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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Sophie's gonna fly! Help!

I live in NC and my oldest daughter is getting ready to have a baby in California. So I am going to spend 10 days and I'm taking Sophie. We kept their puggle,Izzy, for a year when they were in Australia, and she and Sophie had a great time together. Sophie is two and has never flown.
I got a large sturdi-bag,dry fur mats, and I've done a lot of research.
I've been getting her used to being in the carrier, and she' fine with that.
My concern is the trip. I will be traveling alone on JetBlue. We have a 50 minute layover in JFK, which I don't think is enough to exit the terminal and re enter through security.
We leave at 3:45 pm, so I thought I would give her her regular breakfast at 8 and then nothing else but maybe a couple of treats on the way.
Will she get dehydrated? The total trip is about 10 hours.I will take a peepad, but I think she will be too stressed to use it.
I would like to give her a bully stick for the trip, but I'm afraid it will make her thirsty. I will give her small ice cubes.
Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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Instead of going out of the terminal, go to the restrooms, put a peepad down and let her do her thing. I have a Sturdi bag and I love it! It is very flexible and comfortable for them.
I would give her the bully stick just if necessary and for the last part of the trip. You don't want her to need to poop while in the airplane. Ice cubes are a good idea. If she can't hold it, the dry fur mats are great so don't worry. She will be OK and will sleep a lot. Have fun!!


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My dogs will use the pee pads in the rest room also, see if it will work for her. I was lucky during a long lay over in Charlotte, a female pilot offered to take my dog out, did and walked him around for about 10 mins., I could watch from the window, I was returning from LAX and flying in to Fayetteville, the trip was long, the layover was 3 hours so it really helped. Generally most dogs sleep during the flight.

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Thanks! The short layover is my biggest worry. I had a choice of 50 minutes or 5 hours. Not much of a choice. Hope the pee pad works or that she can hold it.

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Hi Sharon,
Good luck with Sophie. I'm planning on flying with Timmy in December. I bought the medium sized Sherpa bag since USAir's size requirements are 17 inches long X 16 inches wide X 10 inches high. I took a look at the Sturdi bag, it looks great and I like the fact that the large size fits up to 25 pounds, but the measurements are over USAir's requirements. The Sherpa goes up to 15 pounds which is tight but he doesn't seem to mind it. What airline are you flying? I wonder if anyone else reading our posts have flown before and if they have experience with how rigid the airlines are with size requirements, of course within reason. So... any veteran flyers out there who care to chime in I'd love to hear your stories, especially if you've flown USAir.

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I use the Large Sturdi bag while flying on USAir. The looked at the bag but didn't measure it at all. The height is what is important but if the bag is flexible , you won't have any problems.


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