Monday, May 16, 2011

Preparing for the Big Move - The Crate

Cinnamon and Honey guessed correctly! We are moving to Hong Kong. Exciting right? Anyone who's moved will know the challenges humans and canines face when they have to cross borders.

My humans have been busy finding out about the procedures to bring me along to Hong Kong. Based on a friend's recommendation, they settled on a Hong Kong pet moving company. So, the logistics was sorted out. Next - the paperwork. The requirements to bring a dog into Hong Kong were pretty straight forward. Unfortunately, it required a visit to the vet and a couple of jabs - vaccination and rabies. Shudder...I'll need a visit to the govt vet in Malaysia a couple of days before departure for a health check and certification of fit for travel. Definitely not looking forward to that! To top it off, I'll get another rabies jab on arrival in Hong Kong. Yikes! The good thing is, as long as my paperwork is in order, I don't have to be quarantined and can be reunited with my humans 4-6 hours after I land in Hong Kong. Hurray!

One of the key things that I needed was to get used to my travel crate. My humans know that this beagle does not like being locked in a crate. They tried crate training when I was a wee pup and I used to whine! So, that was a big headache for them. But, as you all know, this beagle has a major weakness - FOOD! My humans capitalized on that by placing liver treats strategically deep in my crate. The result?

Day 1 - This beagle had 3/4 of her body in the crate to get to the food.

Day 3 - Add my day bed and this beagle is happy to have her snooze in the crate.

My humans have added back the door to the crate now and am experimenting with closing the gate for short periods. When they first did it, I was rather anxious. I would get up, and look mournfully at my humans. Now, I'm getting used to it, which is a relief to my humans.

More to come on my big move!

P.S. Honey, My human recalls reading your comment on her phone one day and the next day, it had disappeared. Strange...


Lorenza said...

Glad you are getting used to the crate!
I am sure everything will go perfectly!
Kisses and hugs

Molly the Airedale said...

Your move does sound exciting, Kess, and of course, the jabs won't be fun, but to be reunited with your peeps in such a short period of time is kinda worth the jabs, right? Our paws are crossed that the crate training continues to go well.

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Sapphire said...

good job being in the crate. oh dear, i'm already missing you, your mom and dad!

Jake of Florida said...

Hong Kong? How exciting. Mom was there once and she thinks about it often.

I, Jake, hate to be crated so I totally understand yoyr dilemma. But think of it as a means to an end...

Safe travels!!

Wirey woofs,

Jake and Just Harry

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Why do humans make it all so khomplikhated?

Best of lukhk!


Amber-Mae said...

Oh dang, I'm wrong. Oh well! You must be excited about the move. Looks like you're loving your crate already. We hope everything goes smoothly & that you arrive in Hong Kong safely.


Wowser, Hong Kong. King Kess in that big city. We wonder if that would make you King Kong Kess. BOL

Essex & Deacon

Unknown said...

Ooh, the crate training sounds like it's going really well!! How very exciting, Kess! Can't wait to hear more!

Honey the Great Dane


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Hope your move is going well

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