably more restrictive about following the dog rules at larger airports where the dogs are checked in a long time ahead of the flight and are not close to an attendant for hours.

Departing from STX on a direct flight to Miami would allow the dog to be checked in just an hour or so ahead of the flight and kept in the customs area in A/C until the passengers board and luggage is loaded. If the dog isn't on a connecting flight in Miami to elsewhere, but is collected as soon as unloaded from the aircraft, there would be less opportunity for a problem for the dog and the airline employees here might agree to put the dog on the outbound flight. Just be very friendly to the check-in clerk and the gate agent!

Posted : April 26, 2006 7:09 pm
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Possibly a dumb question/suggestion, but for a bigger dog, couldn't you just buy him/her a seat in the cabin and avoid the heat/cargo issue? There was a show on Bravo called "Showdog Moms and Dads" and this woman refused to put her showdog Weimeraner in cargo so whenever she had to fly, she bought her poochie a seat next to her (usu. the window). Not the cheapest alternative to be sure but if it's allowed it would eliminate much of the logistical hassle and worries about your pet's safety as they'd be with you the whole time.


Posted : April 27, 2006 5:14 pm
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I believe that Four Star cargo transports dogs.


Posted : April 28, 2006 12:41 pm
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I am transporting my dog in June from New York to STX. We are using a service called Pettransporter My contact is Dawn

Posted : May 1, 2006 9:34 pm
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Roynel, I would really find it a great source of info if you could explain how this is being done - I was told the pet transporters are under the same guidelines as we mere humans! If there's a way to get it done, I surely would want to hear. It may be on a very early direct flight or something, but nonetheless....all the info you could provide would be of so much benefit to so many...Thanks!

Posted : May 1, 2006 11:27 pm
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What do they do about "seeing eye dogs" for the blind?
A new collar and a pair of dark sunglasses may be the ticket!! lol!

Posted : May 2, 2006 1:19 pm
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Becky I called around and found this organization. They transport the dogs early morning or late evening if conditions are ok for pets. If not they kennel pet until conditions are good. It is still amusing to hear statements form people like Matt with no knowledge of anything but with a lot to say. Becky call this number ask for Dawn she can explain everything 800 264-1282

Posted : May 2, 2006 2:07 pm
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Oh, Roynel - I'm sorry, I didn't make myself clear. As usual!

I have my dogs here - it's just that I was told the pet movers couldn't really do any more for you than you could do for yourself due to weather restrictions, so I was hoping others could glean some info. I would suppose from your short description that they sort of jackleg around to where the temps are cooler and overnight kennel if they have to...but thank you for providing info for others! It seems it is getting more and more difficult to move animals. Now there's a real person contact out there!

Posted : May 2, 2006 2:38 pm
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