An Excerpt from "Sailing to Jessica"
Chapter 15: Tahiti to Bora Bora with a Cat
Paul had been told to contact Tahiti’s Ministry of Agriculture to clear Howie into their country. Another cruiser with a cat on board assured us this was just a formality, a simple phone call. We were thus surprised when the official government veterinarian, a French woman, said that she’d like to come aboard and personally inspect our cat.
When Paul and the vet returned to the boat in the dinghy, I greeted them. I offered her my hand to help her make the big 4-foot step from our dinghy to our deck but she declined. Behind her, Paul smiled smugly. She stood up and I immediately understood Paul’s smile. The vet was young, pretty and wearing a very short black skirt that ruffled in the wind...