In 15 days, I’m off on a trip to Florida, with my bestie, Daisy Mae, the Hilarious Havanese! She loves Florida, chasing lizards and lounging by the pool in the sunshine. But in the past I’ve driven the 22 hours, just so I didn’t have to put her on a plane.
Well, these days, everyone seems to travel with their pets on airplanes, so I think I’m going to give this a try! I bought this great travel bag (with wheels) for her to ride in. It should fit nicely under the seat in front of me on the plane. My next worry… she could be a neurotic mess in that bag under the seat… so of course my Veterinarian recommended light sedation, which he advised me to test in advance. So, two weeks ago, I picked up the goods from him, and gave her 1/4 of a pill on a Sunday afternoon while she was loafing around the house.
No effect… She stayed pretty much how she always is. Chasing toys, flipping her blankey’s around, and just all around, being her adorable rowdy self. So this week, I slipped 1/2 of one of the pills into a cheese treat. Within an hour, she was in complete loaf mode. Whew! I think this will work… Now the tough part will be to hope that the flight leaves on time. It’s a straight through flight from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Punta Gorda, FL on Allegient Airlines.
I think, the two of us are ready for travel! Perhaps by the next trip, I can get her to cooperate in a service dog program, so she can be on my lap instead of under a seat… Wish me luck!