Well we are moving to Hawaii. I will try to share my experience and difficulties with you in hopes it will help you prepare for your own journey. And I hope to find a few things to make us all smile during the stress of it all. Can't type much now because hubby sleeping and he seems to have this magic radar with me being on a computer. Says he doesn't like to hear me pounding on the keys at 5am in the mroning. So for now I will post my first helpful hint. If your traveling with pets, there are a gazillion rules and regulations if traveling outside the US. Contacting the Department of Agriculture is a good starting point. http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/animalhealthwelfare/
Also here for travel tips http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html#pet.