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, 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 shots within it. Microchips are scanned during any foreign travel to ensure it is the 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’re 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.

Pet Travel Scheme helpline 0370 241 1710


What To Pack When Traveling With Dogs

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What To Pack For Your Dog?

Most people I know overpack and bring half their closet on trips, but I definitely have the opposite problem. I have been known to pack so little, I forget my toothbrush and shoes and end up having to buy an outfit or two while I’m traveling. But I truly prefer it that way. I don’t like the added weight and mess, plus I like to shop and bring home all the good finds.

It’s the same way for the dogs. I bring the essentials and try to pack as light as possible. For example, I don’t bring food/water bowls (just a collapsible water bowl) because you can always find bowls wherever you are staying. In a pinch, you can even ask for a takeout container from a restaurant. 

what to pack when traveling with dogs

Your Carry-on Bag

So, the pups in their carrier become your carry-on bag and you have to check-in your luggage. Weston, 23 pounds, fits inside a Sherpa (sz L) bag comfortably and Fira, 14 pounds, is in the Vanderpump Graphite Carrier (for smaller size dogs).  Here’s my list of favorite airline carriers for dogs. They sleep right through the flight! Most people don’t notice the dogs when we settle into our seats but when we land, I can’t count how many times people have said, “OMG there was a dog on here??

Make sure to utilize the pockets when you’re traveling! It’s easy to forget about those but it’s a good idea to put your stuff in there so it’s right there at your feet when you’re in your seat. 

As for packing…

So, I always have a neck pillow. I only started using one the past year and I honestly don’t know what took me so long. Sleeping on my fist and waking up numb was the norm. Fantastic.

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what to pack for dogs

I love these clear plastic zip bags for organizing my clothes and the dogs’ clothes. These bigger ones are great for sweaters and bulkier clothes. I honestly love these–they’re cheap, clear and make organization much easier. 

I love planning a few outfits I know I’m definitely going to wear (whether we’re going out, more formal wear or outdoor activities) and pack around those outfits. I wear mostly neutrals so that makes it easy knowing everything almost always will match. I also roll up most of my clothes for maximum space.

Black leather pants, frayed denim jeans, an oversized white v-neck tee, an olive tank, a classic LBD and nude heels are my staples! Always pack a bikini, even if your destination isn’t always warm, for spontaneous spa days or for a random hot spring that could be nearby?!


how to pack lightly
travel with your dog


It’s always a good idea to pack a small pouch (WTFrenchie Spirit Animal Bag $15) with dog treats, extra poo bags, wet wipes and a lint roller (frenchies are shedders). I pack their food in a resealable bag and forego the bowls. Every dog-friendly hotel these days offer bowls or you can always call for an extra bowl or cup.

Make sure to get a health certificate from your vet before you travel on a plane and withhold your pup’s water intake so they can fly with an empty, comfy bladder. Read more on my next post: Step by Step Guide to Flying With Your Dog.

Safe travels!

  1. Samsonite Freeform Hardside Spinner. Perfect carry-on suitcase that’s scratch-resistant and uber chic.
  2. Zogics Pet Waterless Shampoo. Organic formula cleans quickly for on-the-go! (PS: 20% off with code: WTF20)
  3. Jetset Toiletry Bags. Handy bags for organizing!
  4. GAP High Waist Skinny Jeans Pink. I just got these on a whim walking past the GAP store because I liked the soft pink color. They actually fit amazing and are such a great deal (GAP always has 50% off sales). I bought them in white too!


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What It’s Really Like Traveling for 2 Months with 2 Dogs

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We traveled for two months with two dogs…

Traveling abroad by yourself can be hectic, let alone with a friend or partner with the amount of travel logistics and planning. Our total trip was from LA to Boston, NYC, France, England (two separate trips), NYC + back to LA with my hubs. Now add two dogs to the mix and OMG. 

A lot can go wrong.

Let’s start from the beginning. We set out on this trip with one homebase in mind: Paris. We rented a beautiful furnished apartment from a friend for six weeks and knew this was where we would unload our luggage + clothes and arrange mini-trips from there. 

It’s nice to be able to have a place to “live” so you have somewhere to leave your belongings, a kitchen to cook in (I definitely had to resort to cooking homemade dog food majority of the time as the food selection in Europe is lacking!) and a place the dogs could feel at home in. 

Your Dog’s Necessities Aren’t The Same

Wherever we travel to, we make sure to find a recommended vet nearby and most important: food. We did ship some frozen food overnight to London but little did we know, it would get held up in Customs and thrown out. BOO.

In California, we’re quite spoiled with a huge selection of human-grade and raw dog foods. In France, not so much. I ended up cooking dog food and mixing it with some Lily’s Kitchen wet food or kibble (we did find an Italian-brand kibble that was as close to natural as possible). Last year when we went to Paris with Fira, I packed some freeze-dried raw foods which worked in a pinch. 

Passports + Paperwork

Fira already had her French passport from last year but this was Weston’s first time to Europe, so I had to get all of his international health certificates + USDA stamps. I slip all their paperwork and passport(s) into a laptop sleeve so it’s handy in one place.

passport for my dog

Break Up The Flights If Possible

Los Angeles to Paris flight is 11 hours compared to 7 hours from NYC to Paris. We always stop in NYC and stay a week or more (pizza pizza pizza). Not only is it easier on the pups, it’s a must for us (humans) too! 

Read this post for more travel hacks traveling with your dog.


What To Do When Your Dog Gets Sick Traveling

The LAST THING you want to happen while you’re traveling! Unfortunately, Fira had some issues vomitting from a raw venison marrow bone. We think that was the catalyst—we can’t be 100% sure but that was the only “new” thing that was introduced to her. Weston and Fira only chew Nylabones or Benebones at home. She choked on some of her vomit which also went into her lungs = a bad case of aspiration pneumonia. We rushed her to an emergency vet in London as it was midnight and she ended up staying hooked up to IVs for four nights. It was terrifying and we don’t even want to think about what could have happened if we weren’t able to get to the vet on time. We’ve never seen her so weak.

It’s scary when you go to a brand new vet who doesn’t know the history of your dog, especially if you have a sensitive breed like french bulldogs. We had a rough sleep and went straight back to see Fira bright and early in the morning, all while waiting for our vet back home to wake up on the West Coast! Our vet was AMAZING and took control of the entire situation which was SO comforting.

Since she had to stay monitored for several days, that changed our travel plans slightly resulting in staying England longer than planned.

Let your primary vet know you will be traveling before you leave.

I definitely recommend not trying any new toys or foods in a new country. You just never know how your pup will react. Pack your pup’s favorite toys from home. 

So, a whole lot of $$$$ later… 

Metros, Taxis or Ubers?

OK, dogs in cars in France is definitely a THING. Meaning, not a good thing. I would say 90% of the Ubers or taxis denied us, even when we tried to talk to them. That is, if we had a chance to talk to them—many Uber drivers took one look at us with the dogs, shook their heads no and just kept driving. It started to get a bit comical. But because of that, I had anxiety calling a Uber (I guess I hate getting rejected lol) and avoided it as much as I could. I got used to taking the metros which is an easier way to travel anyway. 

Metros in France don’t mind pups on leashes. If you’re taking the train, dogs must be in a carrier bag. If your dog weighs more than 13 lbs, on leash is okay as long as they have a muzzle on. I know. Ridiculous, but of course I bought a muzzle and brought it with me incase anyone ever asked to see it. At ticketing, one woman did ask so I’m glad I got one.

Always assume the worst, be prepared to be stopped and have all required documents, materials etc.

The Good Thing: mini trips!

Getting from Paris to London isn’t exactly the easiest but it is possible. We made the trip twice. I recommend doing private car (Folkestone Taxi serivce) the whole way. Expensive but worth it. 

We wanted to do more trips like Provence and South of France with the pups but we just got so busy and were so surprised how quickly six weeks flew by!

Being able to travel with your dog is definitely a privilege and not everyone around you is going to be happy about it. I try to make sure rules are followed and that we are not in the way. Overall, we had an amazing, unforgettable trip. With two dogs, it’s two times the trouble at times but two times the fun. 🙂 Everything costs a lot more than you think, sometimes a bit more stress but we wouldn’t change it for the world. 




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Review: Sleepypod Air In-Cabin Dog Carrier Bag

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I think I’ve found THE airline carrier, guys!

Sleepypod‘s Air In-Cabin Carrier is so well-structured and they’ve thought of practically everything. I used it for the first time on our trip back from NYC to LA. Weston and Fira both fit in the bag comfortably (individually—not together at the same time, of course). FYI: Weston is 22 lbs and Fira is 13.5 lbs. 

The length of the bag is 22 inches so it’s nice and roomy. If the airline’s under-seat requirements are less than 22 inches, the sides of the bag can also fold up to 18 or 16 inches! When you fold, it doesn’t stay up on its own but it stays nice and tight between the bars that are underneath airline seats. 

airline carrier for dogs

There are big pockets on both sides and on one side, it even unzips so you can slide the carrier over the handle of your wheeled luggage!

The plush lining also is removable by a zipper and you can toss in the wash. I felt really comfortable walking around with this carrier. It has a very sleek shape, kind of like a Tesla (lol) compared to other airline carriers that are a box shape and can get clunky. 

My favorite part of the Sleepypod Air Carrier

The handle located on top is seriously sooo handy. With a dog in the carrier (especially a french bulldog—they are dense), having the strap on your shoulder causes the weight to distribute unevenly sometimes. And if you’re running to your gate? Uh, forget about it. I loved using the handle and I even did a few reps of bicep curls as I was walking to my gate. Gotta get those workouts in somehow when you’re traveling!

The carrier also breaks down flat so you can store it away at home. It unzips almost all the way around allowing you to fold down the sides. 

If you end up getting this bag, make sure to get your pup acquainted with it with lots of treats and praise. I put a couple treats inside and let Weston lie down in it. He got so comfy in it, he didn’t leave. He ended up taking a nap in it. 

I’m so happy I found this bag and will be gettin good mileage out of this one! 



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What You Need To Know About Pet Passports

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Does my dog actually need a passport?


It is not required. If you are traveling with your dog internationally for the first time (from the US), you don’t need a passport but you must have international health certificates completed by a USDA-accredited vet. These forms will allow you to get your dog into your designated international country.

The forms vary by country but for most countries in the E.U., it’s a seven-page document you can find on the USDA website. You don’t need to fill out anything on this form yourself—this is all done by your vet. 


  • Make sure all vaccinations are up to date, including rabies. If your dog gets revaccinated with rabies, 21 days must pass before travel. 
  • Bring your filled out forms, rabies certificate and vaccination records to your local USDA office within 10 days of entering the E.U. (or other country).
  • The USDA office will officially stamp all the paperwork ($38) and you’re all set! 
  • This stamped paperwork is valid for 4 months. 


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Everything You Need To Know About Getting A Passport For Your Pet


If you foresee going out of the country with your dog again, definitely get a passport! This allows you to bypass all the previous paperwork and visits to the USDA office. 

Passports are only issued in the international country. You cannot get a pet passport issued in the US. Pet passports are valid for as long as the rabies vaccination is up to date (usually 1, 2, 3 years from administration). Once the rabies expires, the passport is expired and you’ll need to get a new one (which  means doing the paperwork and a trip to the USDA office again).

Most vets (in the E.U.—or whatever country you are traveling to) can issue a passport for your pet. Call to check and make an appointment. They usually cost $75+ including their examination fee. 

If you live in the E.U…

You can get a passport issued in your home country and it is valid anywhere in the E.U.,including the U.K.)—lucky!


how to get a pet passport

Inside A Pet Passport

Bring all your paperwork and the vet will fill out everything! The passport has your information, optional photo of your pet, rabies vaccination and shot records. If you’re going to countries in the United Kingdom (i.e.: islands), your dog will also need a tape worm treatment 1-5 days before travel which will be recorded in the passport.

does my dog need passport to travel

Once you have your shiny new passport, there is no need for your previous paperwork! Ahh. It makes traveling around Europe so much easier and stress-free.


Now, I did say stress-free but of course, things can happen…

When you are traveling and crossing borders, the border patrol is VERY strict—just like with us humans. If there are any holes or mistakes, they will send you back quick. I even heard of somebody getting turned away recently because the date of their tapeworm treatment was recorded as “6/11/2018” (the American way) instead of “11/6/2018.”

At the border getting into England from France, there’s even a cash-only vet very close to the Eurotunnel who specializes in circumstances like this and can fix you up a new pet passport. If you’re traveling off-hours then you’ll need to spend the night at a nearby hotel, of course. 


I traveled to Paris with Fira for the first time last October, so I was able to get her a passport made when we were in Paris. We went to the same vet for this trip for Weston’s passport. Now they both have one but I still bring all the paperwork with me just incase. You just never know. I’ve noticed it can be very inconsistent who checks your documents. At the Heathrow airport recently, they didn’t know how to read it and had to call someone else over—she checked it for just the rabies vaccination and let us through. At our second time through the Eurotunnel Pet Immigration center, in spite of how strict they can be, they only checked Fira’s passport but didn’t even look at Weston’s.

Yes, it’s your vet’s job to fill out the forms and/or passport but always triple-check the dates, info and numbers yourself. Fira’s microchip on her health certificate was one number off (the last number) but nobody noticed—WHEW. We got very lucky.

Just make sure you know exactly what information is on your paperwork and keep it close to you. As long as you’re well-prepared with your documents and travel, it’s a straight-forward process and there shouldn’t be any surprises. If you are going to travel with your pet internationally, a pet passport will definitely make the process smoother and faster for the next trip. Bon voyage!


Does My Dog Need A Health Certificate When Flying?

Does My Dog Need A Health Certificate When Flying?

Yes and no.

A health certificate when flying with your dog can vary state-to-state and with individual airlines. For example, if your dog is going to be checked (in the cargo of the plane—BTW this is banned for flat nosed breeds like frenchies but all others are OK) then you need a health certificate. Most airlines don’t require a health certificate for pets flying in-cabin.

What is a health certificate?

It’s a piece of paper stating that your pet is healthy to fly and current on all his/her vaccinations. It must be issued and signed by your vet and can cost anywhere from $25-70. It’s like a normal check-up and should take less than 20 minutes.

Health certificates are valid for 30 days.



If you’re flying domestic with your pet, a health certificate isn’t required except a few airlines (Alaska Airlines + Hawaiian Air) so be sure to call or search your airline’s website to double check their rules. This page/table at Dog Jaunt has an extensive list of most airlines and their requirements.

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Now for international travel, you need the country’s specific health certificate (usually multiple pages) and have it stamped by your local USDA office. You can find my step-by-step guide traveling from USA to Paris and find other countries’ rules + forms directly on the USDA Pet Travel page. Select the country from their drop-down menu and follow the steps. 


Along with these health certificates, you also need to purchase a pet ticket from your airline—they are usually $100-125 one way and allows you to bring your dog on board in an airline-approved carrier. They stay in the carrier under the seat in front of you. Always book ASAP as most airlines have a limit for the number of pets they allow on board. Happy flying!



Ultimate Guide To Travel Hacks + Tips For Traveling With Your Dog

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Traveling can be overwhelming, let alone traveling with your dog. From the booking + costs, to having all the right paperwork and knowing where dogs are welcome, it can seem like an endless amount of red tape and information. I love reading other travel + fashion bloggers’  (bloggers without dogs!) diaries to get tips and ideas on where to go. 1) that’s actually how I get inspiration and ideas on where to go/stay and then I just look up separately if it’s dog friendly. 2) and why I started writing this blog. To share chic destinations, boutique hotels and fun city guides for dog moms (dog mom life). So, I put together this list of handy travel hacks and insider tips from other bloggers + myself that could potentially save you money, time and lessen anxiety.

travel blog for dog momsSearch for flights “incognito.”

Have you ever used incognito window? In your Chrome browser, under “File” there is an option for “New Incognito Window.” In Safari, it’s under “File” then “New Private Window.” This allows browsing with no cookies, so no history. 

From Through Julia’s Lens: “This is my number one tip to save money on flights because it’s so easy! If you’ve bought a flight recently, websites will remember that and will bump up prices, even after you’ve cleared your cache and history. This may not work if you only buy plane tickets once a year, but if you’re buying tickets every few months, it can make a big difference.”

I’ve also been a little paranoid about airline sites tracking my searches and increasing prices but doing it incognito ensures that at least you know you’re getting the best, true price.


travel blog for dog momsSearch by month instead of days.

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(Another tip from Through Julia’s Lens) 

On Skyscanner, if you have a month in mind that you’d like to travel + flexible on dates, you can search for the whole month and find the cheapest days to travel!

If you want destination ideas and open to pretty much anywhere, you can also search by cheapest destinations and find places to go sometimes as low as $100 for international.


travel blog for dog momsBook ASAP.

Most airlines fill the available in-cabin pet spots on a first-come, first-served basis and most only allow a certain number of pets on board (sometimes as little as 2-4). So, it’s always best to call ahead and reserve a spot for your furry one.

travel blog for dog momsSeating Hack: how to get extra room on your flight.

From Olivia Christine: “I often score extra room on my flights by pre-selecting a seat in a row that has only two spots open (including the middle seat). When I choose either the aisle or window, it leaves a middle seat available — which is a last resort for any passenger — increasing my chances of having no one sit next to me. Using this trick, I’ve been able to fly with the middle seat empty, leaving extra room for myself and my row companion!”

I’ve actually used this tip twice and it WORKED both times!


travel blog for dog momsUse the pockets on the outside of your pet carrier.

dog carrier

Flying with your pet in carrier means they become your carry-on item. Once you get on board, the carrier goes under the seat and your personal item (bag) has to go up in the overhead bin. Take advantage of those extra pockets in the pet carrier!

From Jessica at You Did What With Your Weiner: “While you CAN get up mid flight and get one or two things out of your bag, it’s a hassle if not impossible. You probably want your Kindle, noise-cancelling headphones, a magazine, or something with you during takeoff, landing and during the flight.”


travel blog for dog momsSkip the security line.

This is the besssst thing I ever did. CLEAR, which is offered at most major airports, is a program that allows you to skip the lines at security and get taken right to the front. It honestly saves SO MUCH TIME. + so worth it if you fly a lot. It’s about $15/month and with just a finger print and/or eye recognition on their easy-to-use kiosks, you’re whisked away by a CLEAR associate straight to the front (you don’t even need to show your ID + ticket to the TSA agent again).


travel blog for dog moms5 Pet Friendly Hotel Chains Where Pets Stay Free.

  • Aloft
  • Kimpton
  • La Quinta
  • Motel 6
  • Red Roof Inn

Make sure to check with the hotel or the post at GoPetFriendly to find out if there are any weight limits etc.


travel blog for dog momsTravel by RV.

Traveling by RV with your dog could be your next big adventure! A few of these RV companies don’t even charge for pets (Cruise America, El Monte RV). You can browse RVs on Outdoorsy with the pet-friendly filter.


travel blog for dog momsTime to potty.

From Stephanie at Pupventure Pack: “Lots of rest stops do not want you bringing dogs into the restroom and it’s way too hot to leave them in the car. So if I can, I try to plan my bathroom breaks to coincide with pet store locations. I have used Petco and PetSmart so many times for that reason. Plus it allows the dogs an easy little outing to stretch their legs.” And to get them a new toy!

If you’re at the airport and don’t see a pet relief area in sight, Jenna from Articles de Voyage relies on pee pads. “I find a handicapped or family restroom—they are much larger than regular stalls, so you can put down a few pee pads. My dogs are trained to use pee pads but they also make special drops you can put on the pad to encourage them. It’s helped put my mind at ease more than a few times when traveling with a dog.”


travel blog for dog momsUBER & LYFT.

Both Uber and Lyft’s policy is that it is up to the discretion of the driver to allow your dog to ride. When you get matched with a driver, just send a quick message to ask if it is ok to bring your dog. They do have the right to say no, so be prepared for possible cancellations and wait times.

Be a kind rider by bringing a bag or blanket for your pup. 


travel blog for dog momsSmell like a daisy.

Stuff a dryer sheet in your luggage, especially where your pet’s items + food are being stored (even use a floral tea bag in a pinch) and you can even run it over your pet’s fur to remove static buildup and calm your pup. 


travel blog for dog momsPack your common sense.

Brynn from A Dog Walks Into A Bar shares this tip: “Don’t keep your valuables all together. Bags get lost, things get stolen + if all of your credit cards and cash are in the same space, you’ll be really struggling if they get lost or misplaced.”


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