Two years ago today, I picked Aysia up from the airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Since I’ve never shared her arrival process, I thought that I would share a little glimpse into her journey here with a few photos and a cute little video!
Aysia came from a breeder in South Korea who is a friend of a friend of mine. She came very highly recommended to me by multiple friends who also have puppies from her. Since she is from another country, her arrival here was very different than my other two pups. She flew here on a direct flight from Seoul, South Korea and I picked her up at the airport in Atlanta, Georgia. I admit that I did look up flights from the US to South Korea because I would have much rathered pick her up in person and bring her back here but the flights were over $1000! YIKES!! I was assured by her breeder that she would be fine flying here alone and my friends all shared their experiences with me which did help set my mind at ease a bit.
Aysia’s breeder emailed photos that she had taken before she brought her to the airport. (Don’t worry, she didn’t fly here with that bow in her hair.)
She was such a little ball of fur!
I tracked her flight on my phone and was able to see exactly where she was on a map and how long it would be until her plane landed.
When I arrived at the airport I had to go to a special area for international deliveries. A man met the plane when it arrived, picked Aysia up, and drove her in a van to the building where I was waiting. I’ll never forget him walking in with her tiny little kennel. He set it up on a desk behind the counter I was standing at and Aysia popped up, ran to the kennel door, and poked her tiny little paw out as if to get someones attention. It was so cute! I wasn’t able to take her right away because US customs had to sign off on her paperwork. The customs building was down the road and so she had to stay there in the office for about fifteen minutes while I got her paperwork signed and brought back. As soon as I got back with the papers she was released to leave.
I had brought a comfy carrier for her to ride home in with a blanket and a few toys. I had fully expected her to be a little timid since she had just gotten off of a long plane ride and was now with strangers who did not even speak a language that she was used to hearing. To my surprise, she settled right in and it took her no time at all to make herself totally comfortable.
She did play with her new toys a bit but for some reason, she preferred chewing on my phone! She would poke her head out of the top of the carrier, grab the corner of the phone and pull it back inside to chew on.
It didn’t take very long on the road before she was sleeping.
She still sleeps upside down like this sometimes!
She did great on the three and a half hour drive home and as you can see, she slept most of the time.
Here is a little video that I took on my phone not long after I got into the car with her.