After a flight recovery day(flight went smooth and easy, no issues) everyone tired but now settling into day to day….Grace and Bella Rae are totally bonded❤️
You might remember that yesterday’s blog featured Roger and CW–they flew to Salt Lake City. Yes, we get quite a few folks that fly with their Weimaraner puppy. Nonetheless, it is getting more difficult to make these kinds of flights happen. Smaller planes and different carry-on criteria are the reason it is not as easy as it once was. Nonetheless, here are two families who were able to pull it off.
Why fly, you might ask. Well–in many cases, it is the best option. A road trip is not always in the best interest of the puppy. Nor, is it in many cases the best way to start–get the routine going to ensure you are on the right track. The road trip means you have the concern of where to potty your puppy–it is essential to be extremely careful. Parvo has most likely infected every roadside potty area–read up on this dreadful situation, and you will agree. Being very careful is essential. Every year, more pups are lost to this disease than you can imagine. I hold my breath as I write we have never lost an OwyheeStar to Parvo. We want to keep this way.
Another perk with the carry-on experience might not be as evident. People who fly must get their puppy to settle in the travel bag. If you can teach a puppy to settle–you can teach them anything. It is also a great time to bond. There is something about the travel experience of this sort–it sets you up for an extraordinary transition.
~The Pacific NW
Jorga began her life at OwyheeStar–like so many of your Weims. She then, stayed with Arleen (who lives with Arliss) until she could join her family in Belgium. For the last several years she has reported in at various intervals.
Here is the sweet Jorga –welcome back! We are happy you made the trip without a hitch. Below she was preparing for the journey–watching as her home was packed into boxes. For all you who say never flying with a Weimaraner ever–what options are there? You cannot leave the family member behind.
~Friends for Life
I got a Weim a number of years ago from Cliff and Shela. They passed on and every since I have been trying to get another Weimaraner from OwyheeStar. As it happened, we now live in Tennesee; however, right when the puppy was old enough to fly as it would happen, we were in California. Cliff and Shela shipped the puppy to me — a direct flight. The next day we boarded the flight with our new family member (as our carry on) to fly back home. It could not have worked out better.
Our Son and Macey
My son wasn’t too fond of dogs before meeting Macey. This disinterest was because he was never really attached to any we have had; probably because they never came to him. Then, there was the Cocker Spaniel who was outright mean to him. Thank you, for putting a huge smile on his face.
The puppy was amazing on the flight home. There have been no accidents in the house. She is great, we couldn’t ask for anything more. Tonight will be her first journey on the boat and maybe she will get in the water. Thanks, again–Don
Don, we are so happy to hear that your son has a dog. There are so memories being made even as I type this note. A boy and his dog. Isn’t it fabulous? Cliff and I wish you all the best with Macey–we hope she shapes up to be a fabulous versatile hunting companion. May she live long and bring in the birds, too! We look forward to hearing about your adventures as they unfold. Drop us an update whenever you find the time. We appreciate your loyalty. People like you make what we do worth all the effort. Thanks ever so much!
~ Common Sense Lacking
Cliff and I have watched, listened, and been saddened by the recent news of the United Airlines craziness. Honestly, I have carried a puppy home on the airplane before. My ticket was with Delta; however, on one leg of the flight home, I was diverted to a United Flight. It was not necessarily a good experience. I received a less than welcome attitude and got a lecture about carryon protocol–it was a rather demeaning lecture. I bite my tongue because I needed to get home with the puppy.
Would I carry on again? Indeed I would. It is an excellent way to travel with a puppy. OwyheeStar has more clients than you can imagine who fly into Boise and bring their puppy home as their carryon. You might be shocked to hear us say it is much safer than a road trip. Avoiding exposure to the deadly Parvovirus is one of the reasons. Nevertheless, getting them home and off to a grand start with the least amount of stress (and risk) possible is essential.
What went wrong? United Airlines Flight Attendant told someone to put their dog in the overhead storage. How insane is that? Honestly, I would have gotten off the plane. I would have made a formal complaint. What is worse is this is a short-snouted dog. Anyone who has dealt with the airlines knows they ask about the breed and they have a specific protocol for these breeds who are prone to breathing issues. (OMG) This loss should not have happened–the owner has to protect the dog’s life always. You are responsible for the ultimate decisions whether you are at a Vet office, a dog park, or planning to fly with a puppy.
We are beyond saddened by this incident. The bulk of the blame is on the flight attendant. Whatever was she thinking? Nevertheless, we are the gatekeeper. You have to make sure your dog is safe. The carryon protocol has always been to use an appropriate airline approved bag which fits under the seat. We have put the bag under the seat for takeoff and landing. Otherwise, I held the bag on my lap–sometimes inserting my hand into the Sherpa Carrier. In twenty plus years of folks flying into to get the puppy as a carryon, there was one incident where the airline was being crazy. The person booked a flight home on another airline. The airline (not United) got a letter from this family who travels extensively with their dogs because they use them as therapy dogs.
Click here to read United Airlines response to this heartbreaking incident.
Two days later there was another mixup. This time due to a connecting flight error in Denver. Honestly, a large number of live animals fly without incident. Nonetheless, connecting flights increase the risk. The scenic route (via Japan) was a pretty significant mistake. Regardless, they were chartered to the new Kansas family awaiting their pet’s arrival. (OMG)
Sylvie speaks (she can chortle, bark, and howl a good tune)!
Finally I have a home….
I stayed an extra-long time with Cliff and Shela. I thought I might stay forever, but they kept telling me my training was for a reason. I had to be super great at the crate-training before I left. I later learned this was because I was going on this big bird in the sky.
Flying on the Big Airplane…
I flew a one-hop flight from Boise, Idaho to Seattle. I slept the whole way, because I actually liked the crated. Please do not tell my new Mom and Dad. Upon arriving at my new home I quickly tried to manipulate the situation, and gain total control. I only wanted what I want. I don’t see the harm in getting it, but it has not worked quite like I thought it would. They tell me, they have my number–whatever that means.
I live near Seattle, and I have become a Seahawk fan by proxy. I am now all about everything Seattle. These folks at the airline took such great care of me. In fact, I got to Mom and Dad quickly after the bird landed in Seattle.
I hear some Weims travel in a Sherpa bag as carry-on luggage. I was too big for that. Honestly, it was no big deal. My first scent was good news. I knew that smell. My favorite blanket smelled just like that finger. I knew at that moment; I was home. The next step was to find a place to potty
I live at Puppy Dog Toys R Us!
You might know me as ‘Bunny Slayer’ if you have read some of Shela’s Facebook Posts. Well, I admit I did amputate those long bunny-legs, but that bunny looked silly. I flew home with my well-used bunny, and I am still working on it. Regardless, these folks have more toys than Cliff and Shela have for everyone.
I don’t know where they keep getting the toys, but I am positive there must be a store attached to our house!
I like human attention …..
I am a Weimaraner go figure!
As you see above, I like being carried places. I like to snuggle and love a lot. I wag my tail, and my whole-body waves. It makes my parents smiles.
Mom and Dad like that I am sweet, and loving. I plan to use the tail wagging, the kisses, and general cute antics to smooze (is that even a word?) myself into the best position possible.
I am employed full time!
I got to run. I have to see what the humans are doing. They are so entertaining. Oh, sorry that is me. I make them smile. That is my job!