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Moving to Singapore with a Lab...

Post by camara » Thu, 11 Nov 2010 7:21 am

Hi everyone,

Nice to see such a lively forum!... :-)

We are planning to move to Singapore during next year and we are facing the big dilemma on how/when to bring our dog. Even more pressing: will we have conditions for her to guarantee the quality of life she has here? She's a Labrador Retriever, generally well behaved and trained (by myself and school) and you can imagine we will be totally heart broken if we have to leave her here (in Portugal). Well, we've been hearing that it will be too hard, etc. finding questions that have been haunting us. Namely:
- Housing (how hard is it to find a house with suitable space for everyone that is not extremely expensive?)
- Health issues (the trip is really long... Singapore is hot)
- Play (how many places do we have to walk her and play - she LOVES to swim... - freely without breaking rules?)
- Boarding when we are away from Singapore (how much will we spend overall for a month stay in a pet housing, for example? Yes, I saw this part on the forum, but are there any extras? How much do people spend overall?)
- Transportation (is it really true that we need to rent a car to get out with our pet?)
- Flight (how expensive is it to bring a dog?)
- Food (how expensive is it in Singapore?)


I'm REALLY sorry if all of these questions are answered already in the forum. I'm sure they are, so I only ask you to send me the links... :-|

In any case, we really look forward to have people sharing their similar experiences with us...

thanks
Francisco

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Post by KindClare » Thu, 11 Nov 2010 12:24 pm

Hi Francisco
We moved with our small dog (15 kg) from the UK
It cost about £1800 for the move
The firm we used was Airpets UK and I was very pleased with them.

We didn't have any trouble finding a condo that would take a dog. Everywhere we looked said the dog was no problem. That said, we were looking at larger places near Orchard and our rent is mostly paid by the company. HDB flats may have a hard time but I do not know about this.

We pay $25 per day for kenneling and another $40 each way for collection/delivery from the kennel. We don't kennel often though and never for more than 5 days. 1 month is a long time - you may get better pricing.

We have plenty of space around to walk the dog but no place to let her run free. I believe it is not allowed to be off lead in Singapore. Also, many many (at least 50%) of the people we see when we are walking her are afraid of dogs so there will be that to contend with as well.

I don't know where you could take her for a swim but there probably is somewhere. I know there is a doggy day care at Turf City with a pool and activities - I have never checked into prices of that because I can't get her there (no car).

I think it can be done (there is a lab in our building) but the quality of life for the dog will certainly be different. I question often whether ours wouldn't have been happier to stay in the UK with a new family and room to run. We are certainly happier to have her here with us - just not so sure she is happier in Singapore.

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