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|Thank you Andrea; for making sure this never happens!|
|Topic Started: May 11 2010, 10:13 AM (240 Views)|
|CZMLaura||May 11 2010, 10:13 AM Post #1|
|Here's the sad story of a couple from Canada who befriended a dog, and attempted to take him back with them, however he never arrived.|
|south beach girl||May 12 2010, 07:24 AM Post #2|
Oh that is so freakin sad!!
Number 1 tip when flying your dog on connecting flights, print a photo of the dog, wallet size. Write a letter to the pilot from the dog on the back:
Dear Pilot, my name is Fido. I will be flying with you today. Please ensure the heat and air are on in my baggage compartment
As you board the plane ask the stewardess to give the photo to the pilot. I never completely trust that baggage handlers communicate to the pilot there is a dog underneath. It is one extra piece of insurance to ensure your dog is transferred to the correct plane before you leave.
We have had no problems using Delta other than they charge too much to fly a pet. They have always provided a good service to dogs flying out of Cozumel.
My personal experience flying through Mexico City with my own dog on Mexicana airlines:
First time coming down with him. I approached the gate staff and asked if my dog had been transferred to the plane coming from D.F. to Cozumel. I was basically ignored, but I did not leave that desk. I demanded to know that my dog was on that plane. When the stress became overwhelming, the tears came. At this point a ground staff guy took pity. I watched through the windows at D.F. He jumped in a van and drove off. He returned 15 minutes later and I saw my dog being loaded to the plane. Honestly if I had not stood my ground I am unsure if my dog would have made it to the flight connecting to Cozumel. D.F. airport is HUGE and very BUSY. I think it could be easy for a dog in a crate to get lost in the shuffle of things there. Don't ever board your connecting flight until somebody can tell you they laid eyes on your dog being loaded onto the connecting flight.
Extra precautions I took flying through D.F. was writing the itinerary out in Spanish and English and taping it to the kennel, so on top of the baggage direction sticker that should be posted to the kennel, it was written very, very clearly where my dog was going. When checking in your dog make sure they put a BAGGAGE DIRECTION STICKER ON THE KENNEL! I have caught the airlines a few times almost missing this. That direction sticker is very important for baggage staff to make sure your pet gets to where it is supposed to going.
I am very pleased to report that not one dog that has been adopted north or transferred out has ever been lost or become sick. Every single one has made it with ZERO problems.
These poor people must be beside themselves worrying about little Paco. He is cute and one can only hope somebody in Mexico City has taken him in.
One added thought to what may have happened as far as the dog getting out of the carrier: If they bought a particular kennel called: Pet Taxi made by the company 'Pet Mate', they are not very secure. They have side clips to secure the kennel together and with the weight of the animal in it, they often pop open. When we receive these kinds of kennels donated Marvin the HS kennel supervisor, drills holes and uses zap straps to secure them. I have seen these kennels for sale in Mexico. They are pretty kennels, but not very safe because of this, unless you take the added precaution of zap strapping them together. Photos of this kind of kennel:
Edited by south beach girl, May 12 2010, 07:26 AM.
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