|Our puppies live all over the United States and they get to their new homes
in a number of different ways. We've had people drive across
country or fly into Myrtle Beach to pick up a pup. If you live in a place I have
reason to visit, I might deliver the pup myself. Most often, our puppies are
Picking the puppy up is always better, of course. Myrtle Beach is a tourist
hot spot and a big golf area. You can often find very inexpensive flights from
major airports to Myrtle Beach. Some folks fly in and make it a
mini-vacation. Others fly in and out within a couple of hours. (My house is
about 12 miles from the airport but I'll be happy to meet you there if you're
not staying long enough to come and visit the paque.)
Puppies can travel in the cabin with you but you must make sure that you
specify this when making your reservation since a limited number of pets are
allowed in cabin. Different airlines have different charges for flying home with
the puppy. The additional charge is generally in the neighborhood of $50.
When you choose this option I'll provide the soft-sided carrier that fits
under the seat in front of you. I'll also give your babe plenty of practice
spending time in it so it won't new or frightening when he's ready to travel.
Puppies fly very well (whether in cabin or in cargo). I've talked to flight
attendants about this - as well as to those of our puppy owners who have flown
in to pick up pups - and I'm told by all that puppies (and dogs) never cry
during the flight. Your pup will need a current health certificate which
I'll provide. There will be no additional charge for the carrier or health
certificate. I include those as my thanks to you for coming to get him. (I hate
dropping my babies at the cargo desk!)
If you're thinking of driving in you can do a preliminary check of the
distance by looking up our zip code: 29526 on
Yahoo maps. If
you're driving with your pup I'll provide a crate. If you'd prefer the soft
sided carrier just let me know in advance and I'll provide that instead. (You
must let me know in advance because if I'm out of them I'll need time to order
If you can't manage to fly or drive in, we can ship the puppy. Most of our
puppies leave this way and we have never
had a problem with a shipped puppy. I have had puppies shipped to me and they arrived just fine
and thrilled to see me.
The charge for shipping a puppy is $300. This includes the actual flight
charge, health certificate, paperwork, crate and other expenses sometimes
incurred when shipping pups.
If a pup is going to travel without a human the airlines are very good about
taking care of him, however there are some concerns we have to deal with. The
first of these is weather. During the hottest and coldest parts of the year we
are at the mercy of the weather and the flight we plan to get a puppy on might
not actually be able to take him. We have more leeway in cold weather than in
hot. If it is over 85 degrees at either the departure or arrival airport the
pup can't go and will have to be rescheduled. One of the ways of dealing
with this is to get him on a very early morning or late night flight when the
weather is mildest. This often works for us, especially if the pup is flying
north. You do not have to be concerned about the weather if you are
flying in to pick him up.
When puppies fly without a human they are often in transit for a longer time
than they would be otherwise. This is because some of the airlines fly puppies
to a cargo hub and then fly them out of that hub to their final destination.
Even considering this the puppies usually do well when flying alone but this is
one of my major considerations when flying smaller pups.
I will not allow puppies under 2 pounds to fly without a person unless they
will be in transit an unusually short time. This is not an airline requirement
but it is my requirement. A pup who will be five pounds or less as an adult may
well be under 2 pounds at eight weeks of age and it may be impossible for me to
predict when he is born or during the first couple of weeks that he will be this
small at 8 weeks. Keep this in mind if you are planning to get a smaller one of
When can they fly?
Puppies cannot fly until they are eight weeks old (that is an airline
regulation but it is also my rule that pups don't leave until they are eight
Beau's Travel Story
||Beau in South Carolina,
ready for adventure.
Beau was just about eight weeks old and we were planning to ship him to San
Antonio, TX. The weather had been awfully hot and I wasn't sure he was going to
be able to get out of here. Beau's new mom, Shawn, was anxiously awaiting his
arrival when she found out that her good friend Teresa was driving from Daytona
Beach, FL to Roanoke, VA before flying back home to San Antonio. Shawn arranged
for Teresa to go from Daytona to Roanoke via Myrtle Beach so that Teresa could
pick Beau up. Teresa did and so it was that Beau got to travel up the east coast
in a car and have a short vacation in Virginia before getting on a plane with
Teresa and flying home to Shawn... a much more sophisticated and well traveled
The shortest distance between two places is in a straight line...but that's
not always the best or the most fun.
|Beau in Texas with his new cat. Adventure is great but
it can tire a guy out.
Lily getting used to her travel bag for the in-cabin trip to Boston.
Austin waiting for his new mom (Me!) in the Cargo area.
Liberating Austin from his crate. I couldn't wait to cuddle him. The camera
battery died before we could get another shot.
Java's arrival at the Raleigh NC airport, you can barely see his tiny face in
Close up of the happy traveler. He was in transit a long time but doesn't look
too traumatized, does he?