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Old 01-18-2013, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Picking a puppy up from the airport...

Okay, my little guy's flight arrives in 6 hours. The airport is about 1 hour and 15 minutes away in Austin, TX.
I have never picked up an airport puppy before and I was wondering what to do? The breeder emailed me with the flight number, his reference number or something, and told me to call this one phone number if I need help getting him from cargo.

1. What the HECK is cargo? I always thought I'd be picking him up from that little thing that spits out luggage after your flight arrives and it goes in circles... but then I realized anyone could just take my dog and that probably would be a very BOUNCY ride LOL. Does anyone have any idea of where puppies are typically picked up in a "normal" airport? It's with Delta.

2. How early would you recommend being there? The flight gets in at 5:11pm.

3. What would you bring for the car ride home? I don't want him to be stuck in the same little crate he was shipped in for 6 hours. Maybe a clothes basket? Toys? A towel? Some bully sticks?!!?

I think that's about it. Unless anyone else has any other advice to give. Thanks! (btw he is 7 weeks & 5 days old today)
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Old 01-18-2013, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I had to pick up Kiya from the airport, that was about 8 years ago. It went very smoothly for us, I'm sure it will for you too. I definately got there early enough to find out where exactly I had to go.
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I would find a place near the airport to take him out for a quick potty break and put him back in the crate for transport. It is familiar and comforting to him. Bring a towel, or newspaper and if he has soiled his crate discard the dirty stuff.

I would call Delta and see where to go - I think it can vary. You can get through.

I would get there about an hour early. The USDA requires a puppy to be 8 weeks before he can fly though and have a health certificate? How did you work that out with a 7 week old?

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Jocoyn, I have no idea how she managed to get him on the flight because he won't be 8 weeks old till Sunday... 2 days from now. I imagine they were just like okay, close enough??? But I know how much of a stickler they are so I have no clue. I didn't ask though because I'd rather not know lol.

Oh and yeah I should bring something to clean up his kennel.. probably not a towel cause I don't want to discard it since towels are few and far between in this household it seems LOL.

Soooo be there an hour early... makes sense. I stink with airports. I had to pick my ex up from the airport when he got back from deployment and even though I left 1.5 hours early, I made it as soon as he walked down the ramp lol, 30 seconds to spare.
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Call - 1-800-DL-CARGO (1-800-352-2746)

Depending on the airport you will pick up at the ticket counter or DL might have a seperate cargo building.
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I have the worst time finding the Delta Cargo area here at Atlanta. It is completely separate (like a mile away) from passengers and luggage. Having said that, they have a really nice fenced potty area. Just be aware of disease transmission.
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Call Delta, they'll tell you where to pick up the dog.
We went to a room in the baggage area and they brought Annie to us.
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Get online and find out where CARGO is....it is an office and buildings usually, on the other side of the runways or away from the terminal.....there will be an office there to check your ID and you might have to pay a $10 or $20 cargo fee....

Take spray bottle of water, paper towels for cleaning crate if needed - no chemical cleaners as pup is going back in it; fresh bedding (towels or blankie), leash with harness or collar (harnesses are tougher for the little ones to escape), a garbage bag or two for soiled bedding from the crate or pottying after he's out, water to give pup (no food or chewies! they might just come right back up and give pup negative vibes about car rides!...)

If you don't have a harness, stop in a pet store or walmart and pick up a cheapie nylon one....I always tell puppy buyers to have one as I have seen pups escape collars...you can usually get the pup out in the cargo office area and get it on him - then take him to potty! of course, he may potty there - but it is easy enough to clean up...

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Yeah, I was worried about the whole disease thing. Thank you for that, that's the same number she gave me but I had no idea it may be really far from the normal pick up place.

Ahhh, I cannot wait to give him the biggest hug ever. Squeeze the poop outta him!! Just kidding. His name is Bender
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Oh and yeah I should bring something to clean up his kennel.. probably not a towel cause I don't want to discard it since towels are few and far between in this household it seems LOL.

Soooo be there an hour early... makes sense. I stink with airports. I had to pick my ex up from the airport when he got back from deployment and even though I left 1.5 hours early, I made it as soon as he walked down the ramp lol, 30 seconds to spare.
Towels (and a plastic bag to stick dirty ones in), baby wipes, paper towels and fresh newspapers. Garbage bag and poop bags. Hand sanitizer.
Water, small amount of food. Slip collar/leash.
If directions are questionable, plan for an hour and a half early.
And a camera, so that we can see the new one!
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