Tuesday, August 21, 2012

First Class Air Cargo for Another British World Champion

Virgin Atlantic Goes to the Dogs - Again
Shipping News Feature

UK – US – The shipping of pets to a foreign land can be a stressful time for both animal and doting owner, even when either (or both) is famous. When Bev Nicholson from Peterborough decided to take Mugly, her 8-year-old Chinese Crested rescue dog to America to contest the ‘Ugliest Dog in the World’ title she chose Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s pet travel service to help ship another potential British world champion.

Sure enough the little fellow didn’t disappoint after he joined the list of other famous four legged passengers to use the Virgin service. Earlier this year Uggie, the 10-year-old Jack Russell Terrier and star of the Oscar-winning silent movie, The Artist, climbed aboard with Virgin Atlantic Cargo for a flying visit between Los Angeles and London to appear in several TV shows.

Ugly Mugly was given the full star treatment as he flew out to California to compete against 29 other distinctive dogs looking to claim the prize at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma in the 24th such annual contest and when it came to choosing the ‘ugliest in show’ the judges agreed that Mugly was clearly top dog.

Winning the title has catapulted Mugly onto the world stage with features lined up in national newspapers in the UK, morning TV appearances scheduled and his own Channel 5 television documentary called ‘Mutt Ugly: the world’s ugliest dog!’. Now, there’s even talk of a book deal with pet lovers able to follow Mugly’s career on his own website. Proud owner Bev Nicholson was quick to thank the Virgin Atlantic Cargo team for giving Mugly his flight to victory, saying:

“The Virgin team were great and helped to make Mugly feel like a star even before he was crowned! We really appreciated the hands on care and attention he was given and he was certainly on top form when he arrived in the U.S. We thought he’d be the underdog against so many American pets but he did us proud!”

Helen Evans, who runs Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s pet travel service, said:

“We are delighted to have played a part of Mugly’s well-earned success. As well as having a famous face, Mugly is also a therapy dog who helps children with reading difficulties to build up their confidence so he fully deserved some pampering. We understand he is now getting offers from businesses and media around the world so we hope to welcome him back onboard one of our flights in the near future.”