|Barked: Sat Dec 25, '10 12:05am PST |
|Happy, Safe Holidays Dogster's! We'd tried posting this before in an old thread from more than a year ago.. but it got lost
So we're crossing our fingers and trying again..
We really would appreciate some help n' advice..We're preparing for a necessary trip and we're really anxious ..after reading up on all the airline regulations.
Mom weighed me this morning and I weighed in at 22(lbs).
I'm 12" to the top of my tail (shoulders to back)and 12" from the ground to my shoulders.
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, pickin's were slim. We got in one bag called "The Ultimate Sherpa Bag With (recessed) Wheels" and were thinking it's definitely gotta be a 'small'. Well, 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 looked like a cross between "ET" n'"Yoda" with my neck n' my ears stickin out. (I gather when they say stand they don't mean stand and turn around with it closed?)
They say Sherpa Bags, have a tag that says which airlines they are approved for.. but none of the available bags had any tags. It seems they'd all had quite a workout!
When mom zipped the bag.. I wasn't exactly thrilled. I was crouched w/ my head down and could lay down, 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. There were no other choices in my size available and we've ultimately tried 3 other stores with no luck.
If there is any other bag that is better suited for me? Please, please do tell mom! She'll need to order it pronto and get me used to the idea.
These are two bags we were looking at. Anyone's thoughts or experience Pro, and or, Con will be much appreciated!
The Ultimate Sherpa Bag On Wheels
Sherpa in Large = 20" L X 11.5" W X 11.75"H.
"Accommodates dogs up to 22lbs"
18"L x 12" W x 12" Flexible Height
"Accomodates all cat breeds, toy to small dogs up to 25 pounds"
Some people say online in different forums mom read.. that anything over 19" won't fit under the seat of a plane? We've been reading certain domestic airlines are more permissive/flexible with soft bags (It's mentioned on the American Airlines site via the Sherpa link which people may find helpful about their bags airline travel reimbursement guarantee program).
Meanwhile, We'd really, really appreciate any recent "Frenchie", or other Dogster family members feedback on flying "cobby" built pooches that they'd be willing to share.
Mom was hoping a recessed wheel bag would work, because she isn't really able to lug me around on her shoulders. But mom wants me to be good to go and comfortable and.. is willing to sacrifice for me.
Also, do people call and book reservation for their pooches flights first and then go online and finalize their peoples reservation/bookings online? It seems that it could be a problem/challenge? Especially, since you can't book a reservation for your pet online. You have to call the airline and reserve for your pet and then pay in person at check-in.
Delta indicated 4 dogs/cats in cabin per flight. Has anyone had to change, or cancel a flight because of this?
Again, Happy Safe and Healthy New Year ALL~!
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