I was helping a friend that had been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She had to rehome her dogs and I had offered to take them to CA. The cost to rent a van large enough and the gas was prohibitive as my friend has limited income because of the illness. I didn't feel comfortable driving 1800+ miles by myself in a van that wasn't mine and didn't have cruise control.
I sent emails to some people and dog lists. One came back recommending Uship.com, telling of her story with a move and how she shipped her 2 dogs this way.
When I looked up Uship.com I decided to see if anyone would bid on the job. It was easy to list the information. I recieved 3 reply's and had some dialogue with each carrier. Eric's (ericmaui) route and timing worked out perfectly. So after some more communication, which he was so prompt and courteous about, I accepted his bid which was extremely reasonable. The site said it was about half the normal bid for that kind of job but it was about 1/4 of the cost of renting and driving out myself, not to mention my time involved.
I was alittle bit nervous shipping 3 beloved pets that weren't mine, with someone I didn't know. They are a giant breed, very friendly but not common and a non-dog person might find them overwhelming. Once Eric was at the house and we introduce him to the dogs and got them loaded I was totally confident it was going to be a good trip. Eric expressed some ideas that told me he was thinking ahead of time about the safety and comfort of the dogs. That put me at ease right away.
He called me the next day and reported on how they were doing, how many times he'd stopped, and where he was on the road. Also, that he was ahead of schedule and was going to be there early. That meant the dogs were in their new homes sooner, less upheaval for them is a good thing.
I'm considering asking Eric if he'll take me and my dogs to CA for a show and back home!
I'll use Uship.com again and tell other's too!