Here we sit in a boat yard in Phuket, surrounded by a rubber tree plantation (dog is happy about that). Kaspar is now confident using the ramp
that goes up the 10 feet to the scoop of the boat, after only 2 days.
Rundown on dog trip so far
Aussie Quarantine insisted they would not issue an export permit
until the Indos issued an import
permit. However, Indonesian embassy in Darwin said Indo import
permit was not necessary. I even made many phone
calls to agriculture dept in Jakarta. All the numbers Oz quarantine gave me were either not connected or fax numbers. Eventually got the correct number off the New York
Indo embassey website. Again told no import permit needed for dog to Indo if in transit.
Eventually Oz agreed to issue export permit after they did vet check ("pat on head
, he looks OK, any problems?" $130 please). Before hand visit to local vet for Rabies shot $90, blood test for seroconversion 2 weeks later, sent to Melbourne - $400+ please.
Arrived in Kupang, W Timor. The agent said that Quarantine there did not want to know about dog. Don't ask, don't tell, sorta thing.
In Indo travelling along north coast to Bali - muslim villages - no dogs at all so cats were easy prey if they decided to run but usually did not know what a dog was so did not respond. Most villagers were afraid of the dog but if he was on the lead and not close, there was no problem. Although on one island which seemed very fundamentalist one guy became upset about dog hair when I brushed the sand off the dog. About a quarter of villages were Christian and they had dogs which were usually afraid of our dog and ran away.
Bali had a lot more dogs and even though it is supposed to be a no landing for dogs from elsewhere in Indo as it is supposed to be a rabies free zone, there had been 9 recent human deaths from rabies and 140 since rabies outbreak started a few years back. The packs of wild street dogs were a real problem if they got stirred up and a large stick was required. Human owned dogs were on the whole reasonably friendly.
Malaysia was a lot more difficult as regards dogs. The people seemed to be much more upset getting anywhere near him. Marina in Johor baru was not pleased that he was there because of worry if malaysian quarantine had a complaint. Again DADT.
We travelled with another boat for 6 weeks up Malacca Straits who had a Doberman they had brought from Panama
, so that would not have helped. This dog was not as easy going as Kaspar. She hated children
with hats, dark skinned people and people who spoke Spanish. So except for the last risk, one needed to keep a close eye on her when ashore.
In Malaysia and Indo (especially Bali) there seems to be a lot of dog fighting going on. People would always ask if K was a pit bull ( a breed that is banned in OZ). Occasionally someone, usually Chinese, would ask to buy him. A couple of times, people asked to buy him to eat.
is a lot easier as they like dogs. There is a young dog living in the boat yard so K now has a friend to play with. There are a lot of national parks around Phuket (Surin islands etc) and it is a real problem finding a beach that that he can visit. So this has restricted visits there. However, these surrounding islands & hongs are so crowded with tourists that they are not worth visiting. The coral
is all dead anyway.
So K is still flying under the radar
- international canine crime figure that he has become.
In Indo, Malaysia & Thailand - officials do not come to the boat so it is possible to "smuggle" your pet in. Having a dog on board helps with security
as you will get a lot less unwanted boat boarders.