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Even Obama dogs jump through hoops to enter Hawaii

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:25 p.m. HST, Dec 30, 2013

It doesn't matter that they belong to President Barack Obama -- first family dogs Bo and Sunny had to go through Hawaii's strict quarantine procedures to travel to the islands for their holiday vacation.

Hawaii is rabies free and all incoming dogs have to jump through several hoops, including an expensive rabies blood test and 120-day waiting period. Dogs that don't meet regulations are quarantined up to 120 days.

Program Manager Isaac Maeda of Hawaii's Rabies Quarantine Branch said Monday that the Obamas complied with all requirements asked of other pet owners.

The only difference: Maeda says a military veterinarian inspected the dogs and their paperwork on arrival at Hickam Air Force Base early Dec. 21. Other pet owners usually go through a quarantine office at Honolulu International Airport.

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kwanman79 wrote:
Nice to know all pets have to go through this!
on December 30,2013 | 11:36AM
Ken_Conklin wrote:
It's good that even the Emperor must obey the law.
on December 30,2013 | 11:48AM
Olopala wrote:
Believe Fala, FDR's dog, also had to comply with some of the procedures in WWII when his owner appointed the Territorial Governor but the then quarantine was relaxed.
on December 30,2013 | 12:33PM
Anonymous wrote:
Will the SA print the process pet owners will have to go thru while still back in the mainland ?????? Aww Come on now.....show us the way !!!!!
on December 30,2013 | 01:15PM
First-Responder wrote:
Let the dogs in, quarantine the first family.
on December 30,2013 | 01:25PM
eoe wrote:
rabble rabble
on December 30,2013 | 01:42PM
bekwell wrote:
I like that idea.
on December 31,2013 | 02:42AM
LanaUlulani wrote:
More Obama Propaganda. Obama's dogs get special treatment while my three dogs two of whom I adopted from the SPCA have to jump through hoops just so that they can fly into Hawai'i. Lying is not pono.
on December 30,2013 | 03:07PM
McGarret wrote:
Read the article, hon. It says they compiled with the regulations facing all animal owners.
on December 30,2013 | 04:41PM
lynnh wrote:
Yeah, I believe that. BS
on December 31,2013 | 12:41AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
I was surprised to learn that one secret service agent is assigned full time to pick up the dog droppings from the presidential canines.
on December 30,2013 | 05:37PM
pandadaddy wrote:
And we paid for it.
on December 30,2013 | 07:11PM
jussayin wrote:
Yup. About $3 to 4 million dollars for his vacation. But we in Hawaii don't care, right?
on December 30,2013 | 08:02PM
ehrhornp wrote:
I sure don't. Not when the stock market is now above 16000. Sure beats being below 7000. Thanks for improving the economy Mr. President.
on December 31,2013 | 04:40AM
2Lolo wrote:
Yeah? How naive!! Given the dilution of the American dollar for QE 1, 2, 3... its likely hovering above 10,000. Remember that since the tech bubble collapse, the dollar has been decimated by 25%. And Bless the President for all the good paying jobs for Americans, no need for unemployment benefits, food stamps.
on December 31,2013 | 06:50AM
ehrhornp wrote:
Shame this country allowed a fraud to become president in 2001. If the true winner of that election won, the stock market would probably be around 30000 today. Thanks republicans.
on December 31,2013 | 09:14AM
bekwell wrote:
I have to pay to fly dogs to Hawaii?
on December 31,2013 | 02:42AM
syhud wrote:
I bet the prez won't reveal any birth papers. Oh I meant breed papers.
on December 31,2013 | 02:57AM
ehrhornp wrote:
It is good that they changed the law so that doggie jail can be avoided. What a waste.
on December 31,2013 | 04:34AM
ehrhornp wrote:
What? That a military vet inspected the animals instead of the state's quarantine office. How petty.
on December 31,2013 | 04:38AM
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