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151. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 492 posts) 18w 1 Star this if you like it!

What I don't really understand is people who take their animals with them. We were on a flight a year ago with about 15 service dogs (some as small as a chiuaua and at least one cat - all in the cabin with us.

Those aren't service animals (or maybe at least one of them might have been). Service Animals are certified and specially trained to respond to certain cicumstances that assist their owners usually with medical conditions. What you are describing is the Emotional Support Animal (ESA). They are not trained or certified, they are really just companion comfort animals. The most you can get is a letter from a psychiatrist that recommends the owner be allowed to travel with pet. Admittedly, the ESA has been abused by travellers who just want their pets to travel next to them in a plane for free It is why so many airline companies have been cracking down on ESAs. Though ESAs can be important. I met someone once who hasn't travelled in seven years because his ESA cat died and despite getting new cats he said they just didn't calm his anxiety the same way his ESA cat did:(.

http://people.com/pets/difference-between-emotional-support-animals-and-service-animals/

152. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1093 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I am lucky enough, over at least two hundred flights, to have never travelled with a pet.....

.....Thinking about it, though, I don't think I'd care if someone had a dog on board. They are far far far quieter than screaming babies, which are terrible to be involved with. I have been on many MANY flights with a screaming kid.

Of course I understand that much of this is because babies don't have the ability to equalize, and it causes them pain, and that sucks. Still the screaming. Yick.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Feb-2018, at 18:14 by Piecar ]

153. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 675 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

One dog or two dogs might be quieter than a baby (although I didn't have trouble with my babies when I flew with them) but if there are 15 dogs and a cat, it isn't that quiet. Ddgs don't cry but they can howl.

https://photos.travellerspoint.com/880679/large_43102847534472-Dogs_waiting..ne_Grenada.jpg

It turns out that this was the end of the term and all the students from the vet school are going home - and some of them have dogs. Bob's in front of me next to a lady with a chihuahua and there's a dog (support dog) across the aisle from him.

https://photos.travellerspoint.com/880679/IMG_4247.jpg

Across from me there's a man with a child and his wife with a dog is behind me

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Feb-2018, at 18:09 by greatgrandmaR ]

154. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1093 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

I would think 15 dogs and a cat is beyond the pale. All of the dogs in your picture seems pretty docile to me....And, again, I wouldn't be troubled having them on a flight with me at all. I've been on buses with live chickens and iguanas.

155. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 675 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Yes they were pretty well behaved. All of them had different owners. The owner of the cat went to the bathroom and the cat was roaming up and down the aisle looking for her.

But on another trip there were two big dogs in crates and they were howling - they were very unhappy.

The woman who was in my pullman car on the way from Madrid to Valencia in 1964 had a dog - a poodle.

[ Edit: Edited on 12-Feb-2018, at 18:50 by greatgrandmaR ]

156. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1093 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

TravelingTopTen, I agree that long distance bus travel is just no fun. I've done it, at need, but it's just no fun.

157. Posted by Sarahew88 (Budding Member 4 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Cruising on cruises.
It just looks like misery.
I don't want to graze on food all day.
I don't want to stand in line with the other 20k cruisers for a chance to swim with a dolphin.
I don't want to go to an island the cruise line owns and be dumped there until they have made the required amount of souvenir money.
I don't want to be surrounded by drunk people.
I hope no one takes this personal, this is judgmental as heck but its how I honestly feel and I will be fine the rest of my life moving around Europe on my own and not with a boatload of thousands.

158. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1093 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

You might not have read all the posts....but many stand with you. Not the motorized chair set, perhaps, but many. I once did a summer shuttling cruise folks from the boat to hotels, and that is my only experience...but damn, I get your issues.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Mar-2018, at 22:00 by Piecar ]

159. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 995 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Oh, no, not cruises again! Next thing we'll have somebody bringing up tips.

160. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1093 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Hey man, it's the nature of the thread. We can go really obscure. "I just don't get how someone could go on a trip wearing Merrells" or "How can someone go on a trip without a red paisley handkerchief?" or " what's this whole thing about travelling only by sewer?" .....but it seems unlikely.

[ Edit: Edited on 17-Mar-2018, at 23:54 by Piecar ]