Traveling or shipping a kitten via cargo is my least favorite mode of transportation. I hardly use this method and would rather meet the new ragdoll kitten parents at the airport. Sometimes it is the only way given the individual situation.
There was this wonderful couple in TX who wanted to adopt Megailee Thor who is a blue bicolor lynx male. He is a handsome big boy with loads of personality. After much discussion I did decide to ship him via cargo.
The fact that is is summer and HOT here in NC limits the number of airlines that will even ship pets. RDU which is my nearest airport also has very few direct flights. This is a problem as I need to have the shortest time in travel plus at the coolest time of day. After many phone calls to the pet cargo people we decided on a 6:20 a.m. flight with a short change-over and onward to the final destination.
Ok; so for a 6:20 flight we need to get there are 4:30 as that is when cargo opens at RDU. That means I leave my home at 3:45 am and get up at 3:00 am. UGH UGH Thunderstorms were a threat and that makes me nervous. Also I forgot that I really dont drive or see that well at night. I begged my sister who lives nearby to drive me and she actually said yes. Then I had to get my daugher up and loaded into the car near the ragdoll kitten. She needs to get to camp later in the day. Everyone was in the car grumpy and Thor the blue bicolor lynx kitten was singing (or should I say crying ) the whole one hour trip.
We arrived at cargo and Thor was quiet. The lady behind the counter shouted out to me "you're late" and "we dont have to take you." It was 4;50 vs 4:30 for a 6:20 am flight so I told her I believed I am within the time limit. "Ok, since it is not international we will take you". She is mean and nasty and I had her about 8 months ago and she almost didnt take my health certificate because she couldnt read the date. I offered her a donut and she was calmer at the time. A nicer more humane man did the paperwork today and we cuddled Thor until they took him out to the plane.
I know he is safe at his arrival as I just heard from his new parents. This makes me so happy.
I am very tired and my daughter was like a zoombie with exhaustion when I dropped her off at camp. I owe my sister a dinner (which I will buy since I dont cook). We were a great team and all is well that ends well.