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or nearly 18 months and plays Edinburgh's HMV Picture House on Monday.

 

He said: "I've done Asia twice, pretty much all of Europe, America almost twice and even got South America in. By November, I'll have done every continent in the world. It's been my biggest tour ever.

 

 

LIES!! I'm pretty sure Africa is a continent?? hahahaha! Ah, Meeks' Geography is a bit wonky... :roftl:

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I wouldn't mind cuddling with Mika, fetching his balls and getting stroked in front of a fireplace. I'd take the car sickness and the cargos for granted:mf_rosetinted:

 

Damn, that sounded wrong:aah:

 

 

Oh, you do NOT want me to say what went through my mind when I read this post :lmfao:

 

 

Anyway,I can't believe I missed this discussion today- I have tons to say on the subject :roftl:.

There are many posts that I agree with and I can't quote them all (Sarahlou,Christine,Violet,Nikjass,etc) so I will just throw in a comment.

 

As I was saying to someone earlier, I really don't think that Mika is actually seriously considering taking this poor dog on planes all the time, or at least I bloody hope he isn't. He has probably not even researched the situation properly, with the UK pet passport scheme and the quarantine rules, because if he had, he wouldn't be painting such an "easy" picture of it :roftl:.

Thing are a LOT trickier than what he's making it out to be, and in order to bring the dog into the country when he's on a pet passport you need to follow a very strict vaccination/blood tests/worming/vet visits schedule, that I am 100% positive he cannot manage on tour, when he's jumping from one country to another.

 

And, ultimately, I really HOPE that he isn't planning on doing this. I know that he doesn't mean any harm, but honestly, this is such a bad idea. If he wants to give the dog a proper environment, he needs to give it some stability and a routine. Dogs like to live in environments that they know, and they thrive on routines.

 

Honestly, Mika :aah:.

Oh, and I am also sure that this puppy is not legally allowed to fly yet, so unless he's taking her in a little airplane around the uk, it ain't happening, LOL.

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Oh, you do NOT want me to say what went through my mind when I read this post :lmfao:

 

 

Anyway,I can't believe I missed this discussion today- I have tons to say on the subject :roftl:.

There are many posts that I agree with and I can't quote them all (Sarahlou,Christine,Violet,Nikjass,etc) so I will just throw in a comment.

 

As I was saying to someone earlier, I really don't think that Mika is actually seriously considering taking this poor dog on planes all the time, or at least I bloody hope he isn't. He has probably not even researched the situation properly, with the UK pet passport scheme and the quarantine rules, because if he had, he wouldn't be painting such an "easy" picture of it :roftl:.

Thing are a LOT trickier than what he's making it out to be, and in order to bring the dog into the country when he's on a pet passport you need to follow a very strict vaccination/blood tests/worming/vet visits schedule, that I am 100% positive he cannot manage on tour, when he's jumping from one country to another.

 

And, ultimately, I really HOPE that he isn't planning on doing this. I know that he doesn't mean any harm, but honestly, this is such a bad idea. If he wants to give the dog a proper environment, he needs to give it some stability and a routine. Dogs like to live in environments that they know, and they thrive on routines.

 

Honestly, Mika :aah:.

 

Oh, and I am also sure that this puppy is not legally allowed to fly yet, so unless he's taking her in a little airplane around the uk, it ain't happening, LOL.

 

 

:naughty:Here, some literature

 

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Foreigntravel/BeforeYouTravel/DG_4000019

 

 

The PETS scheme

 

The scheme is designed to stop the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.

The UK has been free of rabies for many years, but mammals are still at risk in some other countries. All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK have to spend six months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet all the conditions of PETS.

Most European Union (EU) countries and many outside the EU have joined PETS. You can check details and the full procedure for preparing your pet on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website.

To be eligible, your cat, dog or ferret must:

  • first be fitted with a microchip
  • then be vaccinated against rabies
  • wait 21 days from the date of their first rabies vaccination before travelling to another European Community country
  • not have visited any non-approved countries or territories for at least six months before they enter or re-enter the UK

Cats and dogs must also:

  • be blood tested with a satisfactory result by a European Union approved laboratory
  • wait six calendar months from the date the blood sample was taken before re-entering the UK

You must also ensure that your pet:

  • is issued with a pet passport by their vet
  • is treated by a vet for tapeworm and ticks, not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before checking in with a PETS-approved carrier for the journey back to the UK
  • travels into the UK on a PETS-approved sea, air or rail route

Before you go

 

You must book your return journey into the UK with one of the many PETS-approved carriers, on a PETS-approved route. There is only a limited amount of space and it is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

You must book in advance or your pet will not be allowed to travel.

 

Taking care of your pet when travelling

 

These tips can help make your pet's journey as comfortable as possible:

  • make sure your pet is as fit and healthy as possible to withstand the journey
  • give them a light meal about two hours before they travel
  • give your pet the opportunity to go to the toilet before it is put in its carrying container
  • let your pet 'try out' the carrying container before the trip
  • the carrying container should be well-ventilated, roomy enough for the animal to move around, safe and have adequate food and water for the trip, with easily refillable containers for a long journey
  • put a familiar-smelling cushion or rug in the container to help your pet settle

Returning to the UK

 

When returning to the UK, transport staff will check your pet passport to ensure the requirements of the scheme have been met. If there is missing paperwork or your pet has not been prepared correctly it may be:

  • taken into UK quarantine
  • returned to the country from which it has just come

Travelling with registered assistance dogs

 

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in partnership with

  • other UK assistance dog organisations
  • Defra
  • a number of UK airlines

has produced a set of guidelines for registered assistance dog owners wishing to use PETS.

Pets entering the UK on airlines under the Pet Travel Scheme must normally be carried in the hold. However, guide dogs or other assistance dogs are allowed to travel in the cabin with their owner on certain approved routes.

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:naughty:Here, some literature

 

http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/TravelAndTransport/Foreigntravel/BeforeYouTravel/DG_4000019

 

 

The PETS scheme

 

The scheme is designed to stop the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.

The UK has been free of rabies for many years, but mammals are still at risk in some other countries. All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK have to spend six months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet all the conditions of PETS.

Most European Union (EU) countries and many outside the EU have joined PETS. You can check details and the full procedure for preparing your pet on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website.

To be eligible, your cat, dog or ferret must:

  • first be fitted with a microchip
  • then be vaccinated against rabies
  • wait 21 days from the date of their first rabies vaccination before travelling to another European Community country
  • not have visited any non-approved countries or territories for at least six months before they enter or re-enter the UK

Cats and dogs must also:

  • be blood tested with a satisfactory result by a European Union approved laboratory
  • wait six calendar months from the date the blood sample was taken before re-entering the UK

You must also ensure that your pet:

  • is issued with a pet passport by their vet
  • is treated by a vet for tapeworm and ticks, not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before checking in with a PETS-approved carrier for the journey back to the UK
  • travels into the UK on a PETS-approved sea, air or rail route

Before you go

 

You must book your return journey into the UK with one of the many PETS-approved carriers, on a PETS-approved route. There is only a limited amount of space and it is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

You must book in advance or your pet will not be allowed to travel.

 

Taking care of your pet when travelling

 

These tips can help make your pet's journey as comfortable as possible:

  • make sure your pet is as fit and healthy as possible to withstand the journey
  • give them a light meal about two hours before they travel
  • give your pet the opportunity to go to the toilet before it is put in its carrying container
  • let your pet 'try out' the carrying container before the trip
  • the carrying container should be well-ventilated, roomy enough for the animal to move around, safe and have adequate food and water for the trip, with easily refillable containers for a long journey
  • put a familiar-smelling cushion or rug in the container to help your pet settle

Returning to the UK

 

When returning to the UK, transport staff will check your pet passport to ensure the requirements of the scheme have been met. If there is missing paperwork or your pet has not been prepared correctly it may be:

  • taken into UK quarantine
  • returned to the country from which it has just come

Travelling with registered assistance dogs

 

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in partnership with

  • other UK assistance dog organisations
  • Defra
  • a number of UK airlines

has produced a set of guidelines for registered assistance dog owners wishing to use PETS.

Pets entering the UK on airlines under the Pet Travel Scheme must normally be carried in the hold. However, guide dogs or other assistance dogs are allowed to travel in the cabin with their owner on certain approved routes.

 

MIKA! READ AND DIGEST!

And don't forget to pick up your dog poo when out for walkies!

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He could just put a pair of sunglasses and a hat on Melachi and pass her off as a slightly hirsute human friend, thus bypassing all those pesky laws and regulations and stuff.

 

:doh: Do you think he's daft, or something?

 

 

:lmfao:

Mika: *What, officer? A dog??? Are you calling my poor wife -who suffers from a rare hereditary condition- A FU*KING DOG???????*

cop: :blink:

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Seems that you are not the only one shocked :wink2:

Agree with you also it's a strange idea but I trust him. He knows what he is doing. He wants that dog for so long...

And remember, few months ago, he told with Jools Holland and on Le Grand Journal that he had passed interviews to get this dog and he said many times that he wants to bring him on tour

He is not stupid. Again, I'm sure he knows what he's doing. Maybe he'll take him on Tour in Europe but not in Asia...:dunno:

But please don't judge him. He loves his dog, he'll not be cruel with him...:wags_finger: I'm confident..

 

Actually, I'm sure that he doesn't know :roftl: (read my last two posts) on this thread.

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I'm with everyone who is skeptical about this whole "taking the dog on tour" business.

 

Because the UK is an island, certain diseases (inlcuding rabies, I believe) don't spread into the UK as easily as they spread from country to country around the continent. As such, UK officials are very cautious about letting in animals who could have been exposed to disease, and have made it a multi-step process to get a dog into the UK after he or she has been abroad (as Sara pointed out). If Mika makes one mistake with the process, poor Melachi could find herself spending six months of her life in quarantine. :sad:

 

There's also the flying aspect. Unlike a small dog, a golden retriever will need to be kept in a cargo hold. There will be restrictions on that - he won't be able to fly to hot countries with her in the summer, or cold countries in the winter, because most reputable airlines won't put live animals in cargo when the temperatures are extreme.

 

There's also the day-to-day concerns while on tour. Mika wants to go shopping, or bar hopping, or even eat in a restaurant... what of Melachi? Is she supposed to spend the day in a hotel room by herself? Not all hotels are pet friendly. Not to mention, a lonely golden can be a chewy golden. I don't think a five star hotel will appreciate chewed up furniture and bed linens. :naughty: And what about gig days? Is this dog supposed to spend the whole day in Mika's dressing room? Who will make sure she gets fed? And has a chance to do her business? And has a constant supply of fresh water? Certainly not Mika while he's in pre-show mode.

 

Also, you need to arrive EXTRA early for your flights when checking in an animal. Mika has a hard time arriving early enough to check himself in, nevermind a dog. :teehee:

 

It just seems like a bad idea for a thousand different reasons. I'm sure this dog will end up staying home while her fur-dad goes on tour. Either that or he'll have to hire a full-time PA just to manage the dog. :teehee:

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I'm with everyone who is skeptical about this whole "taking the dog on tour" business.

 

Because the UK is an island, certain diseases (inlcuding rabies, I believe) don't spread into the UK as easily as they spread from country to country around the continent. As such, UK officials are very cautious about letting in animals who could have been exposed to disease, and have made it a multi-step process to get a dog into the UK after he or she has been abroad (as Sara pointed out). If Mika makes one mistake with the process, poor Melachi could find herself spending six months of her life in quarantine. :sad:

 

There's also the flying aspect. Unlike a small dog, a golden retriever will need to be kept in a cargo hold. There will be restrictions on that - he won't be able to fly to hot countries with her in the summer, or cold countries in the winter, because most reputable airlines won't put live animals in cargo when the temperatures are extreme.

 

There's also the day-to-day concerns while on tour. Mika wants to go shopping, or bar hopping, or even eat in a restaurant... what of Melachi? Is she supposed to spend the day in a hotel room by herself? Not all hotels are pet friendly. Not to mention, a lonely golden can be a chewy golden. I don't think a five star hotel will appreciate chewed up furniture and bed linens. :naughty: And what about gig days? Is this dog supposed to spend the whole day in Mika's dressing room? Who will make sure she gets fed? And has a chance to do her business? And has a constant supply of fresh water? Certainly not Mika while he's in pre-show mode.

 

Also, you need to arrive EXTRA early for your flights when checking in an animal. Mika has a hard time arriving early enough to check himself in, nevermind a dog. :teehee:

 

It just seems like a bad idea for a thousand different reasons. I'm sure this dog will end up staying home while her fur-dad goes on tour. Either that or he'll have to hire a full-time PA just to manage the dog. :teehee:

 

 

I bow to your greatness, oh Wordy Fokker :naughty:. You expressed it all exactly how it is, and very well.

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Also, you need to arrive EXTRA early for your flights when checking in an animal. Mika has a hard time arriving early enough to check himself in, nevermind a dog. :teehee:

 

 

:teehee:

 

Can you imagine the kerfuffle? I'm getting indigestion just thinking about it :boxed:.

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Random celebrity acquaintance?

 

Immigration Officer: But Sir. It's wagging its tail.

 

Mika: That just means my celebrity friend Lady Gaga here likes you. *disarming smile*. Now please let us board the aircraft.

 

 

Omg :lmfao: You killed me there :roftl:

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Great one, T4P :biggrin2:

 

 

 

That America should be excited cause he's coming your way soon? :teehee:

I'm not getting my hopes up again... :naughty:

 

Why wasn't I born in 2010 as a Golden Retriever?

:lmfao:

:lmfao:

Mika: *What, officer? A dog??? Are you calling my poor wife -who suffers from a rare hereditary condition- A FU*KING DOG???????*

cop: :blink:

:lmao:

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I'm with everyone who is skeptical about this whole "taking the dog on tour" business.

 

Because the UK is an island, certain diseases (inlcuding rabies, I believe) don't spread into the UK as easily as they spread from country to country around the continent. As such, UK officials are very cautious about letting in animals who could have been exposed to disease, and have made it a multi-step process to get a dog into the UK after he or she has been abroad (as Sara pointed out). If Mika makes one mistake with the process, poor Melachi could find herself spending six months of her life in quarantine. :sad:

 

There's also the flying aspect. Unlike a small dog, a golden retriever will need to be kept in a cargo hold. There will be restrictions on that - he won't be able to fly to hot countries with her in the summer, or cold countries in the winter, because most reputable airlines won't put live animals in cargo when the temperatures are extreme.

 

There's also the day-to-day concerns while on tour. Mika wants to go shopping, or bar hopping, or even eat in a restaurant... what of Melachi? Is she supposed to spend the day in a hotel room by herself? Not all hotels are pet friendly. Not to mention, a lonely golden can be a chewy golden. I don't think a five star hotel will appreciate chewed up furniture and bed linens. :naughty: And what about gig days? Is this dog supposed to spend the whole day in Mika's dressing room? Who will make sure she gets fed? And has a chance to do her business? And has a constant supply of fresh water? Certainly not Mika while he's in pre-show mode.

 

Also, you need to arrive EXTRA early for your flights when checking in an animal. Mika has a hard time arriving early enough to check himself in, nevermind a dog. :teehee:

 

It just seems like a bad idea for a thousand different reasons. I'm sure this dog will end up staying home while her fur-dad goes on tour. Either that or he'll have to hire a full-time PA just to manage the dog. :teehee:

 

:bow: you´re absolutely right! Mika needs to read this thread soooo much!

I wonder what his family have said of all this puppy situation...?

I really hope someone will advice Mika about the dog´s wellbeing or she will end just as crazy as him :lmfao: Well........ that wouldn´t be all too bad

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Most restaurant owners and 5 star hotels change their mind and love dogs all the sudden when they belong to a celebrity ;)

But yeah... taking a dog on tour is not the best idea ever. Might be stressful for the animal. Some dogs love travelling and seeing new people, others like the stability of their home. So maybe it'll love the touring life, maybe not. I just hope Mika gives up the idea of taking the dog with him if he sees it doesn't like it.

Do you think he will pick up the doggy's **** himself, or will John have to follow them around with plastic gloves and bags to clean their mess? :naughty:

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Most restaurant owners and 5 star hotels change their mind and love dogs all the sudden when they belong to a celebrity ;)

But yeah... taking a dog on tour is not the best idea ever. Might be stressful for the animal. Some dogs love travelling and seeing new people, others like the stability of their home. So maybe it'll love the touring life, maybe not. I just hope Mika gives up the idea of taking the dog with him if he sees it doesn't like it.

Do you think he will pick up the doggy's **** himself, or will John have to follow them around with plastic gloves and bags to clean their mess? :naughty:

 

Ooh, I so hope someone snaps a picture of that if he does. :lmfao:

I can just picture his face now. :roftl:

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