I was lucky enough to sit across the aisle from this cutie on my trip to Florida Friday! There were actually THREE dogs on my flight. It seems there has been an explosion in the number of service dogs / emotional support dogs lately.
I wish I could have brought my Rosie. She’s too young to leave unsupervised with just visits from a caregiver, so I had to kennel her while we’re gone. I feel badly that she’s in a cage for 10 days, but I know she is being well cared for.
NewsNet5 out of Cleveland recently did a story about injuries dogs are experiencing when flying on major airlines. From 2009 to 2010, the number of injured pets grew by 90% on US-operated airlines. Although the 55 animals injured in 2010 is still a small number, it is alarming that the number is growing so quickly. I apologize that I don’t have comparative numbers to see if the total number of animals carried on airlines has also risen, so I don’t know if the percentage is better or worse, but I do know that at least 55 pet families were distraught after they arrived at their destinations. Many of the dogs that are injured or die in flight are those with short noses such as Pugs and Bulldogs.