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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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I think we're moving from Colorado Springs

to Fairbanks, Alaska! We got notification that the hubby is on "assignment instruction" and it can take from 14 days to a month or more until we see orders, but that's the word. Husband is Army, BTW.

Holy crap. The report date is the end of June. That doesn't seem long enough really.

Anyone have any experience with Alaska? If decent food is available there? In my mind, Orijen should be cheaper but I have no idea honestly.

I know cold weather is hard on a dog with hip dysplasia, but what about extreme cold like that? Or do lower temps not matter once they reach a certain temp?

Do you need a passport to travel though Canada? What about the dogs? What info will we need for them?

I'm feeling so overwhelmed. I think it will be a great experience to live there. It just seems ridiculously expensive to live there, most retailers charge more to ship there even though I think USPS' rates are the same as the CONUS so that worries me about dog food and supplements. It's a small(er) town (80,000 people), I think so I don't know how good veterinary care is and if the prices are astronomical or not.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 04:11 PM
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You do need a passport to travel through Canada. It used to be that proof of citizenship in the form of a birth certificate (and a copy of your marriage certificate if your current last name didn't match your birth certificate), but that was changed a couple of years ago.

Sorry, can't help you with the rest of it. We did visit Alaska in August on a cruise, and it's beautiful, but I don't know what it's like to live there.

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I wish I could go to Alaska..one day Until then..off to Southern Texas I go.

Good luck, it's beautiful up there! I think you can take a ferry from Seattle to AK without a passport. This way you can get your vehicle up there, enjoy a boat ride and yeah..
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-12-2011, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Well nothing is certain yet. All military folks know that nothing is certain until you have orders in hand and even then it can change.

I somehow doubt we can take a ferry with two cats and two dogs although I'm not entirely sure. I know when I took a ferry from Tsawwassen, B.C. to Victoria, B.C. I had to leave my dog in the car the entire time which wasn't OK with me. That was about a 90 minute trip. I can't imagine the length of time it will take to get from Seattle/Bellingham/Anacortes (wherever it departs from) to Haines or however far we can get.
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I went to Alaska for 6 weeks fly fishing in 2002 with my Dad . We fished the Kenai and then flew up to the Arctic Circle and stayed with Phil Driver at the Midnight Sun Lodge. Massive arctic char , moose jerkey and brown bears everywhere. It was heaven for a fly fisherman and if you are a hunter.....well......it is Nirvana.For this Australian it was a trip of a lifetime and something I will never forget.

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My catch line after that trip was " Every man should go to Alaska once in his life...." .I tried to get over there to work but it was after 9/11 and no-one was getting in to the US. Alaska is truly an incredible place and I felt like I was in a COUNTRY not a state of the US.

The only thing I would find hard over there is the 23 hours of sun / dark in summer / winter. We were there in Summer and drank pints of beer at the Anchorage Arms at 2am and I got sun burnt for gawd sake !!

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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-13-2011, 01:14 AM
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Lucky! We actually just got back from CS ,but would love to visit or live in Alaska! I have friends there and they love it. They told me they use an artificial potty area indoors (pool with dirt in it) for those really bad days, but they have smaller dogs.
My other friend has GSD in Canada with -35 and she said her dogs are fine. She laughs at me when I say 25 degrees is cold haha I'm sure the same is for Alaska.
I'll bet you will love it! I just know the darkness and light all day is weird in some areas.
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Fairbanks is relatively mild. A friend went to Fairbanks the year I went to Bozeman. Bozeman was lots colder!
Once upon a time all you needed to get in & out of Canada/USA was your driver's license! But you did need a health certificate (esp. showing current rabies vacination) for the dogs.
That's a heck of a drive. You may want to look at the ferries anyway. Or flying.
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oh wow. we just FINALLY got orders today to get the heck out of NC. I had a friend who lived in Alaska and they loved it. They just said make sure you have HEAVY blankets and a decent stock pile of emergency supplies JUST IN CASE. Like portable heaters that dont need electricity to run and all. Watch out for Moose, especially around halloween as they love pumpkins. they also said to have spare winter coats.... even for the dogs. i've always wanted to go to Alaska but i dont know if i could handle it lol. as far as what you need for the animals to get there, i've no idea so i apologize for being no help. We're going to be in the springs around the 30th.

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