A woman fears she’ll miss her best friend’s wedding in Cyprus after her naughty ‘serial chewer’ Pomeranian shredded her passport just days before her flight.
Sophia Kourtney had only left her one-year-old pooch Prince alone for two hours while getting her eyelashes done, but when she returned home she found her passport ‘in a million pieces.’
The 24-year-old from Salford had left her passport tucked into her laptop sleeve on her desk after checking in online for the upcoming trip to Cyprus, but the mischievous dog pulled it onto the floor.
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Sophia, who works as an aesthetics practitioner, is now anxiously waiting to hear back from the passport office to see if a new one will arrive in time for her to travel to her pal’s wedding.
If not, she faces not only forking out £200 for the fast-tracked passport, but will also lose out on the long awaited holiday and hefty £600 cost. She blames her lockdown pup’s ‘separation anxiety’ for his chewing habit which may have cost her the special trip.
Sophia said: “I had my passport out to check in online and left it with my laptop on my desk to go out for my eyelash appointment. I leave him the run of the conservatory where my desk is and when I got home I saw a bit of paper by the door.
“I saw the label sticking out from the rug and thought he’d probably just chewed that but as I walked in to investigate further I saw my passport and I was fuming. He has jumped on the table and pulled my laptop bag off the table and my passport was just slid inside it.
“He’s got loads and loads of toys to play with but he’s chewed every single page out of it. He’s a serial chewer, this is not his first rodeo – he’s chewed the heels off two pairs of my Louboutins.”
Sophia is due to fly out to Larnaca in Cyprus for the wedding on May 11, in just 14 days. But she fears even if she beats the odds by getting her new passport in time, she will be left without a dog sitter as family members now refuse to look after the naughty pooch.
“It’s my best friend’s wedding in Larnaca and obviously because of Covid it’s all been put off so it’s been two or three I’ve been waiting for this,” she said.
“It’s going to be my first holiday in two years post-lockdown. I’ve been so looking forward to it, we’ve got a villa between eight of us and the flights were booked ages ago. I’ve had my dress for the wedding over a year waiting to go. [Prince] and he’s just come along and f*cked it all up.
“Everyone was like ‘you know he’s a little terror you shouldn’t have left it out on the table’ but you don’t think he’s going to pick up your passport and chew through it.
“My family were going to take it in turns to look after him but they’re all saying ‘he’s not coming to my house, he can’t be trusted’ so I don’t think anyone will look after this little terror for me now anyway.”
With very little time until her flight and the average wait time for a new passport being ten weeks, the dog owner desperately searched for an appointment to fast track her application.
But to her horror, the closest slot was on the 16th May – the day everyone will be returning home from the holiday and wedding celebrations. After calling the passport office and explaining her predicament from her, Sophia says she was advised to send her destroyed passport to them and then ring up once they have received it to upgrade her application from her.
She says this means she will have to fork out the usual £80 charge for a new passport as well as an additional £145 to speed up the process and receive her new passport within seven days.
Sophia said: “I rang the airline and they said if you could just have the actual page with your photo and code that would be alright but that was just in a million and one pieces. I told my friend and everyone in the group chat straight away and they’ve all been ringing me telling me when they see an appointment come up but by the time I get on the website it’s gone already
“I tried the London, Belfast and Liverpool offices and there’s literally nothing. I sent my passport off on Friday and I keep checking the online tracker but it hasn’t updated yet. It’s going to cost me over £200 to sort. I’ I’m just so stressed.”
Sophia says she believes Prince’s chewing habit is a result of separation anxiety from being a lockdown puppy – as she was constantly with him for the early months of his life.
His nervous chewing has destroyed not only his owner’s passport but also her designer shoes and various items and furniture in her family’s homes as well. Sophia said: “I think he suffers with separation anxiety because he has a tendency to chew all the time.
“When I got him in lockdown I wasn’t working so I was constantly with him but now I’m starting to go out more and work and he just can’t deal with it, I have to take him everywhere. When I’ ve been at my mums a couple of times he’s chewed her railings and blinds.
“I bought him a cage so he can’t chew anything but he just howls and howls constantly so in my old apartment I got noise complaints about the dog. When I moved out I lost all my deposit because he’d chewed through every single corner of the skirting boards. He’s just a nightmare.”
Sophia says the remains of her old passport are supposed to have already arrived at the passport office but her tracking is yet to update to confirm. She fears she wo n’t get a new passport in time for her flight as the passport office workers have explained they ca n’t start processing it until they receive her old one from her.
Sophia said: “I don’t really know if they’re going to be able to get it to me in time. I’ve been explaining to the passport people that it’s my friend’s wedding and I need to be there but they can’ Don’t do anything until they receive my old passport.
“I keep getting waves of anxiety that it’s not going to come back in time and I won’t be able to go, everyone’s just praying for me. I’m going to have severe fomo if I’m not there. I just hope today or tomorrow they update the tracker.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.