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Last year Jeanette and I made plans to spend a couple of months in Mexico. We like to get out of the summer heat and humidity that settles into our Florida home. We decided to take Teddy, our Norfolk Terrier.
When you fly, taking a pet adds a layer of complexity. Most airlines limit the number of dogs that can be taken on board in the cabin. I have been told that two is the usual number allowed. The dog must be small enough to travel in a carry-case that will fit under the seat.
Well, that worked for us. Teddy is small, weighing about 16 pounds.
So we reserved Teddy’s spot three months in advance of our trip, with reservations for him going down to Mexico and coming back. I think it was $125 each way.
It was a breeze. Teddy travels well. He never made a sound on the trip and he was in his little Sherpa Bag for hours. During the layover we let him out to stretch his legs and he was an immediate celebrity.
Our two months in Mexico flew by. We have friends where we go and they have parties. So we partied. We had guests join us and we squired them around. And we took cooking classes and out-of-town excursions. We played croquet and we dined in fabulous restaurants. We shopped at tiendas fancy and not. We liked our visit there.
But eventually it was time to think about going home. And, wouldn’t you know it, we were scheduled to fly into Florida just as Hurricane Irma was reshaping the landscape. We had seen this movie before and knew we would likely have no power for what could be many days. So, last-minute, we decided to fly to Los Angeles to stay with a friend until we knew the electricity had been restored at home.
But there was the issue of Teddy. We had a reservation to fly him to Florida, not California. We worried, that with a limit of two dogs on a flight, last-minute we might not be able to get him on the plane. Cripps!
We were talking with our friend, Janet, the friend we were to stay with in LA, telling her we were worried about Teddy.
She said“You should get him certified as an Emotional Support Animal (ASE). My dogs are Emotional Support Animals. They can go anywhere: restaurants, hotels, stores, planes. Its Federal law.”
“Yes”, she said. ” I’ll email you the address of licensed professional who can certify Teddy as an Emotional Support Animal. They will interview you by phone and, if you qualify, they will send you a letter to show the airlines that certifies Teddy as an ASE.”
So we did. We sent an expedited application, paying an additional fee for a 24 hour turn around. Jeanette was interviewed by phone. Among other things, they asked how Teddy provided emotional support and I told her to tell them he helped her deal with the results of the recent election.
Teddy is now certified as an Emotional Support Animal.
Getting him on the plane was not an issue. There is no limit on how many ASE’s may be on a flight. We did not have to pay the $125 pet fee to fly to LA, or the fee later to fly from LA to Florida. So, the certificate paid for its self. What a deal!
The only inconvenience was on our return from Los Angeles to Florida. The airline had a policy that required ASE’s to be held on your lap during landing. Teddy had to be out of his Sherpa bag. This requirement was particular to this airline. There was no such requirement when we flew a different airline into Los Angeles.
So, what was the issue? Seated next to me was a young woman who had her own ASE, a little cat.
more to come
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