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?

srh

June 9th, 2010
1:14 pm

I agree with the others on petsitters, or a neighbor. With a trusted neighbor who also has a pet, you can pay back the favor when they are out of town. I once had a old cat on meds, and I paid someone $50/day to stay in the house for a few days while I was gone. Yes, I know that’s a lot of money, but for me it was piece of mind. Now I would pay someone 10-15 a day to visit, or just switch with a neighbor.

Becky

June 9th, 2010
1:24 pm

@MJG.. I don’t know, thats why I said what I did..I know that the teenager in my family probably wouldn’t do it 4 times per day..I know that my sister (VA) boards her dogs every time she goes away and it usually cost her anywhere from $400-600 per week..I’ve never paid to leave an animal, I have so uch family here, that has never been an issue.. I know that it’s reasonable (to me) but I know how some kids are and tha’s why I even questioned it..

SC

June 9th, 2010
1:26 pm

Last year I traveled to Miami with my 5lb Maltese. He was able to fit under the sit and the trip went well. i think it’s find if your dog can fit under the sit and the flight is no more than 31/c hours. I would not check my pet as cargo. Too many things can go wrong. I want a piece a mind while traveling for myself and family.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 9th, 2010
1:27 pm

Photius does have a point…there is no way taking the dog doesn’t turn into a pretty entertaining trainwreck. Here are some of the blog titles I find likely to see upon the return:

“I can’t believe Delta lost my dog and ruined my vacation…no one told me that would happen”

“I complained so much to the flight attendents about the welfare of my dog that they relocated my dog to first class and me and the kids to the seats closest to the toilet…and it smelled like shih-tzu!”

“Michael, the kids, and my dog ALL had a better vacation than me….and I’m jealous”

“I drove my dog insane and she hijacked the plane and parachuted out just like D.B. Cooper!”

“Matyrdom is really, really hard”

Fire Frank Wren

June 9th, 2010
1:42 pm

I flew with our dachshund when it was only $75 each way. I carried her on in a soft bag that looked like a ladies shoulder bag, and our vet gave us a doggie sedative to give her. It worked great, and we had no problems, including barking.

I’d never check her, however, in a million years.

Photius

June 9th, 2010
1:46 pm

PLEASE DO IT, THERESA! CALL TLC – GET THEM TO FILM IT.

Becky

June 9th, 2010
1:56 pm

@Tiger and Photius..Y’all guys are cracking me up..Of course both of you are soooo right on this..

Theresa, as you know, well love you, but you are kinda kooky at times..Yeah, I know that it makes for getting all of us on here talking, so guess it’s justified..

yeah, I went there

June 9th, 2010
1:56 pm

for the price of taking a dog, it would be cheaper just to get a new one while on vacation

Denise

June 9th, 2010
2:04 pm

I personally would not want to have to deal with the sounds and smells of anyone else’s pet. I don’t want to sit next to a woman with too much perfume (I get migraines!) and I’m sure she her perfume smells better than ode to puppy (in moderation).

In this particular situation, Theresa, this is a bad idea for YOU. Last week you expressed concern that you wouldn’t have your cell across a water park just in case your babysitter needed you. You want your eyes on your kids at all times. I’m not saying that it’s bad but you will be distracted if Fido is around.

I am not being sarcastic with this question; I honestly don’t know. How long can a dog or cat go without having to pee or poop? What if you have the pet below the plane and there is a delay? Hell, even if the dog is under your seat, you can’t take it out to go relieve itself. Am I concerned about something that animal owners aren’t? As a passenger, I would be very upset if Fido and Muffy wouldn’t relieve themselves that close to my nose.

FCM

June 9th, 2010
2:16 pm

@ Tiger and Photious I agree with Becky….I am cracking up here. Those titles for blogs are awesome!

Nichole

June 9th, 2010
2:16 pm

I fly with my 6lb chihuahua all the time and he rides in the cabin under the seat in front of me. I see people do it all the time. I would advise you to fly the dog in the cabin if possible. If the dog’s not accustomed to be in the carrier or bag for long periods of time visit the vet from some ACE(Doggie Narcotic) to help calm them down. I’ve only had to use it once, and thats cus my peanut is the social butterfly and likes to socialize with everyone and will cry if he cant. He is now 5 and has been flying since he was 8weeks old, and LOVES IT. You as an owner knows when your pet needs to use the bathroom, so you should plan accordingly, my dog has never used the bathroom in his bag or on the plane AND Delta and most other airports have dog parks within them, in case you have a layover.

FCM

June 9th, 2010
2:21 pm

IF TLC films maybe everyone gets a free vacation TWG! Something to consider. Get yourself a new hairdo and wardrobe out of it. Heck you can get a nanny for the dog AND one for the kids too! (Yes, I am saying this to amuse myself and others).

Photius

June 9th, 2010
2:24 pm

NEW TLC SHOW: “MOM & MICHAEL + 3 WITH FLEAS, AIRBONE NON-STOP” (In this episode we witness Theresa have a total emotional meltdown 15 minutes before boarding; watch as Michael secretly scores Valuim at the airport as he gives two pills for her and one for himself while he slams bourbon as the vomit/urine express hurls through the air at 500mph) PLEASE THERESA MAKE YOUR AIRPLANE RESERVATIONS TODAY!

ABC

June 9th, 2010
2:26 pm

Theresa–can you tell us why your husband wants the dog to go with you in the first place? Sorry, but that’s just a weird request in my opinion.

Have. You. Lost. Your. Mind?!

June 9th, 2010
2:30 pm

And FYI: celebrities are idiots! I’ve worked with many and can count on one hand who actually had some common sense. Don’t take your cues from them.

Babs

June 9th, 2010
2:31 pm

The best thing for a pet is to stay in their own home, if possible while your gone. There is a service that is called Critter Sitters and from what I know they do a good job of taking care of pets for a reasonable fee. My daughter does this and she is very conscientious when taking care of other people’s pets.

Cynthia

June 9th, 2010
2:31 pm

Take it from me….I flew International with my small dog (12 lbs) and 2 children – DO IT! Especially if this is helping your husband cope with separation from everyone – after all the dog is part of the family. I gave my doggie – that had never traveled by air before and quite frankly was NOT the best car traveler – a herbal sedative (Pet Calm found at Pet Smart)….he was happy as all…in fact at one point I thought to myself…omg…he has not made a peep and I looked in his carrier and his was layed out on his back snoozing! We waited over 2 hours AND had a gate change in the Atlanta airport…..I also took him out for periods of time in the airport. People say you can’t etc, but I did it…just keep the pet close and away from others. On top of it all….that was MY first time traveling international by myself…let alone with my 2 children also! It was all SO WORTH IT! Safe travels!!

CantonMom

June 9th, 2010
2:36 pm

I love my kids and my dog – but I would much rather travel with my dog than my three kids. :)

Have. You. Lost. Your. Mind?!

June 9th, 2010
2:36 pm

Pat Air is new, but they have a great idea with great intentions… I think based off of their own horror story.

Have. You. Lost. Your. Mind?!

June 9th, 2010
2:40 pm

*Pet Airlines….there IS a difference from Pet Air

Tonya

June 9th, 2010
2:42 pm

I fly with my 12 pound SHIH-TZU all the time on Air Tran. He boards the plane with me and sits underneath the seat where I rest my seat. I would not feel comfortable putting my pet in Cargo if it came down to that I would just leave him with a doggie sitter. I have to be able to see him and know that he is breathing ok,etc. Good Luck!

Patty Burke

June 9th, 2010
2:44 pm

I don’t care about anyone else or their allergies! Or the sanitation of the plane for that matter! What I care about is me, my pet, and my family. Everybody else can die for all I care.

Terri

June 9th, 2010
2:46 pm

I fly with my 13lb Jack Russell mix on AirTran all the time. Most of the time, no one realizes he’s there until we’re deplaning and they see him in the carrier.

melissa

June 9th, 2010
2:48 pm

my terrier flew here from Idaho with no problems last year in july. She was 8 wks old and flew by herself, personally I would rather fly with dogs than kids. He should fit under the seat fine and if my dog could fit under the seat now I would NEVER leave her home.

JATL

June 9th, 2010
2:49 pm

@Tiger and Photius -LMAO over here! Maybe if TLC films it, they can conceive again and start their own mega-family. Years of free vacays to boot, but they’ll probably have to adopt a dog for each kid to keep it fresh….

I also love Critter Sitters! That’s where we found our first wonderful sitter!

jays

June 9th, 2010
2:54 pm

Because I can fit my little dog under the seat and he doesn’t bark or pee or poop, I assume that’s sanitary and healthy enough for everyone.

And yes, I’m that ignorant.

Alan

June 9th, 2010
2:58 pm

I’m trying to be as impartial as I can here but this practice of bringing pets in the cabin should be banned. I don’t care how well behaved the animal is. I love dogs (and cats for that matter) but this is clear cut to me.

Doglover

June 9th, 2010
3:01 pm

So some of you would rather fly with screaming kids, smelly poop, kicking your seat back but would not want to fly with a dog who is quietly sleeping under the seat…interesting
In all my years of flying I have never seen an unruly dog in the cabin, must say somthing about dog owners.

Alan

June 9th, 2010
3:05 pm

Doglover,

What is your point? That kids should be banned from the cabin?

You’re obviously ignoring the allergy issues here. I’ve never heard of people being allergic to kids.

tb

June 9th, 2010
3:14 pm

I think I’d rather sit next to pet than kids anyday

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 9th, 2010
3:15 pm

I just can’t help but think how many of those little mini-crown royal bottles $150 each way would get me. Dog in a kennel safe at home, crown and coke in hand (or both) on the plane….sounds like a good start to a vacation.

Seriously though, I see a conflict….as a guy, isn’t it obvious the shih-tzu was a dog intended for a wife and/or kids? When we got a dog, my only request was to get one that I could hold my head high while walking in public…this immediately eliminated any dog in the “toy” breed, or could be mistaken for a “toy” breed, or required more hair maintenance that you’re average teenage girl….or that just looked so cute with a bow in it’s hair. Not really a manly dog if you get my drift, so I’m not sure why Michael even wants to bring it out west unless he plans on “accidentally” losing the dog to a coyote.

On the flip side, I really would understand why Michael might want to bring a member of the family who accepted him unconditionally, had no expectations of him, didn’t point out his shortcomings, and wouldn’t return from vacation to tell the world what a bad idea of his it was to bring a dog on vacation.

Debbie

June 9th, 2010
3:17 pm

Never would fly with my dog. If you want to take a trip and include your dog take a road trip. We have done this several times very successfully. Lots of dog friendly locations. We crate her in the car for her safety and everyone elses. I would be too worried to fly with her. If you cannot take a road trip and must fly find a good dog sitter or kennel/dog hotel that you trust.

Have. You. Lost. Your. Mind?!

June 9th, 2010
3:19 pm

@Melissa If she flew by herself, how can you know there were no problems?

Have. You. Lost. Your. Mind?!

June 9th, 2010
3:21 pm

This is a VERY BAD idea all around and something that no RESPONISIBLE pet owner would do to an animal! This really is torture.

#1- 16lbs is too large for the cabin which at a far stretch is the only acceptable circumstance and you have to have permission before hand. They require to carrier and dog fit AND REMAIN under the seat in front of you. Have you seen the space under the seat in front of you in a middle seat lately? My laptop won’t fit! It is very uncomfortable for them and most do not do well with the air pressure.

#2- Delta recently and unapologetically lost yet another dog.

#3- Checked with baggage = handled like baggage!!!! Throwing, slamming, etc…

My parents and now I have flown, traveled and lived the world over. My mother is retired from TWA. I can’t even begin with the horror stories she has in this area.

Camp Woof and a few others have web cams that DO come in handy.

Yasmine

June 9th, 2010
3:27 pm

I have been flying with my Yorkie in the plane for years. Most times people don’t know there is a dog on the plane until we are exiting. Vet told me to give him a small dosage of Benadryl and he is sedated for about 2-3 hours (only take short trips with him). I only fly with him on Airtran now since they are the cheapest.

1911A1

June 9th, 2010
3:29 pm

Tiger, you’re in rare form today…ROFL

JATL

June 9th, 2010
3:43 pm

Personally I had rather fly seated near dogs or cats intead of kids any day, and I have two children -but the dogs and cats are usually relaxing! HOWEVER, due to the number of people who are allergic (and there are quite a few of them), I completely understand the complaint about them being in the cabin. Far more people are allergic to pets than peanuts, and it would suck to head off on vacation or to see family members and arrive swollen, red-eyed and sneezing your guts out.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 9th, 2010
3:44 pm

@1911A1..thanks!

I’m starting to think that the dog hangs out with Michael during the superbowl, has some chips and dip, laughs at the commercials, and rolls it’s eyes with Michael at Theresa when she complains that the commercials portray women in an unfavorable light!

the more I think about it, the more I like this dog!

dogsnotkids

June 9th, 2010
4:01 pm

I have flown with my dogs in the cabin several times. As good as it gets. While deboarding, from one of the flights, someone noticed my dog in his Sherpa bag. There had been one very loud and obnoxious boy (around 6 or 7 years old), and one screaming baby for 1-1/2 hours of the 2-1/2 hour flight. The individual that noticed my dog very loudly exclaimed that a dog had flown on the flight. Evem more loudly he exclaimed how much better behaved my dog was than the human kids on board. TAKE THE DOG – LEAVE THE KIDS WITH THE SITTERS!

dogsnotkids 2

June 9th, 2010
4:05 pm

I think everyone knows that a well behaved dog does not bother people with allergies. Everyone knows that!

Campbell

June 9th, 2010
4:11 pm

Please check out this blog for details on Delta’s New Summer live animal program. This will help clear some misconceptions. http://www.pettravel.com/blog/

jb

June 9th, 2010
4:20 pm

Just read on yahoo that Delta mixed up two kids and sent them to the wrong destinations. Imagine the care they give to pets!

Kristen

June 9th, 2010
4:21 pm

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp-You shouldn’t have an animal….ever.

Tired of this and Ghost: How about this: I don’t want to be in a plane with YOUR KIDS. My dog would sit in the plane and not make a peep. I HIGHLY doubt your kids could do the same.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 9th, 2010
4:42 pm

@Kristen…Why, because I won’t take her on vacation with me?

Becky

June 9th, 2010
4:47 pm

@Tiger..I won’t ever take an animal on vacation with me either..

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 9th, 2010
4:51 pm

@Becky..that’s why I’m confused with Kristen’s comment to me. I don’t think I’ve said anything disparaging towards pets….granted I may have expressed my lack of appreciation for “girly dogs”, but I don’t dislike them, just wouldn’t want to own one.

Becky

June 9th, 2010
4:54 pm

@Tiger..I understand very well..Some people only want to see things one way..Their way..As I said a couple of blogs ago, we are all different..You saw where I was raked thru the coals because I said that I didn’t understand why you would take a nanny/sitter on a family vacation..I guess if that is what you want to do fine, it’s just not something that I could ever see me doing, hence “family vacation”..

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 9th, 2010
4:56 pm

@becky…I get it. To each their own. I just left the kid with Grandma for the the weekend so my wife and I could get away and just have some adult relax time.

I wonder if Kristen thinks because of that I shouldn’t ever have a kid…..ever. ;-)

Becky

June 9th, 2010
4:59 pm

@Tiger..Amen..Out of here, hope all have a great evening…

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 9th, 2010
5:00 pm

Just to be fair to all and to show I’m not a bad guy though…if there are any dogs reading this blog and I said anything to offend you, please accept my apologies.

For those of you dogs who don’t read english, allow me to translate my apology…

BARK BARK….WOOF…GRRRRRRRRR….BOWOWOW…….GRRRRRR…YIP YIP……hmmmhmmmhmmmmmmmm….BARK!

I hope to have made amends to any canine readers I may have offended.

Becky

June 9th, 2010
5:03 pm

@Tiger..Did I also mention that I don’t like cats and think that the only good ones are dead ones?

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 9th, 2010
5:08 pm

@Becky…you failed to mention that! I actually have a cat and she’s pretty cool, very low maintenance and easy to leave behind when on vacation!

dogsnotkids

June 9th, 2010
5:32 pm

@ Cekker, Ghost, & Denise,
If you do fly regularly, you HAVE, absolutely, flown with many, many dogs in the cabin. Most people that fly their dogs in-cabin are VERY aware of dog-haters like yourselves. We go to great lengths to make sure you are not offended, and not even aware that a dog may be traveling under your seat.

BlondeHoney

June 9th, 2010
6:37 pm

Becky, as a cat lover, that is HARSH.Like Tiger’s, my kitties are low maintenance, sweet & loving. Although I don’t have a dog, I would NEVER say the only good dog is a dead one. I thought you were better than that :(

JATL

June 9th, 2010
6:45 pm

@BlondeHoney -I’m with you! I love animals although I don’t necessarily want some as pets (like rabbits). However, I certainly don’t think the only good rabbit is a dead one! I love my dogs, but I must say that the best, most loving and wonderful pet I’ve ever had was a cat, and I can’t wait to get another one. Wow, I have a nanny whom I take on vacation AND love cats -I better steer clear of Becky!

Tim

June 9th, 2010
10:31 pm

I’m just looking over the comments and have noticed that almost all of the objections to bringing pets in the cabin are centered around allergy problems and sanitary conditions. However, the people who want to continue to allow pets in the cabin keep yapping about how well behaved their dogs are. When you completely ignore legitimate concerns and can’t answer them, that usually means you’re wrong.

Pets will be banned from the cabin within 10 years – guaranteed. Maybe 5.

motherjanegoose

June 10th, 2010
12:42 am

Just off of 2 flights to Washington state and yes I saw dogs.

@ Tiger, thanks for the laughs today…too much!

I failed to mention the time we flew to Orlando and their were PENGUINS on board….flying to Seaworld. They did not go to cargo, they had their own seats…in a special carrier.

Tiger, we had a big dog…Ole Yellar. We put him to rest at 14. Now we have a prissy dog.
She has my husband and son wrapped around her tail….so to speak. Neither thought they would like a little dog but both of them adore her. Live and learn! Night all!

Sunny

June 10th, 2010
2:04 am

@ Tim, I believe that most pet owners who are willing to shell out what often amounts to double the price of their own ticket for a pet to fly is well aware of the allergy concerns of others. Personally, I thoroughly bathe my dog immediately before leaving for the airport so that he smells lovely and is dander free as possible. With him being in an enclosed bag with very tiny vents, there is little room for the dander to escape and cause major concern, cat dander is a totally different story from what I understand. As far as sanitary conditions go, planes are FILTHY to begin with. An animal in an enclosed bag who should under no circumstances be taken out of the bag does not pose a huge sanitary risk.

I have a severe allergy to perfume and other scented chemicals but no one is concerned about that. I do, however, have sense enough to carry medication with me at all times in the event that I encounter such fragrances in flight or out and about in the city. At some point people have to take some responsibility for themselves and stop blaming (and complaining) about every little thing.

Becky

June 10th, 2010
8:31 am

@Tiger..I don’t actaully hate cats…They just aren’t my type of animals..We (the kids) have 3 dogs, 2 cats, a hamster and we feed the wild rabbits out behind our house, so I’m not an animal hater..

@BlondHoney and JATL.. Sorry if I upset you, that was suppose to be more of a joke and I didn’t say it right..I like all animals and would never wish any harm on any animals..

@MJG..Sorry about your dog, but I love the name that you gave him..My 2 love the movie Old Yellar..I bet we have seen that movie about 25 times in the last month or so..

@Sunny..I’m with you, I worry more about perfume and other fragrances than I do dogs and cats..

FCM

June 10th, 2010
8:51 am

JATL it used to be a dead rabbit meant you were pregnant. No dead rabbits for me either please

JATL

June 10th, 2010
8:58 am

@FCM -LOL -I didn’t think about that! No -PLEASE no dead rabbits!

@Becky -gotcha! -kind of like how my husband always says little dogs are great -for footballs! However, (Tiger will appreciate this), whenever he’s around a little dog he gets all sweet and lovey and winds up with it in his lap!

Becky

June 10th, 2010
9:13 am

@JATL..Yeah, I’ve heard that one also..My husband is the same way around prissy dogs..More so about babies though..I think that sometimes what a lot of us might say, isn’t always what we really think..Could be wrong about that though..

BlondeHoney

June 10th, 2010
9:38 am

@Becky…no hard feelings! I didn’t think that sounded like you :) JATL, that is hilarious about your husband…such a softy

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 10th, 2010
10:46 am

I think we can all agree that Becky was joking. I would have apologized to cats yesterday to for offending them, but realized

(a) that I don’t speak feline, and
(b) they’re too busy plotting the violent overthrow of the the world’s governments and militaries to be reading this blog.

G.R.I.T.S.

June 10th, 2010
11:00 am

if you are used to traveling with your pet…and your pet is crate trained…thats one thing.,…i am thinking that just from ‘knowing’ theresa on here that your dog isnt crate trained. and i know you arent used to flying with kids. if you take your kids and your dog i think you will probably have a nervous breakdown. i wonder what michael is thinking in asking that you bring the dog….do we know you better than he does? im not trying to be mean at all…when my kids were young i would not have taken them AND a pet on a flight…no way,…people and animals who are used to doing these things are fine but theresa you arent!!! its gonna be enough of a challenge to keep up with your kids and keep them occupied on the flight without having to add an animal in the equation., either hire a trusted neighbor kid to come twice a day to walk and feed the dog or take it to a pet hotel. my niece babysits animals all the time when her neighbors go on vacation…and my sister leaves her dog in a pet hotel…my older sister who lives in atlanta was a manager of a vet clinic for years and she would babysit her clients pets when they went on vacation….maybe you can ask at your vets office for reccommendations if you dont know of a pet hospital….but i would not take the dog if i were you! (i woudnt takke my dog on a plane at all…just not our usual thing to do)

G.R.I.T.S.

June 10th, 2010
11:02 am

oh MJG!!!! i would love to have been on the penguin flight!!! awesome lol

FCM

June 10th, 2010
11:28 am

@ Tiger you got the cats confused (comment “b”) with Pinky and the Brain.

Denise

June 10th, 2010
11:35 am

@Dogsnotkids – I am absolutely NOT a dog hater. I just don’t want to deal with them in some environments. And unlike Tiger, the magnificent, I prefer froo-froo dogs that can sit on my lap :-) I don’t want that can wrestle me to the ground thinking we are “playing”.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 10th, 2010
11:53 am

“Tiger the magnificent”….awwww…you’re gonna make me blush!

David S

June 10th, 2010
12:08 pm

The airlines don’t care about your luggage and they don’t care about your animals. If your dog isn’t small enough to fit under the seat and be part of your carry-on luggage, then drive or leave them at home or at a caring boarding facility.

The rich and famous can take their dogs with them in their private chartered airplanes and let them have the run of the place. This is how an animal should travel by plane ideally.

Please, as much as your pet would like to go with you, it would much rather be alive to enjoy your return.

Airlines kill hundreds of animals every year and they just DONT CARE.

Tiger Ochocinco Mellencamp

June 10th, 2010
12:21 pm

@David S…..you’re right. Legally speaking, pets are property, and the airlines are under no obligation, other than a PR one, to treat them as anything but property. they don’t have to reimburse you for anything other the the fair market value of replacing the property (your pet), just as if they had lost your luggage. So unless you’ve got one pretty charming, income making pet…I’m thinking like Arnold on Green Acres (and lets face it, he was a pretty charming pig), then the airlines look at your pet as a $200-$500 item of luggage they have to replace if they destroy it.

Tim

June 10th, 2010
12:45 pm

Sunny,

You can’t ban perfumes. That would be impossible to enforce. However, you can ban pets.

And you may take pristine care of your pet before bringing it in the cabin (which still doesn’t mean it won’t cause problems for people), but not everyone does. And as for planes being filthy already, yeah, let’s just make them worse. Sounds good.

DB

June 10th, 2010
12:46 pm

@MJG: PENGUINS?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How cool is that?! (no pun intended!)

I’ve been on so many flights (not as many as MJG, but enough) and I have never had a problem with dogs, pets, etc. However, I have a casual friend who is SO allergic to dog dander that it is life-threatening to her — she cannot even be in a house where a dog has been without having an anaphylactic reaction. When she was looking for a new home, she couldn’t even look at a house that had had a dog, unless the house was vacant and the carpets were new. However, on flights, she simply tells the the gate attendant that she cannot be seated within 10 rows of a dog, and he discreetly reassigns her or the dog. Since the dog is in a carrier, it’s usually not a big deal, but the more distance, the better for her. Ironically, she likes dogs — she simply cannot be around them. When I know I’m going to see her, I try to make sure that my clothes are freshly cleaned and that my dog doesn’t come near me before I leave to see her. It’s been a big problem that she’s had to duck around her entire life.

motherjanegoose

June 10th, 2010
1:54 pm

DB, those who sneak their dogs on the plane and take them out of the carrier could perhaps affect a future passenger with the animal dander on the seat. Is it fair for a flight to be grounded with a passenger having a severe allergic reaction ( like your friend) because someone chose to break the rules of keeping their pets in their container? The entire flight full of passengers would be inconvenienced due to a pet’s owner not following the rules! If someone snuck their pet inside their carry-on and did not pay to lfy their pet, how would the flight attendant know where to assign your friend a seat?

ATLien

June 10th, 2010
3:39 pm

Delta limits the number of pets they allow to fly on board – 2 in coach, 1 in FC. And, if you carry them on the plane with you, it’s considered your 1 carry on allowance.
Don’t do it. Do you want to have fun on vacation or constantly be running back to the hotel to let the dog out or even worse apologize to the hotel because every time someone walks down the hall the dog starts barking and disturbs the other guests? Your dog will be fine at Camp Woof.

Cmac

June 12th, 2010
6:02 pm

I agree with everyone who said, if it wasn’t a permanent move, leave the poor thing at a kennel or use have someone come to the house several times a day. Please think of you pet first and yourself (and the 3 kids) second!!

I have travelled with a dog. I flew from London to Boston with a 50lb. lab. She flew as baggage, and the steward was kind enough to go down occasionally to give her a bit of water (It was mid-July). She came out unscathed and quite happy upon arrival. I also flew with Bichon in a carrier in the cabin (Seattle to Boston) in a soft carrier. She was about 3 months old, and didn’t make a sound the entire trip. I gave her little sips of water and petted her from time to time. No problem there either. No one noticed that I had a dog until we were deplaning.

Chaz

June 12th, 2010
6:22 pm

I hate when people compare Dogs to humans “I think that would be scary for the pet not to be with you. I wouldn’t stick a kid alone on a plane.” even if it’s safer for your pet? Some people are so stupid I swear.

MadamX

June 12th, 2010
7:23 pm

We fly with our dog all the time. She had been on a plane more than 20 times. She goes under our seat. Super easy. She is considered a member of our family so boarding her is not an option. We want her around for Christmas and summer holidays. She does not cry, whine or bark. Typically, when we deplane the flight attendants always say I didn’t even know there was a dog on the plane.

Kim

June 14th, 2010
7:08 am

I have flown my dogs via Delta Cargo, when I moved from HI to Atlanta and they did okay. But I would not fly them for a vacation, or when driving them somewhere was an option. Get a petsitter (ask your vet or the lovely folk at City Dog Market for recommendations) and leave your dog at home. He’ll do much better and be glad to see you when you return.

Scott

June 14th, 2010
8:20 am

We have flown with our small dog–12 lbs–several dozen times. We do NOT drug him, but we do restrict his food and water on the day of a flight. Mostly he goes to Europe with us. We fly to one of Delta’s German cities.

There you can get off the plane, quickly clear customs and go outside. By far the biggest hassle is returning to Atlanta which is as traveler unfriendly an arrival city as there is in the world.

The only rule that you really need to be aware of is the limit on how many pets may be in a plane at the same time. Unless it has changed there can be no more than two in coach and one in first or business class.

Our guy is in the carrier for ten to twelve hours. That’s a long time to go without a bathroom break, but he’s never had an “accident.” I suppose he’s gotten accustomed to the routine and what to expect.

Take your’s with you, it’s no big deal.

Scott

June 14th, 2010
8:41 am

A couple of other thoughts. Smuggling a pet onto a plane is really no longer possible, the TSA agents will know you have it and they are trained to look for the tag that is placed on the bag indicating that you have paid the fare.

Up the thread there is mention of taking a small poodle out of the carrier and keeping it under a blanket on your lap–that is done a lot and unless you get a fellow passenger complaining to the flight attendants you can probably get away with it–especially if you’re flying all night like we do to Europe.

When you get to the other end do NOT even talk about what you’re carrying. It is very unusual to have your baggage inspected when arriving in any country–even the US–so just shut up. Of course don’t lie or fill out any forms that deny you have your dog or cat with you, but if you read what you’re being asked it almost always deals with importing food products that could be tainted.

Remember that short legs have to move a lot in order to keep up with you if you’re out walking. If you’re going to be doing that you’ll want another bag to carry them in–one with a shoulder strap. The typical under the seat carrier is too big to be a good choice for walking–we have a bag that looks like a large lady’s purse, with a hard bottom and mesh sides. It has lots of pockets for camera batteries, a water bottle, etc. While too small to be comfortable for a long flight it’s exactly right for him to ride in when his legs are about to give out.

The idea that he’s not having fun is nonsense. He’s with his family and getting to see and smell bratwursts on a cobble stone street in Bavaria–what could be better?