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So I've never done this, and the amount of work it seems to entail is making my head swim, so has anyone done this? Basically my best friend has been keeping one of my Corgi's while I moved from Texas to the pacific Northwest, and I'm in a position to get him back. He's too big to fly under a seat, or I'd just go get him myself. So I have to fly him cargo. It seems to be a big pain in the ass. I understand the flight certificate from a vet, no issue. But then I am reading if it's over 85 degrees on the tarmac, they won't load live animals? So...this is Texas, the only time it's under 85 degrees is later at night, so I guess I need to get him a flight late at night? I am assuming an airlines cargo group can coordinate this with me?
The kennel guidelines seem to be crazy as well. Will a basic plastic + metal door kennel from your basic pet supply store work? It's larger, because Corgi's are long and short. To lay down comfortably his kennel has to be pretty big, so I think it meets all the "Get up, turn around, sit up" kind of requirements.
Food and water is another thing. He eats very specific food, but all the guidelines I've read state is that he needs attached food and water bowls that can be reached from the outside (so I assume affixed to the metal door), and that they should be empty. Water is fine, but I don't want them to just feeding him whatever. Do I need to affix a bag of his food or something to the crate? Or are they just going to feed him purina? It won't kill him, I am just picky.
I guess I'm just looking for first hand experience with this. I've read all the various airline pages and guidelines, but they don't give the fullest of picture of how this works in the real world.