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How many of you fly with your dog below the cabin?Views: 1116
Mar 23, 2008 3:11 pmHow many of you fly with your dog below the cabin?#

Nicole Matoushek
What has been your experience? I am thinking of doing this for the first time, but a bit nervous. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!

Nicole Matoushek

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Mar 24, 2008 1:30 pmre: How many of you fly with your dog below the cabin?#

Shannon Hill
Never, never, never. Heard too many horror stories.

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Mar 24, 2008 1:42 pmre: re: How many of you fly with your dog below the cabin?#

Cathy Markowich

I would never do it either. I would either drive to the destination with my dogs or I would leave them home with a petsitter.


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Mar 24, 2008 1:55 pmre: re: re: How many of you fly with your dog below the cabin?#

Rose Hope
I never have and never will. I will not even adopt a dog out of state unless they are willing to come and pick him/her up themselves. It's just too dangerous. My parents did once and their dog ended up in Ft Lauderdale. He made it back to Tampa the same night but we all were so scared. This had a happy ending most aren't so happy.

Rose H

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Mar 24, 2008 2:47 pmre: re: re: re: How many of you fly with your dog below the cabin?#

Marielena Alvarez
I have yet to fly with my dogs, but neither would fit under the seat (Shepherd and Pit Bull at 50+ lbs.). I doubt I would be permitted to have them in the cabin, they are not assistance dogs and would probably have to be muzzled (Pit Bull can't stand that and takes it off herself). My shepherd gets car sick, I can't imagine that on a plane, I would use all the barf bags!

My cousin was thinking of sending a standard-sized Chihuahua on a flight, he is small enough to fit under the seat in a carrier, but she had not planned to fly with the dog, so he would not be in the cabin. She hadn't thought of that so I reminded her it was a bad idea. Chihuahuas are yappy, so a diaper and a mild seditative would be in order. Depending on the length of the flight (to CA one way), he could probably be dosed easily enough for the flight. I need to find a service that transports pets for her.

I flew roundtrip once to FL with my cat (at age 4, now 12), who took a "sleepy" pill that made her third eyelid come up. She looked dopey, but was quiet on the flights (direct both ways), she can be mouthy, you'd think she was Siamese the way she talks. She was under my seat in a flight regulation carrier she could not stand up in.

Each airline is different, call and find out what you can do depending on the breed, size and temperment of the dog. Perhaps you could purchase a seat for your dog (covered with your blanket) and strap the dog to the seat. We strap our dogs in to the car (PT Cruiser), although one is smart (Pit Bull CiCi) and has learned to open the windows by herself (we now use the child lockout feature).

We gave our girls' cats a home at our place, adding two 11-year-old cats to our two senior cats, rather than putting them on a long flight to New Zealand and months of quarentine once they arrived. They would not have fared will in quarentine as they crave human interaction. If we had not taken them in, they would have been euthanized. Mr. Taffy and Miss Alex are affectionate cats who love to interact with us and have shown their gratitude in many ways, for taking them in, when the girls decided to go to university in NZ.

Some countries will not allow pets or will, only after quarentining them for months, including Hawaii. Flying with a pet should be a last resort, I doubt a train trip would be much better. We drove to NC with Frodo Doggins, the Chihuahua, where he now lives, we had to stop more often to let him out to stretch his legs (12.6 lbs) and go potty. He fared well, but Lady (Shepherd) gets carsick on a short trip for a nail trim!

Anyone know of a service in MD where the groomer comes to the house? The one person in our area, came out once but never returned our calls the next time we needed the dogs' nails trimmed. This was despite the fact that the pit bull was the best behaved for a nail trim, and Frodo was the worst! Now we have to take a car trip (poor Lady pukes every time) to the closest pet store that does grooming. I groom both dogs, but the black nails on my paw-shy Lady are hard to do, so I would rather pay for a house call.

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Mar 24, 2008 3:44 pmre: re: re: re: re: How many of you fly with your dog below the cabin?#

Ann Rader
Over the years I've flown a cat and twice, birds. But I would not have the nerve to do that now. Statistically, some pets don't come out alive.

There are professional pet transport companies that drive pets to a new destination. They are listed in the back of Dog Fancy Magazine, etc. There's also an airline that caters just to pets and dogs ride in the cabin ... all dogs, even big ones. If you'd like that info let me know and I'll look for it.

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Mar 24, 2008 4:35 pmre: How many of you fly with your dog below the cabin?#

Wicked Witch of the West
I've flown with one of my Jacks under the seat and that went really well--we didn't even use any sedatives, etc. and no one even knew she was on the plane until they saw us getting off the plane. Phoenix has a very dog-friendly airport which helped tremendously. They even have a small dog park.

Kegan was flown in a crate from the breeder from Ohio to Chicago when we first got him. He was on a puddle-jumper so he was actually in the cabin. He was also sedated just in case. He handled it quite well and still uses the same crate as his sleeping spot.

My BIL has a Lab that has literally flown all over the world. He's AF and the dog has always gone with them. Honey is about to head home from the Azores in a couple of weeks and will come via cargo transport and then mobile transport once she gets stateside.

I've heard a lot of horror stories about it and wouldn't do it if the weather wasn't just right and if my animal was too old, etc. As someone pointed out there are companies that specialize in pet transport and I'd probably contact one of them if my animal must fly.


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Mar 24, 2008 11:41 pmre: re: How many of you fly with your dog below the cabin?#

Nicole Matoushek
Thank you all for your comments!


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