So I was going to pick up the kids from school the other day and decided to take Bowser with me for the car ride. I put half the back seat down so he could sit/lie on the seat back … Continue reading
We had a fun weekend, took the dog to the beach, went to feria in Jerez, then out to dinner for Mother’s Day at Blanca Paloma, aka my happy place.
My kidlets were threatened that they better be on their best behavior so I could enjoy my favorite dinner, the beautiful day, and the sunshine. They did great, iPods and Nintendo DS’s helped.
Me and crazy pants. He demanded a silly photo.
The salad of my dreams. Fresh mozzarella, fresh pesto, sun-dried tomatoes. So, so good. I also had some bruchetta with tomato, provolone and feta. No pictures of that because it was inhaled.
Happy Mom’s Day to me! I swear I don’t always have bitch face!
On our way out, the beach was PACKED when we got there and empty by the time we left. It was a beautiful day!
On Saturday a friend of mine and I took our boxers to the beach. This whole area is under water at high tide but at low tide there is a TON of room for them to run. Swimming isn’t allowed so it stays empty and we can let the dogs run and they don’t bother anyone.
Bowser decided to cool off and get into the water. He’s never done this before, but once he realized how much it cooled him off he didn’t want to get out! I don’t even know if he can swim! We’ll have to see this summer!
All three puppies! Bowser loves his buddies!
In the amount of time that we were there (maybe an hour total walking) I got sunburned! This Spanish sun is NO JOKE!
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!
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