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In-cabin carriers

Reader’s report: SturdiBag mesh customization

This is a very quick post, prompted by an e-mail message from reader Joe, who told me that when he took his cats to Costa Rico in 2007, they literally tore through the ventilation panels of the Sherpa Delta Pet Carriers he’d bought for them:

“My friend and I spent the whole 5 hour flight bent over physically holding the ripped areas closed to prevent them from escaping again. Miserable experience, to say the least.

I’m planning my  … Read more

Reader’s report and tips: A trip to Northern California’s Shenandoah Valley wine country

This is my lowest moment as a blogger. Reader Jennifer, the source of two terrific reports in 2011 (a review of Bellevue, WA’s Sheraton Hotel, and suggestions for dog-friendly activities in and near Bellingham, WA), sent me this report last August. Yes, that’s August 2011. It won’t surprise you that one of my resolutions for 2012 is to defeat my in-box, and this is where the war begins.

Jen and Troy, you’ll recall, own a captivating Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named  … Read more

Photo Friday: Kara in Paris

Reader Kristina (who recommended the Found My Animal leash I wrote a blog post about a short while ago) recently returned from a trip to Paris with Kara, her Chinese Crested, and bubbled with joy: “WOW! Paris was so awesome with dogs! They allowed dogs inside the restaurant, and in this particular one Kara was actually up on the couch-seat with us. It was great, she is a quiet girl so she just laid there while we ate and had a glass of wine.”

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Reader’s report: Pushing back when your dog’s in-cabin carrier is “too big”

Reader Joanna, who travels frequently with her Cardigan Welsh Corgi, told me about a recent exchange with a United ticket agent, who decided her dog (26 lbs., in an extra-large SturdiBag) was too big to fit under the seat:

“Last time on United at ticket counter they refused to let my dog go in cabin despite my measuring tape and pleas. Well, I took my SturdiBag in the cabin after dog was put in cargo and lo and behold,  … Read more

Reader’s report: Tips from a trip to the Bahamas

Amanda, a loyal Dog Jaunt reader, spends part of every year in the Bahamas. This year, for the first time, she and her husband took Wrigley, their 18 month-old Chihuahua/Jack Russell mix with them. Amanda very kindly sent me an e-mail about their trip, packed with good information, and (thanks, Amanda!!) said that I was welcome to share it with other Dog Jaunt readers.

It will help to know that Wrigley weighs 15 lbs., and that Amanda and her family started  … Read more

Shortening the large SturdiBag carrier for in-cabin airplane travel

As you will soon learn, if you read back through this blog’s entries or glance through the posts on Dog Jaunt’s Facebook page, I’m a big fan of the large SturdiBag carrier for in-cabin airplane travel. It’s officially too large for many (most?) airlines, but because its top is so flexible, it’s worked on every flight we’ve taken with it. The part of it that isn’t flexible, however, is the base. It’s a solid 18 inches long — and because  … Read more

PetEgo’s Pet Dome: A carry-on lounge for your in-cabin dog

In September 2009, I wrote a quick post about a PetEgo carrier that I yearned for but didn’t actually need: the Pet at Work Travel System, a backpack that holds a laptop and a small dog and a collapsible crate. And there it might have ended, but for reader Christie, who wrote to me and asked whether I thought it might work as an in-cabin carrier for their dog, traveling with them to Paris. As you’ll see in the comments,  … Read more

In-cabin pet carriers: Should I buy the one my airline sells, approves?

When you’re looking for an in-cabin pet carrier, one option you’ll likely consider is buying a carrier sold or approved by the airline you’ll be flying on. Five U.S. airlines will sell you carriers, two others have commissioned Sherpa to make carriers in approved sizes, and eight airlines (nine, if you count Northwest) have partnered with Sherpa in a “Guaranteed On Board” program based on Sherpa’s regular line of carriers. Take a look at the choices, and see what you  … Read more

Pet Gear “World Traveler” wheeled carrier: Almost, but not quite

Photo by Pet Gear

As you know, I’ve long been searching for a good wheeled dog carrier that will work for in-cabin plane travel. I own one — the Creature Leisure Pet Pilot XL — but it’s just a hair too small for Chloe. I was excited, therefore, when a reader asked me what I thought of Pet Gear’s “World Traveler” carrier: It sounded like it was about the right size, and it had wheels. I was intrigued enough to  … Read more

Flying with your small dog? 5 tips to help you choose a good in-cabin carrier

“I write about all aspects of traveling with a small dog (our dog, Chloe, is a young Cavalier King Charles Spaniel), but most of the questions I get are about taking a small dog on a plane. And most of those questions are about choosing a carrier. It’s a bewildering task: There are lots of choices, and there are lots of parameters to worry about. Nearly all of the U.S. airlines allow small dogs to travel in-cabin, and many international  … Read more