Can the family fly with Fido?

We talk a lot about flying with kids on this blog but now I need to know about flying with your dog!

The rich and famous do it all the time, but I’m trying to figure out how possible and how terrible it would be to fly with our 16-pound Shih Tzu (and three kids)?

Michael wants all of us to join him on trip out West later this summer — including the dog. But he’s never flown before.

I’ve heard horror tales of dogs dying from the heat (on the ground) or freezing to death (in the air) being in the cargo holds of planes so I feel like putting him below the plane is a non-starter. (Just imagine waiting for the carrier to come around the luggage conveyor and there being our dead pet inside. Can you imagine what the kids would do?)

You can try to convince me otherwise on putting the dog below the plane if you’ve had good experiences with this. Although it looks like according to Delta’s rules we couldn’t check the pet as baggage between May 15 through Sept 15 or anytime the ground temp is 85 degrees or above.

From Delta’s Web site:

“Weather Restrictions

Summer Restrictions—May 15 through September 15

  • Pets cannot be checked as baggage on Delta and Aeromexico operated flights.
  • Pets may be shipped as cargo. See below for year-round temperature restrictions including live birds and snub-nosed breeds.
  • Prices for shipping pets as cargo are different from shipping pets as baggage. And, cargo locations may not be located in the airport terminal, so be sure to contact 1-888-SENDPET (736-3738) for details.

Winter Embargo—November 1 through March 31

Animals will not be accepted as checked baggage on flights operated between Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) and Sun Valley, ID (SUN), Twin Falls, ID (TWF), or Jackson Hole, WY (JAC).

Year-round Restrictions

Delta will not accept animals as checked baggage but may ship as cargo during extreme weather if at any point during the animal’s trip the temperature is forecast to be:

Below

Above

  • 20° Fahrenheit (-7°C)
  • 75° Fahrenheit (21.1°C) for for snub- or pug-nosed dogs and cats. See chart below.
  • 85° Fahrenheit (29.4°C) for all other breeds.”

The site says you can ship as cargo but I’m not even clear on what that means – they would fly in the body of a different plane and meet you there? I think that would be scary for the pet not to be with you. I wouldn’t stick a kid alone on a plane.

So then there’s flying as a carry on. I’m just not completely sure he could fit below the seat – maybe in a soft carrier. I’m also not sure what you do if he’s barking the whole time. (I’m thinking the dog is staying home.)

From Delta’s Web site:

“Pets As Carry On

Your pet can travel with you in the cabin for a one-way fee of 125 USD/CAD* (to be collected at check-in) for travel within U.S./Canada, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico (200 USD/CAD/EUR* for travel outside the U.S., excluding Brazil where the fee is 75 USD/CAD/EUR*). Fee is $100 to/from/within Asia.

Pets permitted in the cabin include dogs, cats, and household birds. The following restrictions apply:

  • Your pet must be small enough to fit comfortably in a kennel under the seat directly in front of you. Maximum carry-on kennel dimensions are determined by your flight. You must contact Delta Reservations to determine the appropriate kennel size.
  • Your pet must remain inside the kennel (with door secured) while in a Delta boarding area (during boarding and deplaning), a Delta airport lounge, and while onboard the aircraft.
  • Your pet must be at least 8 weeks old.
  • You may not carry on more than one pet.
  • Your pet in-cabin counts as one piece of carry-on baggage.
  • If you’re traveling to Hawaii, your pet won’t be able to go with you in the cabin, and other restrictions may apply. See Pets to Hawaii for more information.
  • *CAD amount will be charged exit Canada, and EUR amount will be charged exit Europe. Fees established by the contract of carriage in effect at the time of ticket issuance will apply.”

So tell me your experiences of flying with a dog. What is the best way to make it work? Do you drug the dog even as a carry on? How many pounds can the dog be and actually fit under the seat? Do they have to stay in the carrier the whole flight? Do they have to stay under the seat the whole flight? What about those rich ladies with the doggies in their purses? Can a parent actually control three kids and a dog on a plane?

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motherjanegoose

June 9th, 2010
9:22 am

T…are you out of your mind? I love you but the visual of you taking THREE kids to the airport and your dog ALONE, is too much. Especially after the worry you had with Lake Lanier last week.

As you know, I FLY ALL OF THE TIME. I have NEVER taken my dog with me. I have seen lots of folks do it. Once, a man behind me in first class had flown to North Dakota to buy a VERY special breed. I cannot remember the name. He said there were only 600 in the entire US. The puppy was in a carrier and about 6 weeks old. I never heard it peep. When I did notice it, I asked a few questions. It had been vomiting all day ( perhaps due to separation anxiety and travel? and was not taking in any fluid) CAN WE SAY DEHYDRATED? This is a baby dog here. I immediately asked the flight attendant to bring over a cup of chipped ice and the dog licked on it for a while. I realize your dog is not in the same situation. The dog could have perhaps died?

SO NO, to me, I would not suggest you ALONE take 3 kids and a dog. This is too much to ask…IMHO.

FYI…YES, the dogs have to stay in the carrier the entire time they are in the concourse and on the plane….otherwise they would be running all over and perhaps doing other things the rest of us do not want to step in….LOL.

GOOD LUCK!

Will

June 9th, 2010
9:28 am

When our dog was a puppy we brought her on the plane with no problems. The cost has since gone up to $75 or more for one way. It’s easy to do…but I wasn’t traveling with 3 kids either. The funny thing is I took her in to the handicapped stall in the mens room and laid some papers down for her to pee on and instead she ran thru the other stalls which certainly surprised the men sitting there.

Michelle

June 9th, 2010
9:28 am

Wow…that sounds like a nightmare to me! I love my dogs (especially my little mini pin), but I cannot see taking him on a plane! The cost alone would be prohibitive for me ($125 ONE WAY!)

I would look into doggie daycare or boarding him. Look at Petsmart’s Pet Hotel! They are pretty nice!

My little dog would fit in one of the “purse” type carriers, but I still wouldn’t take him (ok, unless I was going to be gone for 2 weeks or longer)!

I would take into consideration a couple of things: Has your dog ever been in a portable carrier like that? How does your dog behave around busy places (i.e. barking at everyone, panting, etc.)? Will it be more stress on the dog traveling than if you boarded him at home?

Unless we were moving out of state and had no other option, I wouldn’t have my pet put in the cargo hold. That’s just me though!

Michelle

June 9th, 2010
9:30 am

Will…that is hilarious! I cannot imagine being one of the folks who had that little “surprise”!

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catlady

June 9th, 2010
9:48 am

DON’T DO IT, FOR THE SAKE OF THE DOG AND EVERYONE ELSE!

YUKI

June 9th, 2010
9:48 am

I don’t have a dog so I have no idea but I would think with three kids and everything you might want to put him in some sort of doggie hotel or boarding or something. Won’t it be stressful to not only travel with the dog but also have to keep track of him on your trip? Why would you wnat to take the dog in the first place? Maybe because I don’t have a dog I don’t understand but it seems like it would just be easier to leave the dog at home? OR with your mom or something? I don’t think he will really know the difference. Like sitting there thinking “why didn’t they take me on their trip out west??”

JJ

June 9th, 2010
9:56 am

Doggie hotel. No fuss no muss….or just leave the dog at home, and have one or your babysitters come in and take care of him. That would be way cheaper and I’m sure the babysitter would love a little extra money…..

I’m not trying to get ugly here, but as MJG said – I seriously doubt you could handle three kids and a dog at the airport. You worry about having three kids at a water park by yourself. Leave the dog at home.

Now if you were going up the mountains of NC or somewhere close by and you are driving, by all means take the dog. But don’t borrow worry by putting him on the plane.

motherjanegoose

June 9th, 2010
10:00 am

LOL…catlady, I was thinking how I would NOT want to be sitting in the same row with T, her 3 kids and her dog. I have enough stress in my own life and I try to relax once I get on the plane.

Does T have a young teen neighbor who would be happy to come over and let the dog out? We usually do this and pay them $15 per day for four thirty minute visits: 8/1/5/10. My daughter has done this for many of our neighbors too.

FYI…we DID take our 2 year old dog to the beach last week and she loved it. She hated the ocean last year but loved it this time. We drove. We rented a condo and the owner allowed us to take out dog…the patio went right out to a large grassy area. We put her crate right in the van and she could sit in there if she wanted, while we traveled. She preferred to sit on my daughter’s lap. My daughter has frequently commented, since the dog, ‘is this what it is like to have a baby…it is a lot of work….” Yes and babies are more work…you cannot leave them home alone….LOL.

hlb

June 9th, 2010
10:01 am

Please don’t fly with the dog. I think that putting him in a kennel would be best. I know a good one in Grayson that my parents have used for their dogs for over 20 years.

Lori

June 9th, 2010
10:08 am

Why take the dog? I mean, if you’re moving or going somewhere for a long time maybe. But for a little trip or vacation? My dogs always suffer on vacation. I’ve taken them on trips to the mountains before (in the car) when we stay in cabins. They never eat while we are gone, they have digestive issues the whole vacation and are usually freaked out by the new surroundings. I quit doing it. Sure, I would like to have them with me, but what is better for me is not necessarily what is best for them. They are much happier staying with my mom or having my friends come over to dog-sit. Think about the dog’s best interests. I’m sure that does not include a plane flight, in-cabin, or otherwise.

JATL

June 9th, 2010
10:09 am

My original post is gone, but my advice was to hire a good, recommended dogsitter for the dog’s sake and everyone else’s. Why on earth does Michael want the dog to come? If you MUST fly your dog somewhere, then do it, but if you don’t have to -then don’t torture the dog that way. They DO NOT enjoy it! We use two different dogsitters and pay between 10-13 per visit, so 20-30 a day. In summer I have them come 3 times per day. They also water plants, are a presence at your home, get your mail and turn lights on and off. OR -if there’s a good doggie hotel like Wag A Lot near you -leave the doggie there. Those are usually much more expensive than a dogsitter though.

ABC

June 9th, 2010
10:12 am

Why don’t you just have a dog sitter or neighbor look after your dog? The only way I’d take a pet on a plane was if I was moving permanently somewhere where it was not practical to drive. Why in the world would you want your dog to accompany you on a plane when (knowing how you seem to be) you will already be beyond stressed with your 3 kids?

Sunny

June 9th, 2010
10:12 am

I travel often with my dog who is a 12 pound Shih Tzu mix and I’ve never had a problem. (he’s been flying since he was ten weeks old if that makes a difference) I use a soft-sided carrier that looks similar to a duffle bag and he seems to love it. I do add a few drops of lavender oil to the bag prior to flying to help keep him calm though we’ve never had an issue.

If you choose to fly with your dog, get him used to being in the carrier. Add a toy and encourage him to go inside of it and sit for a few minutes at a time then work your way up to the actual duration of the flight. He will have to remain in the carrier for the entire flight (you’ll have to take him out of the carrier at the security checkpoint) and in most airports (there are a few in the U.S. who have dog lounges) however, he will be able to see you from underneath the seat and he’ll be able to smell your scent.

And all of this can be done without paying the unexplained $150+ r/t in-cabin pet fee if you’re a rebel such as myself. :-)

motherjanegoose

June 9th, 2010
10:17 am

@ Sunny…very good points but I do have one question:

ARE YOU ALSO TAKING THREE CHILDREN WHILE YOU ARE TRYING TO SMUGGLE THE DOG? ( per your last line or did I miss something)

Does anyone here think kids will be completely discreet about their doggy being in a carrier incognito?

Mine would not have been, for sure.

And, can you...

June 9th, 2010
10:27 am

…get the “smuggled” pet past the security check-in without the prescribed ticket/fee receipt?

Doglover

June 9th, 2010
10:30 am

We have an 8lb poodle who travels with us about 10 times a year and is perfectly fine. We put her crate under the seat in front of us and when we leave the gate we take her out and put her between us under a small blanket and no one knows or notices. She is quiet and usually falls alseep. But, I would never take her on a trip with three kids, its just too much. We have smuggled her before as well…

Cammi317

June 9th, 2010
10:33 am

My 12 y/o daughter has EXTREME animal dander allergies and there would be an emergency landing if we were closed up in a plane where dogs and cats were present in the cabin. I hope Delta has taken this into consideration and have “pet friendly flights” notated and separate.

Jeff

June 9th, 2010
10:33 am

TWG, you’re crazy.

I flew with a dog once, but it was early in my dating life when I was just excited that a woman would go on a trip with me.

motherjanegoose

June 9th, 2010
10:40 am

@ cammi…my thoughts too. I love dogs but am very allergic to cats. If I sat next to a cat that was out of the carrier or with dander touching the seat, I would be sneezing my head off. As far as I know there is no “pet friendly flight policy” on any airline. Do they have a POOCH plane…I doubt it. If they still serve peanuts on the plane, with folks allergic to peanuts, I doubt they are flying pet friendly flight.

Perhaps someone else knows.

It might be a big issue if your beloved pet has been smuggled on and then causes someone to be violently ill…if the airline did not know you were taking your pet with you. I am curious as to what the fines are if your pet is not declared and then found out in flight. Not worth it to me.

Beth

June 9th, 2010
10:42 am

I actually fly with my dog (who is 6 pounds) once or twice a year. But just a quick flight up to my parents house and she remains with me on the plane and under the seat. I have actually switched to AirTran to fly with her as they are the only airline that hasn’t upped their prices. I’ve thought about “smuggling” but haven’t risked it yet, even though I think it would be easy to do as they never check if I have paid for her. Flying with her isn’t the easiest thing to do (having to take her out going through security can be a hassle), but cheaper than boarding her all weekend. She just sleeps in her crate but tends to pant a lot on take off and landing due to anxiety. I feed her treats throughout the flight which seems to make things better. I don’t think I would do anything longer than the 1 1/2 hour flight with out some meds for her and always worry about the potty thing b/c by the time you add up the airport time with flight time she is ready to go when we land.

JATL

June 9th, 2010
10:49 am

I think others bring up a VERY valid point -it’s really different if you’re flying with a small dog who will behave in a soft carrier IN the cabin! Don’t check your dog unless it’s an absolute necessity, and in this case it isn’t!

Geez

June 9th, 2010
11:04 am

Holy Wow! We are certainly becoming a demanding, entitled, rude and uncivilized society! In one week’s time there is talk of banning peanuts for a “few” with “deathly” allergies, a study about the growing number of sick and diseased that board planes, and now someone that wishes to torture themselves (and others) by taking their “precious” animal on vacation! I am saving up extra $$ so I can fly private instead of commercial next time.

NO PETS ALLOWED!!

June 9th, 2010
11:07 am

I am an animal lover with 2 chihuahuas and a shepherd mix my self, that being said, I am also very mindful of people and allergies. I, thankfully, am not allergic to anything, but I would never bring my animals in a closed area with people I do not know for the simple fact someone might be allergic or deathly allergic to animals and I would not know.A very close friend is one of these people who is allergic to fragrances, pet dander and I remember times she got sick in public due to the perfume/cologne someone just bathed in and is now sitting next to her in a restaurant, elevator, church, office place, wherever. So to subject someone to a confined airplane ride for hours I think is wrong.

Pets should not be able to fly in the cabins.

Becky

June 9th, 2010
11:09 am

As others have said, leave the dog at home and have someone come by and check on it..I also could not imagine you at the airport with 3 kids and a dog..

@MJG..That sounds like a really good deal on the teenager coming by..I can’t believe that you can get a kid to come by for that amt. of money, guess I never thougth about what you pay someone to do things like that..

Theresa, good luck with whatever you decide to do..

motherjanegoose

June 9th, 2010
11:21 am

@ Becky, I am talking about a 13 -14 year old who will be with my dog for 2 hours ( each day) for $15….do most kids that age make that kind of money? If we are gone for a week, that is over $100 and then I usually give them a tip, if everything has gone well! This was last year and the years before, so maybe kids do make more now…anyone? I know some pay a college kid to LIVE in their house with their pets…what does that cost?

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 9th, 2010
11:23 am

I have a hard time thinking my dog is entitled to a vacation. This is the same animal that finds immense pleasure in seeking out, rolling in, and eating the deer crap in my yard. Oh…then she licks her butt. It’s a dog’s life…if she has to suffer a week at a kennel, I will lose absolutely NO sleep over that. Actually I’ll probably sleep better not having to worry about whether her needs are being met in a hotel/condo/rental.

TechMom

June 9th, 2010
11:33 am

Definitely find a dog sitter. Going on vacation with 3 kids is stressful enough, you don’t need to add a dog to the mix.

penguinmom

June 9th, 2010
11:39 am

on top of the problems with flying with the dog, once you get there you’ll have to deal with leaving the dog in the hotel while you are out. It could curtail how long you can be gone from the hotel And you will end up having to clean up his mess while you are on vacation. Not fun.
I would say ‘no, absolutely not’ to the idea of taking the dog and 3 kids by yourself. Maybe if you all go on vacation together some time the dog could go with you and Michael could look after it.

TechMom

June 9th, 2010
11:41 am

@MJG my 15 year old would be thrilled to make $15 for a couple of visits to the neighbor’s house each day. He’s not old enough for a regular job so any way he can earn a few extra bucks is great. And $100 for the week is certainly reasonable.

I believe Michael is the one...

June 9th, 2010
11:43 am

…who wants the dog to come – hence, let him handle getting the mutt out there and back…

FCM

June 9th, 2010
11:45 am

Not having a dog in a carrier is dangerous. The ramp is no place for a dog. (The ramp is area where the plane is loaded and unloaded). Planes are big dangerous machines. Ask the widow of the woman who had her husband sliced in half by a propeller.

Do you not recall John Travolta’s dogs recently? I do not advocating shooting dogs by the way.

Leave the dog in a nice Doggie Camp while you travel.

momofone

June 9th, 2010
11:54 am

I’ve used Critter Sitters several times and love them–check them out. These professional pet sitters will come to your home once or twice a day, play with you pet, feed them, let them out etc and bring your mail in while you’re gone. They’re probably more expensive than the neighborhood kid but the ones I’ve used have been very trustworthy and reliable. It’s much less stressful to my pets when they get to stay home instead of being boarded.

Writing / Journalism 101...

June 9th, 2010
12:05 pm

“Michael wants all of us to join him on trip out West later this summer — including the dog. But he’s never flown before”.

Who hasn’t flown – Michael or the dog?

tired of this

June 9th, 2010
12:11 pm

Pets should be banned in the cabin. Many people have pet allergies and it’s unsanitary. End of story.

FCM

June 9th, 2010
12:16 pm

“Delta Pet First is designed to address the special needs of all warm-blooded animals shipped without their owner. The following are some guidelines and benefits for our Delta Pet First customers:

We provide safe and reliable year round transportation for your pet.
Your pet will travel from origin to destination with the same priority as Delta DASH shipments. See Pet Shipping Rates for more information.
All live animal shipments are required to be pre-booked prior to arrival at the origin facility.
International Pet Shipments must be booked a minimum of 3 days in advance and a maximum of 30 days in advance U. S.-based Pet Shipments must be booked a minimum of 24 hours in advance and a maximum of 7 days in advance.
We have climate-controlled Live Animal holding areas in our four hub cities: Atlanta, Cincinnati, Dallas and Salt Lake City.
Upon arrival in the destination city, pets will be delivered to the Delta Cargo facility within 60 minutes.
All shipments must be picked up at the destination city cargo facility based on the destination station’s guidelines.
Only warm-blooded mammals and birds considered to be personal pets or show/exhibition animals will be accepted.
Primates, including lemurs, monkeys, orangutans, gorillas, and chimpanzees will not be permitted.
Animals must be considered non-offensive and not dangerous to passengers or baggage handlers.
Additional fees and charges may apply. Terminal handling charges, customs clearance fees, veterinarian service, and/or kennel storage fees are in addition to shipping rates and will be charged to the shipper or pet owner upon arrival at destination airport. All fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of animal.
While the environment your pet travels in is climate-controlled and pressurized, air travel is likely to be a stressful experience. To ensure your pet’s comfort and safety and your peace of mind, see weather, health and kennel Requirements & Restrictions for important information.

Learn more about shipping by visiting Delta Cargo.”

FCM

June 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

@ Delta Cargo

“Delta Cargo’s Pet First (PDF) is designed to address the special needs of all warm-blooded animals shipped without their owner. Recognized by pet owners and commercial shippers for our industry-leading level of service, Delta Cargo provides safe transport of unaccompanied pets and other live animals throughout the world.

Delta Cargo provides three convenient options for shipping your unaccompanied pet or other live animals. DASH is our small package express service for U.S.-based shipments. Select Live (U.S.-based) and Variation Live® (international) provides economical transportation for the largest array of kennel and container sizes and the widest variety of animal species.
All animal species are accepted at Delta Cargo facilities (where available), and at select Delta ticket counters. Certain restrictions apply.
Select Live and Variation Live provide safe, reliable shipping options for acceptable animals, and are ideal for large animals, and for multi-animal bulk shipments. Maximum weight and size is based on local handling capabilities and aircraft capacity. Delta’s fleet of wide body 747, 767, 777, and A330 passenger aircraft are uniquely equipped to handle large animal shipments.
Collect shipments (where the person at the destination pays the freight charges) are accepted within the 48 contiguous United States and Alaska. All other shipments must be prepaid by cash, check, credit card, or Delta Cargo account. COD shipments are not accepted. Collect shipments are not permitted as DASH.
U.S.-domestic interline connections with the 50 U.S. are available between Delta and select carriers.
Additional fees and charges may apply. Terminal handling charges, customers clearance fees, veterinarian services, and/or kennel storage fees are in addition to shipping rates and will be charged to the shipper or pet owner upon arrival at the destination airport. All fees and charges must be paid in full prior to the release of the animal.

When you check in your pet, you will be asked to complete a live animal checklist. When you sign this checklist, you are confirming that your pet has been offered food and water within four hours of of check-in. On the checklist you must also give feeding and watering instructions for a 24-hour period as well as provide full information on any medications you have given to your pet. If in-transit feeding is necessary, you must provide food.

Rates
DASH rates are based on the weight of the kennel and its contents, including your pet.

DASH rates in PDF format.

Select Live and Variation Live rates vary based on origin and destination and the size and weight of the kennel or container.

Select Live rates in PDF format.
Variation Live rates in PDF format.
Service animals traveling as DASH, Variation Live, or Select Live (either alone or accompanied) will be charged the applicable live animal rate. “

HB

June 9th, 2010
12:18 pm

So no snakes on a plane?

JJ

June 9th, 2010
12:22 pm

A lot of hotels now allow pets, but the strictly enforce that you do not leave then in the room unattended. Now, Theresa, do you plan on taking that dog EVERYWHERE with you, Michael and 3 kids…..you may want to re-think this one.

FCM

June 9th, 2010
12:23 pm

“DASH shipments have the highest boarding priority and fastest transit time of any Delta Cargo product.” Which if I recall correctly (and I never took the ramp test when I was there) Is Checked bagged gets first priority, then the strollers etc that are left at the plane door to be unloaded first at the destination, then US mail if going, then paid Cargo (and obviously the pet gets a top bill on that, but human organs get higher), and the last is company mail.

Technologically Aware

June 9th, 2010
12:25 pm

Uh, it’s called the internet. If you used it, you’d know there’s an easy solution for this. petairways.com. FIN

Photius

June 9th, 2010
12:34 pm

Let me get this straight: Stressed out suburban Helicopter Mom, three little kids she already freaks out about and overreacts when traveling to a local water park wants to travel via airplane with the pooch. DO IT! IT WILL MAKE A HILLARIOUS BLOG POST WHEN YOU GET HOME! PLEASE, PLEASE DO IT!

Cecilia Roach

June 9th, 2010
12:50 pm

Please, please, please doo not ever put any animal in the hold! Airlines have been known to lose animals, esp. dogs. The crate comes down the conveyor belt out of the plane’s belly, hits the ground, the door springs open and the terrified pooch takes off for parts unknown. Many of these dogs are never found. Think about the kid’s faces when they hear the dog made it but can’t be located! Also, I had a friend who put her dog in the hold. She sat in first class and could hear him crying during the whole coast-to-coast flight. Terrible experience for both of them! I now use CRITTER SITTERS and they do a fabulous job. Such a relief to come home to a happy pooch!

DB

June 9th, 2010
12:55 pm

Do the dog a favor and find him a nice kennel to stay in while you are gone, or find a pet-sitter. He may miss you and stress out a little bit over that, but that is NOTHING compared to the stress some dogs experience while flying. At 16 lbs, the dog is going to be just a bit too big to be comfortably carried in the cabin, probably.

We had to fly our cats when we moved cross country — my husband moved ahead, I dealt with the movers, and then shipped the cats out to him. They spent a couple of days under the bed in the new house, but they survived quite nicely.

I wouldn’t take a dog anywhere during the summer — too hot, and as easily as luggage gets lost, it’s not a risk I’d be willing to take with my dog.

Find a nice kennel or pet sitter — it was a nice idea, Michael, but not very practical!

Sunny D

June 9th, 2010
12:56 pm

A few years ago, I flew from Atlanta to San Francisco with my cat. I knew she was a little high strung, so I took her to the vet and he gave her some kitty valum and away we went! My only complaint was having to take her out of her carry bag to go through security. I was afraid she would try to jump out of my arms or make a run for it.

About an hour after landing, the valum wore off and she felt better than I did.

I bought her bag (resembeled a messenger bag, but made for traveling with pets) from LillianVernon.com. The cat and the bag fit perfectly under the seat.

I would absolutely do it again!

Have. You. Lost. Your. Mind?!

June 9th, 2010
12:59 pm

BTW, not crazy on having pets in an unattended house for long stretches of the day & night, but hiring a dog sitter – MAKE SURE THEY ARE BONDED!

Ghost

June 9th, 2010
1:02 pm

I don’t want YOUR pets in the cabin with me! Keep them in the cargo hold where they belong!

And you know that the people won’t leave the pets in the kennel for the whole flight. Ugh!

Have. You. Lost. Your. Mind?!

June 9th, 2010
1:07 pm

Is Delta behind this post? I just posted some crucial info and it was deleted. Hmm… Won’t fly them again if I can help it and I grew up with Delta!

Cekker

June 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

Leave your pet at home…no one wants to listen to it or smell it for four hours in a cramped plane!

motherjanegoose

June 9th, 2010
1:10 pm

WOW…petairways….I learned something new today.

It looks like their destinations are kind of limited.

I am taking a WILD guess here but perhaps T is using Skymiles to pay for some of their tickets. Not sure how many companies earn miles on petairways?