Reader Wendy recently left a helpful comment for all you holiday travellers:
Hello! My Scottie has travelled all over with me and we’ve crossed the U.S. several times. Generally we fly – he’s 25lbs and TALL for a scotty, but he fits in a sherpa bag and sleeps like a baby. I only put him in the bag JUST before we went to bed to break him into it, and once he got used to it he never seemed to mind and curls right up to sleep.
DO take your Scottie around town and on drives with it both zipped, and partially zipped to help him/her learn not to try to escape, to relax, and to mind you. I carted Haggis through department stores and walking down busy streets in the bag so he got used to it. It ultimately allows you to unzip the top a bit and let them pop a head out while in the terminal. I’ve found security will leave me alone as long as he’s on my shoulder in the bag, lap, or riding on top of my four wheeled suitcase. DO try to get one that has a side that can be zipped or velcroed shut. Often planes have vents at the floor level and it’s cold, as well as stressful.
DO research the plane before you book the flight to make sure it does not have a smaller underseat storage area if you are flying coach (airlines will always tell you the plane model). Middle seats, sadly, are often your safest bet for ensuring there’s good space under the seat and not some silly box/retrofitted electronics. Aisle and window are OFTEN much smaller.
If I have a layover, I book through an airport like Dallas, as opposed to Denver, where you have to take a LONG train ride to get to the outside for a potty break. Also, if all else fails a benadryl (check with your vet first) will make them sleepy and relaxed. Usually the altitude/cabin pressurization will do that as well, it’s the equivalent of 8000 feet in most planes and high altitudes tend to make people (and dogs) sleepy. Haggis is a traveling champ, and usually gets a ton of attention while traveling. He’s such a ham, he now loves to fly and gets excited when we break out the sherpa bag!
And of course, when it comes to travelling, there’s no one like the Scottie Tales Scottish Terriers, Boone and Kenzie.