Posted December 10th, 2012, 02:50 AM
Wow, you gals sure got WILD while I've been gone!!!
Naughty, naughty, naughty!
I don't think it will work out to go on the cruise I wanted to do in early 2014 due to the other ppl I wanted to come with me, so I'm not sure when my next cruise will be.
Wow, some of you sure start packing early!!! I do all my packing the night before I leave (usually on a very early flight). However, I use a packing list app on my phone that makes remembering and packing everything so easy. I keep one master list for me (my suitcase and carry-ons) and one master list for my service dog (her suitcase and, if cruising, other bags for the potty), then use those master lists to make lists for each particular trip. You can enter the quantity of every item, so ahead of time I calculate how many cans of canned food and measuring cups of dry food I'll need, plus how many measuring spoons of supplements and how many poop bags. For me, I enter how many shirts, pants, undies, etc. to pack. Then, as you pack them, you check off the box in the app so you know what you have and haven't packed.
Oh, and I have a shopping list app to use when I need to buy items for an upcoming trip, too.
I didn't respond to the questions about ppl's trips that have already passed, such as the ladies going to the Bahamas, since they don't need the info. anymore. But, it is so easy to bring your service dog to the Bahamas (and the import permit is free for service dogs) that there is no reason to not do it. You need to get the international health certificate anyway, so you might as well get the permit, too. (Note: There is NO titer or other requirement for the international health certificate, as somebody on here thought. What goes on the certificate Is just what is needed for the country/countries you are going to, many of which do not need rabies titers. Many countries do not need the certificate to be endorsed by the USDA office vet, either, just signed by a USDA-certified vet [which is not every vet].) And, New Providence (where Nassau is) is safe to take your service dog to; I go for weeks every year and the only "issue" I have had was not with a stray, but a pet at a house we were looking at with our realtor (it was a craptastic house we didn't want to see anyway, so got back in the car instead of going near the loose, barking dog the owner didn't want to do anything about).
As for me, the med that was helping me a lot ended up giving me side-effects I can't live with, so I had to come off of it. I tried a different med, but ended up getting an allergic reaction to it (rash, sickness, and swollen lymph nodes - oh joy). So, now I'm waiting to see my neuro to see what else we can try - hopefully I can get in to see him before Christmas and especially before my three-week trip coming up! I hate being sick!! It was so nice on the working med to be able to get out to do the things I wanted to do, not have to cancel out on plans, etc. I really miss that right now.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, if I don't come back here before then! And BEHAVE!!!!!