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Traveling with Your Four-Legged Friend

Just a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hand-delivering a Beagle puppy to a fellow dog show friend on the East Coast. It’s not often that I travel with a baby puppy, let alone fly with one. In fact, I’ve never flown with a dog that I was able to carry with me on board. So, if nothing else it was definitely a learning experience.

Flying with your four-legged friend may have its “ruff” times, but surprisingly enough, it can be pretty enjoyable as well.

The little stinker that I recently traveled with was an absolute angel.

Little Miss Dewey makes herself at home at our second-to-last destination.

This little girl has literally never been on a bigger adventure, but all she did was snooze away the hours on the plane. On our layover she popped her little head out of the bag and didn’t fuss or fight at all. She was just curious why all of these strangers were staring at her. And believe me she had a lot of lookers!

Dewey rests her head on the side of her carrier, checking out all of the people at the airport.

Now to get to the important stuff. Although most of traveling with your four-legged friend does happen to be very enjoyable, it’s also important to be properly prepared beforehand.

You need a proper heath certificate, along with a carrier. These can be found pretty easily. Just be sure when you are shopping for one to look for the “airline safe” tag or note, and you should be good to go.

Also, I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I made sure to pack an extra towel and wet wipes in case of emergencies.

In the end, Little Miss Dewey was on her way to her new home with no fear at all! It was a bittersweet experience for me, but one that I wanted to share with my DFR readers.

If you have had a similar experience, please share your story with a comment in the space below.

See, I told you, Dogs Freakin’ Rule!

Written by

Kayla Bertagnolli is a 23-year-old from Ogden, UT, who's been involved in the dog show world her whole life. A former junior handler who learned about breeding Beagles from her mother Leah, she assisted several professional handlers and is currently working to become a Junior Showmanship judge. Kayla is passionate about photography and writes the twice-weekly blog, DFR. She plans to continue breeding and showing, and expects to stay involved in dogs "for life!"
  • Susan Chaney
    Susan Chaney March 5, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    I have yet to travel on a plane with my little dog, Max. I’m not sure he would be as well behaved Little Miss Dewey, but at least I wouldn’t have to let him go at my destination…Glad it went so well for you, Kayla!

  • Marie Mullin March 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    I have had the pleasure of traveling with a few Collie puppies at 8 weeks old and had the same wonderful experience. I was prepared for the worst with puppy pads, baby wipes, extra bedding, etc but every time they settled right in and went to sleep in their little carrier at my feet, not a peep or a poop! LOL

  • Julie W March 5, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    I had the pleasure of flying my new ESS home, from Phoenix to Des Moines. He was an angel. I had shipped my carrier to the breeder, so he was familar with it. I had a blankie that smelled like me. I brought a chew toy, just in case, but he never needed it. I brought piddle pads and wetwipes, which he didn’t need either. The tough part was sending the carrier through security without the puppy. You have to carry the pup thougth the scanner, with no collar, no nothing. I was a little freaky about that, I always think ‘what if’ he gets away and no collar, no id, aaahhhh, I would be a basket case. But, he was so very good and calm, I was worried for nothing.

  • Susan Chaney
    Susan Chaney March 5, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    I have yet to travel by plane with my little dog, Max. I don’t think he would do nearly as well as Little Miss Dewey. So glad your experience was so positive, Kayla.

  • Mary March 6, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    I made a trip to Hungary in 2010 to meet a breeder and bring home a new puppy. I had never even possessed a passport before planning this trip and had never experienced any desire to travel outside of the US. But, my love for this breed made traveling abroad a necessary adventure. The flight from Budapest to JFK was about 9 hours then another flight from there to San Fransisco was another 5 hours. My new puppy endured several delays between the flights and the flight time without making a peep or having an accident. I had carried puppy pads with me along with the wet wipes, small water dish and a few bland food treats to keep the puppy satisfied during the inflight meals. I hope to be making the trip again soon.
    Aside from the value of meeting the breeder and hand carrying the puppy from one country to another, I was also able to meet seveal other breeders and observe a number of breed representatives from the ages of three days to thirteen years. Being able to watch the dogs in action and put my hands on them was an education that would be difficult to duplicate in this country since there are so few of these dogs currently residing in the US.

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