moving a dog abroad: the complete guide

Rob and I are both confident enough in ourselves to admit that the real star of this blog is Winston. It's cool, we know you've been thinking it (and some have even told us directly).

Almost as soon as we hit "publish" on our first blog post back in October, we started gettinge messages from people planning to move their pets abraod in the future and asking for our advice. We didn't feel right giving advice right away, but now that Winston is safely in his new home, properly registered and has basically been living la dolce vita for four months, we figured it was safe to start sharing our tips for moving your dog abroad.

You have two options when moving your pet abroad: handle it all yourself or hire a pet relocation company to do all or part of the work. We priced out those companies and if we had an endless supply of money we probably would've hired one just to ease our logistical workload, but it wasn't an option for us from a financial perspective. As such, we did every step of the process of ourselves -- and we're pretty pleased with the job that we did.

To help other nervous/stressed pet parents move their dogs abroad, we created a FREE e-book:


The DIY Guide to Moving Your Dog Abroad

FREE E-BOOK! An efficient, effective and (almost) stress-free guide to moving your canine companion overseas.

We put together this free e-book to help other expats (and future expats) with the process of moving their beloved canine companions abroad. Our guide is filled with practical advice and tips for staying organized and handling all of the details yourself. The guide is free, we just ask that you Tweet or Facebook post about the guide.


The DIY Guide to Moving Your Dog Abroad is also available for purchase in print by visiting


It's free in that all we ask you to do is "pay" with a Tweet or Facebook post about your free e-book download. Pretty cool right?

You can also check out a series of articles we've written about moving your dog abroad:

We hope these resources will help answer any questions you have about moving your own dog abroad!

Disclaimer: The information, resources and tips provided in this e-book are intended to inform the reader about the process of moving a dog abroad. As in any situation, it is critically important that the reader seek out additoinal information relevant to their particular situation and needs.

italy expat: weekly wrap-up

Italy expat blog

This week was...busy! Class is in full swing, work is keeping us very busy, and we've been out exploring the city a ton. We took a tour yesterday of the Vasari Corrider and can't wait to share the photos with you. In the meantime, check out the greatest hits from this past week.

Have a great weekend. We'll see you on Monday!

shipping boxes to italy: it's all here!

UPakWeShip boxes arrive

Fantastic news: all of our boxes arrived safe and sound a few days ago! In typical Italian fashion there wasn't a call to schedule a drop-off...just a ring of the doorbell and a really nice Italian dude saying "venti cassete" (20 boxes). He and Rob unloaded the boxes in about ten minutes.

Rob immediately set about unpacking. Rob's a bit of a nerd (did you guys know that?) and couldn't wait to fill our bookshelves with the ridiculous amount of books that we sent over. He was also really excited to see our cheese dome (confession: I was, too). Scoff if you want, but if you are a cheese person the dome will change your life.

UPakWeShip review

I was working in the dining room (our temporary office) and Rob would pop in every few minutes to show off something that hadn't broken (which was everything). He'd say, "Can you believe our wine decanter made it here? I must be an awesome packer." When I replied with "Or, it could be that UPakWeShip did a really good job taking care of our stuff," he made a face and, in typical only child fashion, was not happy to share the glory :-)


Honestly, we can't say enough nice things about UPakWeShip and how easy it was to work with them. Yes, they gave us complimentary shipping in exchange for our review, but as anyone that knows me well can tell you, I do not mess around when it comes to being honest about customer service. Actually, I hink there is also a woman in the New York Times customer service office that would have a few choice things to say about what happens when I get bad service. Moral of the story: I'm telling you it was awesome to work with UPakWeShip because it was. If it hadn't been a good experience, you would totally know!

If you need to ship anything abroad in the near future, we highly recommend UPakWeShip. We shipped a fairly small amount over -- 20 small boxes -- but still always felt like everyone we talked to felt our shipment was important (even before we worked out the complimentary shipping). The folks in their Charleston office are extremely nice (and funny), the people we interacted with in the UK were equally as wonderful, and the shuttle driver here in Italy was fantastic, too. Highly recommened.

moving to italy: shipping update

It's been about a month since we last updated you on our shipping progress and experiences with UPakWeShip. We still have nothing but positive things to say about this great company.

We received an email when our "boat" was about a day or two from docking in the UK that our container had been randomly selected for a customs search. We filled out an extra form, but found the entire process very easy. I think customs cost about $ not too bad and UPakWeShip had prepped us that this could happen -- containers are selected randomly so there is no way to predict it. We cleared customs and our stuff is now en route to Florence.

We are working with our contact at the shipping company to book a shuttle service for our delivery. Because our street is one way and narrow as heck, bringing a trailer down the road is just not possible. Since we only have twenty small boxes, a shuttle service (even in a fairly tiny truck) is much more practical. We'll keep you posted on how it all goes.

We are SO excited to have our stuff here with us. I'm tired of looking at empty shelves and just want to fill them with our books and photos!