It is mandatory in Israel for dogs to have a yearly rabies shot even though the protocol for the vaccination is every three years. The rabies shot here is registered under the dogs microchip number and the owners ID number, and is counted as a dog licence. Not that everyone bothers but I have always done and always will. However, Tikva was due for a rabies shot a month ago and I have been unable to contact Vadim, out Local Authority vet who is responsible for giving and registering rabies shots. In all the years I have known him, which was since Lexi came into my life, he has usually needed a couple of telephone calls before he just turns up with no notice - when he has to come onto the Moshav for any reason. Local Authority vets being responsible for the health and welfare of cows for milk, chickens [and turkeys] for meat and for eggs etc - they are not small animal vets. But - they give and register rabies shots. Private vets are not. And I cannot get hold of Vadim. All I get is his answerphone. Ram cannot get hold of him either so has suggested that I try for another couple of days and if unsuccessful he, Ram, will get onto the Local Authority, the thing being that Ram cannot give rabies shots as only LA vets can do so. So where does that leave me? And Tikva of course. Whether other dogs on the Moshav, or the stray and dumped dogs that end up here are vaccinated or not is not my problem. My problem is that unless Tikva has a rabies shot by the end of this month, and Heaven forfend she bites someone [highly unlikely] or there is a rabies scare in the area [and it has happened more than once], if there is no record of her having had a current rabies vaccination she could be taken and... well, that does not bare thinking about. But as Ram said, as Vadim is responsible for all animals and poultry for human consumption in the Local Authority area, which is the whole of Hof Ashqelon, if he is on vacation or is on sick leave, surely he would have a locum? As an aside, regular vets are lobbying for the rabies shot to be every two years instead of yearly, but so far the Ministry of Agriculture has not made a decision about it. And I am still concerned that Tikva will not be legally covered if she does not have the shot by the end of this month.