Thursday, January 25, 2007

Travel worries

We finally have airline reservations. Allen spent a long time calling each airline to make separate reservations for our dog and cat. After talking to Allen and reading each airlines information on their websites, I am freaking out a little bit about taking the animals. Not that we would leave them here, but, Oh, this is not going to be fun. As if traveling with a toddler in a transcontinental flight, followed less than a month later by a transatlantic flight, was not bad enough, we are taking two animals with us. Two spoiled animals, who were not trained in a crate. Two animals who both seem to have abandonment issues and freaked out enough during the first transcontinental move (and, to some extent, the state to state move before that.) So, last night, I lay awake worrying about how this was all going to work out. As usual we are getting different information. One airline is telling us that the cat will have to come into the cabin with us, for which we will need a different type crate than the one needed for all other flights. Does this mean we want to have him with us the whole time? Or, should we just change airlines, so we don't have to go through all of this? To some extent, I think Armand would be better off in the cabin with us. At the same time, I have been on a flight where a cat cried the entire time. Unlike a child, that you could try to soothe, you have to just leave your cat in the carrier, to cry pitifully. Do we really want to be THOSE people? Since, we will probably already be THOSE OTHER people who have a child crying all night, so that no other man, woman, child, or cat on the plane can sleep (except for that one guy who brought ear plugs and snores?) Will our animals have heart attacks on the flight? Or, will they be so traumatized that they become vicious pets upon arrival in Germany?

Another thing about the flight. We made our reservations to Munich, it being the closest large city. Somehow, every military member arriving in Germany must arrive through Frankfurt, which is much further away. So, we have to change some of the reservations, anyway. This further away part concerns me as well, since my cat will then have to be in some type of shuttle for longer after finally being reunited with us. AAHHH. I'll just go worry about this some more.

8 comments:

Jamie Lynn said...

That sounds terrible I would be a mess too. I have a travel link on my blog for help with shipping your pets. You may want to check it out. It has good military reviews.

understanding your angst said...

Would you consider shipping both Armand and Ranger ahead of your flights and asking your sponsor in Germany to take care of them until you get there? It is a lot to ask, but they may be more than happy to do it! Love, B/D/P

Angie said...

Thanks, Jamie. I'll check it out.

I would not consider shipping them ahead of us. Talk about abandonment issues! They need us to meet them at the end of the flights. I also wouldn't feel comfortable asking someone who we've never met to take care of our animals.

Katie said...

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah when are you leaving???? When are your movers coming?

And, as for travelling with pets? It is just sucktastic. And I always spend night after night worrying and then somehow it always works out just fine. The gate agents never know any of the rules!!

You could always ask the vet about meds for them, but I am not sure if they really work or not. It will just not be fun, but you will make it and you will be so happy to finally BE there! And we'll miss you!

Angie said...

Oh, we still have over a month before we leave. I am just worrying about it WAY ahead of time!

The first set of our movers will be here on Monday, but that is just our unaccompanied baggage.

Lysandra said...

Ae you so excited to leave? We leave in March and are excited to go for walks whenever because it will be warmer. I don't blame you about worrying about it though. It will be rough but once you get there and are settled n you will be happy to have the whole family and pets together.

Angie said...

Unfortunately, we won't be moving to THAT warm of a place. We won't be stuck in the house as much as here, though. I am excited, but sad to leave as well.

Brad said...

Children causing havoc on airplanes has been in the news recently. Here is an article about how to deal with it:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap_travel/20070125/ap_tr_ge/travel_brief_coping_with_air_tantrums;_ylt=AotrSELEJE7g5iRxnn2YiWnMWM0F;_ylu=X3oDMTA3ODdxdHBhBHNlYwM5NjQ-