Monday, January 12, 2009


One of the first chapters of my book tells of the then harrowing, but now years later, humorous story of Buttons' first cross-country flight. Had THIS airline existed then, I would have considerably less gray hair today.

To find out all about them, please visit their site. For a brief overview- here's how this pet parent-owned, pet-only airline works:

"Welcome to Pet Airways, a Pet Only Airline.
Pets fly in the main cabin, NOT in cargo!

1. Drop your pet off at our Pet Lounge, located at (or very near) an easy-access local airport. You must check in your pet no later than 2 hours before take off. If you choose, you may check in your pet up to 48 hours before the flight. We’ll be happy to board your pet at our PAWS Lodge until the flight.

2. A Potty Break happens less than 2 hours before the flight if pet has been checked in more than 3 hours before the flight.

3. The Pet Limo takes all our pawsengers to the plane an hour before flight time.

4. Pets board the plane and our Pet Attendants make sure they’re all comfortable and that they, and their pet carrier, are secure.

5. A Pet Attendant monitors and checks the comfort of all pawsengers every 15 minutes during the flight. After landing, pets will be disembarked, given a potty break, and board the pet limo for their trip to the Pet Lounge at their destination.

6. Pick up your pet up at the Pet Lounge at your destination, knowing he or she has traveled comfortably and safely in the main cabin of our plane. If you cannot pick up your pet that day, we will be happy to board your pet overnight at the PAWS Lodge.

And don’t forget:

Each time pets move anywhere, from the Pet Lounge to the pet limo or from the pet limo to the plane, we track and record their progress, which means you can monitor your pet’s journey every step of the way online at


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

OMD! When I read Nadine's book and read about the airline caper I laughed so hard. I've experienced taking Reba, my dog, to the airport twice in past years so that my family could meet her. I worried & was stressed about her well-being flying in cargo. There was never a discussion about Reba fitting under the seat in front of mine because she's bigger than a shoebox. Both times I was turned away because the temperature wasn't quite right and American would not fly her. There I was with a ticket, a plane an hour or so away from takeoff and a dog who could not fly with me that day. If only I had known about Pet Airlines at the time. What a GREAT IDEA and they don't have to fly cargo no matter what their size!