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We've been home for a month and everyone is settling in nicely! Attached is a picture of Briny enjoying her new home. Thanks again for all your help!
Warm regards,

Clayton Saunders from Rome, Italy to Dulles, VA

Blue the Dog - Military Pet transportation services from California, USA to Brandon Suffolk UK Blue the Dog - Overseas Pet travel services from California, USA to Brandon Suffolk UK

Just wanted to say thank you for all your help getting Blue to the UK. Everything went perfectly from his paperwork to his drop off to the pick-up.

He was a very happy boy when we picked him up and his customs clearance process was very smooth.

Erin Sturgell & Blue
Rosamond CA to Brandon Suffolk UK

Obi - dog shipped from Smithfield, VA to Venice, Italy

After a few days Obi is still doing great! He is eating normal, sleeping as expected, and being his general frisky self. I've attached a picture of Obi and the kids for your enjoyment. We are grateful for your help in getting him here in such good health. He was well taken care of. Thanks!


Ike Williams
Smithfield, VA to Venice, Italy

Dogs, Sierra and Jenny shipped from Austin, TX to Oakland, CA

Thanks to Happy Tails Travel Jenny & Sierra had a safe flight from Austin, TX to Oakland, CA.

Happy Tails Travel coordinated the entire travel process for my pets. I was up to date on all the arrangements even as they traveled to their final destination. We were very pleased with the services Bridget provided. Thanks Happy Tails!!

Leslie F.
Austin, TX to Oakland, CA

Here are some photos of our Ellie (female dog) and Hapa (male cat) after their very long trip from Maui to Maine. They are enjoying their Happy Tails cowboy bandanas.

You did a fantastic job getting them to us in very good condition. They were no worse for the wear and as happy as ever to see us. They settled into our their new home like they had been here all along! We are so grateful for your service!

Our best to you,

Michael and Leanne Caires
Makawao, HI to Portland ME

We are eternally grateful for your helping our dogs, Bo and Megan be flown to us without any muss or fuss.

Thank you! Kelly Brilakis
Denver, Co to Atlanta Ga.

Snub-Nose Breeds & Summer Restrictions

By: Bridget Monrad, R.N. | May 09, 2016

Snub vs Regular Nose

Snub-nosed breeds, also known as short-nosed, or “brachycephalic,” are breeds of pets that are more prone to respiratory problems, even under normal circumstances. The risk of respiratory problems increases during air travel. 

Brachycephalic pets are more prone to breathing problems because they still have to pack the same anatomical structures in their short noses as other breeds do in their longer snouts. Just because their snouts are smaller doesn’t mean they are missing parts! Their nasal passages are just more compact, creating more difficulty when breathing normally. 

Airlines may have restrictions or regulations in place for the safe transport of snub-nosed breeds. This is for the safety and well-being of the animals. These restrictions and regulations take different forms depending upon the airline. 

On certain airlines, some snub-nosed animals can travel at any time of the year, but they are required to have a larger crate than they would normally be sized for. This gives them more room to move around and be comfortable during transit. 

Another form these regulations may take are temperature restrictions. Certain airlines require that pets only travel when the temperature is under 75 degrees Fahrenheit. There can even be additional restrictions on pet travel for particular breeds. Certain breeds, like bulldogs, are on embargo throughout the entire year, and has severe restrictions with pet safe airline programs. Other breeds, such as Pugs and Boston Terriers, cannot travel during the hottest months of the summer, typically May through September.

Below is a list of breeds that are considered snub-nosed by at least one airline:

American Bully
American Cocker Spaniel
American Staffordshire Terrier
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Bulldog
Bichon Frise
Boston Terrier
Brussels Griffin
Bull Terrier
Cane Corso 
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chinese Pug
Chow Chow
Dogo Argentino
Douge de Bordeaux
Dutch Pug
English Bulldog
English Toy Spaniel
French Bulldog
Japanese Chin 
Japanese Pug
King Charles Spaniel
Lhasa Apso
Mastiffs (All Short-Nose Breeds)
Pit Bull
Presa Canario
Shar Pei
Shih Tzu
Tibetan Spaniel
Yorkshire Terrier 

British Shorthair
Exoctic Shorthair
Scottish Fold

If you’re unsure if your pet qualifies as a snub nose breed, you can submit a pet travel form and a Pet Travel Specialist will contact you shortly! We can go over the details of your travel plans, and inform you on airline rules and regulations regarding your pet’s breed.