Xavier, Quincy and I started the long drive down to Miami Friday August 26 to kickoff "Operation Airlift Stanley". With the mini-van loaded up with boxes and street hockey equipment, we passed through US customs without incident. Strangely, the US customs guy didn't question me much about taking two kids, a dog, and a car full of stuff without Samantha. No matter. After passing through 8 states and skirting hurricane Irene, we arrived in Miami on Sunday evening.
Now here comes the complicated logistics for getting a large dog to Guadeloupe.
On Monday, Samantha and the two little ones took an early flight from Toronto to Miami, while original drive-to-Miami team flew down to San Juan, Puerto Rico ahead of Stanley. Just before 10 pm, Stanley followed us to San Jan and was put on an overnight cargo. Due to temperature restrictions when transporting animals, an overnight flight is pretty much the only way to get a large dog to the Caribbean by air.
On Tuesday morning, the drive-to-Miami team greeted Stanley at the San Juan airport. Needless to say, Stanley was happy to see us! And it was the kind of happy that only dogs can pull off - dog happy. With Stanley safely in San Juan, it was a race to Guadeloupe. Samantha and the little ones hopped on an Air France flight to Guadeloupe while the drive-to-Miami team flew on a 6-seater island hopper. Stanley was sitting next to me in the middle row.
By mid-afternoon, we had all arrived safely in Guadeloupe. Now it's time to get everything in order for day-to-day life in Guadeloupe.