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petehowell
10-30-2010, 08:16 PM
Wednesday morning it was snowing and blowing at 45 kts in Minneapolis. I thought Fall was over, but thankfully, I was wrong. Everything cleared out and the weekend has been just beautiful.

Andi and I were planning to head south for homecoming at Iowa State to see some old friends at the tailgates. Ames is great for this as airport is only a 10 min walk from Jack Trice Stadium and they recently built a walking path!

We arrived in Ames about 9:15 and enjoyed food, beverage and friends for about 3 hours, then hoofed it back to the airport and headed south right over Des Moines to Osceola, IA where a new buddy, Rambler, was waiting in a van. Rambler was a stray Boxer in Girard, KS and had been hit by a car, breaking his leg/and or pelvis. He is a real nice dog....

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It was a bit of a challenge to get him in back, but he slid in and took a look around.
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After takeoff, we never heard a peep from him until got bumpy over top of Minne International.

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Gotta love direct routing thru the Bravo!
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Great trip! Andi told me how much she loves the plane and all the fun things we have been doing with it!

Sorry for the lame pics - we forgot the camera and were using cell phones.

Ron Lee
10-30-2010, 08:54 PM
How much did he weigh? I am limiting mine to around 35-40 pounds just due to the issues of safely getting them in and out of a slider and into a crate.

I am surprised that the in flight host/hostess did not cover him up. It is the little things that earn you the five star puppy transport ratings!

Of course I do not serve meals or beverages and I make some share a crate with others.

I just read the PNP listing. How did you manage getting him in with a possible bone injury?

petehowell
11-01-2010, 06:26 AM
Ron,

He was a tiny thing for a boxer, about 45 pounds. I had lots of help from the local airport crew, they were out test flying a Mooney Mite (cool plane). They helped me lift him in. The bone injury did not seem to bother him, other than walking on 3 legs. It was warm in the cockpit witht the sun shining - I doubt he would have kept the blanket on long!