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Responses to our Air Travel article:

Deedie  (Los Angeles, California)

Just a comment--the article on air travel with your dog states that the animals are placed in the same cargo hold as luggage, which is not true. I only had one experience taking my dog on a plane and everything went well, it's not something I wanted to make a habit of personally tho, but I do know that I was told by many airlines that the animals have a separate section that has the same air & temperature regulation as the cabin, they are not below the plane surrounded by suitcases that are bouncing around up against their crate as one may infer from the article, in fact they needed to know how many animals would be travelling in advance to make sure that there were enough spaces (I think the type of plane on my particular flight only had space for 2 kennels)at any rate, I'm hoping the companion air idea takes off, attitudes about a pets role in the family have changed too much for airlines not to take notice and make changes

Renee  (Montrose, Colorado)

I travel every week and I take my Yorkie, Bruiser, with me on every trip. I have to pay $100 each way on United for what they call 'excess baggage'. I really resent paying the money because technically I am not carry excess baggage any more than someone with a laptop. If there were an airlines that didn't charge, I'd fly them every time just because of the consideration they have for pet lovers.

Molly  (Washington, D.C.)

I have a year and a half old Westie named Maisy May. She has flown on a number of flights with me in the cabin on Delta and USAirways. On all flights, 12 in all, I have had wonderful experiences. The flight crew has been friendly and helpful and the passangers in the seats next to me have been very kind. I always alert them that I have a dog in a bag and if they need me to change to another seat, I would not mind. No one has ever asked me to move. However, what I need is a direct flight between Washington, DC and Milwaukee, WI. Prior to owning my dog, I flew Midwest Express Airlines all the time. They are the only major airline that does not allow dogs in the cabin. I have called their customer service line and they cannot give me a straight answer as to why and no one has returned my emails that I have sent to them. If all other airlines allow dogs in the cabin, why won't Midwest Express do the same?

Lynn  (Ruidoso, New Mexico)

I have been a travel agent and dog lover forever. If I have always wondered what the big deal would be to have the rear section set up for pet owners. A seat and a cage. Extra family members can sit in the front of the plane. They can have a closed door to keep the noise in the back, and insure that each cage has an easy to clean base and a diaper type lining to just throw away when finished. It sounds like Companion is heading that way.I applaude them, and will sell them.

Responses to our Doggie Etiquette article:

Tom  (Atlanta, Georgia)

Don't simply offer (to clean up after your dog if he or she goes to the bathroom in a store) ---DO IT, with the clean-up supplies that hopefully all dog handlers carry with them whenever they are out in public. A plastic grocery bag and a few paper towels easily fit in to a pocket, purse or fanny pack.Otherwise, I thought your comments were pretty much on target.



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