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I’d forgotten how much time a puppy takes up. Thank goodness for Lacey – she keeps him entertained for most of his waking hours. He’s had 2 sets of shots so we’ve started leash walks around the neighbourhood. We are having some trouble with traffic noises but he recovers very quickly so hopefully he’ll figure it out. He isn’t noise sensitive to anything else that I’ve discovered.
He’s happy to meet people and other dogs. He’s come to daycare for a few hours and did great. He was more reserved than I expected but he was pretty happy the whole time. He likes to sit back and watch the action before getting involved.
He is very polite and will patiently sit and wait for cookies and is also very polite with other dogs. I guess growing up with two crabby dogs has some benefits. :)
Anyway, here is a summary of a month’s worth of photos. He’s changing so fast!
The internet was abuzz this week with word about the changes to Delta’s pet flying policy. And as tends to happen, people got about 75% of the way there before they took a sharp left turn and read it incorrectly. Here is what you need to know:
1. Headlines saying “Delta no longer allowing pets as cargo” are wrong.
As of March 1, 2016 pets will no longer be allowed as checked baggage. This does not mean pets over 30 pounds will be allowed in the cabin. It means they must fly as cargo, which is different than baggage. (More on that in a minute.) The exceptions to this rule will be active duty military travelling to new posts, and certified support animals.
2. The in-cabin policies have not changed.
Pets under 30 pounds have always been allowed to travel as carry-on in approved carriers. This policy does not affect that at all, nor does it allow animals into the cabin that it did not before.
3. Delta Cargo is probably going to be a lot safer for the pet than travelling as baggage.
When a pet is to travel, airlines require a health certificate signed by a veterinarian. One of the worst parts for me is when they require a “statement of acclimation“, stating that a pet is acclimated to temperatures above or below a certain range. I live in San Diego. Pets don’t get acclimated to 45 degrees here.
Even if you are flying a pet from San Diego to Miami, if there is a layover in Denver then the pet may be exposed to extreme temperatures during that period, and that is where trouble usually happens. No matter how you plan, delays and problems occur and most problems happen on the ground.
You would be surprised at the number of people who get upset when I say, “This isn’t safe for your pet. I can’t sign this statement.” Most do not agree to delay travel. They just find another vet willing to take on the liability. 74 pets died on Delta flights in the last ten years.
In cargo, pets will be in temperature controlled holds at all times in air and on the ground, not sitting on the tarmac in the rain and snow (it happens). They will also utilize professional kennel services if overnight stays become necessary. While airlines do temperature and pressure control luggage holds, cargo areas often have a separate controlled temperature area specifically for temperature sensitive cargo, and this is where pets will go.
4. It’s going to be a pain.
- There is no guarantee you and your pet will be on the same flight
- It’s probably going to be more expensive
- The pickup and drop off locations will probably be somewhere other than baggage claim
United has a similar plan in place already if you’re wondering how this will probably look. PetSafe costs in the $ 200-$ 2000 range and they have a long list of restrictions for breeds, most notably brachycephalic breeds. (But English Bulldogs shouldn’t be flying in cargo ever anyway.) In short, you’re going to have to REALLY want to travel with your pet.
5. Plan ahead.
Have your ducks in a row in terms of appropriate kennels, health requirements, and travel dates. International travel with pets can require a TON of work. To make it even more fun, domestic travel cannot be booked more than 14 days ahead of time. Those people who start thinking about this stuff a week before they’re supposed to depart are going to be in for a major surprise.
You can read the original Delta blog post here.
The liability of pets in luggage compartments has been a headache for veterinarians and airlines for many years, so I can’t complain about this. Whether this change is due to a genuine concern for pets, bad PR, or financial liability doesn’t really matter to me- all I care about is the fact that this is a good change for travelling pets.
Frankie Wishes all L’shanah tovah
Wondering what your Jewish Pet Parents are celebrating? Here is a Rosh Hashanah “cheat sheet” written by Wendy Thomas Russell on PBS Newshour.
Holiday: Rosh Hashanah
Religion represented: Judaism
Date: The 1st and 2nd of the month of Tishrei in the Hebrew calendar. In 2015, the holiday starts at sunset Sept. 13 and ends at nightfall Sept. 15.
What it is: The Jewish New Year
Not to be confused with: Yom Kippur, which occurs 10 days later.
How important is it?: I asked my friend and former editor Jason Gewirtz. Here’s what he said: “Rosh Hashanah is a big, big deal. It’s the start of the Jewish new year. Yom Kippur the next week is only slightly bigger. [On a scale of 1 to 10], I’d say Rosh Hashanah is a 9.5 and Yom Kippur a 10. There’s nothing bigger than the two of them. They’re tied to each other. The period in between is supposed to be a time of mending any fences, if you will, and reflecting on things that can be improved from the previous year… It’s said that on Rosh Hashanah, you’ll either be written in or out of the Book of Life for the coming year. But on Yom Kippur, the book is sealed, meaning you’ve got that time in between to screw up or make your righteousness known.”
The good stuff: Foodwise, this holiday is associated with apples and honey (symbolizing a sweet new year), as well as pomegranates and challah (braided bread). Also, in lieu of stupid hats and tasseled squawkers, celebrants sport the traditional yarmulke and blow a cool-looking horn called a shofar.
Conveying meaning to kids: At dinner [a few years ago], I explained to my daughter that Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for reflecting on your life and challenging yourself to become a better human being. I served apples and pomegranates and asked Maxine to come up with one way that she might improve. Coincidentally, she had been reprimanded for “being silly” in her kindergarten class that morning, so her idea of self-improvement was to better follow her teacher’s instructions. I said my own resolution would be to spend less time looking at my phone. (Then on Yom Kippur, we checked in with each other about how well we did. The results? Well, a bit meh on both accounts. Luckily, we’re not religious…) As for children’s books, I recommend “Celebrate: A Book of Jewish Holidays” by Judi Gross and Bari Weissman.” Read full story
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When I first received the Foundation Study Bible, I was impressed first by the compact size of the bible. The lettering looks to be about 6 to 7 point so if you are needing a larger size lettering, this isn’t the book for you. The pages are broken into two columns, with divisions on the…
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If you’re honest, you’ll probably admit that your beloved Labrador Retriever is overweight, right? If you had to guess you’d say she’s maybe 5 or 10 lbs. overweight? But you probably don’t think it’s such a big deal – she’s happy and what else matters, right? Wrong!
Maybe you think I’m being over-dramatic when I say on my Radio Pet Lady Network shows and blogs that American pets are in danger because we are allowing them to become overweight? Do you think I am exaggerating when I say that there is a mounting health crisis for our dogs and cats as they get fatter and fatter? Believe me!
Let me share a shocking research finding: dogs who are overweight or obese will generally be expected to live about two years less than if they were at their ideal body weight. Almost two whole years of her life!
You could be cutting her life short by two years by giving too many high calorie treats, not measuring the quantity and calories in her meals, and not giving her the 30 minutes of good daily exercise she needs. What this means is that your beloved Labrador might live to 11 years instead of 13 – and is more likely to suffer from medical problems from carrying excess weight throughout her life.
I hope that frightening information will inspire you to take us seriously when you hear Dr. Donna Spector and me talk about the “pet obesity epidemic” on our pet talk show THE EXPERT VET on the Radio Pet Lady Network. We’ve talked about the fact that most owners and even their veterinarians cannot remember what a normal, healthy cat or dog should look and feel like.
Raising awareness of the health dangers of obesity is why we launched the Healthy Weight Challenge, with the support of Halo pet food who supplies the Healthy Weight dry food and the Spot’s Stew in a can. Dr. Donna uses them as her “magic tools” in helping our contestants shed excess pounds and keep them off forever.
This week we welcome our newest contestant, Xena – a darling Pomeranian from Maryland who was once 10 lbs and is now nearly 15 lbs., a 50% weight increase which is dramatic for such a little lady. Hats off to her humans, John and Pam, who realized they had a problem and came to us to solve it.
We’re honored to be part of Xena’s return to her bathing suit figure, and to serve as a great example to owners of every size dog that being fat isn’t cute—it is harmful and is a health crisis that each of us needs to address with our beloved dogs, who are already with us for too short a time. Think of it this way: staying lean means a longer, healthier life!
Tracie Hotchner is the author of THE DOG BIBLE: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know and THE CAT BIBLE: Everything Your Cat Expects You to Know.
She is also a renowned pet radio host and producer, having spent 7 years on the Martha Stewart Channel of Sirius/XM with CAT CHAT® and even longer with her award-winning NPR radio show DOG TALK® (and Kitties, Too!) that continues to broadcast in the Hamptons and the Berkshires. Her most recent accomplishment is the pet talk radio network she has created on the Internet called The Radio Pet Lady Network.