Originally Posted by Mike
How old is she? (Hard to tell with the "puppy" breeds.)
How much does it cost to for a doggie plane ticket and is it hard on young ones?
There don't seem to be many Springer breeders around here that don't send up a flag. (I had to drive about 3 hours to get my present '99 model.)
Well, I am ashamed to admit what I paid to have her shipped. Let me first say that I have waited all my life for a dog of this caliber, her breeder wond Best of Breed and Best of Opposite Sex at Westminster last week. She is 6 months old, I would not ship a puppy any younger than that, especially a toy breed as they are prone to hypoglycemia.
If you are shipping a puppy the ONLY airline to do it with is Continental. They take exceptionally good care of animals and have professional animal handlers at every airport in the event of a canceled flight or unexpected layover. I was also very lucky that the daughter of a friend is the General Manager of Continental in my town and she was able to pull some strings and get Sophie in the cabin for the last leg of the flight. So she arrived in wonderful condition.
As for what it cost, well it's about the same as a business class airline ticket, and she is worth every penny!!
I am a very strong believer in buying dogs from Reputable breeders not pet shops (that buy from puppy mills) or back yard breeders that don't do genetic testing. I support the adoption of Rescue and SPCA dogs ( and have done so in the past) but if you are getting a pure bred be sure you are doing your homework and buying from a breeder that is endorsed by the AKC or breed specific organization.