Plan Z: crossing to Turkey on Thursday night

Plan Z: crossing to Turkey on Thursday night

Animalcouriers met with Kyrenia Animal Rescue (KAR) and the dogs’ families at the KAR office to discuss options for transporting the dogs to the UK

The one we’re favouring is for the dogs and their owners to leave North Cyprus with us on Thursday night on the overnight ferry from Famagusta to the Turkish port of Mersin.

Eren from Petical Vets in Mersin has come back a day early from a conference in Istanbul and is preparing paperwork and making arrangements with the Turkish government vet. So when we arrive on Friday everything should be in place to enable the dogs to enter Turkey in transit for the EU.

There so many elements to consider:

  • The ferry booking
  • Insurance for everyone
  • New export papers to leave North Cyprus
  • Turkish declarations which will be notarised by a Turkish solicitor
  • Passports and car papers
  • Enlisting an agent in Mersin (we have not forgotten our 15 hour experience there last year!)

Not forgetting the dogs themselves!

Lynn and Bob, the owners of Purdey and Cookie, are selling their house which is due to complete on Friday, so can’t join in this plan. Instead, their dogs are going to fly to the UK next Wednesday. Courier R will meet Purdey and Cookie at Heathrow airport, and they’ll home board with Animalcouriers until Lynn and Bob reach the UK.

So we will cross on Thursday night with just five dogs (and their owners): Brandy, Reo, Roxy, Jasper and Tink.

Evening meeting to go over the plans: our North Cyprus agent Mustafa, courier M and Margaret from KAR

Evening meeting to go over the plans: our North Cyprus agent Mustafa, courier M and Margaret from KAR

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  1. Basil June 12, 2013 at 10:33 am - Reply

    I am keeping EVERYTHING crossed that plan z is the winner!!!

  2. jmgoyder June 12, 2013 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Good luck!

  3. Sharon June 12, 2013 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Good luck and fingers crossed for all xx

  4. onespoiledcat June 12, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Hoping Plan Z goes smoothly……I’m sure EVERYONE involved hopes to including the animals!!

    Pam and Sam

  5. fozziemum June 12, 2013 at 11:07 am - Reply

    Goodluck folks πŸ™‚ fingers crossed !

  6. Jamie Dedes June 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    So much to do to implement the trip. Wow! Hope you are able to avoid Taksim Square. Good luck.

    • Animalcouriers June 12, 2013 at 2:54 pm - Reply

      Yes, a lot to do to make sure we don’t forget anything. We will keep well away from Taksim Square πŸ˜‰

  7. easyweimaraner June 12, 2013 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I will cross my paws – plan Z must work. Good luck!

  8. Doggy's Style June 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    Hope everything goes ok!

  9. crazytraintotinkytown June 12, 2013 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Brace yourselves!

  10. Anita Woods June 12, 2013 at 3:52 pm - Reply

    Safe journey. fingers crossed for you.

  11. I can’t believe the troubles you’ve had with this one. We’re keeping everything crossed that you cross. πŸ™‚

    • Animalcouriers June 12, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      We really appreciate all the good wishes on this one! It’s been utterly challenging.

  12. cypruslifeinpictures June 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    I’ve got everything crossed! 😐

    • Animalcouriers June 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Careful you don’t fall over πŸ˜€ Seriously, thanks – all support is much appreciated.

  13. Karen M Woodcock June 12, 2013 at 5:40 pm - Reply

    CanΒ΄t wait to see you on the FINAL leg of this horrendous trip!!! Will be thinking about you and all the “babies”. Good luck.

    Karen W

    • Animalcouriers June 12, 2013 at 5:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks – let us hope to be reporting better things come Friday morning πŸ˜‰

  14. stanze June 12, 2013 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Good luck! We wish you all the best, a smooth passage and a good humoured government vet.

  15. Gunta June 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    I can’t tell you how I open each post, hoping that you’ve made it well and good. Until you do, I send all good wishes that you can finally get past these dam*ed bureaucrats….

    • Animalcouriers June 13, 2013 at 9:13 am - Reply

      Thanks Gunta – it will be a fine day when we find ourselves driving through Turkey πŸ˜‰

  16. Bob June 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Wish you all a safe and successful trip. We have our fingers crossed for you.
    See you when we get back and collect Cookie and Purdey.
    Thank you both for all your help.
    Safe trip.
    Bob & Lynn xx

    • Animalcouriers June 13, 2013 at 9:15 am - Reply

      Thanks Bob & Lynn – hope all goes well with the packing and moving. We’ll take good care of Cookie and Purdey while they wait your return! x

  17. Maria Liston June 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Lakme and Maja are cheering you on. They are eager to get home too. We’ve got all our fingers and paws crossed. I hope it is smooth sailing from now on.

    • Animalcouriers June 13, 2013 at 9:16 am - Reply

      Thanks Maria – we’re looking forward to Lakme and Maja joining the trip as soon as possible!

  18. Zena June 13, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

    Paws crossed plan Z works. Poor owners (and you) must be frazzled with all the paperwork and uncertainty.

    • Animalcouriers June 13, 2013 at 9:16 am - Reply

      It has been a frazzling time Zena. We are now very helpful the paperwork is in perfect order…

  19. Boomdeeadda June 13, 2013 at 6:56 am - Reply

    My gosh, what an ordeal. I’m seeing all kinds of trouble in Turkey on the news. Hopefully not in your area. Be safe and good luck.

    • Animalcouriers June 13, 2013 at 9:18 am - Reply

      Thanks so much – our route luckily misses out the Istanbul area. We now hope that Greece settles down before we arrive (general strike today to protest the closure of the state broadcaster).

  20. Nylabluesmum June 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    You almost need military precision to organize some of these trips, lol…. πŸ˜‰

    • Animalcouriers June 18, 2013 at 11:17 am - Reply

      We do plan things as carefully as possible but then something comes along to upset everything πŸ˜‰

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