The Bozo Chronicles: Kennel/Container & Quarantine Laws
09 Mar 2010
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We have a one year old Golden Retriever (read aggressively affectionate) called Bozo, and are required relocate for a few years to Singapore. We are after much debate decided on taking him along with us despite all advice from family to the contrary on the impracticality of it -new country, new rules and regulations,no support staff/family or friends to dog sit, kennel expenses, park to run in, place to stay, shooting ourselves in the foot et al.
To take him with us, we have so far done a lot of reading up on the net, spoken to vets and are in touch with the AVA in Singapore who, I am delighted to share, are not only extremely prompt and helpful, but are also very understanding of our anxiety and concern about the quarantine laws, eligibility criteria etc. With their help and guidance, we are almost through with the pre-travel paperwork and tests.
Right now it is the India leg of our journey that I am concerned and therefore seeking advice about. (Reading the dog travel posts on this site we are really very reassured by the regular visitors and the informed inputs given with a lot of care.)
Currently we are looking for a kennel/container for Bozo to travel in, as he is a large sized dog and should be comfortable for the almost 10 hours he will be cooped up. We have checked with 2 large pet shops in Delhi and one importer of kennels in Gurgaon, and are quite dissatisfied with the limited options (two) to choose from.
Can anyone recommend whom to contact for more options or share their experiences with (and I quote) "these are the only kinds of kennels available in India' as described below:
1. A gray and white fibre type that is apparently recommended for Labradors and Golden Retrievers etc dimensions 40x28x30 (Extra Large), which is ok for size , but it doesnt have ventilation on the rear side. It only has narrow windows on two sides, with the grilled front door providing the only scope for proper ventilation. The roofof the container doesnt seem too sturdy either - gives a bit with heavy thumping of the fist - we all know how luggage gets tossed around.
2. fully white 'Giant' sized container of a different make, apparently used for St. Bernards meets the sturdiness and ventilation criteria, but is much larger in size and double the cost. A bit worried that he might overturn it by jumping around in it - the vet has not suggested any sedation. There seems to be no availability of the Extra Large size in this make.
Leads on whom to contact for options would be very helpful, as would experiences of living in Singapore with a large dog and/or travelling overseas with a pet.. will continue to share ours on this forum!
Would also like to know whether he will be subjected to quarantine when we return to India - am getting varied responses on this so far.