Getting the dog ready(ish) for Hawaii…

So, Hawaii is a rabies free island which is wonderful but it sure makes it hell to get your pets there.  To be fair they have seriously updated their policies and now offer direct release at the airport instead of having to stick them in quarantine for 120 days.

If we had to leave him in a kennel for that long we probably would rethink bringing him with us, I mean all the way from Spain to Hawaii just to then leave him in a cage? Poor thing!

Thankfully we’ve already got a couple of things done on the checklist, first rabies shot, check. Microchip, check. Now I need to take him back to our vet for a second rabies shot and paperwork.  Thankfully our vet is on the base so they have experience with this, also our vet receptionist moved here from Hawaii so she’s happy to answer any questions! I am just hoping he fits in the large kennel not the GIANT one!

Honestly we REALLY were going to wait until we moved back stateside to get a puppy, we tried to wait! We didn’t want to have to deal with shipping a dog back stateside, let alone to the Pacific!

Our cutie Bowser at 5 weeks

But really how could we resist that face! My husband went with a friend to look at a litter and I told him I wouldn’t be mad if he brought one home! It ended up for the best because we wouldn’t have gotten a dog in Hawaii if we had waited and my kids LOVE this dog.

Thankfully the Hawaii Department of Agriculture breaks it down step by step and explains what you need to get done and the timeline to get it done.  So as long as you follow each step EXACTLY you’ll be fine!

Here’s the Hawaii DoA page for direct release: http://hawaii.gov/hdoa/ai/aqs/aqsbrochure.pdf

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Monday Monday

After a thrilling three-day weekend full of lots of relaxing on the couch, homework and a no-getting-out-of-it trip to the commissary (seriously there was NO meat left in my freezer) Monday is here.

Today is actually my big sister’s birthday, mine is tomorrow. Happy Birthday, Steph! We are six years and one day apart. My daughter teased her relentlessly about getting a senior discount now. Wishing I was back home with her to help celebrate but I just have to send my birthday wishes via Skype instead! I honestly can’t imagine living here and doing this overseas thing WITHOUT the internet! How did people do it?!

I’m also a little sad because the last of my group of close friends is moving away tomorrow.  We had the BEST group of girlfriends and they have all moved away one by one! I have never lived on a military base before and even though I did move a lot as a kid this is just different! I never really thought I was going to make friends here, I have a terrible military wife stereotype.  Was I wrong! We had such a wonderful time celebrating birthdays, babies, holidays and just hanging out together drinking coffee while the kids play.  We really got lucky with our group of friends, we all clicked so well and so did our kids.  I’ve made more friends but haven’t gotten those close ones again, when you are a ‘short-timer’ its hard to put the effort into new friendships! Terrible I know!

After almost 3 1/2 years here I do love the fact that I can go to the commissary or soccer practice or the school and run into people I know.  This is a small base and you end up knowing most people by face if not by name!

Should be a slow week, no big plans so far… three-day week for the kids this week AND next week due to parent/teacher conferences and then Thanksgiving. They don’t know how good they have it!