To get to Singapore, Chi was flying from the U.S. to Singapore with a long layover in Frankfurt. We decided to have him fly that route because Frankfurt Airport is home to the world-renowned Animal Lounge where he was able to stretch his legs, get cleaned up, and be checked out by a veterinarian before continuing on his journey.
Chi arrived at the airport in Houston about 4 hours before his plane was due to leave for Frankfurt. Our pet relocation company sent us updates to let us know when he was all checked in for his flight and again when he was safely boarded onto the plane. While he was on his was to Germany, my husband and I started our trip to Singapore with a flight to Beijing. We were more than a little anxious to land and get an update on Chi.
Unfortunately, while Chi made it safely to Frankfurt, his paper work did not. Our pet relocation agent informed us that a) the airline lost Chi’s paper work, b) she informed the airline that she could immediately send them copies of the lost paper work, and c) that the airline would not fly Chi to Singapore without original documents unless they received express permission from the AVA. The problem with that was that the AVA was closed as it was nighttime in Singapore so Chi was definitely going to miss his flight to Singapore that day. We were panicked about our baby boy being stranded in Germany while we were powerless to help him from China, but our agent assured us that if a problem was to arise anywhere, Chi was in the best possible place for it to happen. We kept reminding ourselves that the Animal Lounge houses and transports every animal you can imagine, from fish to elephants, surely they can care for one chihuahua!
When the AVA opened, our pet relocation agent was able to get them in contact with the airline and give permission for Chi to enter Singapore with copies of paper work rather than the originals. He was put on the next flight out, one day later than originally planned, and arrived safely in Singapore.
Our pet agent was able to go see him at Singapore Changi Airport, where he had to spend the night, and even sent us pictures so that we could see for ourselves that he was okay (relief!).
He’s letting a stranger pet him?! And no tail between his legs?! Success!
We were really amazed at how great he looked as we totally expected to see a completely stressed out, hairless pup with his tail tucked between his legs in fear and defeat. He is so much more resilient than we ever imagined and he’s going to have a hard time convincing us otherwise from now on!
The next day he was transferred to Sembawang Animal Quarantine Station where he would complete the remainder of his 10-day stay… (Hint: It wasn’t that bad!)