Basketballer's Bulldog Slam Dunked In Brissy Quarantine After Hand Luggage Journey
You'd think you'd have to be barking mad to bring a dog to Australia in your in hand luggage.
But this is what American basketballer Lamar Patterson did this week.
The 27-year-old American has played a few games in the NBA and was heading to Australia to play for the Brisbane Bullets in the NBL, after the Bullets spent two years hounding him to try to snare his services.
Patterson regularly carries his dog "Kobe" around in luggage on domestic flights in America and posts about this and other dog-related things at his @lamarpatterson13 Instagram account.
Dude really does love his pooch.
It is of course not permissible to take a dog on an overseas flight for about 747 very good reasons, the main one being quarantine.
Remember Johnie Depp's mutts Pistol and Boo? They were denied entry to Australia in one of the rare moments when the whole of Australia was on Barnaby Joyce's side.
It was thus inevitable that Kobe the French Bulldog -- presumably named after NBA legend Kobe Bryant -- would be intercepted at Brisbane Airport. A statement from the Bullets said:
"After landing in Brisbane, the 27-year-old spent most of the morning with Customs officials after Patterson's French Bulldog made the journey from Los Angeles in his carry-on luggage.
"Patterson has now settled into his Brisbane apartment with the French Bulldog spending time in quarantine."
Kobe will reportedly be sent packing soon. Meanwhile, Lamar Patterson's first NBL game is this weekend against last year's runner-up, the Adelaide 36ers.
It is not yet clear who will look after the dog when it is sent home.