The evolution of a corgzilla. :)
1 year old today!
Kirby says, “happy birthday sister!” :D — amg today is Kirby and Scout’s birthday!!
We’re planning a birthday event with Kirby’s best dogfriends - Guinness and Petunia - for later this month, since they all have their birthdays around the same time. :) Can’t believe he’s a year old already… he hasn’t looked like a little puppy in months but he is still puppers to me. :)
It seems that the boys are going to have to fly with me from Los Angeles to New York (then back again) sometime in May. I just wanted to know if any of you had to fly with your dogs and what your experience was like. They’re too large to be checked-in with me as a carry-on, so they’re…
I flew a corgi from San Diego to Seattle on United circa 2005-6, prior to the “PetSafe” program they now have on their website. I will say overall/longer term the experience was far more stressful for me than it was the dog; he was a little nervous for about 30 minutes after the first trip, and the second trip bounded out of the kennel perfectly normal as soon as I got him back.
Caveats: I chose my flight very carefully to take off before it got too warm at San Diego (so early morning), and arrive before too late/cold in Seattle. LA>NYC is a long flight but if you’re going to do it, do it direct with NO STOPOVERS. You want the confirmation that your dog is on the plane with you at takeoff and to not give the opportunity for them to be lost during a baggage transfer/stopover time. I chose not to medicate because I had a fairly confident dog and was more concerned about reactions to medication during the flight than his ability to cope.
The parts that led to “what if” stress on me and possibly the dog:
> Had to check the dog in 2 hours before departure. Which means, they are going to take the dog + kennel away to the “back areas” 2 hours before putting them on your flight. I really don’t like this.
> Once you’re boarding the plane (in my experience) a flight attendant will bring you a confirmation slip that your animal has been loaded as cargo. I did not get this slip by the time the doors were closing and hit the attendant call button for the first time in my flying life in a minor panic. They had the slip to bring me and were super apologetic, just hadn’t gotten it to me yet.
> I am already an anxiety attack flier and combining it with fear of whether or not my dog was panicking did not help.
> Post-landing, you have to pick up the dog at oversize cargo areas. It took about 45 minutes longer than the bags for them to finally bring out the crate. It was not the most pleasant waiting experience watching golf bags, child seats, etc come out in oversize but nobody around who had any clue on the status of my dog.
Long story short; I would fly with a dog in cargo domestically if absolutely necessary, I would not do so if that was not the case. If I could keep the kennel with me until boarding at the gate, and receive the kennel immediately after landing at the gate, without any lag time where my dog was “behind the scenes” in an airport system I don’t have access to, I would consider it more. In my one experience it had zero negative effects on the dog that I was aware of, but it was really rough on me for sure. “If” something happened I am not sure how I’d handle it. :) Really wish I could buy the seat next to me or even the entire row because that would change things significantly.
The Most Interesting Dog In the World, shortly followed by slobbering the camera and then naptime.
Today Kirby went with us to the hardware/garden store to pick up dirt so we could re-dirt the garden bed out on our patio, among a couple of other errands… then “assisted” with the patio work… and is now preparing for epic naptime. :)
If it wasn’t also obvious, I picked up a camera before an overseas trip we took earlier this month and it’s been awesome to have around, not only for the trip but to get WAY better/sharper Kirby pictures than I could ever get with my cell phone. :)