I am going back to Japan! I am very excited, but I still don't have tickets in my hot little hands. Until I get those tickets I will be anxious. Shoot! I will still be anxious because I have to get Brownie's health certificate so the nation of Japan will let me doggie in! And let me tell, when there is no military vet nearby, it is a PAIN IN THE BUTT!
Basically I will be relying on a couple of overnight packages and paying lots of money out the nose. I really was hoping to leave Brownie here with the in-laws, but they don't have dogs anymore and I think Brownie would be lonely without us. *sad face*
Taking a pet to Japan is no easy task! Even though we have only been gone one month- we have to jump through all of these hoops. Luckily, she already had her FAVN test (test for Rabies antibodies), and it is still valid (they expire after 2 years). She has all of her shots, microchip, and FAVN test. Now the vet must examine her, fill out the paperwork to be faxed to the USDA office for pre-approval. Once they get that, we have to overnight the paperwork to USDA, and include a pre-paid overnight envelope to send the certificate back. I just hope USDA works quickly. I would have done all of this already- but. But the certificate is good for 10 days. Make that 9 days seeing that we will lose a day traveling to Japanland. Oh- I have to let Japan know I am bringing a dog to the country. It is supposed to 40 days notice, but we are exempted this time around. :)
I am not looking forward to the actual flight. But I AM looking forward to seeing my honey again!! It will all be worth it when I am in his arms again...
Cross your fingers I receive my itinerary tonight (morning for Japan)!!