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Crossing the Border with a Dog

Discussion in 'Annual Assembly' started by Kathryn Klos, Jan 21, 2008.

  1. Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    It's a while until Assembly, but it pays to plan ahead when crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada.

    Our puppy, Bert Morris Klos Kallery, will be about nine months old by July, and I don't want to leave him behind. I'll look for dog-friendly motel situations, and will share that information when found-- but first, here's what they say about crossing the border:

    1. The animal must appear to be healthy.
    2. Written certification from a veterinarian must be on hand verifying that the animal is free of diseases communicable to humans and has been vaccinated for rabies. The rabies vaccination certificate must have an expiration date of 36 months or less; otherwise, the certificate must show that the animal was vaccinated within the preceding 12 months. Kittens and puppies younger than 3 months of age are not required to be vaccinated.
  2. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    What? They don't require that the dog have a passport with photograph? How do they know you're not smuggling in an impostor????? :D
  3. davelanthier

    davelanthier Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Pklonowski, that only happens if you are a Canadian trying to go through U S Customs
  4. Greg Nolan

    Greg Nolan enthusiast

    Kathy --

    Are the rules and requirements the same in both directions, for getting back into the States as for getting into Canada? Over the years, when I have travelled to and from Canada, the few times I have had issues come up was when re-entering the States.
  5. MikeCav

    MikeCav Restorer/Videographer

    I've seen pictures of the afore mentioned puppy - sure looks like a terrorist to me! :D We have to stand united against terrier invasion.
  6. Denis M. Kallery

    Denis M. Kallery Passed Away July 3, 2012 In Memoriam

    That is a good one Mike! :D
  7. greatlakes

    greatlakes LOVES Wooden Canoes

    I've taken my E. setter across several times in the last five years through SSM (MI-ON border) and all I've offered is the vaccination certificate. Most times, I've had to tell them that I have a dog on board and if they would like to see any paperwork. Everytime the customs officer has declined to see them -- in either direction.
  8. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist

    Crossing the border

    My most memorable border crossing was re-entering the states. Always wondered if that's why someone coined the phrase "You can never go home."
  9. Rob Stevens

    Rob Stevens Wooden Canoes are in the Blood

    Now that you have mentioned the possibility of terrier invasion, you can expect a visit from the folks Gnomeland Security.

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  10. Dan Lindberg

    Dan Lindberg Ex Wood Hoarder

    Speaking of the Assy,

    what is folks thought on passports,
    get one or not and take the risk of possible problems getting back?

    Thinking/planning on going this year,
  11. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist


    For business travel, they require a passport; I believe leisure travel is the same. Fortunately, or maybe otherwise, the company paid for mine. They haven't required me to use it again, and I'm not about to remind them that they paid for it, either...
  12. john hupfield

    john hupfield fire starter/wood burner


    We need only 2 pieces of ID but one needs to be a Birth Certificate for Canadians going to the States.Flying you need a Passport to enter the States.
    Driving or boating not until 2009.That is how it stands currently.
    As to entering Canada.No fruit,Bugs(we have our own),or firearms.
    We try to be relativly civilized.
  13. MikeCav

    MikeCav Restorer/Videographer

    I'd say get a passport - it's only gonna get worse. Besides, "you may have already won and all expense paid trip to Tahiti!"
  14. OP
    Kathryn Klos

    Kathryn Klos squirrel whisperer

    Mug Shot

    Denis took this picture of Bert, admiring the puppy in the mirror. I'd use this as his passport picture, if dogs needed passports-- but will simply take along his shot record and proof that we bought him in Michigan. The regulations I posted above are supposed to be all we need to go either direction across the border... but I figure it doesn't hurt to be overly-prepared: Once, when re-entering the U.S., it seemed that every third car had to resolve some problem. Usually, we are waved-through without having to do more than state why we were in Canada, how long we were there, and that we were returning home to Marquette.

    This year, I sprang for a passport. Travelling East to pick up canoes is becoming fairly routine for Denis and me, and the shorter route from the Upper Peninsula involves crossing into the mysterious land to the north... where French fries are topped with cheese and gravy.

    Growing up in Minnesota, I was accustomed to using Canadian coinage. Even back when the American dollar had more value than the Canadian, we could use Canadian coins to pay for things. A few years ago, while visiting a friend in San Francisco, I was taken to task by the clerk in a shop for trying to pay for something with "foreign money"... a Canadian dime had been in my pocket change. It never occurred to me that accepting Canadian coins was a custom of the states bordering Canada and not the universal rule.

    ~~Bert's Mom

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  15. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist


    According to the Assembly page on this site:

    "A note to United States Citizens: At this time, the U.S. government will require all U.S. Citizens to show a passport when re-entering the United States. You won't need a passport to attend assembly, but you will need one if you want to go home. It is not too early to apply for your passport!"

    Don't know where you'd get a more authoritative answer than that!
  16. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

  17. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist


    I think it'd be easier to get a passport, than wade through all that gobbledy-gook? Especially knowing that regs can change. :rolleyes:
  18. bob goeckel

    bob goeckel Wooden Canoe Maniac

    dan, i think i read that the deadline for passports had been extended until 2009.
  19. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Maybe. One of the sites I posted indicates the passport requirement for land-based travel has been postponed until further notice. There's a lot of "I thinks" being tossed around - the point is that those planning to attend the Assembly from the US should do their homework and decide for themselves whether or not they require a passport. I have mine already, so I'm not inclined to spend a lot of time researching this.

    And besides, I can think of a lot of things worse than being stuck in Canada... :D
  20. pklonowski

    pklonowski Unrepentant Canoeist


    "I can think of a lot of things worse than being stuck in Canada... "

    Makes me wonder if I should maybe leave the passport at home, accidentally on purpose...?

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