Originally Posted by Miniflexalex
We don't bring a trailer, we have a moving company taking care of our stuff. We only take the most important items with us to survive the 2 weeks until our stuff arrives in Leon.
We have a yellow lab and he is pretty sensitive to heat....even up here in Michigan he is pretty much hiding out in the cool house
I hope he will get used to the heat in MX, he surely will miss the winter though
We drive an VW Passat wagon, we will lay flat the back seat so he can stretch out while he sleeps....
We are planning on driving thru the nights (at least in the US) and spend some time during the day walking with him....it's probably more comfortable for him that way.
I'm not going to nationalize my car, our work contract id for 2 years, if we want we could extend the stay but for now we will import the car temporarily.
As far as I know the permint is for one year, the same as our FM3 visa...we have to renew it every year.
We can't wait to finally be there....needless to say, we are currently in crunch mode
....lot's of stuff to do and so little time to do it....getting our house here in the States prepped up for sale, package all out stuff, say good bye to friends and neighborhood....
We've traveled many times with our English Bull Dog in/out of Mexico. Here's a few suggestions.
Don't leave things up to chance when dealing with any Govt. Buracracy in Mexico or any where else for that matter.
1.) I'd get an International Health Certificate, with all the dogs vacinations on it and statement of general health from your vet before you go. Depending on the funkyness of the Aduana station at the border or if major crossing you could get anything from; "dog?.. who's to stop them from coming and going across the border (happened to us at San Luis across from Yuma about 10 years ago) and not even asking to see any papers, to NO, you can't bring him in with without the International Health Certificate for animals, during a crossing in Nogales during Semana Santa.
Oh, and check in with the Vet for Heat Worm Medication, and other potential problems. Just cheaper to buy those pills state side and bring into Mexico. Get a Prescription from your Vet so you don't have any hassle with the quantity you are taking across the border.
2.) If you know it's a problem, why not have your dog's hair shaved 75% off right before you take the trip, or stop at a dog parlour in Texas before crossing and get it done? Dehydration, over heating of a dog and you not being near a trusted Vet in the boon docks of the desert in Mexico, is not a very settlying thought. We almost lost our Bull Dog on a trip to Florida in the heat and humity of summer time, thank God we found one who specialized working with Bull Dogs too. But still $200+ USD later, and almost losing him, was not fun.
3.) As you're from a cooler state yourselves. Start taking more Vitamin B6 & B12 and Nicacin a month before you leave. This will build up your ability to retain more fluids and keep your energy levels up in 120-130 F weather. That's what some "Desert Rat" Pharmacist told me in Barstow one summer. I tried it and it worked just great. Oh, but don't take over 100 mg of Niacin at first as you can break out in hives. Don't think this is going to be a leasure drive down I-75 rarely getting out of the car into the heat. You'll be getting out of your A/C many times along the way with Aduana Office/ check points for Drugs, Car Permits, even Agricultural inspections, lunch, dinners
and gas. Don't get unnerved with many soldiers or PJG Police around you with automatic rifles as they're there to protect you.
You'll start to build your reptoire of amazing incredible incidents in Mexico to laugh a lot about when your older. Last trip to California, while waiting in line in our car for a Drug Inspection Point in the Sonoran Desert , I asked the young 19 year old soldier, is that a new Beretta Automatic Rifle? He was very proud of it and showed it's features up close to me. He then asked me if I wanted to go over to the side of the road and fire off a few rounds? Incredible huh? Looking at his buddies forward in line further up the road, all with automatic rifles, what would they think of this civilian doing this? Would they drop me then and there? Interesting, but I wasn't tempted really.
Words of advice.