Ok so I keep tossing and turning. My husband's job takes us overseas. We are about to leave our current post in Ethiopia and will be back in DC for a year.
We currently have three cats and have been emotionally wanting our corgi for about a year now.
Ideally we would like to get said corgi while in DC before our next move overseas. However, our next move (in 2014) will be to Switzerland.
I have done a lot of research and it turns out they are fairly strict about bringing in dogs with docked tails (it is illegal to dock in Switzerland). They won't stop you as long as you have proof that the dog is a family pet and not for resale basically. There are also lots of other laws and regulations such as Swiss dog training classes, Swiss dog license, a European micro-chip (american and European have different types I guess), etc.
All of which I am fine with, however, I am wondering if it would be easier to just wait and get the corgi in Switzerland. This way we know we could add a fourth, and the breeder might be able to walk us through all those extras the Swiss require. I have done research and found a very good breeder near to where we will be living (I contacted people for recommendations on this breeder, all positive).
Our other concern is finding housing there for 4 animals in Switzerland.
I am wondering what other's thoughts are. Get the dog as we would like, this year in the states or should we wait and deal with the puppy and Swiss laws at the same time?
Please understand our Job requires us to live overseas, not having our pets is not an option for us. We have moved with three cats to Africa and they handled it wonderfully.
Too bad you don't live closer, I'd invite you for a meal...we are all German in my family plus grew up in a German town...I can cook some meals handed down from generations ago:)
Haha thank you for the offer. Minnesota is too cold for me. I grew up in central florida for most my childhood.
Where I grew up the number two German restaurant in the US is located, in english it is called the willow tree cafe. It is owned by the cutest German family who immigrated I think in the 90s. Best german beers on tap, such good food and of course a very loud oompah band on the weekends. I can't wait to go back when I am home.
We have lots of german recipes in both our families. My husbands family had a traditional goose on christmas eve for dinner, along with spaetzle etc. It is wonderful. My mother's family is all from Ohio and in also very german areas. My aunt married an Eisengruber haha. My great grandmother was known for her german potato salad which our family makes for every event, especially the holidays.
So we are excited to get closer to both of our families roots when we move.