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Meet Our Driving Team!

Our driving team consists of key personnel from all over the country with a wide variety of backgrounds. Most importantly, all HTT drivers love pets! They will keep you up to date about your pet’s well-being and trip progress through text and picture messages along the way!

As our company grows, we are frequently looking for individuals who have what it takes to join our driving team. Meet some of our driving team here and check out our new cartoon about what it takes to be a driver for Happy Tails Travel!

Choosing a Pet When You Are in the Military

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | Nov 03, 2023

Getting a new pet is an exciting decision! You get to pick out a cute collar and fun toys. Pick out the perfect name and plan for all the fun adventures you are going to have with your new family member! While there are many considerations you must keep in mind to decide which pet is right for you, those who are active-duty military have one more. With PCS moves that can send you and your family just about anywhere on the globe, the type of pet you have will determine how easy it will be to bring your dog or cat with you… or if you will be able to bring them with you at all.

If you are moving within the continental US, there is a way to move just about every pet, but you may have limited options based on type and breed. For example, there are no domestic airlines that will accept large dogs or snub-nosed breeds, so if you have an American Bulldog, they will have to travel by ground.

If you are moving internationally, there are some international airlines that do not embargo breeds or sizes of dogs, but there may not be as many route options. Some countries or regions have breed bans. For example, Germany, which is a common PCS location, has banned all types of Pitbulls. So, you may find that local regulations may prevent you from bringing your pet, and you may be forced to rehome or find long term care.

You will also need to be aware of costs. If you have a whole pack of animals, the price of all your pets traveling will be much higher. Air tickets for pets are also partially based on weight so the larger your pet, the more expensive their ticket will be. Air tickets are often less costly than ground transport, so choosing breeds that can fly will also help keep costs down.

Taking the time to choose a breed that makes military moves with pets a little easier and cheaper may save you heartache in the future. If you have new PCS orders and want to bring your pet with you or send them to a friend or family member, fill out our Pet Travel Form for more information. You can also read about the experiences of military members on our website.