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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-18-2007, 02:17 AM Thread Starter
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Flying cross country?

Question for all of you who have flown with your havs... I will be going to visit my family in California for Labor Day weekend and my mom is absolutely dying to meet the new puppy. She is asking and asking about me taking him with me. Here's my question: Do you think it would be alright to fly 6 hours with a 18 week puppy?

I'm leaning towards no as I think he may be too young, but I thought that I should ask all of you what you think since I've never had a puppy before. Btw, if I don't take him, my sister is more than happy (she's actually begging me ) to spend the weekend at my apartment to take care of him, so leaving him behind is not a problem.
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I flew to get my puppy and she did great. She was only 8 weeks old, and she slept the whole way.

I'm about to take her again with me to Michigan and Ohio next week, but this trip will be a bit more challenging for me, as I'm taking ALL my kids this time (7 of them), and Gucci is 6 months old, so alot more active and alert than she was when she was a wee pup.

Be sure you book a spot on the plane in advance, most airlines charge about $80 each way. AND check to see if you need a Health Certificate (which entails taking her to the vet 10 days or less before your flight)

It's really up to you! It sounds like you have all the bases covered, so whatever you choose, your pup will be fine!

I don't have any family here, so I'd rather take Gucci with me than kennel her at this point.

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I flew one of my friends pup's to Minnisota and she was 8 weeks old. She did really well, infact the plane was so empty she sat in my lap. But on delta I think I paid $40 one way for her to go with me. You will need the Health Cert on Delta, Like Kara said just visit your vet for that. I would get up early and feed him and give in enough time to go to the bathroom. He still might go in his kennel so bring extra towels so you can change them on the plane if you need to. It was actually very easy when I did it, I would recommend it to anyone. I hope this helps a little.

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Wow! Northwest is robbing me!! They wouldn't let me take her out of the kennel to sit on my lap, either.

Also, check the airline web page about kennel requirements. You'll need a Sherpa bag (or there are many other brands available) that meet certain requirements to fit underneath the seat.

Let us know what you decide.

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Hi Carolina!

I flew from San Francisco to Philadelphia (5 1/2 hr flight) with Lito under the seat in front of me. He is 16 lbs so it was a somewhat snug fit even with the large sherpa! I think your flight from NY to CA would be about the same amount of time right?

Here were a few things I noticed: 1) The whole peeing situation. If you add in the hour minimum before the flight that you have to be ready to board + the time it takes to disembark, you are at about 7 hrs, so unless you can get the pup to pee on a pee pad (I tried with Lito and even though he uses them everyday at home he was resistant in the bathroom, I think he had stage fright ) it can be long on the dog to go without peeing.

2) I checked and re-checked the dimensions under the seats (I flew US Air) via the airline website and over the phone, but my sherpa bag BARELY fit underneath, and I had to move my seat from the window since it didn't fit under that seat due to the curvature of the plane. It almost didn't fit, and 1 stuardess who was a real (rhymes with witch) and clearly didn't like dogs tried to call the pilot and tell him it didn't fit under the seat, even though the bag was rated for their airline AND it fit in the "sample carry-on measurer" in the check-in line. 2 of the stewardesses were so nice and kept letting me poke Lito's head out for water or to pet him (we were in the very last row near the bathroom so no one could see us) but the same witchy one kept making me duck his little head back in. She must've been PMSing

But I have to say Lito was the perfect flier, he didn't make a single sound the whole time, he was such a good boy and I was so proud of him!

So I guess it will depend on the airline and how strict the stewardesses are. You won't have the size issue with a puppy (you can use a medium sherpa) so he should fit perfectly, but if you get 1 mean stewardess then he has to stay hidden the whole time, which may be fine if he sleeps but if he is restless could make it harder.

I also paid 80$ one way and had to have paperwork proof from the vet that he had his rabies shot (though they never checked it).

The funny part was that while that one stewardess was watching us like a hawk, there were two children running up and down the aisles screaming and she didn't say "boo" to them!!!!!!!

I am sure it will all work out! Can't wait to hear what you decide.

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So I guess it will depend on the airline and how strict the stewardesses are. You won't have the size issue with a puppy (you can use a medium sherpa) so he should fit perfectly, but if you get 1 mean stewardess then he has to stay hidden the whole time, which may be fine if he sleeps but if he is restless could make it harder.

I also paid 80$ one way and had to have paperwork proof from the vet that he had his rabies shot (though they never checked it).

The funny part was that while that one stewardess was watching us like a hawk, there were two children running up and down the aisles screaming and she didn't say "boo" to them!!!!!!!

~Kristin
I just flew on Continental again and was so ticked at them that I canceled my return flight with them and changed over to another airline. Ever since 911 the airlines feel it's cool to be rude and they know that if you open your mouth all they have to do is get security and they can have you thrown out of the airport. It didn't stop me from calling them though and oh did they get an earful from me. Now they're going to have to deal with my husband. He's so upset with them that he's writing every agency that deals with the airlines. What a guy
You should be fine traveling with your puppy. My experience with it is they just knock out and take a nap on planes. I'd carry a potty pad for plane change times and a folding travel bowl for water that easily fits in your purse.

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The plane I was on was only a 50 seater and then it was delayed so most of the people on the flight took the next one. I think there was only 15 of us on the flight. And they all thought it was cool that I had a puppy. But I don't think they normally let the dog out of the kennel. There was only one flight attendent on my flight.
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I'd love to take Havee one day to Az when we visit my daughter. I was wondering though, with the 5 hour flight and all the extra time needed ahead of time, if it would work. I think I'd drug him just to keep me from worrying too much.

My sister lives in Florida and I wouldn't think twice about bringing him there for that short flight.

I'd give it a try...just be prepared with wee wee pads, etc. Let us know how it goes--I'd love to hear!
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We have friends who bring their dog to the caribbean with them every year. They have a tiny yorkie. We were actually on the plane with them last year. They fly usair. The usually try to sneak her out and put her under a blanket on their laps. Some of the flight attendants won't allow this, but most will just close their eyes to it. Our friends philosophy is that the worst thing they can do is tell them to put her back in the bag under the seat. On their way home, they had a flight attendant who kept her eyes on them the whole time and made them keep her under. For my boy, I would give it a shot and see if I could break the rules and put him on my lap for a while.


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Thanks for all the replies! I am flying to pick him up in a week (I am so excited!!!) but it's only a 2 hour flight and I thought the 5.5-6 hour flight would make a big difference. I guess I'm just nervous is all. I will think about it some more but now I don't feel so anxious about taking him on the plane for a long flight. Thanks everyone!
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