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You have me worried for picking up our pup now. I fly out at 4:25 from detroit and the pups are an hour or so away. Drive back, drop off rental car, get through security. Fortunately it will be 2 days after christmas but still busy. I was thinking I would want to be on the road back to detroit by noon, maybe 11. I am now leaning more towards 11 at the latest, sooner if possible. I arrive late the night before and am assuming at this time the soonest I can get to the breeders is 9 the next morning. What do you think?

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Ugh, I just discovered that detroit is in the easten time zone, yukko! Maybe I should change my hotel plans and drive closer to the pups when I arrive. Arriving late at 11 pm is suddenly just 9 pm to me.
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Laura, you can always talk to the breeder and ask her what the earliest time is that you can come and pick up your girl the next morning. That is what I did with Ben, I asked and it was okay to pick him up at 8 AM to head straight to the airport.

Of course, we had a horrible experience with Delta as well - since they won't allow pups under 10 weeks in the cabin anymore and then they bitch about the medium Sherpa bag for even an 8 week old but a large Sherpa bag will not fit under the seat. I was also not allowed to let puppy's head stick out of the carrier, I had to put the carrier under the seat and leave it there.
I think they try to force people to put the pups into cargo. No thank you, I would rather drive two days by car than do that.

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I would try to get as close to your breeders as possible the night before, if it's at all possible. Ask your breeder if you can pick up early and then get to the airport as early as you can. While you might be spending time in the ladies' room with a piddle pad trying to get puppy to piddle before the flight, at least you've gotten through security and are at the airport. We actually waited for several hours before our flight, which was fine because we were able to meet more people.

I just cannot imagine flight crews not liking puppies, but obviously some don't. I've flown a number of flights with animals on board and in my experience the flight attendants have been very accomadating and excited. I know some airlines work with employee volunteers who actually fly puppies back to service dog training organizations, on their days off.
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I am going to change my hotel. I should note to Lynn the need to be early and first that day. I think the airport has a pet relief area but I doubt I will want to go near it. Sticking with piddle pads would be safest as far as disease goes.
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This is a great resource for flying with pups and they sell super soaking pee pads sized for sherpa bags, and they are unscented.

http://www.dryfur.com
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This is a great resource for flying with pups and they sell super soaking pee pads sized for sherpa bags, and they are unscented.

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Yes, the dryfur site & products worked great for me having now flown 2 goldens international in cargo and a shih tzu in cabin.


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My daughter flew 9 week old Duncan from FL to NC on Delta. It was barely a 2 hour flight and they ended up landing early.
The breeder dropped him off just outside check-in. He was in a Sherpa and weighed close to 15lbs. Upon waiting for check-in, Duncan threw up in his bag. The breeder had just fed him a FULL lunch before the flight! (NOT recommended). The breeder also claimed he was car sick. I actually think that worked to my daughter's advantage, as Duncan's tank was empty from that point on. Check in was easy, she just had to present his medical certificate.
She said getting through security was ok, but a little overwhelming. She took him to the women's restroom in Tampa which was very big and even had a large diaper changing area. It was a deserted bathroom so she would take him out of the bag and let him walk around on the counter. Many people came over to see him at that time; he probably met close to 20 people! She gave him 3 drops of Bachs Rescue Remedy before the flight.

-IN THE CABIN-
The Delta flight attendant that was on the plane was very nice. He came over to pet Duncan and asked some basic questions. She was allowed to hold him in the Sherpa on her lap with his head sticking out until the plane started moving to take off. It was hard to cram the Sherpa under that little seat! Thankfully the person sitting next to her was very understanding and even helped her out. He whimpered slightly while under the seat in the bag, but no massive amounts of crying. When the plane was in the air, the friendly flight attendant let her take Duncan out of the bag and he sat on her lap. Duncan made NO noise when he was out of the bag, people in the surrounding seats had no idea there was a puppy in the cabin! He slept most of the flight but was extremely interested in shoving his face in between the seats in front of them! The air pressure didn't seem to bother him either. When the beverage cart came around she asked for a cup of ice. He really enjoyed licking the ice to keep hydrated. He had to go back under the seat for landing (with minimal whining), then they walked right off the plane.

Duncan was in the bag for 5 HOURS and did not pee or poop! She actually misplaced the pee pads so he only had the fuzzy bottom liner of the Sherpa.
Just one vomit accident at the beginning which Keri easily found a family bathroom to set him down and clean him up in. She was very excited/nervous, but in the end it was all worth it!
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Glad it went well for you. Did they never ask the age of the pup? Their new policy requires it to be 10 weeks old. I am flying United because of this on friday, but would have preferred to use my Delta miles instead.
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