24 July 2012

{24july2012: Quarantine Day 1}

I've got lots to update leading up the move, but since I'm already behind, let's just start with the our first days in Singapore.
I landed in Singapore on Monday June 25. I was the first of our family to leave Seattle (2am flight Sunday the 24th).
Darwin landed in Singapore Tuesday June 26 and went straight to quarantine. Darwin was the last to leave Seattle (7pm flight Sunday the 24th).

Jason landed in Singapore on Thursday June 28. He left Seattle 12 hours after I did (2pm Sunday the 24th).
How did Darwin get to the airport you may be wondering. Well, Jason dropped Darwin off at her brother's house around 10am, and from what I've heard, for the first time ever she resisted staying there. She actually slipped her martingale collar backing up, but didn't go anywhere. Jason managed to collar her again and he and Kristie got her in the house (or back yard). I think she finally realized something was up. Kristie was so nice to take Darwin and get her to the airport for us at 4 to get checked in and meet the pet mover with her crate (sorry in all the goings on no one actually got a picture of Darwin in her giant crate). Darwin took a British Air flight from Seattle to London then had an 8 hour layover in London where the BA people moved her to their kennels and she got to eat a little and stretch her legs. BA then loaded her back in her kennel and took her back to the airport for her last flight from London to Singapore. Our pet mover in Singapore (Pet Embassy*) met Darwin at the airport and transported her to the quarantine station and got her all settled in. They emailed me after they dropped her off to update me on everything.
She got to quarantine on Tuesday, but their visiting hours are only from 4-6pm so I couldn't visit her that day.
Wednesday at 330 I left work, hopped in a cab and made my way up north to the quarantine. When I first showed up at her room she was laying around and just looked up at me through the window. It took a few seconds for her to get up and start barking. At quarantine you can take your dog out for 15 minutes in one of their enclosed runs. Since I got there right at 4 we were able to quickly get out into a run and Darwin could stretch her legs.
{you didn't abandon meeeeeeeee!!!!}

{so hot!}

{water. water. must. drink. water.}

Darwin was never a overly slobbery Dane, but since we've been here, MAN the slobber! So gross!

When it was time to leave I made sure to just be very calm about it and say a quick see you later and walk out. As I walked out I got a peak at Darwin's crate.

holy gigantic! 
While I was there I met a lady who's dog was there for 30 days! I can't imagine. As I posted pictures to instagram, another lady commented on a picture saying her little dog is there for 119 days! 119 days! 4 months! Out of control! I don't think I'd be able to do that to Darwin if that was the requirement. 

*If you are ever moving to Singapore (and maybe even out of) and need a pet mover (I highly recommend using a pet mover) I would definitely recommend Pet Embassy. They were super easy to work with, super helpful and were in constant contact if I had any questions.


  1. Wow!

    What fun fur all!

    Does she get khredit fur all those miles? It seems funny fur her to fly East to end up in Singapore - but I guess it is a matter of flight length - Unkhle Steve and his humans fly from here to Detroit to Bejiing then a shorter flight and then drive home to their part of the khountry -

    We hope Darwin AND her humans will weather this well!


  2. Hi B and Darwin, we're very happy that everyone is fine. It's a long ways to go for everyone.

  3. Our great brother Booter and great sister Lucky were in quarantine in Korea for 10 days. It was horrendous conditions, but Mom was able to visit every day except for one. We're so glad you're home with your people now, Darwin!!!

  4. Brave Darwin and humans - could not have been easy for the nerves but great that everyone arrived safely and soon to enjoy new adventures....good luck xx Zola xx

  5. Hello! How the heck did I miss these posts??? I must be sleep!

    Another friend recommended Pet Embassy. I will definitely consider them when it's our turn to leave Singapore.


  6. The quarantine process is compulsory for all pets while relocating to the other state of the country; so we need to check with animal quarantine Centre. The pet transportation services depend upon the breed of your pet.