Home
Print|Email|Text Size: ||
Large, Fragile and Valuable
Should dogs get their own seats on airplanes?

Reader comments to TheBark.com are almost always onpoint, insightful, informative and polite--even about issues that makes us want to tear our hair out. We saw a pretty heated but information-loaded string of feedback to a post by JoAnna Lou last fall. She wrote about people who falsely claim their dog is a service animal in order to qualify for privileges not ordinary extended to companion dogs. There was a lot of passion in the reader replies--but also some solid education, perspective and attempts at consensus building. Take this comment from Carolyn:

I think it is great that service dogs are allowed with their person on flights. I think that others wishing to pay for a seat for their dog should be able to. People traveling with cellos or other large, fragile and valuable instruments can buy a seat for it. “Large, fragile and valuable” can pertain to dogs too (and I mean valuable in the sense of having worth beyond monetary). I sympathize with people who need to travel and would like to bring their dog but understandably balk at relegating [the dog] to freight.

What do you think? Will big dogs ever get a seat on regular flights? Should they?

Print|Email
The Bark on Google+

iStockphoto.

More From The Bark

By
Sheila Pell
By
Lisa Wogan
By
Megan Minkiewicz
By
Lisa Wogan
By
Lisa McCormick
By
The Bark
More in Guest Posts:
Now You Can Have Fit and Fun Dogs With Very Little Effort
Can Your Home be Beautiful and Dog-Friendly?
Is Your Dog Fat?
Midwest Canine Influenza Outbreak
Dogs Don't Remember Yesterday, Claims Psychologist
Best Dog-Friendly Vehicles
Thinking Outside The Cage
Skiing with Dogs
Helicopter Pet Parents
Dogs Are The Best On A Snowy Day