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A dog is usually considered a member of one’s family. An individual like all the others. The USDA and European Union have a different opinion. To them, Enzo’s trip to Europe represents the “export of a live animal.”

First, there’s a USDA animal export form. Then there’s Germany’s import form. Both ask for Enzo’s date of birth, Rabies vaccination, and microchip number. Then there’s taking Enzo to his veterinarian for a brief exam and getting the forms signed off. At this point one must also remember to ask the vet for a health certificate for the airline.

Then the forms have to be sent to the USDA for review and signature. All this to be done within 10 days of Enzo’s departure.

Then we fly to Germany. Enzo’s never been in a plane. Heck, he’s never been in an airline carrier. At least he’ll be in the cabin with me.

When we land at Munich airport, Enzo and I go to the veterinarian’s office — there’s one at the airport — to have Enzo examined again and his forms reviewed again. At this point, hopefully, Enzo will be “approved for import” and he’ll be able to go outside and pee.