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petehowell 10-31-2009 05:34 PM

Wanda and Buttercup
I got the call from the Boxer ladies mid-week that the puppy mill owner down by Worthington, MN just dropped off two girls that were not meeting his needs any longer. They had a new home back here in the cities, but needed a ride. The weather finally cleared up and Bernie offered to fly wing in the Bonanza, so off we went!

Gusty winds, but great visibility on the trip down...

We land and Bernie meets the girls...

Loading 2 dogs that had never seen the outside of a kennel was interesting. Once seated, the nervous drooling started. Good thing coats can be washed.

Wanda's not so sure about this plane thing on the taxi out....

Bernie departs Worthington right behind us....

Buttercup (up front) settles in, but Wanda looks like she has heard about how I fly...

Wanda: I ain't layin' down....

Buttercup seems to enjoy private plane travel...

Wanda learned to like it, too....

APRS tracked the action for people dropping off dogs at Worthington and picking up the pooches at Anoka...

2.2 on the hobbs, 2 Boxers with a brighter future, and some quality time on 122.75 with a good friend - Not a bad day! Find all the pics and captions here.

Sam Buchanan 10-31-2009 07:06 PM

Great stuff, Pete! You done good. :)

jetjok 10-31-2009 08:06 PM

Proper Job!
You are a man among men for volunteering your RV and time for the cause of those two unfortunate dogs. I never really pondered the fate of "puppy mill' dogs until about 3 years ago. My wife and I got a 12 week old West Highland Terrier whose feet only touched the ground when someone was viewing him for purchase. Since then, I have become a big supporter of the CA West Highland Terrier rescue group. We adopted a 2 y/o female last year and every time she comes to me with her tail wagging and ball in her mouth, I get a great feeling of a good deed done!
Maybe we need to organize a VAF canine transfer service?

petehowell 10-31-2009 08:43 PM

Hi Mark,

The pilots are pretty well organized already. Check out Pilots N Paws . I have worked with both them and the local Boxer rescue. My theory is, if you are gonna burn some 100LL, help the dogs out, too. PNP has a way to deduct some of your costs(all caveats apply to do your homework)

I've met some really nice people thru both organizations, too.

pierre smith 11-01-2009 06:30 AM

Now this is a great idea...

Originally Posted by jetjok (Post 372753)

.....Maybe we need to organize a VAF canine transfer service?

...for us to do. I'd be in in a skinny minute. Every time I read Pete's travel stories on behalf of our lovely critters, I feel a huge admiration for him and others that do this.

Thanks, Pete,

Rick_A 11-01-2009 08:50 AM

Flying with dogs (a bit off topic)
Great story and pics. I've been thinking about flying with our small dog.

It's looks like you did not take any extraordinary measures to secure the dogs. I took our dog (25 lb bijon/poodle mix) for a taxi test last weekend and he did fine. I been waiting on taking him on a flight until I figure out a good way to secure him - for his safety and mine.

My current plan is to install a tie down ring on the aft baggage wall and use a short leash attached to a harness. I think a soft crate would be better but we've never been able to get him to go in a crate.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

P.S. We also bought some Mutt Muffs for him

Danny7 11-01-2009 09:53 AM

I took an 80 pound dog in a 152 for a long trip, i was taking him to a his new home from bend to las vegas. I had him in a crate in the back, he got sick. Both ways. Next time (if there is a next time ;)) I'll make sure to exercise them a lot so they are tired and empty! Pete do you or the people that have the dogs before you pick them up give them calming drugs or herbals?

And NEVER give money to the humane society of the united states (HSUS)!

petehowell 11-01-2009 11:28 AM

Dog Preparation
The dogs are usually prepared by no food for several hours, limited water, and and some Benadyl. That combination, a scratch under the chin, and the steady "purr" :p of the Lycoshaker usually puts them right out. A good run and potty break is a really good idea before the flight. Once settled in, the dogs have never moved, unless it is to pop their heads up after landing. Yesterday, Wanda and BC did not move at all until after we had shut down and put the RV back in the barn.

I have an old moving blanket as the floor mat in the RV in case there are any accidents:eek:

RScott 11-01-2009 11:38 AM

I would be careful if the dogs were golden retrievers. I have had 2 goldens that got so excited about going somewhere (in the back of my pickup, fortunately) that they would poop half a dozen time before I got 20 miles down the road. The only way to prevent this was to take them for a ride at least a couple times a week.

CuriousGeorge 11-01-2009 06:22 PM

Don't blame the breed (goldens that is). I'm sure my wife would do the same thing if I tossed her in the back of my truck.

Happy Golden owner (that is owner of a happy golden and happy to own one too)

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