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Hi All, we’re back from a short Celebrity cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. We picked a great week to be gone since it was so cold even in Florida. All went well, except for weather. The ship skipped Key West and it poured rain after we got off in Cozumel. (We didn’t do the paperwork for Cayman on purpose, and we’ve been there several times, so stayed on board. The ship had to anchor away from Georgetown to tender as often happens due to high waves at the port there.)

 

Enjoyed being back on Celebrity Reflection and saw some crew we met previously. It’s my favorite of their ships. We even booked the same cabin from two years ago.

 

I didn’t care about the bad weather since we like being on board and just enjoying relaxing on the ship. And it wasn’t really BAD, cold weather. But I was sorry for other people who wanted more sunshine and hot weather.

 

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.

 

 

Glad Reflection went well for you! We will be on Silhouette in under 6 weeks. Doing western then eastern as B2B. Never been to Key West, so hope we get to.

 

Where is the forward area with the box? What deck? I'm trying to picture. We've done Reflection 3 times, Silhouette 4, Eclipse 2, Solstice 1 and Equinox 2, so we like the S class ships.

 

I'm probably leaving Scooter with son in Feb, but not positive. We are on the way to the airport and fly to San Diego right now. We'll see how he flies this time.

 

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Hi, Cindy. We took the standard APHIS form and also the form my vet copied & pasted onto his letterhead, then filled out and signed, per Mexico’s instructions (required text shown on the APHIS site now as Option B.) I did not need to have either of those endorsed by the state APHIS office.

 

I had to take the dog down before the ship cleared in Cozumel to have her inspected by a nice woman, one of the Mexico officials. She looked at the papers, looked in Raylene’s ears and examined her two front paws. She gave me a copy of the ship’s clearance document (stating one dog) to carry ashore in case I needed it.

 

Ears tell it all......If they're red, have dirt in them or smell they can ask that your dog NOT go off the ship. It's a good idea to keep your dogs ears clean!!!!! ;)

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Hi All, we’re back from a short Celebrity cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. We picked a great week to be gone since it was so cold even in Florida. All went well, except for weather. The ship skipped Key West and it poured rain after we got off in Cozumel. (We didn’t do the paperwork for Cayman on purpose, and we’ve been there several times, so stayed on board. The ship had to anchor away from Georgetown to tender as often happens due to high waves at the port there.)

 

Enjoyed being back on Celebrity Reflection and saw some crew we met previously. It’s my favorite of their ships. We even booked the same cabin from two years ago.

 

I didn’t care about the bad weather since we like being on board and just enjoying relaxing on the ship. And it wasn’t really BAD, cold weather. But I was sorry for other people who wanted more sunshine and hot weather.

 

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.

 

The box should NEVER be placed in an area where the guest or the dog is exposed to the elements or the chance of the door being blocked or locked!!! Every ship has a stairwell.......it's an enclosed area that does NOT interfere with anything or anyone else onboard. And, there's one on every deck!

You're such a positive person, I'm sure you turned the potty box into a good experience for all concerned! ♥

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Glad Reflection went well for you! We will be on Silhouette in under 6 weeks. Doing western then eastern as B2B. Never been to Key West, so hope we get to.

 

Where is the forward area with the box? What deck? I'm trying to picture. We've done Reflection 3 times, Silhouette 4, Eclipse 2, Solstice 1 and Equinox 2, so we like the S class ships.

 

I'm probably leaving Scooter with son in Feb, but not positive. We are on the way to the airport and fly to San Diego right now. We'll see how he flies this time.

 

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I hope Scooter flies well and that you take him on that long awaited and earned cruise.

I like Celebrity and had a wonderful experience cruising with them. I haven't tried them with Horton yet.

Again, if you have a cabin with a veranda convince them to place the box on it. Although, I have to tell you guys, my daughter was not crazy about having the box on the veranda......she said she thought that it took away from the "veranda experience" and, we had an extended balcony. She really wouldn't have liked it on a "regular" balcony. I don't mind it at all and quite frankly prefer it to be there than anywhere else. it's so convenient to open the door, let Horton step out and go potty. Either there or a stairwell, on my deck.

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I had to take the dog down before the ship cleared in Cozumel to have her inspected by a nice woman, one of the Mexico officials. She looked at the papers, looked in Raylene’s ears and examined her two front paws. She gave me a copy of the ship’s clearance document (stating one dog) to carry ashore in case I needed it.

 

Isn't it funny how inconsistent they are? Mexico was the one place that did not want to inspect Henri - Guatemala and Costa Rica inspected her and Columbia wanted a fee to inspect her if we were taking her off the ship.

 

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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.

 

I had a long chat with someone at Celebrity corporate regarding the inaccessibility of the relief box (on our last cruise it was also deck 5 Starboard - which was inaccessible all day because it was blocked off for embarkation). I have had good luck with getting the relief box moved after speaking to the hotel director after we have boarded the ship. I asked if it was possible to get the location settled before boarding (so that I didn't have to spend most of the first day dealing with the issue) and the best he could come up with is that he would put it on his calendar to e-mail the hotel director to let him know that I wanted to meet with him once we boarded.

 

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I'm probably leaving Scooter with son in Feb, but not positive. We are on the way to the airport and fly to San Diego right now. We'll see how he flies this time.

 

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Good luck with you flight.

 

On the "S" class ships - as you are facing the theatre, go out the automatic doors to the right and then the box will be located to your left forward in the crew area.

 

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Again, if you have a cabin with a veranda convince them to place the box on it. Although, I have to tell you guys, my daughter was not crazy about having the box on the veranda......she said she thought that it took away from the "veranda experience" and, we had an extended balcony. She really wouldn't have liked it on a "regular" balcony. I don't mind it at all and quite frankly prefer it to be there than anywhere else. it's so convenient to open the door, let Horton step out and go potty. Either there or a stairwell, on my deck.

 

I prefer the balcony too Roz. So much more convenient, especially first thing in the morning. If they would not let me have the box on the balcony, then I would probably start parading around the ship in my jammies!!

 

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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.

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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.

 

Every ship has a wood-working dept. This is where they repair furniture, cabinets, drawers, etc. Sometimes they go through such nonsense to perform the simplest of tasks!

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I prefer the balcony too Roz. So much more convenient, especially first thing in the morning. If they would not let me have the box on the balcony, then I would probably start parading around the ship in my jammies!!

 

Dianne

 

Dianne, on one cruise I looked like "Sasquatch", early in the morning; with rollers in my hair, p.j.'s, slippers and no bra. I had to take an elevator to another deck where the box was placed. The poor folks who had to run into me at 7:00am. We had a Suite, with a huge veranda and you know I insisted that the box be moved there once I was introduced to the Hotel Manager. Again, they try to tell me about the health laws that prevent them from doing this.......THERE IS NO SUCH LAW! Always insist and they will listen!

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Dianne, on one cruise I looked like "Sasquatch", early in the morning; with rollers in my hair, p.j.'s, slippers and no bra. I had to take an elevator to another deck where the box was placed. The poor folks who had to run into me at 7:00am. We had a Suite, with a huge veranda and you know I insisted that the box be moved there once I was introduced to the Hotel Manager. Again, they try to tell me about the health laws that prevent them from doing this.......THERE IS NO SUCH LAW! Always insist and they will listen!

 

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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Hi, Cindy. We took the standard APHIS form and also the form my vet copied & pasted onto his letterhead, then filled out and signed, per Mexico’s instructions (required text shown on the APHIS site now as Option B.) I did not need to have either of those endorsed by the state APHIS office.

 

I had to take the dog down before the ship cleared in Cozumel to have her inspected by a nice woman, one of the Mexico officials. She looked at the papers, looked in Raylene’s ears and examined her two front paws. She gave me a copy of the ship’s clearance document (stating one dog) to carry ashore in case I needed it.

Thanks so much for the info! We have sent our vet the webpage and will figure it out when we see her.

 

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Hi All, we’re back from a short Celebrity cruise out of Ft. Lauderdale. We picked a great week to be gone since it was so cold even in Florida. All went well, except for weather. The ship skipped Key West and it poured rain after we got off in Cozumel. (We didn’t do the paperwork for Cayman on purpose, and we’ve been there several times, so stayed on board. The ship had to anchor away from Georgetown to tender as often happens due to high waves at the port there.)

 

Enjoyed being back on Celebrity Reflection and saw some crew we met previously. It’s my favorite of their ships. We even booked the same cabin from two years ago.

 

I didn’t care about the bad weather since we like being on board and just enjoying relaxing on the ship. And it wasn’t really BAD, cold weather. But I was sorry for other people who wanted more sunshine and hot weather.

 

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.

Is Celebrity the one that puts the box down a wind tunnel? I remember going down this metal hallway to a crew area. Johns wheelchair barely fit. And the wind was unbelievable.

 

 

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Ears tell it all......If they're red, have dirt in them or smell they can ask that your dog NOT go off the ship. It's a good idea to keep your dogs ears clean!!!!! ;)

Thats Wexlers ears all the time. Permanent stench! 😮

 

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Dianne, on one cruise I looked like "Sasquatch", early in the morning; with rollers in my hair, p.j.'s, slippers and no bra. I had to take an elevator to another deck where the box was placed. The poor folks who had to run into me at 7:00am. We had a Suite, with a huge veranda and you know I insisted that the box be moved there once I was introduced to the Hotel Manager. Again, they try to tell me about the health laws that prevent them from doing this.......THERE IS NO SUCH LAW! Always insist and they will listen!

They told us that on our last cruise and the hotel director said that there was no such law. I hate that those women lied to us. They actually had a Tupperware size plastic box like you would put leftovers in it for a 70lb dog. Anyway they did accommodate us and put it on our huge balcony. Now if we can get that and the grass it will be perfect.

 

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On the "S" class ships - as you are facing the theatre, go out the automatic doors to the right and then the box will be located to your left forward in the crew area.

 

Dianne

 

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.

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Isn't it funny how inconsistent they are? Mexico was the one place that did not want to inspect Henri - Guatemala and Costa Rica inspected her and Columbia wanted a fee to inspect her if we were taking her off the ship.

 

Dianne

 

It is crazy! We had the same scenario in the past (except Colombia was not on the itinerary).

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Is Celebrity the one that puts the box down a wind tunnel? I remember going down this metal hallway to a crew area. Johns wheelchair barely fit. And the wind was unbelievable.

 

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.

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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.

 

Dianne

 

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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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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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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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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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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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! :p 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! ;p

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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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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They just plugged in a room purifier outside of my office. The fresher air is good for Horton! :p 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! ;p

 

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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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.

 

Linda and Halo

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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.

 

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.

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