To ship or not to ship, that is the question.
The media is full of stories about animals that die in the hands of airline employees. The picture is painted where airlines are a black-hole and whatever young and unsuspecting puppy, dog, cat, or other animal goes in, will never come out.
I want to keep this brief, so let me explain. Everyday, there are thousands of pets being shipped across this great land of ours. As with the law of averages and risk, there are occasional times when mishaps occur just like people have car accidents, etc. If we consider the number of pets traveling and how many have mishaps, we realize that our beloved pet traveling on an airplane is very safe.
Our experience at Sunshine Acres has been very positive with the airlines we use. We have interacted with very courteous, friendly, and pet-loving people. Many of them are pet owners themselves and wish to share about their own.
In the 15 years that we have shipped our puppies, we have never lost a puppy. I can think about about 5 instances where our puppy did not make it to the destination due to inclement weather or a missed connection. The airlines really are that good.
I have traveled with my puppies and have watched how they are handled when no one knew I was watching and all I saw was careful conduct and friendly faces.
Our Goldendoodles are socially trusting and experience little stress from traveling. Of course there is some. Golden doodles, like other dogs, are a little nervous with change. I liken it to the jitters we experience with the first day on the job, or first days of school. It is not long and we are into a routine and that jitterbug goes away.
So I guess, the take home message on shipping your puppy, is it is not a really big deal. Shipping a puppy is safe. It provides a quick way to get a puppy from point A to point B, while minimizing the travel time. Airlines with pet carrying services, really do care and put people in place that like pets.