A report on getting a health certificate for a dog is coming up. In the meantime feel free to ask about the rules and practices of getting animals on the train. To get a dog on the train you need to have a health certificate that is valid for no more than a week. Every year Alexandra goes through the ritual it goes smoother but not because common sense found its way into Russia but only because we discover better ways to maneuver through the increasing demanding system. Years ago I got one for a horse and wasn’t even required to show the animal. The horse was transported through two regional borders. Traffic cops do not appear to know that they are supposed to check animal papers, so on my way back I didn’t bother thus saving myself a day of work at 500 roubles.