|Barked: Thu Dec 23, '10 1:47am PST |
|Happy, Safe Holidays Dogster's! We didn't know if we should resurrect this thread, or start a new one..but it had some great info. We are preparing for a trip and we're getting anxious after reading up on all the airline regulations.
Mom weighed me this morning and I weighed 22 (lbs). Seems the Medium Sherpa Bag is the best all around choice but I can't fit in it never mind stand in it when it's zipped. Mom searched till she was blurry eyed online, and then we called and hiked to Petco, to try a few on for size.Due to the holiday the pickin's were slim. We got in one called The Ultimate Sherpa with recessed wheels and were thinking it's definitely gotta be a 'small'..well, maybe a 'medium'. That was until mom took out her handy tape measure she'd brought along and found it was 20".. and a nice sales person found the tag inside marked "Large". Ouch! ;(
I'm 11.75/12" at the shoulders, and when I sat down, looked like a cross between "ET" n' "Yoda" with my neck n' my ears stickin out.
Although, I'm not extra stout I'm a cobby and solid 22 pounds..and I'm 12.5" to the top of my tail (shoulders to back). Sherpa in Large = 20" L X 11.5" W X 11.75"H
When mom zipped the bag.. I wasn't exactly thrilled. I could lay down, and crouch and turn, but I didn't do a full turn around.. .I was too busy trying to dig my way out. Although, mom coaxed me with a treat and I showed her I could turn toward the back of it, if I really wanted to.
If there is any other bag that is better suited for me? Please, please do tell mom! She'll need to order it and get me all comfy about the idea.
Also, how do people book flights online and then add a pooch to their trip? It seems that it could be a problem/challenge? Especially, since you have to call the airline and they have tight limits..Delta indicated 4 dogs/cats in cabin per flight. What if there are no spaces available? Has anyone had to change, or cancel a flight because you couldn't get an accommodation for your pooch after booking online?
We'll be Keeping our fingers crossed..
(Does Amtrak take dogs? Wince)
Some people say that anything over 19" won't fit under the seat of a plane? A friend of ours flew with her 1l(lb) pooch on Delta today and the stewardess was very adamant the bag not stick out even an 1/2" inch and moved her to a window seat and her bag is a small. The lady next to her was a retired stewardess and had survived more than one plane crash in her career..and told our friend the stewardess was being a bit over zealous. We've been reading American is actually more pet friendly.. and more permissive with soft bags (as it is mentioned on their site via the Sherpa link which people may find helpful
Meanwhile, we'd really, really appreciate any additional experiences "Frenchie", or other Dogster family members have had with their over-sized pooches that they'd be willing to share. Any thoughts or advice about this particular Sherpa bag? We have a 2 hour flight if mom books direct.. Mom was hoping the recessed wheel bag would work, because she isn't really able to lug me around on her shoulders. We called Delta and they gave us 3 different answers..Yes, No and Maybe.
Edited by author Thu Dec 23, '10 1:55am PST
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