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Mazzer, I'm so glad to hear that it all worked out in the end, and that your dog arrived safe and sound.

All the best to you in your new home.

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The dog was a German Shepard, very large about 120 lbs. Too big for a create. He was not a service dog but a family dog.
He is not the only large dog I know of that delta has allowed them to fly in the cabin without a create, regardless of policy, you need to contact directly and have a reason why the dog can't go as cargo. I had a friend whom paid for the extra seat and had her great Dane also too big for a create on a flight from the states to Hawaii. If you are willing to pay $$$$ they will accomodate you.
Swissheather, do you have a contact person at Delta I could speak with?

I just called Delta; the person I spoke with (whoever answered the phone at the number given on the animal transport part of the website) basically said no way, no how to my 11kg dog traveling in the cabin. This person was adamant that only service dogs were allowed out of crates, and that all other dogs had to fit in a crate in the seat in front of you - and that no way would my oldie's crate fit under any seat, business and first class included. And this person was adamant that buying the dog his own ticket would not allow him to travel in the cabin.

If you have a contact who might be able to arrange for a medium sized oldie to travel in the cabin, I'd be very grateful for that info.

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Mazzer, I'm so glad to hear that it all worked out in the end, and that your dog arrived safe and sound.

All the best to you in your new home.

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Swissheather, do you have a contact person at Delta I could speak with?

I just called Delta; the person I spoke with (whoever answered the phone at the number given on the animal transport part of the website) basically said no way, no how to my 11kg dog traveling in the cabin. This person was adamant that only service dogs were allowed out of crates, and that all other dogs had to fit in a crate in the seat in front of you - and that no way would my oldie's crate fit under any seat, business and first class included. And this person was adamant that buying the dog his own ticket would not allow him to travel in the cabin.

If you have a contact who might be able to arrange for a medium sized oldie to travel in the cabin, I'd be very grateful for that info.
unfortunately the dog's age has no bearing. It's an FAA rule that pets in the cabin have to be in a carrier and be able to fit under the seat in front of you (with the exception of assistance animals). So, if you want to get yourself certified and have your furkid certified as an assistance animal, then you'd have a way to do it. (therapy pet!)

My 14 year old had to fly as baggage. Even though I was worried he'd freeze to death or have a heart attack, he did just fine. I am convinced he just slept through the whole flight and didn't wake up until they moved his kennel.
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mazzer gratz on getting back to Canada. Unfortunately european dog food is considered to have a risk of introducing Mad Cow disease and Foot and Mouth disease to North America. So that's why they either take it all or allow you very little to pass through. It really depends what airport you fly into and who's working that day.
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unfortunately the dog's age has no bearing. It's an FAA rule that pets in the cabin have to be in a carrier and be able to fit under the seat in front of you (with the exception of assistance animals). So, if you want to get yourself certified and have your furkid certified as an assistance animal, then you'd have a way to do it. (therapy pet!)
This has always been my understanding, KeinFranzösisch, and my dogs have always flown cargo in the past. I was just surprised a Swissheather's post, as it went contrary to what the Delta website says. So I called, hoping for a miracle - but looks like no dice.

(My ancient mutt is extremely fragile, our vet will not certify him fit to fly cargo. I've even gone so far as trying to get him back stateside via ship, but that too is a no-go. I'd resigned myself to staying here for the duration, but hope springs eternal, having seen the previous post re: Delta.)

Ah well, the little guy and I will be here a while yet. (Thank doG!)
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