Happy Thanksgiving from Seattle!
Preston flew to Seattle with Mommy and Daddy last Saturday to spend the holidays at Grandpa and Grandma’s house. Yes… Preston was flying again!!
Just like previous flying trips, Mommy and Daddy were very nervous about putting Preston on a plane since he is too big to stay right next to them in the cabin and has to travel in the cargo hold. In the past, Preston has flown with United Airlines and American Airlines. Both of the airlines accept pets as checked baggage, meaning Preston was checked in at the same ticket counter as Mommy and Daddy and picked up at the baggage claim. This time Mommy and Daddy had booked Continental Airlines. They handle their pet customers a little differently. Pets that are too big to fly in-cabin are shipped through their Petsafe® program. Under this program, pets are accepted as cargo, meaning Preston has to check in at the airlines’ “Cargo Center” and be picked up at the Cargo Center at the destination too. Mommy and Daddy did research and prepared this trip as if Preston had never flown eventhough it would be his FOURTH trip flying wtih Mommy and Daddy.
Phew! Preston had a pleasant flight and arrived in Seattle safely! Mommy and Daddy would like to share their latest experience.
-Book ahead: Daddy reserved Preston’s spot on the plane 2 months ahead!
-Check restrictions: Airlines have restrictions on breeds. During the hot weather months, some short-nosed breeds are not accepted for flying in cargo.
-Health certificate: Continental and the USDA require that traveling pets have a Health Certificate issued by a veterinarian dated within 10 days of travel for both the outbound and return trips. Preston is spending a week in Seattle so Mommy got his Health Certificate the day before his travel date.
Flying day:
-Arrive early: Preston arrived at the Cargo Center 2 hours before the scheduled flight.

-Flying in comfort: No toys are allowed in the kennel. It is a 4-hour flight from Houston to Seattle. Mommy had prepared Preston’s Kennel in case there is an unexpected long delay.

With the Petsafe® program, Mommy and Daddy can track Preston’s status online throughout the journey but they didn’t need to get online for this trip.
Look, who is arriving at the terminal and ready to board.

Mommy and Daddy’s seats happened to be on the right side of the airplane so when they landed in Seattle, they were able to catch a glimpse of Preston being unloaded.

Mommy and Daddy didn’t waste a minute picking Preston up at the Cargo Center after they got off the plane. It was a relief to see that Preston made it to Seattle safe and sound.

Preston’s past flying expereince: Flying with a Puggle.

FYI: Prior to this trip, we were uncertain about checking Preston as cargo as opposed to a baggage. We were worried about the additonal time Preston would be separted from us since an earlier check-in time is required for cargo and we wouldn’t be able to pick up Preston as quickly as we did when he traveled with us as a checked baggage. Based on this experience, we are giving Continental’s Petsafe® program thumbs up. We were able to avoid the chaos at the ticket counter espeically during the holiday season and picking Preston up at the Cargo Center is definitely more secure than finding him at the Baggage Claim where anyone could have picked him up. We didn’t have to wait for TSA screening either. That was also a plus. However, we recommend researching beforehand the directions to the Cargo Center as most airport’s Cargo Center is located in a remote area unknown to the general public and maybe hard to find.

10 Responses to Flying…again!

  1. This sounds scary to us, Preston! You are such a big boy to fly all by yourself!
    And now you get to have Thanksgiving dindin with your mom and dad AND grandma and grandpa!
    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  2. Miss Kylie says:

    I sure could NEVER do that Preston!!
    Happy Thanksgiving my friends! I hope you had a wonderful day!!

    Kylie & Family

    PeeS: The secret was reviled on my blog today!!

  3. kourtney says:

    Wow preston your parents are really prepared. they thought of everything for you. i dont think i would like flying very much but i’m sure you’re used to it and don’t mind at all. hope you had a great turkey day!

    oliver and jack

  4. Preston,

    Not only are you a super smart pup, you are super brave too! Flying alone is definitely something that I don’t think I will be doing anytime soon….whew! I’m sure all that Turkey was worth all the effort!

    We are not surprised of how prepared your Mommy and Daddy were. After all, you are super precious cargo!

    My Mama said that they would have to ship her off as cargo, before she is brave enough to let me fly alone! Thank goodness we don’t have to fly anywhere, anytime soon!

    Happy Gobble Gobble!

  5. lola says:

    my mom and I follow you on twitter so we were excited to see your rents could see you when they landed!! I am sure that was a relief for them!! You are such a world class traveler!!


  6. Oh Preston, I am so relieved that your cargo traveling went so smoothly! You are one brave puggle, and your parents are extra brave too! Mommy would have been freaking out the whole time! She has puggle attachment issues, BOL!
    Hope you had fun with Grandma and Grandpa for Thanksgiving!!

    Hugs and Licks, Bruschi

  7. PugglesTXRanger says:

    So glad it went well Preston! The PetSafe program is how I got from OK to Philadelphia when I first met my parents! I even had a layover at the IAH kennel. They did a good job with me too. 🙂 Glad it went ok.

  8. Oh Preston! You and your mom are very brave. Glad the flight went smoothly. You should have earned some turkey and trimmings for being so brave.

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  9. Doggy Dish says:

    I’ve never flown with my PUPPY. It must be wonderful to take your pet on a trip!

  10. Piggy the puggl says:

    Oh Preston, u are smart and brave boy!
    Piggy is Anti Crate and for sure he will crying and yelling if he in the crate!
    it would be great if someday Pets can have their seat next to their daddy and mommy!
    and Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and ur daddy and mommy~