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Originally posted by DUTRAVEL
That gave me a good laugh Roz - I can just picture you! All we need to add is a green mud mask and maybe we can scare the other passengers enough to get them to move the box without a hassle.

I have always insisted that the box be placed on my balcony because I need to be able to access it myself in a wheelchair. I would not be okay with having to hunt down a crew member to open the door for me. Try explaining to a dog that she can't go outside to do use the box because the doors are locked and the deck is closed.

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I would absolutely fight for the balcony if I were in a wheelchair! The other location has been difficult at best even without mobility issues - every single time.
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Originally posted by Caribbean Chris
Exactly. Barb, as Dianne says, it is an area (with a rope “crew only” sign you have to take down or step over) usually on Deck 5 for Solstice Class, forward on starboard Side. Sometimes the ship has smokers using the deck leading toward that area, designated with deck chairs and standing ashtrays, other times smokers are on port side.
Geez. Most if the time on cruises I've been on, the port side is the smoking side. The starboard side has the Cafe Al Bacio, one of my favorite spots. I cannot imagine choosing there to put the dogs box, since they often mark it off as unsafe to go out there!

I'm still working on getting a box put together at home. We have an awesome spot of grass just off the driveway he goes on quite frequently.

Our next few cruises are all on Silhouette, and we have Alcoves reserved for a number of days. So the idea of taking Scooter scares me. The grass would be right there and he would assume it was for him!

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This is part of our balcony. Last year was the first time we got to have the box out there. How wonderful not to get up, shower, get dressed and take him to the box. Im spoiled now!


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I'm taking my first cruise with Lox in May with Carnival. I've gotten everything taken care of with Carnival and have the appointments for the health cert and endorsement scheduled. Both my ports are in Mexico. Carnival said lox should be able to go on most excursions with me. What should I expect if I try to go into a restaurant or store at port? Any issues I should be prepared for on board? Advise? Does Mexico have any laws on service dogs? Lox's vest is made out of my old uniforms. Should I invest in a red vest?
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Sorry I haven't been around much but I was off between Christmas & New Years. Then went back to work and the whole family came down with colds and a cough. We still alll have it. I know I don't really have to say this but Roz, I hope your not going to let you company get away with breaking ADA law!! Keep us posted.
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Originally posted by rangeley


This is part of our balcony. Last year was the first time we got to have the box out there. How wonderful not to get up, shower, get dressed and take him to the box. Im spoiled now!


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The picture of John reminds me of a picture I took of Morey, while he was in a wheelchair onboard the Oosterdam and looking out at the sea.......he truly loved the magic of those sparkling, blue waters. And, the box is absolute perfection!!!!
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December 2, 2017 - Hawaii - Carnival Miracle
April 27, 2018 - Alaska - Emerald Princess
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Originally posted by americanhero
I'm taking my first cruise with Lox in May with Carnival. I've gotten everything taken care of with Carnival and have the appointments for the health cert and endorsement scheduled. Both my ports are in Mexico. Carnival said lox should be able to go on most excursions with me. What should I expect if I try to go into a restaurant or store at port? Any issues I should be prepared for on board? Advise? Does Mexico have any laws on service dogs? Lox's vest is made out of my old uniforms. Should I invest in a red vest?
Mexico shouldn't be an issue, although some times the red does help.

If you do some of the islands, they have no camo rules. Our ship wouldn't allow a passenger off a couple of years ago because the 3 year old was wearing pink camo shorts. There is a steep fine in some places and no camo of any kind is allowed.

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Originally posted by americanhero
I'm taking my first cruise with Lox in May with Carnival. I've gotten everything taken care of with Carnival and have the appointments for the health cert and endorsement scheduled. Both my ports are in Mexico. Carnival said lox should be able to go on most excursions with me. What should I expect if I try to go into a restaurant or store at port? Any issues I should be prepared for on board? Advise? Does Mexico have any laws on service dogs? Lox's vest is made out of my old uniforms. Should I invest in a red vest?
The vest is not the most important factor. Don't worry about it. There are no laws that insist that our SD's wear a vest. CCI provides one for us and they're always good for the public to see when we're boarding the ship. They also have zippered pouches on both sides to carry potty bags, sail cards and other I.D. Again, they're not necessary.

I love your dogs name. "Lox".

The shops in Mexico are notoriously small and crowded. Be prepared to move Lox around quickly to avoid being stepped on. And, look out for strays, both in the streets and on the beaches. Most of the shop keepers want your money so badly, they won't fuss with your dog. Make sure he's on his best behavior and again keep an eye out for merchandise being spilt and strays being curious.

Mexico is DEMANDING that our SD's be on Heartguard and flea and tick abatement. This must be spelled out clearly on the Aphis 7001 form [no initials or abbreviations on the form.] Recent immunizations are expected and your dog's ear and skin to be in good health. He will be inspected by their Agricultural Dept. before you can leave the ship. The Purser's Desk will call your stateroom the day before to ask if your planning on taking Lox ashore and they will set up an inspection time for you.

Have a wonderful cruise and be prepared for lots of questions from your fellow passengers and folks who will want to pat Lox.
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Originally posted by DisneyKidsDad
Sorry I haven't been around much but I was off between Christmas & New Years. Then went back to work and the whole family came down with colds and a cough. We still alll have it. I know I don't really have to say this but Roz, I hope your not going to let you company get away with breaking ADA law!! Keep us posted.
They just plugged in a room purifier outside of my office. The fresher air is good for Horton! And, although they've made Horton's space bigger it's still a bit congested when he doesn't lay in his crate or bed and decides to sprawl-out in the middle of the floor.

I'm very reluctant to take him into the bathroom with me and I don't take him in the staff kitchen. I have yet to explore the staff lounge which has recliners, sofa's, t.v.s, coffee, tea, candy, donuts, etc., etc. I could care less about their offerings but I do know that he has as much right as any other employee to go into these areas. I just don't need to push, not just yet!

I'm learning a whole new computer program [not being paid more], working for all the exec's and performing tasks I've never done before......again, did I mention; [NOT BEING PAID MORE!!!!] I had a talk with Horty about maybe staying home and enjoying the rest of our lives together......not worrying about other folks who really don't like us that much, anyway. We'll see, maybe it's time to get that hernia repaired and take some medical leave.....we'll see!

One thing is for sure, if I stay on the job.......Horty and I will be seen [slowly, but surely] in all the areas mentioned above!

Have a wonderful, warm and dry weekend everyone ♥ It's a long weekend for a lot us.......enjoy!
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So, we are scheduled for our cruise March 25-April 1st On NCL. I am currently trying to decide whether to bring Macallan or leave him home. I’ve never stressed about traveling with him. I want to be able to relax and enjoy our vacation. I don’t want to short change my partner on enjoying our excursions. I’m very concerned about Macallan’s safety at ports regarding disease and stray dogs/animals. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. We are not “outdoorsy” but do enjoying sightseeing and animals/aquariums/zoos/easy water activities.

Most importantly, can someone help me navigate what is needed to allow Macallan at the following ports:
Cozemel, Mexico
Costa Maya, Mexico
Roatan, Bay Islands, Honduras

Harvest Caye, Belize
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Thanks for the info. I've never heard about not being able to wear camo. What island is that?

I've been on several cruises without lox, but with this one being 5 days and having been to Cozumel several times before I'm not going to be all hurt if they don't let her off the ship. I figured this would be a good test cruise. I have an aft corner balcony cabin do I'm hoping they will put the box on the balcony. Any suggestions for getting her to use it? I've tried at several different airports and I get this "are you really serious" look right before she wants to sit down. I've had her on trifexis for several years now and annual rabies vaccines. I will bring the package insert in Spanish for the trifexis. My vet had no clue about the health cert so that was a bit of a headache but I think I have it taken care of.

My ex wife picked her name bc I picked the breed.

I have a shirt on pre order. "Keep calm. It's a service dog not a unicorn"
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Here's an editorial in today's Los Angeles Daily News about Emotional Support Animals I thought you folks would enjoy reading:

https://www.dailynews.com/2018/01/11...-someones-pet/
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No camo allowed in St Kitts, Barbados, Dominica, at least. I'm pretty sure a couple more, but don't recall them.

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Originally posted by wizard-of-roz
They just plugged in a room purifier outside of my office. The fresher air is good for Horton! And, although they've made Horton's space bigger it's still a bit congested when he doesn't lay in his crate or bed and decides to sprawl-out in the middle of the floor.

I'm very reluctant to take him into the bathroom with me and I don't take him in the staff kitchen. I have yet to explore the staff lounge which has recliners, sofa's, t.v.s, coffee, tea, candy, donuts, etc., etc. I could care less about their offerings but I do know that he has as much right as any other employee to go into these areas. I just don't need to push, not just yet!

I'm learning a whole new computer program [not being paid more], working for all the exec's and performing tasks I've never done before......again, did I mention; [NOT BEING PAID MORE!!!!] I had a talk with Horty about maybe staying home and enjoying the rest of our lives together......not worrying about other folks who really don't like us that much, anyway. We'll see, maybe it's time to get that hernia repaired and take some medical leave.....we'll see!

One thing is for sure, if I stay on the job.......Horty and I will be seen [slowly, but surely] in all the areas mentioned above!

Have a wonderful, warm and dry weekend everyone ♥ It's a long weekend for a lot us.......enjoy!
My whole problem with this whole fiasco is, not that they are flexing their muscles with the one person that has a "butthurt" (that's what I consider it) about "our" Horty is, they are miserable, unsensitive people. I see it more and more. I had my doctors "Nurse" or whatever she is be completely out of line with me on the phone this week. Being as I am a state a way, I can't wait for appointment the end of February, my doctor will get an ear full of what she said to me. No one deserves the treatment that we are getting from others that think they are entitled and above everyone else. I want they old days of "respect" back. I treat people the way I want to be treated and expect the same.
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Originally posted by S.S. Cruisers
My whole problem with this whole fiasco is, not that they are flexing their muscles with the one person that has a "butthurt" (that's what I consider it) about "our" Horty is, they are miserable, unsensitive people. I see it more and more. I had my doctors "Nurse" or whatever she is be completely out of line with me on the phone this week. Being as I am a state a way, I can't wait for appointment the end of February, my doctor will get an ear full of what she said to me. No one deserves the treatment that we are getting from others that think they are entitled and above everyone else. I want they old days of "respect" back. I treat people the way I want to be treated and expect the same.
Very well put.

I respect that some people are afraid or allergic to dogs and always try to not be in their space, but I expect respect in return.

In a hotel the room maid was terrified of dogs. She didn't say it and was so nice, but I could tell by her body language. I put Halo in the bathroom while she changed the beds. She couldn't stop thanking me. I totally didn't mind, she was so sweet about it.

Linda and Halo
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I have some questions for all you service dog owners.

Firstly, I'm not picking an argument, just out of honest curiosity.

One question has to do with a certain airline's rule (Hawaiian Airlines) regarding flying with a service dog on a flight of 8 hours or more.

HA requires that the owner provide documentation stating that the dog will not relieve itself/relieve itself in a manner not to create a health/sanitation problem during a flight of 8 hrs or more.

How can a dog owner guarantee that the service dog can hold it that long? I don't know of any human who can hold it 8 hrs or more.

And how can a dog's potty break be handled on a long haul flight as stated by the airline?

I'm assuming this requirement might be an attempt to discourage bringing dogs on long hauls?

Another question I have is about how to politely let a dog owner know that I don't want to interact with their dog?

I do not enjoy being sniffed, licked, pawed, etc. What do you recommend a person say to a dog owner without coming across as hostile?
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I'd say no responsible service dog handler would take a dog on an 8-hour flight unless that dog had been specifically trained to use a pee pad and is reliable at it.

Don't worry about service dogs touching you. Service dogs are trained to lie and stay and do not go around socializing with people unless their handlers allow and encourage it, and they as a rule don't. The dogs are working.

As for untrained emotional support or comfort dogs, you have to take your chances.
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Hostile is a tone of voice. If someone politely says to me, with my pets, my service dog doesn't approach anyone he doesn't know or without permission, that animals make them uncomfortable. I am not offended. I don't understand, but it the same as I don't understand other political, religious views, but I respect them. If a person is offended and you have been polite, it is their problem.

I wouldn't hesitate to take Halo on a long flight. But he can hold it for close to twelve hours and when traveling he only goes when given permission. My worry would be lack of movement.

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Originally posted by MDTrip
They placed the garden-mulch-filled box in the usual forward starboard crew area. Box was a little small, definitely not 4’ square, but she managed to fit diagonally! The next day, it was impossible to get to it since All the starboard side doors to the deck were locked or couldn’t open against the wind. A nice crew member came along, helped us get to the box, and suggested he could move the mix to the port side. That location worked out fine.
We have had Celebrity block the doors with a "closed due to high winds" ribbon, but they have never locked it. We just always went under the ribbon or took it down and had a crew member or some strong fellas open the door for my friend and her seeing eye dog. (The wind made it hard to open.) Once the deck was blocked due to embarkation and again we got a crew member to let us through.

One time they had a box way to small for the 75 pound Labrador. It was the size for a 25 pound dog! I told the crew member the urine would go on the floor, and the crew continued to insist it was fine. At that moment, Gary, the dog, lifted his leg on the box, and though his aim was fine, it went on the floor. Immediately the staff sent someone ashore to Home Depot to buy more wood to build a bigger box before we set sail. Celebrity has always been good to work with, once you find the right crew member.[/quote]

Originally posted by Caribbean Chris
Yep, that’s the place! On the Solstice class ships. Once they filled the box with sawdust and shavings that blew all over that corridor. My room steward finally arranged for mulch to be obtained halfway through.