It is hard to believe that it was almost 5 short years ago when we moved to our new home in Mesquite, Nevada. We had enough winter and wanted to go someplace warmer. After exploring many parts of the country, we chose Mesquite, Nevada, or I should say Mesquite, Nevada chose us. We fell in love with the people and the location. We are in a valley surrounded by the Virgin Mountains and the Virgin River flows through town, thus adding some lush farmlands that border Mesquite. We are 87 miles from Las Vegas where one can experience both world class dining and entertainment and about the same distance from beautiful Zion National Park where one can experience quiet and solitude with the land.
One of our biggest obstacles to moving was how we were going to go cross country with our three cats whom we had rescued from a shelter. Mind you, they do not like to drive in the car for too long so a five day/4 night journey, stopping at a new hotel every night was out of the question. We had considered renting an RV to drive cross country but the thought of listening to them "sing" across country made us think of more options. Another option was letting the cats travel cross country with a pet transporter. These folks had modified vans and slept in them with your pets while they drove cross country. The major downside to this option was we would be trusting our pets to someone we did not know and they would be traveling with pets they did not know, either.
We had met other pet owners in various airport lounges and each time we did we asked them many questions. when we learned that the pets were able to travel in the passenger cabin we knew we had the solution. Our next challenge was the one person/one pet rule. No airline let's a single passenger bring on more than one pet. We had grown attached to our "kits" so we had to overcome this little glitch. We wiated for ticket prices to drop ($234 RT cross country) and when we did I was able to purchase tickets for two very loyal employees for whom I wanted to do something nice for their many years of loyalty. Once they agreed, the plan was put into motion.
Did you know that pets have to come out of their carriers at the airport to go through security? For some silly reason, I thought it would be like bringing the pets to the vet for an x-ray and they could stay in their containers. Nope! Thank goodness we learned about this prior to our trip. In a panic as to how we would contain our feline friends in our arms and walk them through security, I called the vet. She told us that "drugged" pets would not be allowed on the plane as it was unsafe for them. However, she told us to put a little children's Benedryl on our finger and let the cat lick it. Please check with your vet before doing this as she did a complete exam before she said it was okay to give them the Benedryl. In addition she suggested a harness, one of the "figure 8" types and leash so we would have some way to control the pets should we need to at the airport.
Moving day came and the van came to bring us to the airport (our cars were already being transported to Mesquite, Nevada---another blog for another day). We loaded the kits in their soft-sided carriers which had a little plastic container with 2 ice cubes, and doggy pads lining them in case of any accidents as we would be in transit almost 12 hours, door-to-door. With Benedryl in finger, we were off to the airport.
Luckily it was quiet at the airport. Time to take out cat number one. We selected Jerome, our large tuxedo cat who thankfully met the weight limit. He was a trooper and the TSA folks fell in love with him. Hubby came through with pet number 2, Sedona. She is the shyest of the three and the one for whom we worried the most. She was great. Neil picked her up from her case, petted her, and walked through the scanner. One to go. Not wanting to be left behind, Flagstaff came right out of his carrier, let me hold him, and off we went. After this, we all breathed a huge sigh of relief. The lane ride was uneventful, we had a cart waiting at McCarren International Airport, and we all drove up to Mesquite, Nevada where the cats have enjoyed watching their new lizard friends and desert birds when they re not lounging on the guest room bed.
Joan Fitton Mesquite Realtor Blog, http://www.liveinmesquitenv.com