Can this happen at every airport?
Approximately 35 puppies went to Oakland International Airport on Sunday in what must have been the most joyful air travel experience ever.
We couldn’t be there, so thankfully there’s video of the dogs — all guide-dogs-in-training from San Ramon Valley Guide Dogs — arriving at the California airport for a tutorial, of sorts.
“For a lot of dogs, it’s the first time being on a plane after they graduate (from the program),” club leader Gail Horn told the East Bay Times, who reported the story. “It can be frightening, and it can be a deal-breaker for some puppies.”
Watch the video as the puppies — accompanied by nearly 100 handlers — go through TSA security, walk the terminal and even go on a mock flight courtesy of Alaska Air (which must have been totally un-fur-gettable).
Over 50 GDB puppy raisers and over 25 puppies gathered at the Oakland International Airport this morning for special airport training. Puppy raisers and several GDB alums went through flight check-in, airport security, and even boarded a real plane! A huge thank you to @alaskaair for making this experience possible for our future canine heroes. We are so proud to work with Alaska Airlines to improve the travel experience for people of all abilities. #iamGDB #guidedogsfortheblind Image description: A young puppy raiser smiles as she sits with her #guidedogpuppy (yellow Lab) aboard an airplane. Photo credit: Alicia Magdaleno #firstclasstraining
“The only thing we don’t do is take off,” Horn said. “For a lot of our puppies, that is the only experience they get before they are actual guide dogs.”