Dog Quarantine in England

Tony Barnes By Tony Barnes, 20th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I hated the 6 month quarantine of my dogs when I received military orders to England.


When I got orders to report to RAF Greenham Common, United Kingdom we had a problem to deal with. We had two dogs…a Pomeranian and a Yorkshire Terrier. We had no kids and so it was absolutely unreasonable to even consider not taking them to England. Unfortunately, England at that time required a six month quarantine for any dogs coming in to England. This meant you had to put your dogs at a certified kennel for the 180 days. I also had to sign a document stating that if even one case of rabies came up in one of the tenant dogs, then all would be put down. I sure prayed that wouldn’t happen the whole time they were there.

This cost me about $3500 in total in 1989 dollars. I don’t think this included the airfare. I decided to fly them over about 7 or 8 weeks early so they would get started on the 180 day ‘jail sentence’. Once I got there, I would go and visit them on Saturdays. I was only allowed to spend 2 hours with them so I was always careful to get there a little before 10 so I could have the full two hours. I would go into their kennel and sit in their heated bed and hold them on both sides of me petting and talking with them.

It always broke my heart each week to leave them. I really loved those dogs. In fact, there were times I walked a big part of the 10 miles to get there until my car arrived from the United States. I remember occasionally getting a ride by someone who felt sorry for me. It was a big day when they were finally released. I had built a large wooden fence so they could run in the yard. They did attack each other occasionally in jealousy for attention. But, a water bottle and sprays to the face sure solved that problem. When those dogs died in 2002 and 2003, it was sure a hard thing to experience with the love I had for those little guys.


Pomeranian, Quarantine, Rabies, Raf Greenham Common, Yorkshire Terrier

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author avatar Tony Barnes
I am a native Texan who spent 3 years in the Marine Corps Reserves and 25 years on active duty in the Air Force. I have been a Christian since 1985 and am an ordained minister. I am conservative politically and love to study history. I publish a mont...(more)

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author avatar Jerry Walch
20th Jan 2014 (#)

What a barbaric requirement. A vet record that they had all their shots should have been enough. I hope the law has changed.
As for the pain of losing them...I certainly know what you went through, Brother, because I have lost more than my share of beloved furry friends over my seventy year on the third rock from the sun.

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author avatar Teila
20th Jan 2014 (#)

How sad. I hope the laws have changed.

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author avatar M G Singh
21st Jan 2014 (#)

Nice info. Didn't know

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author avatar Helen Thomas
25th Jan 2014 (#)

Very interesting post ~ Tony.

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