It’s been a year since I last posted. A year that saw great changes in travel and the world suitable for dogs. Changes I could not have foreseen when Louis and I flew out of California in March 2019. I have not been on a plane since then and will probably never fly with Louis again due to changes in animal emotional support policies. So, staying at home, I began to explore alternative modes of transportation suitable for dogs. I also decided to expand the package when I met Lawrence, the Brussels Griffon.
Emotional support Animal changes
In December 2020, the Ministry of Transport made drastic changes to the rules on emotional support animals. Airlines are no longer required to allow ESAs on board. As a result, most airlines now only allow small pets in a carrier under the seat. Unfortunately, this is not an option for Louis and me. He was such an amazing travel companion and my heart breaks at the thought that we will not be able to fly together in the future.
Louis was well trained and never interfered with flights. Unfortunately, this was not true for all canine passengers. Many passengers have brought untrained dogs on board, which they claim are emotional support animals to avoid paying a pet fee. I was hoping that the airlines would just start charging a fee to discourage this behavior. These changes in the emotional support of animals have a huge negative impact on those of us who have really benefited from traveling with an accompanying animal.
When I have to fly again, it will be with a small new satellite. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Lawrence, the newest member of the friendly dog package! Lawrence (or Larry for short) is a champion dog in the Brussels Griffon. Now, as a retired gentleman of his spare time, he expects to see the world. Although he actually joined the family before the emotional support animal changed, he was small enough to fly with me as a pet. At age 3, he still weighs less than 12 pounds.
Alternative transport suitable for dogs
The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a severe blow to airlines and the hotel industry. Most people just felt it was too risky to fly or stay in hotels unless necessary. So tramps like me started looking for alternative ways suitable for dogs. In September 2020, I joined more than 41,500 other Americans who bought an RV. According to the RV Industry Association, these sales in September 2020 increased by 31.2% over the previous year.
For me, Winnebago Revel 4 × 4 is the ideal alternative transport suitable for dogs. The compact 20-inch chassis of the Mercedes Benz Sprinter has a small kitchen, a wet bathroom and a full-size bed. The van even has an air conditioner powered by lithium batteries to keep dogs cool when not connected to conventional power. Two solar panels on the roof keep the charged batteries evenly in the “bundles”.
I couldn’t get excited to write this blog in the last year. With so many travel changes suitable for dogs, it was hard to imagine leaving home again. I am now fully vaccinated and ready to test again! Due to the emotional support of the animals, I do not expect to fly again soon. Instead, Louis, Coco, Lawrence and I will hit the road in our new alternative transport suitable for dogs, Winnebago Revel. Please watch out!