Here are the top five ways I know it’s a good travel day:
1. Everyone who offers me assistance starts by sharing their name, title and company.
2. The gate agent has an idea of a more comfortable seat for my service dog, but discusses it with me before making the change–“yeah”
3. the gate agent calls for “preboard” allowing us to get settled ahead of others.
4. The gate agent observes a loose pet causing distractions for my service dog. He asks the owner to gain control of their dog.
5. (Specially for my service dog, Germaine) everyone we ask knows where the dog relief area is located and we find it well maintained.
now for the question I most often get about traveling!
“Where does your service dog sit on the plane?”
My dog has been trained to put her head and shoulders underneath the seat in front of me, curling her body in my foot space. I get whatever is left, tucking her harness against the wall and my feet wherever they fit.
Germaine is no dummy though and she’s flown enough that, as we all do, she notes when the center seat is vacant and begins to expand into that area!
The picture on this post is kinda a joke on me. I wanted one showing that she fits in the allotted space because most people don’t believe she can. She weighs about 78 pounds and is 21 inches tall. So, she was tucked into her space and we got set for the picture. Germaine, however, noticed the photographer, and since it was someone she knows and who has been friendly to her, she drifts her head across the dividing lines! Well, Best laid plans!!