I need to get from LA to OBX in May .... with my ~100 lb German Shepherd. Hive, give me your wisdom!
I will be flying from LA to OBX in May and my little boy
is coming with me.
-Willing to fly out of Burbank, LAX, Ontario, or Long Beach
-Willing to fly in to Norfolk or Dulles (or Richmond if it did me any favors, but I don't think it will)
-Potential to speak with shrink and have them stamp the pup as medically necessary for my mental well-being (I am not above that and don't particularly desire advice chastising me for considering it)
-Airline must allow pets of his size in cargo
-Airline should have direct flight (for the pup's sake) or some ability for me to get at him during a layover
-Airline should have reasonably-price fare for the journey (for all involved)
-He has an airline-sanctioned crate that he is reasonably comfy in and around
-He is as healthy (mentally and physically) as it gets
-Which airline should I use to fit in all those constraints? Which should I avoid?
-How does a layover with pets in cargo work? (some people are very against it and some seem unconcerned)
-When do I give him up at the airport? When does he get stuck in his crate? (at the gate? when I check luggage? is there wiggle room here?)
-Tell me your similar stories and any wisdom learned (other thread had very little to say about a bigger pup, mostly lap dogs)
-Tell me your stories about successfully or unsuccessfully doing the "comfort animal" thing (the medical necessity of the animal is unimportant here).
-What other things should I be thinking about?