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Transporting my dog to Singapore

Post by Greg » Thu, 28 Feb 2008 10:12 pm

I have been offered a 2 year post and want to bring my German shepherd bitch with me from the UK. I really don't want to re-home her but want to be sure she will be happy there.Is the climate suitable for her, are there places to give her a good walk and let her off the lead? Are there any areas that would be better to look for a house or are we likely to be living in an apartment block?
Are there any kennles that could look after her when I go on Business trips?
Is there anyone that has transferred their dog and can advise if they recommend it or not?
Any responses would be appreiciated.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 28 Feb 2008 10:31 pm

Greg,

Do a search of the forum using {bringing dog} and tick "search for all terms" and tick "Display results as:" Posts
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by Greg » Mon, 03 Mar 2008 8:01 pm

I did the search and read lots discussions including your heated depate about a huskie, and I agree with, and share your concerns, hence this posting. I have also read that you think it should be ok for medium sized dogs.
My main concern is that my short haired German shepherd is 7 years old and bar her first 8 weeks has always been with me, so I am sure if she could speak would say she would rather be with us in a hot climate than without us in the UK, but I would like to know if it is fair to her.

Therefore, rather than reading lots of different peoples opinions, I would like to hear from some peoples actual experiences of taking their dogs there, if anyone can answer it would be appreiciated, as this could decide whether or not I take the job!

Thanks in advance.

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Post by road.not.taken » Mon, 03 Mar 2008 8:12 pm

Bring her along, she'll be fine as long as you can spend quality time with her (or hire someone who can). I have a 90 lb Lab who went through quarantine twice (which yours should not have to do). He's the happiest dog I know because he's walked twice a day (mornings and evenings, when its cooler) and surrounded by people who love him. Veterinary care here is excellent. Absolutely, bring her along.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 03 Mar 2008 9:21 pm

Greg,

Short-haired Shepards are not rare here and Labs (especially golden labs) are very popular here with the landed property set. (bit rough living in a condo with a big dog but not impossible). You just have to have good neighbours who don't mind sharing the elevator with a 100 lb dog. :wink:

Most big dogs here do fine. It's only the cold climate dogs I rail about, Huskies, Malamutes, Newfoundlands & related.

The climate here is similar to New Orleans or Tampa, Fla. The average High Temperature is 32°C during the day but on occasion with go to 33° and very, very rarely 34°C. The Humidity is around 85%. Hell, Where I'm from in Maryland and even NY get upwards of 40°C+ on occasion. During monsoon season, like now, it's a very comfortable and gets down to ~20°C at night.

I'm not against big dogs as long as they have a place to run, some freedom and caring owners who go the distance for their pets. I had a large mixed breed (Collie/Shepard mix) for 14 years here till she died in my lap 4 years ago. :cry: (and yes I did) But to keep a big dog locked up in a tiny apartment..........

As road.not.taken said, Bring Her!
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Post by Greg » Tue, 04 Mar 2008 12:14 am

Thanks guys, that was the reassurance I was hoping for, if I meet you out there the beers are on me.

One other question, I think the company will be giving me a budget of approx 6,000 sing dollars/month for accomadation, do you think its possible to get a landed house for this budget?

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Post by road.not.taken » Tue, 04 Mar 2008 6:31 am

I'm going to say, not really. S$6,000 can get you a roomy place like a semi-detached house with a tiny garden. As long as you walk your dog, and spend time with her -- I think she'll be fine. We have an old house with a very large garden -- but my dogs don't 'run around' the yard. They are wherever the people are. If you could ask them if they'd rather have a big garden, or a friend (we have a live-in maid who adores them) they would chose the maid, paws down. They are pack animals, they crave company.

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Post by Greg » Tue, 04 Mar 2008 4:56 pm

A roomy place with a small garden sounds fine, she's a city dog anyway so just needs a small garden to do her business, I'll give her plenty of excercise with walks morning and night (as I do now) and my partner will only be working part time (if at all), so she'll have more company than she has now.
My main concern was that 6000 wouldn't restrict us to an apartment block or condo.
I understand that she will need to be mussled out there, is this a strict rule or only in city centres, and are there places she can get off the lead for a good run?

ps thanks for your answers and nice talking to you.

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Post by road.not.taken » Tue, 04 Mar 2008 5:18 pm

Yes, you can take dogs to the dog park on the west coast where they can run about without a leash. We don't do this, but others have and liked it. I also take mine early on Sunday morning to swim on Sentosa, like 7am-early. :o We used to live near a big open field (harder to come by in Singapore) where our dogs could run around.

Try doing a search on this site for a semi-D, in your price range -- might give you a basic idea of what's out there.

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Post by Leemmo » Mon, 17 Mar 2008 1:58 pm

Hi is this post still going?

If so we are coming over from Melbourne with our 2 year old weimaraner (like a pointer but with silver coat) He is used to the heat as it can get over 40 here but he is also used to swimming in the sea every morning, and we will probably be living on the East side as we are looking at a school there for our son, will it be possible to take him for a swim in the sea there?

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Post by Nattan » Tue, 08 Apr 2008 11:16 am

Hi Greg,

It is ok to bring your lovely pet along but a german shepherd is considered a large dog, in term of housing you can only go for private housing.

Bringing pets to park in Singapore is alright as well but would have to be on leash and muzzle for german shepherd or any guard dog category. Of course those in the park or beach mostly unleashed their pets but in case of dog biting, owner would be fined.

To move your pet to Singapore, you can check out this agent www.petembassy.net.

Cheers!

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Post by Nattan » Tue, 08 Apr 2008 11:21 am

Oh in addition...there are few boarding kennels in SG. Alternatively, you can get a pet-sitter as well.

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Post by Greg » Tue, 08 Apr 2008 3:02 pm

Hi Nattan,

Tahnks for the info.

We've pretty much decided we are bringing her now (wouldn't have taken the job if we couldn't), Just waiting for my company to sort the details now so that could be a few months yet.

Regarding the housing, we will be in private housing because the company will be paying, it will just be the case of finding somewhere, with a small garden so she can get out, within the the budget.

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Post by Nattan » Tue, 08 Apr 2008 11:18 pm

Hi Greg,

I'm happy to hear that and I'm happier for the dog:))

Hope everything goes according to your plan.

Cheers!

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