Mickie, Kalexas Dunrobin Castle, arrived in Finland at the end of August. He has “big boots” to fill after Eddie & Alfie.
He adapted to his new home well. It was expected that the girls, especially Minnie, need time to adjust him being the new kid on the plot. He seemed to be just fine with it. Of course, I kept them apart for about two weeks to avoid the hassle. Even in the short encounter, Minnie was able to show her non-hospitable welcome but nothing physically harmful. Hanie followed her mom to my surprise.
After a couple of weeks, Minnie was already playing with Mickie.
I picked up Alfie from Norway when he was 8 weeks of age in 2007. Things have changed after that.
According to Finnish public authorities, Norway is a dangerous country
Only in the paper.
Nowadays when you bring a puppy from Norway, it needs a rabies vaccination. This takes place when the puppy is 12 weeks of age. Then there is a 3 week waiting period before the puppy can travel. So the puppy is 15 weeks before being able to arrive in Finland.
Norway is a rabies-free country just like Finland. The only reason for this is because Norway is not part of EU.
Echinococcus medication is not needed
Finland does not require echinococcus medication from Norway because Norway is an echinococcus free county. Even though Norway is not an EU-country.
- Norway is a Rabies-free country (like Finland) = Rabies vaccination is needed when bringing a dog to Finland from Norway (because Norway is a non-EU country).
- Norway is echinococcus free country (like Finland) = no need for echinococcus medication when bringing a dog to Finland from Norway (even though Norway is not an EU-country).
Why do we pay taxes to employ authorities who make stupid rules?
If you bring a retriever puppy when it is max. 8kg, you can fly with it in the cabin (Finnair). So when bringing the 8-week old puppy, it can bly more comfortable in the cabin with the new owner. But with the new rule, the puppy is already over 8kg so it needs to be in the cargo area.
Due to idiotic Finnish bureaucracy, the travel is more stressful to a puppy.