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Happy Chinese New Year!

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It’s the Year of the Dog

The dog is the 11th of 12 Chinese Zodiac symbols. In Chinese culture, your zodiac sign can be used to determine your fortune for the year, marriage compatibility, career fit, best times to have a baby and more. Ancient Chinese legend holds that the Jade Emperor decreed the earthly calendar would be represented by 12 animals, and he ordered the beasts and birds of the world come to a party at the palace. The first dozen animals to arrive became the Chinese Zodiac.

Our cover girl is Missy, a Chinese crested who moved across the U.S.  She's now a California blonde.

Nearly a New Year’s Ball Drop

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A few weeks ago a young man walked into our Tampa office asking to ship his pet from Tampa to Dubai via Paris the next day with a Monday arrival. Well that Monday happened to be New Year’s Day. No way, Jose!

He’d worked on this move for months on his own without realizing that on worldwide holidays passenger airline connections can be undependable. Airlines also often cancel or limit live animal shipments during busy holiday travel times. Our international pet move manager explained everything. With Air Animal’s help, our new client traveled to the UAE as scheduled. His pet stayed with a friend in Tampa and boarded a flight from Tampa to Dubai connecting through Frankfurt the following week. Do it yourself snafu solved.

Our pet movers know the drill. They keep track of holidays, regulations, local customs and details so you don’t have to. Pet Moving Made Easy®. It’s our passion, our focus and your peace of mind.

Photo courtesy of Lufthansa

Woolf Featured in Pet Care Pro Quarterly

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It's great receiving recognition as, "The Man Who Makes Dogs Fly." from Pet Care Pro Quarterly, published by the International Boarding & Pet Services Association.

Dr. Woolf shares the power of saying yes, knowing your purpose and mining the data. Being at the right place, at the right time and having the right attitude helps, too.

<READ THE ARTICLE> beginning on page 8.


Air Animal EVP Named to Tennessee Relocation Board

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Andrea Woolf Parker, executive vice president of Air Animal Inc., has been elected to the board of the Tennessee Relocation Council where she will oversee sponsorships.

Andi works closely with Air Animal’s corporate relocation clients, and is a graduate of the University of Florida. She is a past president of the Southeastern Regional Relocation Council. Air Animal serves pet parents moving across the U.S. or around the world and provides U.S. Customs clearance for pets entering the U.S. through any major gateway. Learn more about Andi.

Delta, Others Change Emotional Support Animal Rules

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Delta which carries 180 million passengers and about 250,000 service or emotional-support animals a year is implementing new rules for emotional-support animals. The new rules take effect Mar. 1, 2018. United has changed its rules, too.

Delta's policy 
United's policy

The airlines and passengers complain poorly training and uncertified support animals increasingly disrupt flights. The animals misbehave, wander the cabin, defecate and sometimes bite passengers.

On Delta, passengers must provide a veterinary health form or vaccination record for either both service and emotional support animals. For comfort animals and psychiatric-service animals, passengers must also provide:

  • A letter signed by a doctor or licensed mental-health professional stating the passenger’s need for the animal.
  • A signed letter stating the animal is trained to behave without a kennel.

“This new policy is our first step in better protecting those who fly with Delta with a more thoughtful screening process,” said John Laughter, Delta’s senior vice president for corporate safety, security and compliance.


Are Pets Safe Flying Air Cargo?

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(Tampa, FL) --When a rabbit died after flying air cargo, Shannon Valladolid of WTSP-TV interviewed Cory Robinette, Air Animal operations director, about moving pets by air.

Moving pets is very safe because the area where pets fly is temperature controlled and pressurized. Cory, who is also on the board of directors at the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association, advised planning ahead at least six months if moving internationally and hiring a professional pet mover. She also advised avoiding extra exercise and extra food before flights.

Alfie, a male cavapoodle, relocated by air from Shanghai to London just last week. He's one laid back Londoner.


Heat Warnings North of the Equator

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(Tampa & Orlando, FL)--Media reports are buzzing about planes in Arizona and elsewhere that cannot take off in the extreme heat wave hitting parts of the Northern Hemisphere. The hot air is thin so planes cannot get enough lift.

Extreme heat and extreme cold affect pets moving by air, too. Many airlines will not fly pet air cargo when ground temperatures at departure and arrival airports are forecast to reach 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 degrees Celsius) or higher. If you're planning a pet move, talk with your pet moving specialist about the best times of the year to fly based on your origin and destination. Mushy-faced breeds such as bulldogs and Persian cats are especially prone to breathing problems in the heat.

Pet Moving Made Easy is our motto. We make it easy by planning ahead. Six months until your more? It's not too early to give us a call or request an estimate online.

Thanks to Lufthansa Cargo: Live for sharing this photo of their animal air cargo operations.


Dog Flu Spreading in U.S.

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Dogs do get the flu and it's contagious, too. Dogs that come down with the flu develop fevers and coughs that last one to three weeks. You may notice decreased appetite, lethargy and a greenish discharge from the nose and eyes. Some dogs get sicker and develop  higher fevers and pneumonia. Severe flu cases can cause death. Preventing the flu is a much better option.

"Plan ahead, plan ahead, plan ahead," said Dr. Walter Woolf, Air Animal's veterinarian founder. "Dog flu is easily prevented by visiting your veterinarian for the canine flu vaccine. Because most dogs have not been vaccinated for flu, I strongly advise asking your veterinarian about administering two vaccinations. The first vaccination provides partial immunity. The second vaccination given 15 days later is a booster which gives stronger protection,"

Be certain to vaccinate your dog for flu before relocating or traveling from an area with confirmed canine influenza to another state or country where there are no reported cases of the disease. Dog flu is now being reported in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois and Florida among other areas.

Mitzi moved to Hungary last month. Dog flu vaccination definitely recommended. 

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