Two-year-old Fang and his owners are relocating from Kazakhstan to England. Because they’re coming from outside the EU, Fang’s UK entry paperwork is a little more complicated than the usual pet passport. The entry requirements include a blood test followed by a three-month wait. With one month to go, he’s now reached the UK where he will spend those last weeks in quarantine.

To complicate matters further, Fang is a very big dog indeed. He’s a Central Asian Shepherd, and his size meant he couldn’t fly directly into the UK, because KLM didn’t have a plane with a cargo hold large enough to take his travel box. KLM therefore routed him from Almaty to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. That’s where Animalcouriers collected him yesterday in our special quarantine van, to drive him non-stop to Airpets at Heathrow Airport where he’ll complete his quarantine period.

It’s taken four companies to organise Fang’s relocation but it’s clearly well worth it. He’s a very laid-back, affectionate fellow with a very endearing nature, as well as a stunningly handsome head and face.

Before being sealed inside his quarantine travel box for the last leg of his journey, Fang was able to have a stroll around the grounds of the animal hotel in Amsterdam, giving us a chance to meet him properly and have a hug

Before being sealed inside his quarantine travel box for the last leg of his journey, Fang was able to have a stroll around the grounds of the animal hotel in Amsterdam, giving us a chance to meet him properly and have a hug

Such a gentle giant, very calm about the whole experience

Such a gentle giant, very calm about the whole experience

Fang in his travel box — a snug fit inside our quarantine van!

Fang in his travel box — a snug fit inside our quarantine van!

Doggy school bus spotted in Amsterdam

Doggy school bus spotted in Amsterdam

Fang reached Airpets quarantine kennels safely, where everyone immediately fell in love with this super-size softy

Fang reached Airpets quarantine kennels safely, where everyone immediately fell in love with this super-size softy