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(NPR)   Apparently, the best way to lessen stress at the airport is to bring in a bunch of dogs   (npr.org) divider line 29
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2013-06-28 11:46:18 PM
Nope, everyone knows it's penguins

abcnews.go.com

/Pretty cool idea though
 
2013-06-29 12:25:48 AM
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2013-06-29 12:59:22 AM
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Ya know, you might be able to actually pet me if it weren't for this stupid billboard on my my back, but who am I to interfere with commerce?
 
2013-06-29 01:25:39 AM
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2013-06-29 01:28:34 AM
Seems like a decent idea.
 
2013-06-29 02:16:20 AM
I love dogs.

I have nothing more to add :P
 
2013-06-29 05:12:08 AM

MurphyMurphy: I love dogs.

I have nothing more to add :P


Me too, but I'll add that I'd love to be on a plane with lots of dogs. We wouldn't  even need seats, I'd just roll around on the floor with them.
 
2013-06-29 07:03:00 AM
Apparently this is happening here sometime soon:  http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-01/02/london-cat-cafe
 
2013-06-29 07:35:31 AM
I don't understand the unlikely tag. I work outside at the airport and whenever we pull a puppy out of cargo bin, every one of us flocks to it. It makes our day. It can't be much different for the people upstairs.
 
2013-06-29 07:57:03 AM
@TommyymmoTSomething something doggie style something something yes please
 
2013-06-29 08:09:40 AM
cheer up it's a pack of corgis
 
2013-06-29 08:11:18 AM

Orion5k: I don't understand the unlikely tag. I work outside at the airport and whenever we pull a puppy out of cargo bin, every one of us flocks to it. It makes our day. It can't be much different for the people upstairs.


I live right next to a retirement home and once a week my neighbor and I bring our dogs to run around in the giant fenced backyard.  All the old folks just totally brighten right up.  Not just from petting the dogs and throwing sticks, but just from watching them run around being goofy.

/one old fella actually whittled "a right proper fetching stick" for my dog
//the old guy is 92
 
2013-06-29 08:26:50 AM
I work in HR - in a company with over 500 employees - very stressful and I'm usually gritting my teeth by 10 am.
One of my employees brought in a bunch of puppies, he had been on his way to a vet for their first check up and had to stop in to sign some papers.
Didn't want to leave them in the car (too hot) and had asked me if he could bring them in, or if I could come out.

Best decision I ever made, telling him just to come on in with them. (Pet lover myself.  Nobody leaves a pet in a hot car on my watch).

I don't think the puppies ever made it to the vet.  They were all over the office building (single story), visiting people at their desks and being cooed over.
Sweet faced, fluffy, roly poly puppies with bright eyes.  Got into everything.  It was great.

The "high" of playing with them lasted all day. First time I ever left the office with a huge smile on my face.

Story needs a better tag.
 
2013-06-29 08:39:31 AM

Orion5k: I don't understand the unlikely tag. I work outside at the airport and whenever we pull a puppy out of cargo bin, every one of us flocks to it. It makes our day. It can't be much different for the people upstairs.


Because the puppy survived being treated as cargo?

Or do you do that for dead puppies as well?
 
2013-06-29 08:54:30 AM
Interesting. Unlike the TSA, these biatches aren't shoving their noses in children's crotches.
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2013-06-29 09:07:03 AM
Bring out the attack crows for these people.

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2013-06-29 09:07:47 AM
The library that I work at has a 'read to a dog' program. An elderly couple brings in their therapy dog and allow kids to play with her and read to her. It helps out the kids who aren't confident about their reading skills because the dog doesn't care if they mess up. It also helps because this community has a lot of families living in apartments that don't allow pets over 20 pounds
 
2013-06-29 09:14:06 AM
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2013-06-29 09:16:48 AM

OnlyM3: Interesting. Unlike the TSA, these biatches aren't shoving their noses in children's crotches.
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It's Assie customs you have to worry about.
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2013-06-29 09:37:46 AM
Haven't you people figured out that this long ago became a game of "Let's see what they"ll put up with?"
 
2013-06-29 10:08:15 AM
All I can think of is that this is an inconspicuous way to get a drug/explosive detecting dog close to people. Just train them to some kind of special cue.
 
2013-06-29 10:12:45 AM
Huebner says the teams are trained to be aware of and sensitive to passengers who may be fearful or have allergies
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"If there's a big crowd and I sit and watch him, he actually will work the crowd, and go up to everybody and just want to say hi,"


Sounds like a good idea to me though.  I'm a dog person.
 
2013-06-29 10:27:25 AM
Can never have enough dogs.

/sappy story bro

When I moved to the states, my dog came with us, but t'storms in the area meant a backlog for the unloading chaps plus then she had to clear customs; when I enquired about how long until I could take possession the guy said he didn't know but perhaps a couple of hours.  At which point I teared up and wailed "but she's been in that crate since this morning" and he replied "I'll have her there in less than forty-five minutes."  I was in a different terminal, took about twenty minutes to travel across and sure enough, she was waiting for me, holding court with a whole bunch of people crowded around the crate.

I've always hoped that ground crew guy won the lottery, is living a long, healthy &/or enjoying a dissolute life or whatever his goals and pleasures were.  I did write a letter to the airline thanking him for his efforts.
 
2013-06-29 11:17:01 AM
I was in an airport just last night.  SFO.  It was horrible.  Security checkpoint had one scanning machine open for the hoi polloi (another dedicated solely to rich assholes, so they sped through).  We stood and waited forever to get to the dolt who stamps your boarding pass, then we stood and waited forever to get to the conveyor belts, while another dolt keeps lecturing us in a whiny voice about taking our laptops out of our bags.

Then I finally go through and a third dolt moves me aside, because being white, bald, paunchy and over 50, I perfectly fit the profile of a terrorist.  We all remember the many, many times that a while, bald, paunchy guy in his 50s brought down an airliner.  And so dolt number 3 gropes me for a while.
 Then I finally get my stuff and head to the gate and find out, oh joy, my flight has been delayed for 1.5 hours.


I saw four people with dogs.  Each time, it went a long way to brighten my mood.  If I'd been able to pet these dogs, it would have been even better.

/fark the TSA kabuki theater
//if you work for the TSA, kindly DIAF
 
2013-06-29 01:48:45 PM
Ok, I get the stress relief at LAX - it's a horrible airport. But SJC? C'mon. They just rebuilt the main terminal, moved the rental car facility on-site, and tore down that absurd terminal C. There's no stress at SJC.
 
2013-06-29 03:47:15 PM
NO! Not all people like the smelly like buggers!
 
2013-06-29 04:12:49 PM

bratface: NO! Not all people like the smelly like buggers!


Then take a bath.

CSB:

When we had to fly out of LAX, I had Mia with me. She's my Seizure Alerter. We made a lot of friends while waiting for flights. On the plane, we met the entire crew, all of whom destressed while visiting.  She is permitted to visit people for a few moments because she will come right back to me to alert me if she has to. She is not permitted to run wild or delay anyone.  Most people on the plane had no idea she was there; even the people across the aisle only found out when the captain came by.
 
2013-06-30 07:46:47 AM

gfid: Orion5k: I don't understand the unlikely tag. I work outside at the airport and whenever we pull a puppy out of cargo bin, every one of us flocks to it. It makes our day. It can't be much different for the people upstairs.

Because the puppy survived being treated as cargo?

Or do you do that for dead puppies as well?


Most dogs we get are cargo. They come from puppy mills. They're stained in shiat and shaking at the bones. We aren't supposed to, but we take them out, feed them, give them water and wash them. Don't imagine me as a company man. I'm a human. And I love dogs. When people screw up and forget to tell the cabin that there is a live animal in the bin, we go out of the way to get that person fired. This is coming from someone who has held a dead puppy.
 
2013-06-30 06:04:32 PM

Orion5k: gfid: Orion5k: I don't understand the unlikely tag. I work outside at the airport and whenever we pull a puppy out of cargo bin, every one of us flocks to it. It makes our day. It can't be much different for the people upstairs.

Because the puppy survived being treated as cargo?

Or do you do that for dead puppies as well?

Most dogs we get are cargo. They come from puppy mills. They're stained in shiat and shaking at the bones. We aren't supposed to, but we take them out, feed them, give them water and wash them. Don't imagine me as a company man. I'm a human. And I love dogs. When people screw up and forget to tell the cabin that there is a live animal in the bin, we go out of the way to get that person fired. This is coming from someone who has held a dead puppy.


Okay, you sound genuine so I'll apologize for my cynical and negative comment.

What's probably worse, especially after hearing so many horror stories about pets in cargo holds (true or not) are the people who would put their dog or cat through that.

At any rate, I was just being a dick with my earlier comment.  By all means, go ahead and give the dogs some affection for surviving being treated like cargo.  They deserve it.

And if you get a chance when your boss isn't looking, tell the dog's owner they are an asshole for risking their pet's life and subjecting them to that.

I'll put my pet in a carrier when I travel, but that's for safety.  I will not let her out of my sight though.  If that means I have to drive instead of fly, I will.
 
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