Advice for flying canines

A writer-friend of mine, Susan, recently adopted a retired service dog, Joplin, from an organization in Toronto. Another friend, Harriet, who writes about airports for a living, agreed to collect the dog — and in the process, check out at least three airports. It turned into a 24-hour planes-trains-and-automobiles epic, which I won’t relate here since I’m guessing at least one of them will squib about it somewhere, but I did glean a fairly excellent bit of flying-your-dog advice from a kennel north of the border.

When you load up your dog, include a bowl in which the water has been frozen, so that it melts during the flight and is less likely to slosh around during the early loading phases. Also, create a bedding of shredded paper on top of a rubber mat: It’s soft, absorbent and disposable. One other thing, and I hope I’m not giving too much away here, be sure you’ve got a regulation travel crate held together with metal fasteners!

Check out Harriet’s blog: Stuck at the Airport.

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2 Responses to “Advice for flying canines”


  1. 1 AbbyK9 August 13, 2008 at 7:58 am

    I want to add one other things that are very helpful for people who may be flying with their dogs or shipping them in cargo –

    If you have any concerns about making sure the front door of the crate may come open, secure it using at least two bungee cords. This can also help keep well-meaning airport attendants from opening the crate to “pet the dog” and inadvertently letting the dog escape. This, unfortunately, is not as uncommon as one would hope.

  2. 2 Dog Kennel Seattle August 14, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Those are great tips. It seems like people kind of just assume the airlines will take care of their pets. There has to be a better way to get them water, though.


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