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Issue 466, 8 May 2001

Gizmo’s long flight to Leeds

When Colin Raston accepted a post as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry, it wasn’t just a question of bringing over his possessions in boxes and bags. He also had to consider Gizmo, his seven year old papillon, now one of the first dogs to come into Britain from Australia since quarantine restrictions were lifted.

Good travellers – Professor Colin Raston and Gizmo

Despite the supposedly open borders, it is no small feat of organisation to bring a dog into this country. Over six months ago, Gizmo had to have a rabies shot and a microchip fitted. Thirty days later, a blood sample was taken and flown to Britain to test for rabies antibodies. Once the required level of antibodies had been reached, Gizmo had to wait a further six months before joining his owners in Leeds. He coped with the long flight exceptionally well, despite not eating during the whole time in the air, and was met with a meal of macaroni and baked beans.

Professor Raston, who comes to Leeds from Monash University, Melbourne, already has links with the city. His great great grandfather, Rev. Thomas Llewellyn Raston was trained as a Methodist minister here in the 19th century, and wrote extensively about the area.

Thomas Llewellyn Raston

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