A big and growing part of Sit ‘n Stay Global is the pet travel aspect. We are all former commercial flight attendants who have made the transition to the corporate side and now work on private jets. The cool thing is, we specialize in clients who travel with their pets which delights us to no end. We started out getting a name in the industry because I learned about a high-profile accident involving a private aircraft where the humans survived but the dog family member did not because he flew through the cabin and died on impact with the bulkhead. That horrified me, so I sat down and re-wrote all of my manuals for our pet passengers. Why should we bring them on board and simply hope for the best? Why not have them ready for take-off like this:
You might recognize this beautiful young lady. This is Surf Dog Ricochet and she is our SpokesDog to help demo how to use all of the safety equipment we use on board and the bracing positions we recommend to survive an emergency. Ricochet was originally trained as a service dog so she asked that we adapt all of these Pet Safety Protocols we developed for our pawsengers on private jets for service animals and cabin pets on commercial flights and so we did. If you click on the “Air Safety” link on our website http://www.sitnstayglobal.com/ you can learn all sorts of ways to travel more safely with your cabin pet or service animal on a commercial flight.
We are very fortunate here at Sit ‘n Stay, that most of our flying is now with clients who travel with their fur children. That is the most fun! We cater great meals:
And often we even stay on at the destination as the Pet Nanny to help folks out. It is great because the pet already knows us and isn’t left alone in a suite or villa for long hours while their pet parent works or tours doing things that the pet can’t. We go out and find things we can do together, there are great ipad apps now that tell us where the best pet friendly beaches, hikes, cafes and even shopping can be found. We snap pics and send them back to the parents so they know we are having fun. At the end of the day we play concierge and either find something great for them to do that evening or pick up whatever they wish at the market so they don’t have to go out and can just enjoy a quiet evening in with their pet, just like home. Priceless!!
Our heart is really in it as safety advocates, though. We are spearheading a campaign to get pet oxygen masks on all private jets, much like the ones that are showing up on more and more fire engines throughout our country. Virtually every aircraft accident involves fire, and we don’t know how our first responders will be equipped, so we must be prepared to help them help our passenger. We also have decompression to consider as well.
Each of our flight attendants also carries a pet flotation device because sure your dog can swim, but can she swim for 10 hours and if she is injured and in shock?? We carry proper seat restraints which are set up preflight so we don’t have to scramble in the event of turbulence. We secure all carriers to the aircraft frame so they do not leave the floor in the event of turbulence and line them with padding. Each of us are trained in pet first aid and CPR, because you really don’t want someone on board to just look at your family member if her lips turn blue at 40,000 feet.
This is our passion, to change how we look at these living souls we bring onto aircraft and not simply hope for the best. We bring them with us because they are a member of our family… let’s start treating them as such!