Expensive Bali street dog will travel on a 40.000 $ private jet flight to Australian new home to be reunited with family before Christmas . Natasha Corbin has spent the past six years trying to get Munchkin into Australia after falling in love with her while living in Bali with her fiancé David Daynes. The couple had been living in Bali as Ms Corbin runs an online marketing business and was able to work remotely. When we decided to move to Bali, my partner had one rule for me because I’m such a dog lover and that was that I wasn’t allowed to interact with any dog,” Ms Corbin said. I just ignored all of the dogs as best as I could and this dog, Munchkin, she was just a little tiny puppy, would follow us around because she had just somehow ended up near our villa.” There have been many twists and turns to Munchkin’s journey to Australia since Ms Corbin first laid eyes on her as a puppy six years ago.
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“The reason we were in New Zealand was we had to live there for a while to get our dog cleared to come to Australia,” Ms Corbin said. She said international pet quarantine restrictions made it easier to bring a dog to Australia from New Zealand rather than Indonesia so the couple moved there two years ago. But Ms Corbin has been separated from Munchkin and Mr Daynes for the past five months after returning to Australia for surgery on the Gold Coast.Now she’s taking drastic action by hiring a private jet and trying to sell seats to human passengers to offset some of the cost.
“I just want them home and I want to take the option that’s most likely to work and if that means we have to pay extra and try and sell these [private jet] seats and do all of this extra work, I’m willing to do it,” she said. A jet doesn’t come cheap, however, with a $40,000 to $45,000 price tag, so Ms Corbin has reached out to the Sunshine Coast community to find human travellers also wanting a seat on the plane. I have been inundated with people sharing their stories of how they’ve been stuck and they’ve had their flights cancelled over and over again,” she said.
Failing to rehome the puppy a number of times in Bali, Ms Corbin decided to bring her home to Australia, but she didn’t realise the hoops she had to go through. “We were told the process would take about six to eight weeks and cost us about $10,000, but it’s now been almost six years trying,” Ms Corbin said. Munchkin’s quest for Australian residency has seen the pooch live in four foster homes in Singapore, including a penthouse — a far cry from her humble beginnings on the streets of Bali. Her journey has been plagued by health-related travel restrictions pre-dating the pandemic, after being bitten by a tick while transiting through Singapore. During that time Ms Corbin and Mr Daynes relocated back to Bali so they could fly to Singapore to visit Munchkin once a month. Munchkin consistently failed health tests to get into Australia but, after being deemed non-contagious, she finally received an official permit last week to enter the country.