This is about the cutest story so far.
It is the departure of X Tra Fino, heading to Southern California.
Don't miss out on this one!
It was an interesting trip. Fino slept for an hour or so before she woke up and started crying a bit. I stopped and found a nice, quiet grassy area, but she didn't pee. She was unhappy getting back in the carrier at that point, so I just held her on one arm the rest of the way to the airport. After checking in, the “oohs” and “aahs” started when I took her out of the carrier at the security check-point. The middle-aged male TSA agent commented how cute she was and related some short story about his little dog. I suspect that national security was temporarily at risk as all of the other TSA agents (mostly female) diverted their attention to the puppy for a minute or so. I noticed that the carrier smelled a bit at that point, so I took a look and discovered a large blob of poop. She had a bit of poop on one leg, which took a couple of wet-naps to clean up. I was quite thankful that you had thought to line the bottom of the carrier. I changed the liner and we were off to the gate. We had about an hour wait at the gate, so I put some water down for her and let her stretch her legs. She made the rounds in the immediate area, making numerous friends among the waiting passengers and people passing by. She did OK in the carrier when I first got on the plane, but started to cry when the plane started to warm up. She made such a fuss that I ended up taking her out of the carrier after the flight crew made their last rounds, and held her for take-off. She was shaking like a leaf. I put her back I the carrier when we were up, but she figured out that if she stuck her nose in the corner of the bag, and pushed up, she could push her head through an unzip the carrier. She did this several times, much to the amusement of the rest of the passengers in the row, until I finally just gave up and held her the rest of the flight. She has got quite a strong personality.
I've attached a photo of Chelsea with her in the airport garage on the way out of the airport.
Yes she is such a joy to have with us. She is adjusting so well and is enjoying playing with us and her toys, and taking naps on our laps. I can't imagine. She touches the hearts of everyone who meets her.