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kswim94
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A new mission

Postby kswim94 » Thu Aug 14, 2014 10:38 pm

Chalk this one up to another experience that wouldn't have happened it if weren't for this podcast.

Though I consider myself an Oshkosh veteran, this was the first year I was able to make it to the tiedown party. (I'm one of those folks that Jeff welcomed into the party. Thanks, and, again, very nice to meet you, btw!) I had a wonderful time meeting so many people.

While there, I met with a one or two folks that were involved with an organization that I had been curious about for a little while. So, with their encouragement, I threw caution to the wind and registered for Pilots N Paws as a pilot.

My wife and I had our first mission last night. It was such a fantastic experience! We were the second of two legs in transporting 5 incredibly adorable orphaned puppies to their new homes. And everybody was so appreciative of our efforts, too (seriously, we all know this is just another excuse to fly, right?).

I love flying. Simply escaping the surly bonds of earth my passion. But - damn - it's fun to have a mission like this!!!

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Re: A new mission

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Re: A new mission

Postby jackhodgson » Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:00 am

Very nice.

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Re: A new mission

Postby Scofreyjet » Fri Aug 22, 2014 10:52 pm

Too cute, and a great excuse to go flying. In fact, I'm pretty sure that time spent flying with puppies is added to your lifespan!
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Re: A new mission

Postby plutocrat03 » Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:25 pm

Have done a number of these flights. It is great fun. You wind up meeting some deeply generous people who care for these lost souls. Out prime pickup shelter seems to average a census of around 130 dogs. They are always organizing transport. The tend to give us the weakest or youngest ones since the transport by ground takes more of a toll.

Our record so far is 21 dogs, in a single flight.

All flights but one were met by volunteers who work with the receiving shelters. Once we were met by the adopting families with their children. The chaos of the meeting process was something to behold. It also gave us the platform to market GA a little to an audience who had never imagined such a use for an airplane.

We have scheduled a series of flights totalling approx. 850 NM this weekend. Do not yet know pax list.

The warmth of doing a trip like this lasts a lot longer than the warmth of a hamburger.

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Re: A new mission

Postby champguy » Thu Oct 02, 2014 10:06 am

And it won't clog your arteries.
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Re: A new mission

Postby plutocrat03 » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:00 pm

Saturday was scrubbed due to icing enroute, but a new route was put together fof sunday. We transported 4 1 week old pups with mom and 3 additional young dogs to Indiana.

We tend file 'dog rescue' in remarks in the flight plan. A number of controllers remarked on our pax during the course of the flight. I will send a photo soon.

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Re: A new mission

Postby plutocrat03 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 11:43 am

Flew to KMIC Sunday with 9 3 week old pups and mom. The pax had inflight meal service or if you prefer had all they could drink. they were scheduled for destruction 1-15 before the rescue folks down south got involved.

The pax had 4 flights over a period of 2 days to reach their final destination.

A great way to rack up 5 hours of flying.

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Re: A new mission

Postby Scofreyjet » Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:33 pm

Very cool, plutocrat03! I hope to get involved with Pilots'n'Paws or a similar group when I have better access to an airplane and just a wee bit more free time. Funny, the power of animals over humans - we have a friend who is very involved at the terminal end of the rescue dog train - she fosters the dogs and works to adopt them out to new homes. Now, this friend is afraid of heights, escalators,elevators, steep hills - you name it. But the other night she said if I was flying rescue dogs she would get in a small airplane with me!
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Re: A new mission

Postby champguy » Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:01 pm

A flight worth making. Great mission.
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