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    Default I so miss my babies

    I had my first female dog (Geneve) on 2 August 2006. She is such a beautiul creature, I bought her at the subway exit in Beijing for 100RMB (it's about $20 dollars). But I had to work till late everyday and she just waits for me in my apartment, behaving herself. We had a fantastic year together, I even took her to the Great Wall when she is about 4 months old. And then I had to go to Hong Kong for a couple of months in 2007, so I had to ask my parents to take care of her. Ever since that, she is living with my parents from March to October every year and both my parents and Geneve came to live with me in Beijing from October to March the following year. My Dad really likes her and needs a company. So, she has become my dad's dog now.

    In 2010, I got married and my husband and I got a second male dog (MoMo) together on 4 June 2010. Once again, we've decided to come to Australia for personal reasons. I asked around many airlines to see whether we can take them with us to Australia. Eventually, we found out that Australia technically doesn't allow Chinese dogs to come, however, we also found out there is an agency in China that provides some kind of services to help Chinese dogs to go to countries like Australia, it will cost about RMB40,000 a dog ($8,000) and take 7 months altogether (6 months in Hong Kong and 1 month in Sydney or Melbourne quarantine). It's too much for us and it is a painful journey for the dogs, so we decided not to do it at that stage.

    Once again, I have asked my parents to take care of my other dog until we have the money to bring them over here. We came to Australia at the end of October 2011, my Mum said it is too hard to raise my other dog (he is a shetland sheepdog which needs lots of exercise) and asked me whether she can give him to a friend who has got a big house and a yard for him to run around. I cannot say no although I don't want that to happen. So my Mum gave him away in March this year.

    My husband, on the other hand, promised me that he will work hard and earn money to get them over here, but now he has changed his mind. But it will not change my mind, I guess I will have to work hard myself in order to do that within the next one or two years.

    Aren't they adorable?
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    Very adorable !!! It would break my heart to leave my dog.....i just couldnt do it no matter what.

    I hope one day soon you can be reunited with your babies. Good luck


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    Thank you Sean, I hope so too!

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    Very adorable !!! It would break my heart to leave my dog.....i just couldnt do it no matter what.

    I hope one day soon you can be reunited with your babies. Good luck

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    That must be so hard for you. I've never had to leave a dog behind, but I had to leave my cat in Europe when I moved over here and it hurt for years.

    Just to play devil's advocate though, are you entirely sure it will be best for the dogs to bring them over? If they are happy where they are right now - and it sounds like they are - would you really want to put them through the 7 months in quarantine, a long flight/s and having to adapt to a new life again?

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    You are absolutely right. They must be happy, but I am confident they will be happier here given the better environment.

    Besides, they will only need to be quanantined for 1 month in Australia, in Hong Kong will be like in a care centre I guess.

    I am still not sure what I should do though.

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    That must be so hard for you. I've never had to leave a dog behind, but I had to leave my cat in Europe when I moved over here and it hurt for years.

    Just to play devil's advocate though, are you entirely sure it will be best for the dogs to bring them over? If they are happy where they are right now - and it sounds like they are - would you really want to put them through the 7 months in quarantine, a long flight/s and having to adapt to a new life again?

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    I'm assuming a 'care centre' would mean being kept in a kennel with fairly minimal human contact and exercise. And do you know how well they would be cared for there? Is there a choice between different facilities?

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    Yes, I guess you are right. I was told that they will walk dogs twice a day and according to their previous clients comments online, they provide a very good service. I just hope that is all true. There are different agencies who do this kind of pet travel. I will do more research before I make up my mind. Thank you very much for your devil's advocate, I really appreciate it.

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    I'm assuming a 'care centre' would mean being kept in a kennel with fairly minimal human contact and exercise. And do you know how well they would be cared for there? Is there a choice between different facilities?

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    That doesn't sound too bad then. But it would be good if you could send someone there to visit those places in person, I reckon.

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    Yeah, I will ask my friends in Hong Kong to go and have a look.

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    That doesn't sound too bad then. But it would be good if you could send someone there to visit those places in person, I reckon.

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    Hi Ella

    I can really relate to your story - I moved from Ireland 3 years ago, leaving my two dogs with my mum. They became her dogs and she really needed the company when we left, but it really is heart breaking.

    We decided to leave our dogs, because they were old and one of them had a dodgy temperament around men, I remember being afraid that she would bite someone in quarantine and never make it out, plus she was so high strung that I didn't feel she would survive all the upheaval. We couldn't separate them and mum wanted to keep them, they had a safe loving home. It broke my heart, but we left them behind.

    Since then, one has passed away (the nervous one) and mum may be moving here herself, so the surviving dog may get his trip to Oz after all.

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