My best friends have four paws

Happiness is a warm puppy.
-Charles M. Schulz

The subtitle of the blog leads with “two dogs and their humans” but I noticed I have yet to introduce our dear furkids. They’ve had a lot going on this week, so it’s only fair to devote a post to them.

Murray on the way to the vet for his health certificate.

Meet Murray
If he was a high school superlative, he would either win best hair or best smile. If he had a job, he’d work at the fragrance counter. (His absolute favorite activity is to smell freshly washed hair or perfume samples and then vigorously rub his neck in it). If he were to be deserted on an island and only allowed to bring one thing, he would choose his orange ball (and a Chuck-It if he could figure out how to use it himself).

Minnie not so much enjoying the ride home from the vet.

Meet Minnie
If you have an extra hand, she will try to use it to rub her belly. If you don’t wake up precisely at breakfast time, she will remind you that you have snoozed your alarm three times. If she had to choose one flavor of food, she wouldn’t choose. If you ask my family, they would tell you I tried to replace our late family dog, Oreo, with Minnie.

These two kiddos made their way to the vet this week, mostly to review and verify paperwork, but they had to endure a physical exam to get the official sign off. Minnie easily passed, and was handsomely rewarded with a handful of kibble. Murray didn’t take to the exam table quite as well, and spat the kibble back at Dr. Duncan. A few ink marks later, and we were on our way out the door to FedEx.

In order to import your pet to South Korea, you are required to obtain the following items: a valid rabies titer test (a simple vaccine will not suffice), a valid internationally compliant microchip, and a health certificate complete within 10 days of departure that has been certified by the USDA. Simple? Sure thing.

Rabies titer tests are quite costly (they run more than $200 per pet) and take 6 weeks to fully process. Luckily, we had enough lead time to get this done, so we thought we were relatively in the clear. It turned out that the dogs’ microchips were not compliant with the readers they use in quarantine offices, so they had to have a second microchip implanted. Now I can fondly call them my “little robots”. Last, but not least, was the health certificate. We rescheduled the appointments for this only about 7 times, after having my visa delayed, and the vet was more than accommodating (though he called the situation “comical”). The only thing left to do is overnight paperwork proving we had completed all of the above requirements, to the Texas USDA office in Austin where the veterinary staff will (hopefully) approve the paperwork and overnight it back.

In other news, what do you do when you have homemade pumpkin pie in the fridge and a little bit of whipping cream, but realize you’ve thrown out your remaining sugar while staging everything for the movers to arrive? You find the red sugar sprinkles still left in the pantry and have hot-pink-topped pie for dessert, of course!

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