|Barked: Thu Dec 4, '08 5:02pm PST |
|Chauncey's cross country flight took place over Thanksgiving, and it was overall, a very smooth process. Here are some general observations that I made:
- We took Chauncey to a local doggie daycare the day before our red-eye flight. He was pooped, and ending up sleeping the entire 4.5 hour flight.
- None of the airports (LAX, ST. Louis, Dulles, Hartford) had any problem with Chauncey walking around the airport, out of his bag. It was nice not to have to extend his time confined in the bag, by allowing him more time around what must have been a very confusing place (airport) to him.
- The one layover that we had was in St. Louis. We had a 2 hour period between flights. Ample time for Chauncey and I to walk out of the airport, find a grassy area over by the parking decks, and allow him to do his business. We had to check through security to re-enter, but I think Chauncey appreciated the pit-stop.
- We didn't feed Chauncey the morning of our flight back. But that didn't stop Chauncey from somehow managing to find some food (our guess is that he got into another dog's food who was staying at our family get-together). This led to a bit of a gassy embarrassment for our one short flight. Nothing too awful, but Chauncey certainly let his prescence be known.
- We prepared Chauncey with a couple of long car trips in his Sherpa bag, and we left the bag out in the living room. By the time we were flying, he was very familiar and comfortable with the bag.
- We flew American Airlines. They honored our initial $80 each way rate (we made the reservation way back in March). They did inform us that they raised the rate to $100 per trip.
- The AA people never weighed Chauncey, nor did anyone ask to see his rabies papers. It was treated a regular process- no big deal at all.
- Chauncey never once barked or made a peep. He squirmed around a little bit at times, but this was more due to just trying to get comfortable more than anything else I suspect.
- Chauncey fit snuggly under the seat in front of me. I think he was comforted by having my feet right up against his bag- he made it a point to lay on them on each flight.
Please feel free to post any questions- I found this forum very helpful in preparing for Chauncey's trip, and I'd be happy to help others.
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