Friday, May 30, 2014

Georgia the World Traveler

The most complicated logistic to deal with while planning our move was how to get Georgia on the island.

Yes, there were other issues with Georgia that we had to address, such as getting a license from the Bahamas and a health certificate from a US vet, but that was easy stuff, mere paperwork.

But getting her physically on to the island was a whole other matter:

1.  She's taller than the tallest crate allowed by the airlines.

2.  She can't ride in the cabin on any commercial flight because she would stick out into the aisle.

3.  Even if we could get her into a smaller crate, no airline allows "checked" pets on flights coming into Nassau, and the puddle jumps that go directly to Eleuthera don't have a compartment where you could "check" a pet.

4.  Chartered flights would run us at least 4 big ones. 4k. Ouch.

5.  We could rent a boat:  Six hours of pounding away on the waves with a chicken dog? Not so much. And expensive. Nasty and costly.

6.  Jerry could bring her over on a ferry that would require three stops, an overnight, and a large portable kennel.

7.  We could ask a fellow pilot friend for a lift.....


Jerry contacted a fellow AF pilot friend, Mark, who happened to live in Florida and had a plane large enough to hold Jerry (who is huge) and our dog (who is dog huger).

When Jerry explained our tough situation, Mark and his wife, Sandra, offered to fly Georgia over for us!

On the Saturday of The Move, we met up this wonderful and fabulously generous couple at the exec airport in Fort Lauderdale.

Not only were they willing to fly Georgia over, but because Mark and Sandra often fly their own dogs, they knew how to keep Georgia calm and keep her stress level to a minimum.

It was a beautiful day to fly!

Once we found Josh after losing him at the airport (long story), the kids and I said goodbye to our furriest family members and watched them head off to the plane.

Here's Georgia with her new best friend, Sandra. Thanks again for being such an awesome dog whisperer!

Despite all of my over anxious stress about possible mid-flight disaster, such as.....

Vomiting, diarrhea, freaking out and breaking the interior, scratching or biting generous humans, etc.

.....Jerry did just fine on the flight.

And Georgia did well, too. In fact, she slept most of the way.

After a quick hour flight, Jerry, Georgia, and our friends made it to our new adventure.

The kids and I would meet up later. Much later that day. But make it we would!

Thanks, again, friends!

And if you're ever in the greater Sarasota, FL area and need a realtor, check out Sandra's Facebook page:


  1. I couldn't believe you didn't have a story for Georgia's adventure - Yea, Paula! You pulled through! Great story. What wonderful people!

    1. Georgia will have tons of blog time! She's a hoot!

  2. Wow! What a great story - I wondered how she did flying over the ocean. What wonderful, awesome friends you and Jerry have, Paula!!

    1. Yes. We were, are, so thankful for their friendship and generosity. What a Godsend!

  3. Oh my goodness, this was awesome! I've been missing reading you, Paula! So glad your back in the blogging world. :) And even better, I get you in my e-mail too! How awesome is that? :D

    1. I've read your blog for ages and just now paid attention to the feed burner email thing, and I was like, I need that on mine. Thanks for the inspiration! Well, both spiritual and email-link-ual

    2. You're so sweet! Glad to be of service. :)