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    Default Flying Dog to Brissy - Good Priced Crate?

    Anyone know where I can get a good priced crate for a flight? say cat sized create?

    II am thinking about going to Brisbane for the weekend in mid may (my friend will be there from Townsville). Still in the thinking phase at the moment as I have a massive phobia of flying.

    Anyway, If I go, I have decided to take Pippi with me so that the OH can just hang with Barney and he doesnt need to worry about checking the rotten fence each morning to make sure there are no new gaps Pippi can squeeze through.

    So, anyone know about crates and whre one can find a good priced one?

    Also any tips to make the trip easy and non stressfull for Pip would be fab.

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    You don't have to buy an airline carrier, if you contact somewhere like Jetpets they can organise the whole thing for you and you hire a crate.
    They sell them that way as well for around $50.

    Does Pippi have a solid temperament? that's what I would be more concerned with. Plane trips can be very stressful for a dog, more stressful than your OH doing a fence check in the morning.

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    Good question and yes, Pippi's general temperament is really good.

    She loves car travel and will just sit quietly (little bit different I know). But she is generally a calm, placid girl.

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    I wouldn't worry about buying a crate, we've flown dogs about quite a few times and the carrier just organizes it for you.

    If pup is going to be on the same flight as you, then just ring the service centre and advise them when making your booking. It is a LOT cheaper (I'm talking into the hundreds) to have pup on the same flight as you. Prices do inflate due to weight too.

    We've used Virgin Blue but I'd also have a look at Jetstar to compare prices and if you're really game, Qantas. Tiger don't fly pets. Jetpets also do a great job, but I'd prefer to cut out the middle man and go directly to the carrier if you're going too.

    They say don't feed them for four hours before flying. You can put in a favorite blanket, maybe one with your smell to comfort them. I don't think they allows toys, my sister put a teddy in with her dog but I'd ask first. Other than that, dogs are easy!

    I hope you do go and conquer your fear of flying You'll both love the holiday!

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    lol Thanks mollinator

    I have actually flown before (originally from NZ) but I a terrified of it so try to avoid flying at all cost. Last time I flew back to NZ (almost 18 months ago) was only becaue I was a bridesmaid for a mates wedding. If I had of just been a guest, I wouldnt have gone lol.

    I want to buy the crate as it will come in handy in future. We do currently have two IATA crates from when we flew our dogs over from NZ but they are both much to big for Pippi.

    I have looked into the cost already and if we fly with Qantas Pippi can be part of y checked baggage allowance, but the tickets are much more. If we go with Virgin, she will cost $55 each way but the people tickets are much cheaper

    But I am just not sure where to source a good priced crate, I dont want to pay an arm and a leg as I wont be using it every 2 minutes. Have had a google but google is not really my friend lOL

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    Lala, Most airlines will not take cheaper crates, so you need to buy one of theirs they have them at the counter most times, if you fly Qantas for instance, you drop dog off at Australian Air Express freight depot, and you can most likely buy the crate there at the same time, not all that cheap a PP 20 which takes a very small dog is about $60 the ones you see in pet shops cheaper are usually the ones they will not take so take care what you buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minibulls mum View Post
    Lala, Most airlines will not take cheaper crates, so you need to buy one of theirs they have them at the counter most times, if you fly Qantas for instance, you drop dog off at Australian Air Express freight depot, and you can most likely buy the crate there at the same time, not all that cheap a PP 20 which takes a very small dog is about $60 the ones you see in pet shops cheaper are usually the ones they will not take so take care what you buy.
    Yea I looked at the airline website and they stipulate things like measurements and not having any hinge attacments (they must be replaced with bolts etc) and they have to be flight approved.

    But $60 seems not a bad price anyway...for some reason I was expecting much more.

    I will give the airline a call tomorrow to enquire about this.

    Though now, it looks like the OH has decided if we go, he s going to come with and continue on to Rockhampton to see his mate so it might end up being the kennels for both dogs now (bugger as I was kinda looking forward to taking my ratbag and introducing her to my fam lol)

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