10/22/1998 AT 12:00 AM EDT
History was made this morning in England, which, let's face it, is no stranger to history. But for the first time in 100 years, a pet was allowed into the sceptered isle from another country, possibly opening the door at lifting the 100-year-old law requiring pets to be quarantined for six months upon their arrival in Britain (as a preventative measure against rabies). The first arrival: Frodo Baggins, a 5-year-old black pug who ferried over from France. Not that Frodo just strutted in; he had to have a passport. As of today, dogs and cats from 22 European countries are eligible for such walking papers, as are guide dogs from Australia and New Zealand. If successful, the program will be extended next year to include furry friends from the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.