Spark flies: it took a village to bring my dog from Manila to Melbourne

When things go smoothly, it takes nine months to relocate a pet from an unapproved country under Australia’s strict quarantine rules. It took me three years

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Any dog owner knows how difficult it is to be apart from their pet. After being separated from my dog for nearly three years, I know it too well.

While many Melburnians were surviving long lockdowns one dog walk at a time, I was trying to figure out how to get Spark, my shih tzu-poodle cross, to join me from 6,339km away in Manila.

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