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Dog Reunites With Owners After Flying 10,000 Miles

Pipsqueak the wiener dog, embarked on a journey of more than 10,000 miles.

Little Pip was stranded in South Carolina after her owners were forced to fly home to Australia. Australia's tough pet import rules meant their loyal dachshund Pip couldn't come with them.

It was arranged for Pip to be looked after by a friend, and the family said goodbye for what they hoped would be just six short weeks.

But that's not quite how it worked out.

The Eilbeck family dealt with the endless paperwork involved in importing a dog from the United States to Australia.

Once they finally received an import permit for Australia, Qantas, the flag carrier of Australia, announced it was no longer flying dogs to the country.

After many phone calls, they discovered that the family could import Pip if they went through New Zealand. They still had to get Pip from North Carolina to Los Angeles. Pip flew from Greensboro to Charlotte, North Carolina, and then from Charlotte to Los Angeles , then Los Angeles to Auckland. Pip spent 10 days in quarantine, then finally arrived at Sydney Airport on August 11.

The family have since moved to Scotland Island, an island and suburb on the Northern Beaches of Sydney.

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