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Time to look forward to a new season, and all the changes that brings. Perhaps air travel is in your future? Maybe you've been hankering to talk to your pet in Italian? You just never know what will strike your fancy this Fall!
August 26th is National Dog Day. See this link for a bit of info on this neat day!
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Flying and taking your pet along for the trip can challenge even most most seasoned flier. But it can be done if you're willing to take some time to get organized and jump through a few hoops!
Regulations abound for flying within the continental United States. And that's all this short article will address. If you're going anywhere else the restrictions multiply, and you'll need to do more homework.
Here we go!
Classification of travel:
Your pet can travel as "Baggage" or "Cargo".
"Baggage" is what the airlines call your pet when you are traveling with it on the same flight.
"Cargo" is what airlines call your pet when they travel without you.
Best times of year to travel: Spring and Fall
There are Summer and Winter flying restrictions imposed by both airlines and airports. For example, there are strict no fly rules (on some airlines), during the Summer months, for short nosed and snubbed nose dog breeds, such as Pugs, Boxers, Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Shar Peis, and Shih-Tzus. This rule usually does not apply to these breeds if "carried on" - but always check to make sure.
Optimum Days and Times of Day to travel: Weekdays during normal business hours
Holidays and weekends can present problems for airports. Again, what you're trying to do is ensure that you can get your dog immediately after landing. Sometimes staff reductions on weekends and large traffic volumes on holidays affect the availability of personnel to go and get your dog.
Crate requirements: This varies by airline and airport. You must find out ahead of time what is allowed.
The specifics of crate requirements include: method of construction, size as it relates to the animal inside, markings on the outside of crate, and type of absorption material on inside of crate for accidents.
Baggage Limits (Carry On Pet Limits): Often it is two animals – for the whole plane!
Many airlines limit the “carry on” pets, on any one flight, to two animals. And this is usually done on a first come first serve basis. Do not just show up at the airport with expectations that you and your companion are a go.
There are also weight restrictions for “carry on” pets that vary by airline ~ and they do weigh the animals. Some airlines allow two like species in the same carrier, but weight restrictions still apply here.
Carrier requirements: The carrier must be able to fit under the seat in front of you.
That space under the seat in front of you is not as large as most people think it is.
AND, it varies from seat to seat. Oh Joy!
Again – you must call and find out exactly what the your specific airiline will allow.
ID Requirements: Your pet must have ID on or in (micro chipped) them & you need Rabies vaccinations and health certificates.
Keep medical records, including rabies certificates and tags, with you during your travels, so they can be easily produced if requested. Have pictures of your pet on your person.
Some exceptions may be made for puppies and kittens less than 3 months of age, as well as for seeing eye dogs and companion animals.
It is always best to check a few weeks (if possible) prior to your departure to be sure regulations have not changed.
Devon Rex ~ the Poodle Cat
The Devon Rex cat has these great big beautiful ears ~ making them look like elves and pixies!
One of the newer cat breeds, it originated in 1960 in the United Kingdom. 1968 was its debut year for arriving in the United States and by 1972 it had achieved its first championship status with the ACFA.
Like all "rex" breeds, they shed much less than many other breeds of cats, and require very little grooming.
These are energetic and playful cats. And they love our human companionship! If you're the kind of person who wants a cat that will sit on your shoulder, and play fetch, and generally enliven your life ~ then the Devon Rexs' believe they are the right breed of cat for you!
Teach Your Pet a New Language This month it's Italian!
Cat = gatto (pronounced 'GAHT-toh')
Dog = cane (pronounced 'KAH-nay')
Sit = seduto
Stay = fermo
Down = giù
Come = vieni
To here these words pronouced - go here and type in the Italian word & change the language to Italian)
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