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Travelling with Deshka now that she is full grown
  • BarrowBarrow
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    Post edited by curlytails at 2013-04-15 00:38:53
  • JuniJuni
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    I want to fly with Juni but she would not be allowed in the cabin by any airline here. How do you fit Deshka under the seat, she must be taller than that??? Here the carrier must be big enough for the dog to stand up and turn around.
    I did read a tip on one airline website too that might be useful: travel on weekdays when there will be more ground staff on duty that can help out.
  • NekopanNekopan
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    I want to know this as well! I tried to fly with a miniature dachshund puppy on an Air Canada flight. He was only about 10 inches tall from the top of his head to the ground, but they wouldn't let him in the cabin because the seat space was only 8 inches.
  • zandramezandrame
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    @shibamistress, I think the ball is one of these -
    http://www.petco.com/product/113911/Petco-Bouncing-Spiny-Ball-Dog-Toy.aspx

    They sell similar ones at most pet store chains, and even Target has some (where we got ours). Pretty durable, bounce really well, and double as a zoom groom replacement if necessary. :)
  • BarrowBarrow
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  • SayaSaya
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  • Koji's momKoji's mom
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    WHat airlines have you flown and what is the specific bag you are using??

    Living in Hawaii I know no dogs whatsoever allowed in cabin INTO Islands, unless service dog...

    Outbound and mainland,I thought they had to be able to stand up under the seat?

    I'm interested in taking Koji to mainland some day and let him experience cold weather..
  • kirjohkirjoh
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    I'd also love to know the model of carrier, the airline, do you travel coach/first class/business...? I've heard it can't be done with Shias in cabin, but it sounds like Deshka is the same size if not a little bit bigger than Penny!
  • BarrowBarrow
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    The carrier we use is a Petco Expand-A-Case carrier, size large. We typically travel with Alaska Airlines, both in First and Coach. It does not really matter if we are in First or Coach as long as we have either the middle or window seat because of the space under those two seats. The aisle seat is too narrow for the expanding carrier. In first class the only space that works for the expanding carrier is in the "middle" space; neither of the "foot" areas have enough room. We just had a trip where Deshka was in the carrier for 4.5 hours and she did fine...no whining, barking, etc. We weighed her when we arrived back at home and she tipped the scales at 22# even.

    As for Hawaii travel we are looking at taking Deshka with us in November for the first time. There is a tremendous amount of preplanning and paperwork to make this happen since Hawaii is the only state without rabies. The nonstop flight time is approximately 6 hours between ANC-HNL and I anticipate that Deshka will get a little uncomfortable unless we really tire her out for the preceding 24 hours.
  • Koji's momKoji's mom
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    I'm still confused - I thought to have dog under seat the airlines required they be able to stand up under seat...are you saying your dog can stand up under seat? or that airlines don't require it?

    Your dog is very cute...
  • tatonkatatonka
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  • kirjohkirjoh
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    For my own purposes, I am wondering which airline would be maybe "loosest" with it's regulations. It all seems to have to do with if you get a stickler at the ticket counter or not. I'm looking at flying from Tampa to Detroit (or Flint) next month, and I really would love to find a way for Penny to travel with me! Driving was considered, and I would actually prefer it since it would be cheaper, but I just can't fathom driving for 20 hours by myself!
  • shibamistressshibamistress
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  • Koji's momKoji's mom
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    @Shibamistress - Hawaii dismantled their quarantine facility...You still have to do all the rabies prep...and it takes months...but if you do it to the letter (and they are very strict about timelines of vaccines, tests, retesting, and certification) you can bring dog in...but you can not just hop on plane and bring dog to HI...they will confiscate - if they even let you board on mainland - but I don't know where they keep them now..I'm sure it's not pretty :(
  • amtiamti
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    I think that's awesome you travel with your Shiba! I know airplane rules for pets travelling in cargo require that the animal can stand and turn around in the crate, but it seems like standards are different with carry on. I've seen people take their pets out of the carriers in planes before so maybe the airlines aren't too picky since the owners are right there. I love how your dog just goes right to sleep. I wonder if it is the hum of the engine noise that puts her to sleep. I used to lay my kids down on the floor to sleep when we travelled to Japan... until I heard about sudden turbulence.
  • BarrowBarrow
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    Deshka is unable to stand up under the seat, but with the expandable carrier she can lay down and sleeps through the flights. So far this has never been an issue. We have had to demonstrate Deshka's ability to lay in her carrier when we check in.... When turbulance gets really bad (especially in small airplanes) she lays really flat on the floor or seat....sometimes making me want to join her!
  • I look forward to our next trip and the ability to bring Hiiro, I wanted to bring him to Las Vegas in march but we ended up not being able to since the trip was literally planned the day before we left.

    @Barrow and please let me know how Hawaii works out, my father in law lives there and we would love to be able to bring him out there. Let me know how difficult it really is.
    Post edited by Hiirotheshiba at 2013-06-18 09:09:26

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