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Pet Passports: Who Issues Them + What’s Brexit Got To Do With It?

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Pet Passports: Who Issues Them and What’s Brexit Got To Do With It?

 

Every country has different entry rules for pets.

This article is to help cut the stress of having to learn what the requirements are of getting a pet passport, but does not substitute of doing your due diligence through each country’s rules. A pet passport cuts down on paperwork entering the U.K. by inches.

What does a pet passport have?

A pet passport contains your dog’s microchip number and other vital details of vaccinations within it. Microchips are scanned during any foreign travel to ensure it is the same dog on record.

 

Britain and Australia are both rabies-free countries. Australia may have cut their quarantine time to a 10-day minimum meant to protect humans and animals from the spread of non-native diseases, yet there’s up to six months of waiting for processing. Thanks Johnny Depp and Amber Heard for using your celebrity to show the utmost disregard for quarantine laws — how’d that work out again? Not so great for anyone. 🙁 Australia has one of the strictest and most costly processes for entry with a pet. It can cost $4000 to enter Australia, including from New Zealand.

 

Respect the quarantine laws. I witnessed an English woman claiming to be a frequent traveler on the Eurotrain, which takes cars, crying about not knowing the rules at the Pet Border Control Center on the French side. The French government was not amused. Travel is not as easy as it once was, so ask yourself again, although it’s possible to do, is it necessary?

 

I chose to travel to Scotland, which requires no paperwork traveling from England as a last adventure in the UK. Edinburgh is a four-hour train ride from London St. Pancras Station. Again, each country and the relationship the origin country has with it is different.

 

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A pet passport is currently issued in the UK, Ireland and Europe.

Enter Brexit. What does that mean for pets? There has been great concern if Brexit goes through, those EU passports won’t be valid for travel.

The government has made it clear if BREXIT goes through, UK Pet Passports in existence, are grandfathered into the process.

EU pet passports issued prior to Brexit will still be valid for travel to the UK. At the end of the day it comes down to paperwork and money, so breathe deeply darlings, it will be fine, as long as you do your research. Passports issued following the exit will have more restrictions and can take upwards three months to get approved.

 

As always, and is the law now in many countries: have your dog microchipped. You cannot travel internationally without it. If you don’t have one, blood samples will be sent to an EU-approved blood testing laboratory, complete with a three-month waiting period after the blood sample was taken before you can travel.

If the results are not successful, vaccination and another blood test thirty days later will be the next step. Seriously, if you have the inclination, get the passport now. However if you are American, fly to the EU, then get a passport in the EU before you enter the UK.

 

Confused yet? If your pet is going back to the UK, they require a shot within five days of travel, otherwise you’ll need to get to a vet in the EU to re-enter the UK. 

 

Your pet must have one of the following documents when returning to the UK:

  • an EU pet passport (issued in the EU or in the UK prior to EU Exit)
  • the animal health certificate issued in the UK used to travel to the EU (which you can use up to 4 months after it was issued)
  • a UK pet health certificate (for travel into the UK only) 

There will be no change to the current health preparations for pets entering Great Britain from the EU after Exit.

 

UK nationals living in the EU

If you’re living in the EU and plan to travel with your pet using a UK-issued pet passport, you should speak to your local vet. They’ll be able to help you understand the impact of EU Exit and ensure you are compliant with EU Pet Travel Regulations.

If you have a pet passport issued by an EU member state, you can use it to bring your pet to the UK.

 

Pet Travel Scheme helpline

Contact the Pet Travel Scheme helpline if you need more information. pettravel@apha.gov.uk

Pet Travel Scheme helpline 0370 241 1710

 

The 6 Biggest Surprises Of Owning A French Bulldog

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Are French Bulldogs taking over?

French Bulldogs have become such a popular breed; I’m surprised they don’t rank in the Top 3. The American Kennel Club ranks French Bulldogs as sixth most popular in the US. 

Fun fact: I honestly had no idea what a French Bulldog was nine years ago. I wasn’t introduced til 2010 and my first thought: that is the ugliest dog ever! I know. I was closed and now my eyes are open. I finally awoke from a bad dream, lol.

I guess that was my first biggest surprise! I get so many questions about Weston + Fira and about frenchies in general on Instagram and IRL. I am just now so in love with the breed. Here are the other 6 things that totally surprised me about having French Bulldogs in my life.

1. Get used to having frenchie “glitter” all over you

I had NO idea French Bulldogs shed this much. Since they have a single coat of short hair, I assumed they would be low maintenance. Their little hairs can actually be pretty coarse and stick in your clothes like needles. We’ve just gotten used to having white fur all over our clothes and gathering like dust bunnies on the floors. 

2. They’re not just couch potatoes!

With their round bodies and meaty rolls, most assume French Bulldogs are lazy dogs but I’ve found that most are very active and love to run. Since Fira is so small, she does tire eventually but Weston could run a marathon. When he was younger, I used to take him jogging with me to Runyun Canyon (stairs/hiking) and he kept right up with me. 

They love to wrestle and play, have the zoomies and are up for a lot of activities. Although they do make great apartment dogs because of their size, it’s important to give them daily exercise.

 

3. Please don’t leave me

This breed is definitely known to be your shadow. Frenchies don’t like to be left alone for too many hours and prefer to be with their owners 24/7. Seriously. If we are all out and either Jon or I go into a store/bathroom, Weston + Fira will wait near the door and keep their eyes locked

If I’m holding one of my friends’ frenchies and they leave for a second, it’s the same thing. Their frenchie will not budge until their mom comes back.

They are definitely an affectionate breed and are your best (and most clingy) friend. 

4. Health 101

So, yes, I’m sure you’ve heard that French Bulldogs have a lot of health problems. There are so many different factors to this, depending on how they were bred, their diet and genetics. It’s hard to tell what health issues your frenchie will have in the future, if any. Weston is 8.5 years old and has literally never been to the vet for anything. I think he may be the most least-seen frenchie at the vet, lol. Fira is 3 and she’s already had the nasal + throat palate surgery (to help with breathing) and has been to the vet for a few things (bacteria infection in her muzzle, bacterial pneumonia). But no back/IVDD/hip surgeries; knock on wood!

They definitely need more care than other dogs. Like, cleaning their folds and wrinkles to prevent bacteria from growing. Making sure they don’t jump off beds too often (can add strain on their backs) or even getting a shorter bed. We even bought a flat japanese-style platform bed so they can climb up and down with ease.

French Bulldogs also overheat. Make sure you don’t take them out for too long when it’s hot outside. I think they hate the summer because they don’t get to run outside as much! Consider a cooling vest, a cooling pad or bandana.

Many French Bulldog owners get pet insurance for these reasons, so that may be something to look into. We personally didn’t get insurance for them.

5. Obsessed

Once you become a frenchie mom/dad, you will yell “FRENCHIE!” at every French Bulldog on the street, on TV, at the park…

Other people will run towards your dog(s) screaming “frenchie!” “omg so cute” “can I touch?”

One time we were driving and Weston had his head poked out the back window. A guy in another car stuck his head out and yelled “FRENCHIeEeeEEee” as he drove by. Weston + Fira get catcalled on the daily. 🙂

You will follow all the French Bulldogs on instagram and become one of those people.

6. Breeders VS Adoption

I never was the type that had a specific breed in mind when wanting a dog — I just wanted a dog to love. But then when I was introduced to frenchies, with their unique looks, personality and mannerisms, it was hard not to fall in love with them. 

I just knew, I HAD to have a French Bulldog.

I have this weird inner conflicting feeling about this topic. Because, I totally get it. Even with the kid topic, we’ve talked about not having children but if we decided to to have them we would adopt.

But the thing with French Bulldogs is, it’s really rare to find them up for adoption, unless you rescue which also brings a whole host of other problems. Usually, they are dropped off because people can’t afford their health bills anymore. 🙁

With purebred dogs from a reputable breeder, you pretty much know what you’re getting — even down to their unique personalities. 

It’s still a strange conflict I have and our next dog will definitely be adopted/rescued. What are your guys’ thoughts on the topic?

 

DIY: Bar Cart For Your Dog’s Storage

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Perfect storage idea for your dog…

So, as I was browsing Amazon (did you know they have some really amazing home brands now? I’ll link some of my fave finds below), I ran across this adorable Art Deco-ish bar cart and an idea came to me. How cute would it be for dog storage?!

It makes a really neat little area for the pups’ things and fits shampoos and bottles perfectly. I’m so pleased with how it came out! 

See that vent there? We call this Fira’s corner because she sits right in front of the heater vent at all times. She literally turns into a hot potato lying there for hours. 

They have their own closet area but this corner is perfect for quick grabs like treats, poo bags (I put them in a treat jar), sprays, etc. 

Super easy and fun to organize! It also already comes assembled (woo!). Hope you like!

My AMAZON Faves:

 

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The Most Instagrammable Spots: Nolita/Soho New York Edition

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The Most Instagrammable Spots For Basic Bitches: Nolita/Soho New York Edition

Stateside for this edition of Instagram Tips in New York’s favorite area of the fashion set — calm down West Village, we love you too, but with over 13 million people in New York, covering the city in a short amount of time to maximize your feed, can take laser planning. It also helps you enjoy your time with your dog versus spending hours traveling between spots.

 

By now, you’ve been able to navigate color (London pink edition) and content (Edinburgh edition), as well as themes (dogs and flowers.) New York combines all, with the added bonus of now being a helluva lot more dog friendly than it was pre-Instagram.

“For the gram” hangs in the air as you see influencers lined down Crosby Street’s cobblestone near NOMO Hotel. All winter we witnessed humans during the Polar Vortex in athleisure wear and sleeveless gowns, from Chicago in swimsuits to holding aloft a giant bottles of rose on Water Street in Brooklyn, after pushing a tourist “accidentally” to get their shots for the gram.

 

As always, what’s in style is your dog’s safety and your own.

Please don’t step onto active streets near Flat Iron to get a shot. New York traffic gives zero fluffs about your perfect city shot. Now our disclaimer is out of the way, let’s get into our tips…

 

For those of you who don’t know, Soho stands for South of Houston. Houston is pronounced HOUSE-ton. If you call is Houston, like the Texan city, you’ll be marked by a local with a “T” for tourist and you won’t get into any of those fashion shows you were able to blackmail an invitation to, no matter what your follower count.

And you can forget about rubbing it off because a black light, standard at NY hot spots and fashion shows, will reveal it, as trained and approved by Fashion’s first son, Derek Blasberg.

 

Don’t be one of those people who has a yapping dog who bites, clutching a note that your pooch is an emotional service animal from a therapist who wrote it to get away from your whining.

Service Animals are being cracked down for fraud in 19 states. Airlines including Delta, United and American Airlines are changing their rules to include more documentation. Does that stop the flight of the modern day furbabe? Hardly.

The flight we took from LAX to JFK had six dogs and one cat on it.

A crew member told me he was deathly afraid of the large mutt at the back in his own seat. He wasn’t aware of most dog policies but relieved to hear if an EMS dog is seen eating off the train table, the passenger will be fined and won’t be allowed to bring that dog again.

Ask yourself, in any situation: although I can bring my dog, should I?

Alright, you didn’t come for a lecture, you came to get down with where to take photos. The rules are murky, and depend upon each venue. For instance at NY dog cafe, Boris & Horton, there is a doored hallway which separates the cafe where the human food is made, while other restaurants welcome dogs to sit inside.

Down a few blocks from there, the always dive bar dba, rejects participants from Santacon (aka Halloween Part Two; think Mean Girls’ Santa outfits), but welcomes dogs.

You won’t get great photos here — not the kind we know you want to grow your IG following, yet your stories will become STORIES and laughter and good times roll out back a plenty. This is a place to celebrate with your friends and stop worrying about main feed perfection.

 

New York is a town you walk around,

So break out those sustainable VEJA’s you bought after seeing Meghan Markle in a pair in Australia and get comfortable. NY is also one dirty ass city so be prepared with a stain remover kit, knee pads (like The Dogist), wipes, water, a portable bowl and hand sanitizer.

 

 

 

But first, a coffee.
373 Broome Street (larger!) + 327 Lafayette Street

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CHA CHA MATCHA. I love you so matcha. Our enduring favorites @honeyidressedthepug glammed up this fabulous pink vegan cafe. It’s dog-friendly and I’m obsessed.

When I was working in Soho it gave me life in a dreary winter. The Matcha Latte is fabulous, and beware the queue for the loo — it means an influencer is getting changed inside.

Made famous for their sold out collaboration with fashion darling, Virgil Abloh (Off-White’s founder and Louis Vuitton’s Creative Director for Mens Wear), this spot is for all of you who would #travelforpink. Plus mmm, matcha was the drink of choice for Japanese Empresses.

 

 

 

35 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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Blue Stone Lane serves up thick sourdough toast with toppings like salmon, poached eggs, avocado and bananas on thick sourdough bread that make you forsake the need to give up carbs forever.

The coffee is damn good though and they have partnered with Bark to produce a very cute coffee cup toy. Pop in for a warm up as we transition to spring for that blue and white cup.

 

 

 

3 Crosby Street

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MAX BONE. A must for any dog, as if you needed an excuse to go in there. They do sell candles for the humans. Aside from the gorgeously designed poop bag holders (bring back the elephant, darlings), the Max Bone has a dog house they cover in flowers.

 

 

 

9 Crosby Street

NOMO HOTEL. Slide down a few steps from Max Bone for bonus shots at NOMO. This hotel has a cool wall with street art, a covered trellis to the entrance and outdoor seating with heat lamps. The influencer watching is amazing from high school students to women in gowns. Not. To. Be. Missed.

 

 

 

123 Lafayette St

 
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GLOSSIER. Yes, the pink palace of Millennial success. The staff love dogs; they even have their own instagram @dogsofglossier.

Inside their HQ, while Byredo candles burn, wander to the back mirrored room. There are massive ‘boy brow’ props that filled me with delight. This is my favorite Glossier product until they gave me a sample of their face wash and I was blown away by how soft my skin felt. But not an ad; it’s fun, things are pink, you can buy make-up and dog-friendly.

 

 

 

42 Crosby St


GREATS. Not to make you do all your shopping but if you forgot those aforementioned VEJA’s, pop into my fave sneaker makers: GREATS. I met with the co-founder, Ryan Babazien, when they were a staff of four. He’s a disrupter, dog lover and got so much energy. I’m really inspired by him so again, not an ad. The store is great if you don’t have an IG perfect set-up at home.

 

 

 

106 Kenmare Street

 

THE CORNER/LA ESQUINA. The neon “CORNER” in bright pink is an institution of Soho. A doggy window if all the walking around is giving you some hanger.

Pop to the shop, grab some food and then people watch while you refuel in the park across the street from it. This colorful food joint reminds me of old school New York. Pop-by and you won’t regret it. For a date night (minus your pup, La Esquina, the formal restaurant inside is a sexy night. MMM.)

 

 

 

174 Elizabeth St

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PIETRO NOLITA. All pink everything. The owner, Pietro, is Italian and loves dogs. What he doesn’t love is people who are not self aware enough and take 10-15 minutes of photos without contributing to his charity fund for the Susan G. Komen foundation, thus the stickers that say “Pink As Fuck.”

So please, go inside (yes, he will allow your furbaby) and give a contribution when taking photos here. It’s one of the most photographed spots, so you may have to wait but it’s worth it for the love.

 

Little Italy Bonus: head into Little Italy. The Audrey Hepburn street art is worthy of getting that perfect snap together. We know you dressed to twin and this is the perfect spot.

What are other spots in NYC are we missing?

 

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