LUNA FINALLY MAKES IT TO WASHINGTON!!! In our profession, a hiccup will usually crop-up (do i sound like a Hip-Hop rapper?😎) and that is why we are always prepared for any unforeseen eventualities and a contingency plan is always in place! The lovely Luna was all lined up to fly to the US and all requisite preps had been done to the dot. Hiccup 1: The flight supposed to pick her from Entebbe delayed to come. It was so late that she was never going to make the connecting flight in Addis Ababa. Our first contingency plan is never to leave the airport until our pet is airborne or until we see the aeroplane disappearing in the clouds with our furry passenger on board!. So she was still in safe hands. Hiccup 2: We finally mange to get her on the flight the next day and she arrives in Addis. Live animal flights are cancelled to Washington for the next 2 days and that means she has to stay in Addis Ababa until she can fly on the 3rd day (Covid, Covid whoever brought you😟!!!)! But it's our rule that in each and every country we have a contact, preferably a vet like us or an agent at the least, on our pay roll who always takes care of our pets in transit. Dr. Patrick our Ethiopian vet contact (seen in one of the night pics) was on hand to help Luna have a very comfortable stay by providing water, food, walks, toilet and a health check-up. She was basically on holiday until she flew out to Washington as fit-as-a-fiddle!😄
TITAN & BOOTS GO TO THE US!!! These lovely pair, Boots (the small Maltese with a larger-than-life personality infused with a don't-mess-with-me attitude) and Titan (the German Shepherd who is a gentle giant) were successfully relocated to the United States of America. The joy of uniting families is greater than any joy ever experienced!
The "Naughty Gal" Flies to the UK!!! This naughty girl whose actual & real name is "Naughty" was recently relocated to London in the United Kingdom to her eagerly awaiting family!!! Cheers
CELEBRATING A MILESTONE AMIDST COVID CHAOS WITH GIBBS COGNIGNI As we approach 10,000 followers we celebrate an indelible milestone and it wouldn't have come at a better time than now... having just pulled off one of the most challenging relocations in our recent past. Gibbs is a gentle soul that has had a very difficult past, having been to different homes and families. Many of us will attest to a similar story! He had been at the animal rescue shelter a couple of times as well...He could not survive the shelter and needed a proper home that would understand and love him. Enter Stefan and Jane Cognigni!! A very rare couple with a heart (a gigantic one need i say) for animals. They took Gibbs in, trained him, cared for him and he became an intricate part of the family. Enter Covid-19 and its attendant chaos!!! Everyone was running for the hills and people were being evacuated. The Cognigni family had to move to Germany. And they swore by Jesus, Joseph, Mary and the Donkey Gibbs had to go with them! Enter Vetluv who had to prepare flights & documents ASAP. We managed to get flights from Entebbe to Frankfurt via Addis Ababa. Documents were done, sent to Germany & Addis for approval, kennel prepped, flights confirmed and we headed to the airport...And dear reader, it was utter pandemonium at the airport! We've not seen a chaotic flight like that in our entire professional life. Overbooked! Angry passengers trying to check-in! Mixed-up baggage!! Airline staff literally running up and down like headless poultry...! Add insult to injury, we are told there is no connection for live animals from Addis to Frankfurt and they could not take Gibbs! The Cognignis were separated from Gibbs at that point as they had to travel. We were back to square one and it became my over-ridding ambition to send Gibbs to Germany. It took us almost 4 weeks to finally get a break through!!! And i should say Gibbs has been the very first pet during Covid-19 lockdown to travel from Entebbe to Amsterdam as cargo. Through pulling ropes and network of friends in the airline industry Gibbs traveled safely to Amsterdam. A wonderful couple, Hannes and his betrothed volunteered to drive Gibbs from Amsterdam to Hamburg and he was finally home to Jane and Stefan! We thank all our esteemed clients, network of friends and pet agents/shippers around the world PLUS of course our followers and fans who have stood by us during these times and always. Words of encouragement have kept us going and it also always makes us eternally happy to see families reunited!! It's what drives us!! STAY SAFE
Chilli finally makes it to the United States!! This beautiful Dark 'n Tan Dachshund a couple of days ago travelled to the land of Opportunity. Inspite of the numerous challenges, some occassioned by a carrier that graces our skies we managed to get her home to her parents in the United States. Our mission has been to re-unite families during these troubled times irrespective of whatever (in Kampala speak😑) because it puts smiles on people's faces..and our faces of course😊! So, there is nothing insurmountable! Pets will get to their families!!
From Uganda to Barcelona! Lionel Messi recently got three feline visitors, Rafiki, Paka and Nala from our dusty city. It took meticulous planning to have them travel from locked-down Kampala, through Addis Ababa, then the City of London and then finally Barcelona, Spain. Airlines these days have trunchated flight paths so we found ourselves using both Ethiopian airlines and the famed British Airways. So the timing had to be right. We popped a few Carbanets abd a Uganda Waragi to celebrate this move.
LUNA!TRAVELS FROM BUGOLOBI TO BELGIUM! This undeniably cute and regal kitty called Luna recently made her journey to Belgium! It was one of those very tricky relocations we've done. Blood samples had recently been collected and here was a chance of a flight presenting itself before the required post-test 90 days could elapse,..one in a thousand chances because Belgium, like France has been very difficult and tight. That means the chance had to be taken by all means. Luckily enough the Belgian authorities were kind enough to give us an official dispensation or "derrogation" letter to fly Luna before the madatory 90 days wait was over. Without hesitation we rushed to prepare requisite documentation, improvise an in-cabin carrier (dispensation was on condition that she flies in-cabin) and Luna was on her way. She's seen here chillaxing and "pawlaxing" without a care in the world!
BUNDIBUGYO TO UNITED STATES; Coco & Daisy!!! From the undulating hills of the Bamba region of Bundibugyo, the two furry travellers, Coco and Daisy made it to the United States, initial drama at check-in counter not withstanding!!!! These are indeed strange times but like they say; All is Well, That Ends Well! They are happily unwinding in Trumpland...inspite of the said Excellency's rare antics!
Cleo, this Tiger-Striped Tabby successfully made the journey to Her Majesty's Realm in the United Kingdom! It was after an arduous planning process frought with flight issues but we are glad it finally worked out! Where there is a will, there is a way!
JJOBBY FROM KAMPALA TO SOUTH KOREA, After weeks of planning, blood tests, heaps of paperwork, this lovely kitty called Jjobby finally made it from the leafy surburb of Nakasero to the city of Incheon, in South Korea. She had the luxury of flying in-cabin with her mum😽
Brutus, Percy and Jillie Bean made it safely to the United Sates of America last week. It was quite a smooth journey all through and are now happily reunited with the family back home!!!
Travel Kennels/Crates:::: We started deliveries yesterday for those who had paid. Other deliveries are being done today. Still a few kennels left. Order while stock lasts!! Stay Safe!!!
NEW STOCK OF KENNELS/CRATES Dear Clients and Pet Lovers A new set of travel crates/kennels will be arriving in the country tomorrow and should be fully in stock on Tuesday. Brands include Petmate/Vari and Sky Kennels. Kindly place your orders. It is first-come-first-serve. Price list will be availed on request to serious buyers Free deliveries for clients around Kampala. For clients upcountry we can place them on the cargo buses (at owner's cost) if they ply your route. Thank you so much and Stay Safe
NEW STOCK OF KENNELS/CRATES Dear Clients and Pet Lovers, We are receiving new stock of travel kennels/crates for your pets tomorrow. They should be in store on Tuesday. Free Delivery for areas within Kampala. Brands available are Petmate/Vari & Sky Kennels Begin placing orders. It is first come first serve! Contact is: 0755 433 054, 0772 433 054 & 0790 23 20 20 (whatsapp) Thank you so much and Stay Safe😻
CORONA UPDATE: Blood tests for Pet Travel Dear Pet Owners planning to travel with their pets and those whose blood samples have already been taken for testing. We received the following message from the laboratory in the United Kingdom; "All discretionary testing, such as rabies serology and equine testing prior to breeding is considered low priority at the moment and will only be performed if we have staff resource to do so. Testing frequency and turnaround times are likely to be severely affected over the next few weeks. We will have admin and veterinary staff available to answer queries during normal working hours. In order to make it easier for us to prioritise responses and assign your query to the most appropriate member of staff we would ask that, where possible, you use e-mail rather than phone to make enquiries. The situation is changing on a daily basis and we will provide service level updates on our website and social media channels as the situation continues to evolve". That means there will be delays in releasing the results. You can kindly visit their website to get a full statement - www.biobest.co.uk/news/articles/covid-19-statement.html Additionally the courier companies through which we ship the samples are also experiencing delays occassioned by irregular flight schedules. Please kindly bear with us but just know we are fully following up and trying to expedite the process where we can. Stay Safe Dr. Alex Great Mugisa (BVM) +256 755 433 054
FITZ to New Orleans Louisana The lovely black 'beaut' with white toe-tips, Fitz was also recently shipped to the US to eagerly awaiting parents!!!
CORONA UPDATE ON FLIGHTS FOR PETS TO FRANCE, THE UK and USA For pets going to France, CDG has unfortunately closed the airport to live animals until the Covid-19 storm has dissipated. So we have put these on hold. Intriguingly this happened so suddenly without prior warning when we had a pet on flight that was about to take off in 2 hours from Entebbe and had to abort. Good thing is we always seek an ok-to-forward. For pets going to France, CDG has unfortunately closed the airport to live animals until the Covid-19 storm has ebbed. So we have put these on hold. Intriguingly this happened so suddenly without prior warning when we had a pet on flight that was about to take off in 2 hours from Entebbe and had to abort. Good thing is we always seek an ok-to-forward. For pets going to the United States we now only able to arrange flights to Chicago O'Hare (ORD), John F. Kennedy (JFK), Washington Dulles (IAD) and New Ark (EWR) airports.
FROM MUKONO TO NORTH AMERICA: I have known Theodore from the time he was a tiny little pup. Miss Taylor, an American Peace Corps volunteer took him under her wing so to say when he was soo small. When he was about 12 weeks old, he came down with a terrible hemorrhagic enteritis that threatened to take his life. He was rushed from Mukono on a boda-boda (motorcycle taxi) by the mum to our clinic where he was admitted for some days. Well he made it!! Then almost a year later, the Corona Virus reared its infamously ugly head and everyone was running for the hills! The mum had to evacuate but pets were not allowed on passenger aircraft. He stayed with us for some days until we managed to get him flights to the US through Addis Ababa!