Today's the day I fly to Seattle with Bruno and Carlo, and move into our new home! Chicago has been so good to us, and this day is very bittersweet :)
Jason left with our U-Haul yesterday, and will meet us at our new place on Tuesday night. I’ll share more soon about how we’re transitioning the chonks to the new house, and how we're all settling in. From here on out I’ll be working from home and concentrating on my artistic career (music/theatre/writing/etc). I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to having a flexible schedule for the first time in my life - I feel deeply fortunate. Lots more time to share with you all here, and on the ‘gram too!
But today, I want to tell you about flying with the Bartlett boys!
We flew with Bruno for the first time last November, when we traveled to Petcon in NYC. It felt right for us to go, given we were speaking on a panel about rescue animals! Bruno completely surprised us, and traveled like a CHAMP. He barely made a peep in his carrier on either plane ride, and made himself comfortable easily and immediately in the hotel room (this lil' dude was born for a life of luxury, I tell ya).
When we flew to Vegas in February with the intention of adopting Carlo, it was a no-brainer to bring Bruno along - he's part of the family! We already knew he was a first-class traveler, and we of course wanted to see how he interacted with Carlo before deciding to bring him home. As you know, Carlo became part of our family that weekend :)
On the flight home, Bruno did great as always. Poor Carlo however meowed and meowed the entire way to the airport, at the terminal, and until he finally fell asleep on the plane. It was so painful, and we felt SO helpless.
This all being said – prescriptions from our vet for travel are a necessity for us. Bruno receives a light anti-anxiety medication that was prescribed before his first flight (and clearly works very well). Because of Carlo’s history with flying and his general detest for carriers, tonight he will receive a light sedative that we tested on him last weekend, as the anti-anxiety just isn't enough for him. It’s all about being preventative! Disclaimer: I am of course not a vet, and am merely sharing our experience; please consult with Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or a holistic veterinarian before deciding what/if prescriptions are right for your pet.
And now – for the essentials we pack in our carry-on suitcase!
I sure hope this is helpful to any of you flying with pets soon. I’m hopeful Carlo does better tonight given his new prescription – we’ve been pretty spoiled with Bruno’s cool approach to travel thus far! I'll be sure to keep you posted. Seattle, here we come!
Any other tips/tricks/hacks you’ve picked up while flying with your pets?