Friday, August 5, 2011
Flying Pug Style
We fly under Mom's seat which is kind of expensive: $150 a dog one-way. So for a whole trip it can cost up to $500 for just Lincoln and I. It is also only one dog per person, so she always has to have someone with her and I count as a carry-on. No one believes I am a service dog. I could totally lead a blind person if there wasn't so many yummy, distracting, possible things to eat everywhere...and Lincoln could totally be a drug dog if he was not the MOST FRIENDLY ANIMAL on the planet. Really, Lincoln is way too nice. He lets anyone pet him....please have some dignity, make the humans work for it.
Anyway, Mom can't bear the thought of us flying under the plane, she has some fear of it being too cold or too hot. My carrier is smaller than Lincolns because I'm almost half his size. Lincoln flies in the biggest carrier allowed by the airline and the largest weight size. He only weighs 21 pounds and the max weight is around 23 pounds. He is able to completely turn around in his carrier and stretch out though. The airlines always make sure we are not bulldogs because supposedly they have a really hard time breathing with less oxygen up on the plane. I have had the nose surgery and have never had a problem breathing up there so I think it is just a precaution.
When we first get to the airport we have to be checked in at the desk, then taken through security (which means out of our carriers and everyone gets to "ohhh" and "ahhh" over how adorable we are) and then back in our carriers for flight time. We have a system.
Lincoln and I have never had an accident in our carriers because they are kind of like crates. No one wants to go where they sleep. We try to take flight options that get us straight there on one plane so we don't have to hold it very long. Whenever we get to our destination or before we take off, Mom makes sure we both have plenty of time to use the bathroom. She doesn't let either of us walk through the airport either because I've been known to just take a squat wherever I please despite all consequences. Likewise, Lincoln loves to mark his spot on everything and airports have lots of spots to mark. Food isn't an issue either because she just feeds us before or after.
We love to be with Mom so it is well worth it to ride in a carrier to go cool places. I do throw some Minnie fits and scratch furiously once we land because I want out immediately. Mom usually helps us out with any anxiety by giving me half a Benedryl and Lincoln a whole one. That way we can rest peacefully but not be drugged up with Vet medicine.
That's about it. We are pretty lucky that we've both been to Florida multiple times and to Minnesota. I'm looking into other trip options for pug friendly places....who knows where we will go next?!