The cow that Katya made on Sunday at the Moscow Build-A-Bear actually has DUAL citizenship, in honor of her dear friend who moved back to Sweden this summer. (Katya had me look up the Swedish passport on-line so we could copy the correct color and design.) The cow even has a current Russian Multiple-Entry Visa.
We arrived at JFK yesterday afternoon (on a plane full of newly adopted kids, might I add! Yippee that the USA agencies are accredited again!) and Katya was quite eager to present the Customs & Immigration official with her cow's passport. I placed our three on the counter and Katya confidently slapped down the cow's, too.
Confused Offical: Um, what's this?
Katya: My cow's passport, of course.
Still-Confused Official: Cow? (Looks at me).
I: That's right! (Look PLEADINGLY at the official.)
Wonderful, Kind Official (clearly noting that it must have been a LONG flight for me): Oh. Of course!
Then he actually stamped it and made Katya the proudest cow owner ever!
Katya had wondered if the cow would actually be able to get a stamp in her passport; I told her that I wasn't sure... There aren't exactly guidelines on stuffed animal immigration... Quite the Muscovite, she then smiled and asked, "Can't we just pay him to do it if he says no?"