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.