Oh god. I don't know why I ever had the hubris to presume I can write a guide to getting pets into Taiwan. I have run into so much trouble and done things wrong so many times.
They are exacting, people. They are exacting bureaucratic monkies, those quarentine people.
They "reminded" me upon issuing the import permit that, in addition to all the documents I used to obtain the import permit, I also needed a health certificate issued by the USDA. This left me a week to get this done. My vet's assistance mailed the permit to the wrong address, so I ended up having to drive 2 hours to get the certificate stamped in person.
Some six sense told me I should scan the docs over to the quarentine people to see if everything is correct. Sure enough...something was wrong. My vet have neglected to indicate that my dog is female on the certificate, thus engendering the whole thing void. But...but...but...I asked the woman on the phone...isn't it enough that my pet is identified by her unique microchip number? No, she patiently explained. It's all there in the instructions that came along with my import permit. Haven't I read it? The age, sex, breed AND chip number has all got to be on the form itself.
So now I have a 4 hour round trip drive to the USDA office (plus probably another 76 dollars poorer in fees) because my vet forgot to put "F" on the certificate. (Yes, yes. My fault. I didn't double check).
I hate bureaucracy. I hate it with a passion. I can't blame anyone but myself for being non-detail-orientated and sloppy though.