When you take dogs on planes there are two choices: checking the dog right under the cockpit in a temperature controlled but checked luggage situation or taking the dog on board as a carry-on bag and stick the dog under the seat in front of you Almost all of the really scary “dog dying on the plane stories” are a result of checking the dog under the cockpit, so we felt a little better knowing that Buffy would be on board with us.
We got the large size and it was the perfect size for Buffy. Flexible rods in the bag could easily be bent so the bag could be put into a smaller space—in this case, the low height of the seat in front. The bag has great ventilation, easy–to-carry shoulder straps, and a really cute hole on the top that Buffy could stick her head out of to see what was going on. Also, Buffy amazingly figured out how to climb out of the bag out of that hole, to our surprise.
We’ve been through a lot with Buffy and she’s proved herself a resilient, strong and a really “good dog” but it still really worried me what would happen on the plane. I mean what if she needed to go to the bathroom or just started to whine for no reason? What would we do?
The thing is that you can’t make decision in life according to worst-case scenarios. Am I never going to drive my car because sometimes people die? No, of course not.
So we took a chance got Buffy to the airport, through security, and on the plane. After a temporary escape from the bag, Buffy sat in her bag for three hours and forty minute and didn’t make a sound. She reminded us that she’s a sturdy and even-tempered little trooper.
Yes, it cost an extra $100 to take Buffy onto the plane and the stress of the whole process was indeed palpable but it was definitely worth it to travel as a whole family and watch my mom run around the house in delight playing with my little angel.