Dogs and takeovers
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Apr 1, 2013 4:18 PM Last Post By: siemprepatty
Mar 27, 2013 9:10 PM
Dogs and takeoversBeen gone for 5 months in Cuba and just got back today. Heard that this forum has been taken over by Americans. True or not? On a completely different subject.....acquired a new member of the family last year and have been thinking about taking her to Isla de la Juventud next year instead of trying to farm her out with friends. She's a bit of a handful, golden retriever, 1 year old. My question is, if I wanted to take her to Cuba with me next winter and bring her home next spring, from Canada, what would it take? Last question, if I could get a ride from somewhere in Florida, USA to Marina Hemmingway on anything that floats, and I know there are people who make this trip on a regular basis, how could I connect with these people?
Mar 27, 2013 10:07 PM
Mar 28, 2013 7:01 AM
Mar 28, 2013 12:33 PM
3In 2000, the first year I was in Cuba I met a guy, pretty middle class dude, sold his home, bought a 46 ft trawler that was converted into being possible to live in. He regularly ran between Marina Hemingway and some marina in Florida.
He had a girlfriend in Cuba and there were others I met at Marina Hemingway who weren't in million dollar yachts or snobby clubs. Lost track of him a few years ago. Thought there must be others but how to find them.
If its true that the Americans have taken over this site, methinks its a bit like having the North Koreans referee a website discussing tourism in South Korea. If you kicked out the Canadians, your loss. If you lose Rosa you lose.
But, thanks for responding to what I guess is an unusual subject on this forum, at least I haven't seen it. I know one couple who brought a dog from Cuba and that dog is still here, probably has citizenship by now. But their dog was small enough that he rode with the passengers as opposed to with the baggage.
Mar 28, 2013 1:37 PM
Mar 28, 2013 7:45 PM
5Patti....I really wasn't in favour of this idea and I agree with what you said. Pressure from my Cuban family and an opportunity that came up led me to suck it up and go for it. Now I'm trying to find a way to deal with it. I left her for one month this year with good people who had recently lost their dog and were excited to have her. They won't be available next year and the idea of taking her with me is another option. I checked out google and its not a big deal except that Air Canada has a weight limit of 70 lbs, the dog plus the cage cannot weigh more than 70 lbs. Haven't weighed her yet but she may have to go on a diet and I don'r know how much the cage will weigh. And there's a cuban site about what they require, its not much, just shots. Didn't say whether they needed to be legally translated into spanish.
Mar 28, 2013 8:00 PM
Mar 28, 2013 9:48 PM
7I think international travel with pets is actually a lot easier than it sounds on paper. Sometimes people go to a lot of trouble to get shots, papers etc and then nobody even asks to see them. However, we all know Cuba can throw some curveballs at you. Good luck, though.
On a separate note, what is the whole Americans have taken over thing all about. Did I miss something?
Mar 28, 2013 10:31 PM
Mar 30, 2013 5:30 AM
9OP: Heard that this forum has been taken over by Americans. True or not?
Posh: I just realized that you may be not talking about the posters on this Cuba Travel forum, but on a corporate level. BBC who used to own the entire Lonely Planet business organization sold everything related to Lonely Planet to an American investor for US$75 million, or less than half what they originally paid Mr. & Mrs. Wheeler who started it. This sale to the American investor was about one month ago. It does not appear that this sale will have any impact on the way LP operates, including this forum.
Mar 30, 2013 7:23 AM
What Posh missed was the lengthy "shut down" of Thorntree. And the purge of information previously available on the search function. Also, since the sale, the new monitors appear to delete substantially more posts---very often for NO apparent reason. It also seems that a few of the "older" posters just "moved on". It is still a useful site--just a little different.
Mar 30, 2013 7:33 AM
Mar 30, 2013 9:36 AM
Mar 30, 2013 3:14 PM
13Okay, I get it, good luck with the dog. My activity here on LP was already diminishing due to other demands, and the frequent deleting of threads has not been encouraging.
Other than the travel advice, this was a great place for me to put my amateur Cuban historian knowledge to use, debating and debunking the myths and legends of the revolution. Alas, all good things must come to an end.
Mar 30, 2013 3:58 PM
14Bahaman: There is always Trip Advisor. They have a great lengthy thread about how many clothes hangers you should bring to your AI resort so that you can supplement the provided ones to hang up all your dress clothes. Also one about some of the AI resorts running out of butter and serving margarine.
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