The Reverse Rapture Pooch

Kid-Friendly, Offbeat, Travel News, Travel Safety, Travel Tips — By chippernicodemus on May 26, 2011 at 9:50 am

A week after the scheduled end-of-the-earth, one unlucky dog named May literally fell from the sky north of Vancouver. Although it’s not totally clear how this happened, it’s assumed the pooch was swooped up by an eagle only to be let go once the eagle realized the dog wouldn’t make a very good snack.

The branch manager of the Sunshine Coast SPCA, Shannon Broderick, said May was a former homeless pup,

In addition to the claw marks on her back and the broken ribs she sustained from the fall, all of her nails were so long they had grown into her paw pads and her teeth were badly decayed

Enthralled by her story, the poodle received around $4,000 of dental work to repair her horribly decaying teeth courtesy of the readers of the Vancouver Sun who broke the story.

We sure hope this horrible type of puppy-travel doesn’t happen again. Everyone knows dogs should travel in the backseat of a car, with the windows down, their snout out and ears flapping in the summer wind.

Photo: Chipper Nicodemus

Planning on taking you pet on a trip this summer? Skip the eagle-flight and check out this post by The Mercury News for stress-free dog travel.

One great tip is:

Dogs get anxiety, too. Many of the issues dogs face when traveling by car — most notably motion sickness — are caused by anxiety. Before you take your dog on the open road for a long trip, get him used to the car by taking many short trips. Take him to fun places like the dog park so he doesn’t associate the car with going to the veterinarian and groomer only.

No matter if your pooch travels in the sky or on the road, planning ahead seems to be the key. Have a great dog-travel tip? Let us know!

Tags: dog travel, off beat news, pets, Travel Safety, traveling with pets

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