~*~ 1) The ONLY airline we will allow our puppies to fly on (and only in-cabin with their new owners) is Southwest - who now allow folks to carry on pets. ALL their planes are the same, so you won't run into the problem of an Airline assuring you that your crate will fit beneath the seat of your scheduled flight, and then at the last minute switch to a different type of aircraft - where the crate won't fit - and then boot you off the plane with your pet (this happened with Delta - the turkeys).
We do not recommend Delta Airlines, in any case. Hubby travels frequently, and they are - hands down - the very worst airline of all. Coming back from Louisiana on a business trip, he arrived at the airport to find that Delta had cancelled his flight home; reason = "Crews' time exceeded." Having no idea what that meant, I called them. Evidently a plane crew are only allowed to fly a certain number of hours per month. This particular crew had reached their allotted air time and so the flight was cancelled - stranding a whole plane full of passengers at the airport. The passengers were NOT put on any other flight and were stranded overnight in Louisiana; Delta didn't even pick up the tabs for their hotels or meals - or make any arrangements whatsoever. Can you imagine traveling with a little puppy and having this happen to you? Being stranded overnight in a strange place and not being able to find a hotel that accepts pets?
~*~ 2) The ONLY Pet Ground Transportation service we have approved is "Royal Paws" a nationwide ground transportation service (I believe they also transport puppies to Canada). The puppy is transported by extremely caring drivers who are devoted pet owners themselves. It's a personal service which picks the puppy up and delivers her/him straight to you; the puppy is not kenneled or transported with any other animal. However, Royal Paws WILL allow puppies from the same litter to travel together and deliver them to different homes - in which case, the cost of transportation can be split among the new owners. I am not affiliated with this company in any way, I only learned about them from new puppy owners.
We do not arrange shipping, preferring that the owners pick the puppies up themselves. However, if the new owners wish to arrange transportation within the guidelines above, that is fine.
PLEASE do not ask us to ship puppies outside of the guidelines above. To see the reasons why we do not ship - see below.
When everything goes well, shipping might appear to be easy, but if anything goes wrong, your puppy can suffer terribly.
Below are the reasons we do not ship our puppies. We're just not willing to take the chance with our puppies - they are very precious to us.
- Cargo holds are pressurized but the air pressure in the cargo hold is NOT the same air pressure as in the passenger cabin. The pilot needs to adjust the air pressure in the cargo hold and other chambers to make the aircraft go up and down. It is illegal for humans to travel in the cargo hold because it's so dangerous.. why put a beloved pet in there?
- The temperature can fluctuate from below zero to above 100 degrees in the same flight, though some cargo holds are temperature controlled – but just because they are “temperature controlled” does NOT mean that they are safe for animals to stay in. I seriously doubt the cargo holds are maintained at the SAME temperature the cabin is. And of course, the "temperature control" in the cargo hold is only in effect while the plane is in the air; on a plane that is delayed – the temperature in the cargo hold is going to plummet or soar (depending upon the season).
- Dangerous and noxious jet fumes waft into the cargo hold
- Your pet is in a dark, extremely loud (near the jets without any noise insulation) and scary place - they have no idea where you are and it can really stress a pet out if not cause cardiac or respiratory distress. US commercial carriers are now required by the FAA and DOT to report the number of pet deaths, injuries, and losses because this has historically been a huge problem.
- Your pet has nobody to help them if they bounce and cut themselves on their crate, if the crate flips, if they have cardiac or respiratory distress, or even to comfort them in their fear.
- You are not in control of your pet once you check them into baggage and often they can be lost, sometimes baggage workers think they are helping and open the door of the crate to give your pet air and they bolt and get lost. People have seen crates with pets in them tossed around like our regular luggage with the pet bouncing inside.
- Pets get put onto the wrong plane and flown to a wrong airport - that happened to us when we flew back from Germany with our pets whom we put on a very reputable Pet Airline. They arrived late at night at an airport that closed for the night, and even though the poor dogs had flown overseas, they were confined to their crates without food or water all night - the airport personnel were adamant that the airport was closed and that it was not permitted for them to give food or water.
- Your dog could be left on the tarmac for hours or forgotten. I've heard about dogs left on the tarmac when it's hot and they arrive sick and dehydrated. I heard about a woman who received a dog via a commercial flight a few years ago and the inside of the dogs crate was covered in snow. The dog was covered in snow and ice, and the dog was shivering.. The only way she could think that the dog was covered in snow was the crate was flipped in the wrong direction, or someone took a snow blower and blew the snow at her dog. Those are just some of the examples of what can happen when you rely on other people to transport your pet.
- You may love your pet but there is no guarantee that the people who handle your pet will. When you fly your pet in cargo, your pet will encounter all of the following people: checkin counter people, bag transporters/porters, people who load the cargo on the plane, tsa agents who will search your dog & carrier (you probably won't be there to see this if you check your dog by cargo), mechanics and any other workers who may have to be in the belly of the plane before and after it lands, baggage people at the place of arrival and any other airport staff who handles/oversees baggage.
- If you're using a commercial pet transport company to fly your pet - the last they see of your pet is when they drop them off at the check in counter. They may guarantee that someone is with your pet until take off but it's not going to be one of their staff. After 9-11 airports have strict rules about who is authorized to go where.
- Even carrying your beloved puppy with you in the cabin of an airplane can be hairpulling. Airline personnel might give you incorrect information about the size or type of crate that you must use - and you won't find out until you check in at the airport. Some airlines switch aircraft and the crate you use might not fit beneath the seat of the substituted aircraft. BOTH of those instances happened when new owners of our puppies flew them home (in cabin).
~*~ Via Ground Transportation which kennels the puppies and/or ships them among other puppies.
Other than Royal Paws, I know of no other reputable ground transportation service that I would trust with my puppies. Most ground transportation businesses "collect" a bunch of puppies and keep them in a kennel until they have enough to fill their travel vehicle - commonly a trailer-type attachment that is pulled by a vehicle. The crates are reused over and over; and no one is within earshot of the poor puppies - if one became deathly ill, or injured - it would not be discovered until the vehicle stopped to deliver an occupant.
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