flybynight
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And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:50 pm

Actually this large dog was sitting next to my wife on a recent Anchorage - Seattle flight.
Now the dog was not there because its master was blind. Anyone else find this a little strange?
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cusaeng
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:54 pm

maybe the dog went on line orderd the ticket, entered credit card details and printed his atb all by him/her self .
I know ba dont let dogs in the cabin unless they are an asistance dog.
I am also sure this was discussed last week to....

yep
dogs on a plane

[Edited 2006-09-26 06:57:16]
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Tue Sep 26, 2006 1:59 pm

Quoting Flybynight (Thread starter):
Actually this large dog was sitting next to my wife on a recent Anchorage - Seattle flight.

What airline was it? Was it Beethoven by any chance? Was he signing autographs?  Smile
 
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:14 pm

Was he with a demanding lady in a jumpsuit? Did he have a silver pail to drink from? Was he sitting in the bulkhead? Was he drooling-up a storm? If so, I've see this dog (and trainer) on a US flight from PHL-CLT. He's HUGE!!
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TheCheese
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:20 pm

Nope, that's not unusual at all. You'll see strange things flying to and in Alaska.

I, personally, have flown from ANC-SEA (or the other way) next to: a cardboard cut-out of Elvis, a cello, a tuba, a large cooked ham, a car fender and a television set.

All of them had their own tickets, and none of them belonged to me.

Now for REALLY strange things, fly to OME or BET from ANC.
 
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Tue Sep 26, 2006 2:40 pm

As a kid I saw Joan Rivers in 1A,B. She was in 1A, her tiny dog was in 1B.

As for me, I had a St. Bernard in the same little gondola as me in Zermatt switzerland. He even had a toy barrel hanging from his collar. It was a tight squeeze with 3 people and a huge, smelly dog.

We had a S/B as a kid and they do smell. Can't imagine having that next to me for a whole flight.
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Tue Sep 26, 2006 11:23 pm

Please post what airline this is! I would love to fly with my St. Bernard, but don't want to subject her to being in the hold.
 
flybynight
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Wed Sep 27, 2006 2:30 am

It was Alaska Airlines.
It was not Beethoven  rotfl 
nor was he (maybe she!) sitting at the bulkhead.
BTW, it was on an MD80. Since they are on their way out, maybe AS doesn't care!!  spin 
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:15 am

It was probably an assist dog for something else besides the seeing impaired. It was probably an emotional assist god, if I had to guess
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swissy
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Wed Sep 27, 2006 7:22 am

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 5):
As for me, I had a St. Bernard in the same little gondola as me in Zermatt switzerland. He even had a toy barrel hanging from his collar. It was a tight squeeze with 3 people and a huge, smelly dog.

I hear you, saw one on a train between Visp & Zermatt he was smelly and drooling but his little keg had some good old "Kirsch" (cherry snaps) in it.....
after some I did not care anymore......

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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Wed Sep 27, 2006 10:51 am

At AA there used to be a celebrity dog policy. Famous dogs (not the dogs of famous people) could sit in passenger seats.
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Wed Sep 27, 2006 1:02 pm

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 8):



Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 8):
was probably an assist dog for something else besides the seeing impaired

As I said in my first post, this was not the case.
Emotional assistance. Maybe.
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Wed Sep 27, 2006 3:15 pm

Quoting Flybynight (Reply 11):
Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 8):
was probably an assist dog for something else besides the seeing impaired

As I said in my first post, this was not the case.
Emotional assistance. Maybe

I've had animals onboard to assist with other ailments/impairments. One child with a seizure disorder had a dog with him that could detect the first warning signs of a seizure. There are also mobility impaired folks with companion animals. Not all disabilities are visably obvious so unless you asked the owner I'm not sure how you assertained it was not an assist dog.
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flybynight
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Fri Sep 29, 2006 6:24 am

Quoting IAirAllie (Reply 12):
I'm not sure how you assertained it was not an assist dog.

I said it wasn't for a blind person. I did say it might have been for other disabilities.
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ikramerica
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Fri Sep 29, 2006 10:41 am

Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Reply 8):
It was probably an assist dog for something else besides the seeing impaired. It was probably an emotional assist god

It may have been a GOD, but it was not trained as "emotional assist".

S/B's are not usually used for this due to their size and the care they need.

Assist dogs that are not needed for their size (guide dogs) are usually smaller because they are easier to deal with and more agile.

I know this because my family raises guide dogs. We have raised 5 so far, 1 more in training right now (black lab female).

PS - there was a great "Kids in the Hall" skit about someone entering their "God" in a dog show, and the organizers worrying about it and the consequences, but then realizing it was a typo. And of course, it wasn't a typo, and the "God Spot" reigned fire on them, with the judges ending up as talking heads on pikes. Pretty funny bit...
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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Fri Sep 29, 2006 11:51 am

Quoting Cusaeng (Reply 1):
I know ba dont let dogs in the cabin unless they are an asistance dog.

My uncle worked for a woman who flew her dogs from the UK to the US by Concorde with a butler/dog handler. I don't know whether it was Air France or British Airways, but the dogs racked up quite a few miles doing the tripS.

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RE: And Sitting Next To Me Is A St. Bernard

Fri Sep 29, 2006 1:53 pm

Quoting TheCheese (Reply 4):
I, personally, have flown from ANC-SEA (or the other way) next to: a cardboard cut-out of Elvis, a cello, a tuba, a large cooked ham, a car fender and a television set.

Maybe you should have sprung for a ticket on a passenger airline...  Wink