Final Post - New Blog

How strange it is to be writing my last and final post on Pumpkin Polar Bear. Bittersweet given the amount of incredible adventures I was able to share throughout these pages - amazing memories to look back on. Thank you, from the deepest part of my heart, for following along and for making this blog an unforgettable experience.

My journey continues and I hope that you'll join me on my new blog. It's a site that I've been working on for the past 6months and it's required a bit more vulnerability, but has proven to be well worth the honesty.

Thank you for all your kind words of encouragement and for having patience with my timing. Here it is, the new blog:

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Importing a dog from Oman to America

I wrote this back in the summer and posted it to my F.A.Q. page. Since this seems to be a pretty popular topic, I thought I'd go ahead and give it a bit more attention. This may be a boring blog post for those of you not looking to import a dog into the United States but I'm sure it'll be helpful to someone! 

Importing Carlos into America was the EASIEST process ever! I worked directly with Qurum Vets and paid for them to handle all of the necessary paperwork for me. The only thing I really had to do on my end was provide his vaccination card, my flight information, a copy of my passport and make sure Carlos had a health check.

I'd say the hardest part was probably figuring out my flights. You have a few options but I went with Lufthansa. Lufthansa is really known for going above and beyond for animals and Frankfurt (which is where we had our layover) has a doggie hotel where they'll take your pooch for a walk and feed them ... I even heard there's a pool! I was also fortunate enough to have a direct flight from Frankfurt to Boston, so no other stops in between.

You must be wondering about price? Well fortunately, the price was quite reasonable. Instead of having Carlos fly in cargo (which would have been triple the cost), I had him fly as my excess baggage (a.k.a "inhold"). And instead of charging me by weight, Lufthansa charges by size of crate. Because Carlos is a pretty big dog, I had to purchase the biggest crate, which I believe is a 122cm box. In the end, it only cost me $400 to ship him to the USA (doggie hotel included) ... not bad, huh?

Qurum Vets will help you prep your kennel as well, e.g., making sure it's secure, attaching the flight information on top, and attaching dog food for your pup to eat on the layover. Since they are handling imports and exports all the time, they are able to give you a load of helpful tips and information to make your trip a little less overwhelming. They'll even accompany you too the airport (for an extra fee!) if you're needing someone with a larger vehicle!

So all together you'll have to pay for:

  • a certified kennel (if you don't have one already)
  • whatever it costs to ship your puppy
  • All the necessary paperwork and treatments (Ministry of Health Certificate, AQVC Health Certificate, Frontline, Deworming) 
and I think that covers it all .... hope that helps a bit! 
PS: as long as your puppy is healthy, you don't have to worry about any quarantine in the states! 
easy peesy....

For more information contact Qurum Vets: +968 24562263
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