This blog-post will describe a dark chapter in my (Pompe’s) life. In fact, it will describe THE darkest chapter in my life. So, if you are reading my usually cheerful puppy blog to get in a good mood, stop reading right now! Or at least skip this post and move on to any of my other blog posts.
Unfortunately, this story needs be told, so here we go. Are you ready? (Doggy sigh)
After we had arrived in Malta, I had a happy reunion with my mama at the luggage-claim area of the airport. But the joy was just short lived, because there was also a man with a big nose in the luggage-claim area who looked very strict and demanded to see my passport.
Mama handed the man my passport and he flipped through it. Mama and the big-nosed officer talked for a while. It turned out that my French Veterinary had forgotten to stamp my passport with the stamp that shows that I have gotten the vaccination for worms.
When we lived in France a few months ago, the Vet gave me a worm-vaccination pill in his clinic and then gave mama a package with more pills. He instructed her to give me two pills every 3 months, which she diligently did. So big-nose was right, the stamp in my passport was missing.
My mama showed big-nose the package of anti-worm pills that she had brought for me all the way to Malta, but it didn’t please him. Then mama told big-nose that she has no intentions whatsoever to take the dog-worm pills herself. The only reason she had them in her luggage was because she intended to use them for their intended purpose, to give them to me, her dog.
But nothing pleased big-nose, he told us in a strict voice that I need to be kept in quarantine until tomorrow.
Mama was shocked, but also exhausted from the long travel. Because the officer was right in that there was no stamp in my passport, she didn’t put up a fight and accepted the decision to put me in quarantine for a few hours.
What did I think about this? To be honest, I didn’t understand what was going on, but trust me, I was soon to learn!