Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: South Range, WI
I have a friend who has a Mastiff for a service dog and she has run into a whole lot of nightmares on international flights. I can certainly put you in contact with her if you'd like, just PM me. She ran into situations where an airline SAID they would accommodate her and her SD, and then she actually arrived at the airport for a connecting flight, they refused to do so.
I do know that some airlines will refuse to fly your dog if they don't "comfortably fit" in a 500 series kennel, and that includes not slouching and ears not touching the top. A friend of mine ran into trouble flying her Ibizan hound because his ears touched the top of the kennel. They refused to fly him.
Another thing to keep in mind that, with some airlines, there is no where to let your dog go to the bathroom in between flights. This can be a huge issue, depending on how long your total travel time is.
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