Posted November 30th, 2007, 09:17 PM
Last edited by Quampapetet; November 30th, 2007 at 09:19 PM
he was a certified companion dog for a woman who had psychological issues.
Try playing that card. They might buy it
First of all, companion animals are not service animals and so their people don't have the right to take them in public places. (Sounds like the cruiseline messed up on that one, or granted her special permission.)
Second of all, it is a crime to pass off a pet as a service animal.
Third of all, there is a big difference in the behaviour of a pet and that of a service animal - people will know the animal is just a pet because of this.
Service animals are animals who have been highly trained to do tasks that their disabled person cannot do/has a hard time doing for himself, such as a dog that guides a blind/visually impaired person or a dog that retrieves objects for and pulls the wheelchair of a paraplegic (and several other types of duties for those and other disabilities).
For the OP, I would suggest you look into a professional pet moving service, as the QM2 is the only cruise ship that takes pets (they stay in a kennel there - somebody on here took their cat in the kennel one time and wrote a blog about it, so do a search for that if you're interested) and I believe it costs extra for each pet. Ask your vet, local pet store, trainer, dog-owning friends, etc. for recommendations or do a Web search to find such companies.
Somebody has already given you the info. on the quarantine/how to lessen or avoid it, so be sure to check that out and call Hawaii if you have any questions.
Yes, moving them there will be expensive (the required vet work itself is also expensive, as it may cost you $200+ per dog) - but everything in Hawaii is extra expensive from the mainland, so this will be the start of your getting used to it!