Transporting dog from airport to apartment

For those who have moved to Istanbul with your pet dog (assuming a big dog like a Labrador), how did you transport the dog and the large crate (which you are required to use to check into the plane) from the airport to your apartment?

What were your experiences regarding when you needed to arrive at the departure airport to check in your dog/crate and whether the long hours (arriving early at airport + flight time + arrival procedures)  affected your dog.

Also, please share what your experience has been in looking for an apartment which allows dogs. Pet deposits? Restrictions? Rules? Etc.

I am late to answer as I just came across your post. We brought our three huge cats from Hong Kong and had no trouble at all. Only 20 min. wait and they were given to us by SEVEN!! attendants . That was all. Got a mini-bus to our accommodation.
I hope everything went OK with your dog!!! Maybe you can let us know please?
Now we take our cats every year to Hungary for three months "working holiday". no problem except the Hungarians require a titre test every time. Feel bad about it but the cats are quite Ok with it and we have to do it as we won't leave them here for so long!
So it is possible to come and go with animals from/to Turkey.

Thank you for your reply. I haven't moved to Istanbul yet. It will probably be around November. I think the logistics of moving dogs is a bit different from moving cats because of the size issue. My dog is an adult Golden Retriever which means he will be in a large airline-approved crate which will not fit in a dolmuş, let alone a regular taxi. I need to hire the services of a transportation company which uses a dolmuş-like van but without the seats at the back so that the crate (with my dog inside) can be loaded easily. Since you happen to live in Istanbul, if you don't mind, can you ask around to see what options are available? Other nit-picky logistic details include the van driver having to wait for me and my dog at the curbside which the driver may or may not be allowed to do. Where and how would I take my dog to relieve himself after 13+ hours of early check-in in the US followed by a long flight across the Atlantic? Just trying to think ahead.

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This gentelman helped  our HK vet. Speaks english.Look on his website,might be helpful? We came by Turkish Air, very good with animals!!!!!!
Will ask around for other transport. Will keep in touch.

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