How did we end up in this situation?
It's a long story.
When we decided to move to Switzerland after the initial shock wore off we had a "come to Jesus" moment and realized, what do we do with Dylan. Now there was no question in my our minds that he was coming a long for the ride. Dylan is a member of our family. Our small, weird, but it works for us, family. Now we went over several options. Kennel him until we find a place, take him with us immediately and have him hang out in the hotel with us until we get a place, have a friend look after him and have him shipped later. We even for a brief moment discussed giving him away. A very brief moment. When my mom was in Winnipeg with us helping us pack she offered to take Dylan until we were settled. So he flew to Newfoundland to hang out with my parents.
Dylan is a big cat. Therefore he has a big kennel. The airline we were flying has a rule about cats in the cabin which states it has to be a soft sided kennel that fits under the seat. Eeek. Also when we were flying we were unable to fly with him in cargo because during that time of year they don't allow it due to hot weather. Heaven forbid the poor thing is stuck on the tarmac. So we had to investigate other options.
Having Dylan in Switzerland was not a problem. The problem was getting him here. Regulations on importing a domestic house cat as as follows, he must be chipped (check), he must be up to date on his shots (check) and his rabies shot must be current (check.) That's all well and good. We have since learned getting Inspector Dylan here unaccompanied is going to be a challenge.
You can't put a price tag on a pet. You just can't. Or so we thought. We adopted Dylan for $30 from a no kill animal shelter. He had been there a year. He was previously with an older couple who showed their love with food. They moved into assisted living. No one wanted Dylan (formerly Diego...he's so not a Diego) so he ended up at the shelter. We've often said he's the best $30 we've ever spent. In the process of trying to get Dylan here we've learned you can in fact put a price tag on a pet. Dylan's is 2000 almost 3000 Swiss francs. That's how much it would cost to get Dylan here unaccompanied. Why so much? Ever heard of a pet relocation company? Yeah...they're movers for pets.
In all our research, in all our reading, in all our talking with people, no one mentioned the need for a pet mover. No one mentioned that he can't be unaccompanied. We were blindsided by it. There was no way we could get him here without a broker. Getting Dylan here would be an ungodly amount of money. Every official person we spoke with in Switzerland and Canada said the same thing, it would be easier for you to come and get him and bring him here yourself.
My heart broke. Inspector Dylan Tiger won't be coming any time soon.
So on Saturday Dylan is off to Winnipeg after spending the summer in Torbay. If he had gotten along with Punk this would not be happening. Unfortunately cats are cats and the two of them together is a bad idea. We're back in Manitoba in June 2012 so we'll be taking Dylan home with us. Unless we come to get him earlier or someone brings him to us. So my in-laws will be Dylan minding until we can get him here. Here's hoping he doesn't try to protect them from their dog Maya (who is about Dylans weight and build so at least it would be a fair fight.)