Delta Airlines No Longer Allows Pets To Fly in Luggage Compartment

After March 2016, Delta will not longer allow pets to fly in the luggage compartment of their planes. There are a few exceptions but Delta is following a positive trend that other airlines have implemented to ensure that our pets are safe and healthy. Since 2011, about 74 pets have died on a Delta aline flight. This statistic accounts for about 25% of all recorded pet deaths on US airlines.

Once Delta’s new policy goes into effect, the only airline left will be American Airlines that allows pets to be checked with luggage. Other airlines like JetBlue, United, and Southwest do not allow animals in the cargo area. The Humane Society of the US does not advocate animals traveling in the cargo area of planes because of the stress, temperature problems, and dangers associated with that area of the plane.

To read more about Delta’s new pollcy, check out the article on Marketwatch.

American Airlines Creates First Ever Pet Cabin

Lots of airlines allow you to fly with your pet in the cabin as long as the carrier can fit under the seat, which means, only smaller dogs and cats can travel with you. Larger dogs end up in the cargo hold or other area of the plane and as we’ve read in the past, sometimes those areas are too hot or too cold for the animals.

American Airlines has had policies in place where during some of the hottest months of the year certain breeds of dogs and cats are not allowed to fly because they are concerned about the safety of the pets. Specifically, pets that have squishy faces like pugs, persian cats, and bulldogs are at risk when air pressure and temperatures are high on a plane.

Now, American Airlines has taken their concern about pets a step further and is creating pet cabins, where owners may easily secure a carrier. At the moment, select flights from JFK in NYC and San Francisco are offering these special areas in the cabin. For more information on the restrictions and new policies, read the rest of the news at Conde Nast.

Proposed Bill Could Allow You To Break Car Windows To Save Pets

A few months ago, a bill known as HB 131, was proposed in Florida. The bill would allow a good samaritan to break a vehicle’s car window to rescue a pet, child, elderly, or adult that is in distress. House Republican Leader, Dana Young, of Tampa is pushing the bill and hopes to have it on the docket in January.

Florida, unfortunately, has had 15 children die in a hot car in the last 5 years. While most states advocate to educate the public about the danger of hot cars, HB 131 is striving to take it a step further to avoid any more fatalities. The bill is being nicknamed the “Good Samaritan Act” and if passed, would serve to save lives. The good samaritan who would break the window would be immune from being sued under this act as long as s/he called 911 prior to taking action and breaking the vehicle’s window.

Dana Young was quoted as saying that calling 911 is the best course of action, stressing that the bill is meant to empower people if the police are unable to get to the vehicle quickly. It’s currently illegal in Florida and 18 other states to leave a child alone in a car. If this bill passed, it may mean people would think twice before leaving any living person or animal in a car, even for just a minute.

What do you think?

Cat Saves The Day

Who says cats aren’t loyal? Kenny, a maine coon cat, saved his family when a house fire broke out in June, according to Life With Cats. Kenny ran up the stairs and jumped on his owner’s chest and meowed loudly to wake him up. After his owner woke up, Kenny ran down the stairs to show his owner that a fire had started.

Kenny and his owner live in Essex, in the UK. Everyone was ok including the other cats in the house. Chris, Kenny’s owner, says that his cat has been curious and interested in things and is grateful that his cat was so persistent.

Kenny received a bravery award from a local animal organization.

To read more about Kenny, check out the article here.

That’s Not Food! Strange Things Pets Have Eaten

When I worked at an animal shelter, the clinic across the way told us they removed two yo-yos from a dog’s stomach and various hair ties. A friend of mine had a dog that had eaten quarters. And I’ve pulled rubber bands from a dog’s butt in my lifetime, which I hope to never had to do again.

In a recent article in the NY Post, some of the strangest items have been tallied that pets have eaten. In 2014, a frog ate 30 rocks. A dog in Florida ate a 6 inch bbq skewer and miraculously lived! Yoda, a small chihuahua living in California ate a wooden back scratcher and it was almost as long as the dog. One of the funnier stories is of a dog that ate his owner’s bra. It’s questionable who was more embarrassed, the owner or the vet.

Fact is, dogs and cats, and sometimes other pets, will grab an item and chew on it. It’s unclear why to be honest. Some behaviorists will cite that dogs and cats learn about the world around them by chewing, tasting, and picking things up in their mouth. However, some items just seem too bizarre to eat, like a great dane who ate 43 socks.

To read the article, check it out here.

Have a story about your pet eating something other than food? Let us know!

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Photographer Uses His Dog In All His Holiday Photos

While many of us send the traditional holidays to friends and family that may be a card we bought or a photo family card, one photographer uses his dog. Sounds normal right? You’re probably thinking his dog is sitting pretty in front of a fire place or out in the snow looking cute. But, no, his dog is often dressed up as something other than a dog.

Peter Thorpe, a photographer based in Bristol, has been using his dog for his photos for 20 years and each year dressed his dog up as a different animal. The cool part is he doesn’t use photoshopping, editing, or any digital overlays. He actually dresses his dog up in a costume! And his dog was happy to pose.

Now Raggle, Peter’s dog, is retired and doesn’t pose anymore but she was the perfect model.

To see a gallery of Raggle – check out Peter’s photo page here.

American Airlines Creates First Ever Pet Cabin

Lots of airlines allow you to fly with your pet in the cabin as long as the carrier can fit under the seat, which means, only smaller dogs and cats can travel with you. Larger dogs end up in the cargo hold or other area of the plane and as we’ve read in the past, sometimes those areas are too hot or too cold for the animals.

American Airlines has had policies in place where during some of the hottest months of the year certain breeds of dogs and cats are not allowed to fly because they are concerned about the safety of the pets. Specifically, pets that have squishy faces like pugs, persian cats, and bulldogs are at risk when air pressure and temperatures are high on a plane.

Now, American Airlines has taken their concern about pets a step further and is creating pet cabins, where owners may easily secure a carrier. At the moment, select flights from JFK in NYC and San Francisco are offering these special areas in the cabin. For more information on the restrictions and new policies, read the rest of the news at Conde Nast.

Lost Dog Reunited With His Family 6 Years Later

It’s a miracle! A military family in North Carolina was reunited with their dog, Bam, when the Fayetteville Animal Shelter called and said they had Bam. In the 6 years that Bam was gone, the family never forgot him and got a new dog, Mila. The son was shocked when his dad came home with Bam and couldn’t believe his childhood friend was home.

Bam had a microchip and was found by someone on the side of a road. The animal shelter scanned Bam and tracked down the family. They called the family and now the Westons have two lovely white boxers. Bam is healthy, happy, and gets to live his twilight years with his family.

To read more about Bam, check out the article here.

Petswelcome’s Choice Hotels Challenge

Did you know that Choice Hotels has eleven different pet-friendly brands? To celebrate so many great places to take your pet, we’re challenging you to name them all!  Beginning on Monday the 21st, every other day, we’ll post a crossword-style clue about the name of that day’s brand on our twitter. If you know the answer, tweet  us with the hashtag #ChoiceHotelsChallenge. We’ll tweet the name of brand the next day. The participants with the most correct answers at the end of the challenge will be entered into a drawing to win a $200 gift certificate to stay free at your favorite Choice Hotel.