Importing pets into the US

February 12, 2009 at 6:03 pm (Cats, Moving to the US)

OK, so it’s pretty straightforward to get pets from the UK to the US. Though rabies shots aren’t required for cats, we got them vaccinated anyway. All of their other vacs are up to date, so we only need a Fit to Fly certificate. Virgin Airlines Cargo will fill out the export forms. No quarantine needed, for everyone that keeps asking! 😉

Now the only problem is our schedule is going to look a bit like this!! All times PM.

  • 5:25 flight arrives (if on schedule)
  • 6:15? visa processed and five giant bags collected
  • 7:00? pick up car rental
  • 7:30? collect cat paperwork from Virgin’s cargo facility
  • 8:00? present paperwork at US Customs building (and it closes at 8!)
  • 8:15? return to Cargo to pick up the cats
  • 9:15? arrive in Newburyport

Somewhere in there we need to source cat food, cat litter and some people food 🙂 Must look into an online delivery service. I’m sure the hotel people would let us have some stuff delivered to our unit. Anyone have any ideas?


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Less than a month to go

January 21, 2009 at 10:20 pm (Cats, Me, Moving to the US)

We are now counting down the days before we say goodbye to our lives in Britain. Tomorrow J will be having his visa interview at the US Embassy in London. To say that tomorrow could be a turning point in our lives is an understatement! I ran out of patience on New Year’s day and booked my  flights, so I will be leaving mid-February. Depending at how tomorrow goes, so will J and the cats.

In the meantime, we’ve been busy making arrangements, canceling services, deciding what should be sold and what we should take with us (hint: not very much) and we’ve had the decorator/handyman in to finish off a lot of jobs that we’d managed to avoid in the last two years.

Yesterday, the cats went to the vet for their annual checkup and immunizations. They also got the rabies injection in preparation for their own immigration to the United States. Interesting that the rabies jab is not a requirement for pet entry to United States, but is always recommended, because it is sometimes required depending on the state. J remarked to me that it’s going to be very strange thinking of laws being at a national level and the state level, and then I reminded him that there are also county laws, and possibly city laws. Truly, the United States will seem foreign to both of us.

There is still a huge task list to get through before we can leave for the US. We’re even managing the move to the US in Basecamp!

And then, this evening I broke a handmade mug that J’s mom gave it to us, that we were planning to bring with us. Well, that makes packing a little easier (and we have two more just like it)…

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More house progress

January 1, 2009 at 10:07 pm (Cats, DIY, House renovation)

I’ve lived with crappy unfinished floorboards in my our downstairs hall since May, so New Year’s Day was spent doing work on the house.

As much as I love being an eco-minded person and the OSMO Polyx floor oil, it wasn’t in the budget this time. Instead, we’ve used a low-VOC  floor varnish in a rosewood color, which costs a third less. But the best part is this varnish touch-dry in around an hour, rather than 12 hours. You see, with two cats, it isn’t practical to use slow-drying stuff because we feel mean about locking them in a bedroom for that long…

The picture below shows the hall floor with the first coat of varnish alongside some boards in the pre-varnished state.hall-floors

To achieve this look, we removed as many old paint splatters as possible, used the hand sander to lightly sand the surface, prepped the board with white spirit, and varnished. No heavy-duty sanders involved at all. Obviously, this look isn’t for everyone. It’s quite rustic (you might say sloppy….) but it allows the character of the Victorian-era pine to show through. Interestingly, the camera flash reveals uneven color on the varnished boards, but in real life the color is fairly uniform. We’ll be doing the second coat tomorrow.

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Time for Cat-Cam

July 24, 2008 at 11:00 pm (Cats) (, , , )

Anyone else chuckle at Mr Lee and his owner that attached a camera to him?

Hehe – the guy has gone into business!

Hehe! Cats candid cat cam shots:

Our Jackie Brown-Cat was gone from 7:30 am to 7:30pm

Jack the cat looking serious

yesterday. Quite worrying. When he finally returned, after shaking his treat container and calling his name, he of course acts like it’s no big deal.

Jack the cat looking serious

And his fur looked groomed. AND he smelled of tuna and dry food.

Some a$$hole has been feeding him 😉 He has definitely put on weigh. This photo here shows him in slim days.

Jack on the fence

Jack on the fence

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Coffee Cake for Cats

June 15, 2008 at 6:04 pm (Cats, Food) ()

<sigh> How does one teach cats not to go on the worktops (aka kitchen counters)???

Oven, or pie safe?I just busted my two little darlings eating my freshly baked applesauce coffee cake.

One the one hand, I’m glad they like American foods, but on the other hand, I would rather not share with them. They have their own food!

The oven also doubles as a “pie safe”:

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