While most ESAs were dogs and cats, passengers attempted to travel with all kinds of pets and exotic animals, including an 80-pound pig and a well-publicized peacock who was denied passage and subsequently died.2 Incidents such as this help explain why the new rules no longer consider ESAs as service animals. While passengers who suffered psychiatric disabilities can still bring service animals with them, it is now the animals who must have documentation, not the owner. USDOT greatly narrowed the definition of a service animal to a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. It is no longer enough for a dog to just sit on its owner’s lap and wag its tail; it must be able to perform specific tasks. Airlines can now require documentation to prove that the dogs could actually perform the task that the owners claimed they needed the dog to perform for them.3
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Up Close And Purr-sonal
While cat people can seem to be just about the cats, they’re almost always about other things, too. In the case of Sibyl Zaden, that’s actually a LOT of other things: the arts, politics, academia, marathons, triathlons, and more.
Help! My Cat Is Stuck In A Tree!
It happens in an instant. Your door is open a split second too long, and your indoor-only cat is outside and up a tree—way up a tree, beyond reach of most ladders. You hear the piteous cries from above. Now what?
Why Pet Insurance Belongs in Your Kitten Kit
Most of us send our kittens off to their new homes accompanied by a packet of information: food samples, toys, vet records and lots more essentials and goodies. We want our kittens to get off on the right foot! Unfortunately, with the rapidly increasing cost of vet care, there are sure to be unforeseen expenses as the kitten matures, and very few of us educate new owners on how to manage the risk of major vet bills down the road.
What You Don't Know About Burmese
The Chatty Cathy of Cats … Burmese, Please!!!
Patrick Learns of a Sweet Girl's Passing in this 'Life With Patrick' Crossover
Lucille a reminiscence of GC, GPD, NW McPride Lucille Ball of Jaspurrcats, owned by Beth Feiniger
New Rules for Flying with Pets
On December 2, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that it was revising its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transport of services animals by air.5 One of the main revisions to the act was airlines would no longer to be required to treat emotional support animals (ESAs) as service animals. Airlines are required to allow service animals to fly in the cabin free of charge with their owners. Prior to this ruling, pets that the traveler needed to provide them with emotional support had been able to fly for no charge. The only documentation a traveler was required to produce was a letter from a licensed mental health professional that the traveler had some sort of emotional disability that required them to travel with a pet.
If Fluffy Can't Brush The Dental Health Challenge
Part of our everyday grooming routine is oral hygiene; we know we should brush and floss our teeth twice a day, and according to dental hygienists, for two minutes at each brushing. But consider the cat. Unless it became accustomed to a tooth brushing regimen during kittenhood, tending to an adult cat’s teeth may be difficult at best or impossible at worst, compared to “pulling teeth” if our readers will pardon the pun.
Names. Oh, what an important choice in the life of cat! It is how a cat will be known in the show rings and in daily life. A name can alternate between words of delight or new forms of cursing. Each name tells a story and this is the story of GC RW Starbourne Three Ring Circus, aka Ellie
CFA Breeder Publishes New Book About Siberians
A new breed book, The Siberian Cat, written by long-term CFA breeder Alice Wright, was released via Amazon, in paperback and Kindle formats on May 26, 2021. The book is a comprehensive history of the breed, providing extensive details of how the Siberian cat has traveled and expanded its conquest into hearts and families all over the world.
A Short Tale From a Short Season
Most of us have had that special cat—a heart cat with whom we had a deep connection. It may have been one we had as a child, or one that saw us through a troubled time, or one with whom we bonded as we exhibited at cat shows. Whether the cat found us or we sought it out, the connections cannot be denied. These are the stories of some of those special cats and what they meant to us.
AIRLINE INDUSTRY OFFICIAL DEFENDS RESPONSE TO PANDEMIC
The airline industry has been shaken to its core by the pandemic, pushing some foreign carriers into bankruptcy and driving a few small U.S. ones out of business.
US Moves One Steo Closer To Letting The Boeing 737 Max Fly
Federal safety regulators are moving closer to letting the grounded Boeing 737 Max fly again with changes that Boeing made to the plane after two deadly crashes.
Far Away, So Close
As travel moves toward what is called the “new normal,” and business and leisure travelers alike assess how, where and why they will travel, statistics are showing that staycations, drive-to locations, and urban resorts are high on determined travelers’ wish-lists this summer and fall.
Virus Slows Dubai Airport, World's Busiest For Global Travel
Perhaps nowhere is the world’s lack of flights due to the coronavirus pandemic more clearly felt than at Dubai International Airport, for years the world’s busiest for international travel.
Easy Jet Reveals 'Sophisticated' Hack of Customer Details
U.K.-based budget airline easyJet said that “highly sophisticated” hackers accessed the email addresses and travel details of approximately 9 million customers.
THINK THINGS ARE BAD FOR AIRLINES? IT'S ABOUT TO GET WORSE
The biggest and most profitable U.S. airline just posted its first quarterly loss in more than five years. Now things are going to get really bad.
Pandemic Has Set The Number of Air Travelers Back Decades
The number of Americans getting on airplanes has sunk to a level not seen in more than 60 years as people shelter in their homes to avoid catching or spreading the new coronavirus.
Will airlines regain altitude?
Globalization has been a boon for the airline industry, which has flourished as nations opened up to one another over the past 40 years.
Boeing Details Steps Needed To Get Grounded Max Jet Flying
Boeing hopes to resume deliveries of its 737 Max jet to airlines in December and win regulatory approval to restart commercial service with the plane in January.
4 Pain Points of Future Flights and How to Handle Them
All signs point to worsening flight experiences. What can be done?