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Are 'Emotional Support' Pets Getting Out Of Hand?

We think they just might be... what first started as a clever way to letting her animal board with you in the main cabin, to a lengthy complaintas to why listing all animals as 'service' animals is detrimental to society, to now all this below...

In some of the cases below, we're on-board with the unusual service animal but most of them seem a tad far-fetched.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

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Miniature Horses Are Still Allowed to Be Your Emotional Support Animal

You've probably heard that the rules concerning emotional support animals on airplanes are changing, after a few incidents including a hamster flushed down the toilet, a VIP turkey and a few dog bites. Now, all animals except for dogs, cats and miniature horses are banned from flying. Yep, you heard me right: miniature horses. If you're more interested in taking your doggo on board, check out this travel guide for your fur babies. But if you have equine inclinations, read on. 

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No More Snakes On A Plane: New Rules For Emotional Support Animals

Picture this: you're walking down the aisle in an airplane and when you find your seat, there's a turkey sitting next to it. Or a pig. Or a monkey. It sounds like a comedy routine, but it isn't. In the past few years, there has been an unprecedented rise in people having 'emotional support animals', particularly when traveling on airplanes. While any step towards improving mental health is applauded, there have been many incidents involving emotional support animals on airplanes that really don't belong there. We can't blame these untrained animals for acting the way animals act, but we can question the laws that allow them on board. With new regulations from the US Department of Transport, things are about to change. We discuss these changes below, and whether they are for the better or the worse. 

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Guide to Flying With Pets

I'll admit it: I think my dog is better than 90% of the humans I know. Maybe 100%. I love spending time with him, he's always happy to see me, and all I have to do in return is feed him and pick up his poop. It's a good deal! Those with pets will know what I'm talking about. Our animals are our best friends, and we're not ashamed to admit it. 

When it comes to travelling, it's always bittersweet, knowing that my furry best friend is in a dog hostel while I'm seeing the world. But it doesn't have to be this way! You can take your dog or cat travelling with you. While getting out of airports is always a hassle, Doing so with your pets requires a little bit extra planning, and a some preparation. Some big airports are difficult to leave such as JFK airport or Ft. Lauderdale Airport and are known to be complex even without pets. Knowing what to do and what to prepare for, will make getting your good boy to you destinage that much smoother - Bon voyage.

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Let's Just All Spare a Moment To Appreciate These Adorable Photos Of Flying Squirrels

So right, these cute little critters are not capable of powered flight like birds or bats so instead, they glide between trees. Gliding seems quite an effective way to get from A to B with distances of up to 90 meters (295 ft) being covered. The direction and speed of the squirrel in midair is varied by changing the positions of its two arms and legs which in turn changes the tautness of the patagium, a furry parachute-like membrane that stretches from the squirrels wrists to its ankle. On top of all that, it has a fluffy tail that stabilizes in flight. The tail acts as a kind of airfoil, working as an air brake before the squirrel lands on a tree trunk or other object..Well, just take a look yourself.  Via: Sharesloth



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Jet Company Offers a Luxury Pet Friendly Program For Owners Flying With Their Pets

Amidst news of airline pet snafus and in-flight dog deaths, Vista Jet aviation company has launched few days ago an alternate option for owners who want to fly with their pets. The program is designed to "ensure all passengers feel welcome – even if they are four-legged," the company said. From travel bags, sleeping mats, balanced menus to travel advice and fear of flight courses, your pet can now expect the same excellent support as you. To learn more about VistaPet program, including what is costs to get your pet on board, visit VistaJet's website.

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Flying Peacocks Totally Look Like Mythical Creatures

The peacock is the stylish of birds. After all, they do have over 200 colorful elongated feathers that attract not just their potential partners, but many people's attention and cameras, too. Few people get a chance to see these birds off a ground, but they can, indeed, fly. Though usually peacocks do that in case of danger, rather than pleasure. When predators appear, birds start running and flutter into the air. Surprisingly, the long feathers don't affect their take-offs. The distance might be limited, but they can speed up to 16 km/h (10 mph)!

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"The art of flying" is a short film about "murmurations": the mysterious flights of the Common Starling. It is still unknown how the thousands of birds are able to fly in such dense swarms without colliding. Every night the starlings gather at dusk to perform their stunning air show. Because of the relatively warm winter of 2014/2015, the starlings stayed in the Netherlands instead of migrating southwards. This gave filmmaker Jan van IJken the opportunity to film one of the most spectacular and amazing natural phenomena on earth.

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This Photo Series Of Flying Dogs Will Make You Want To Try It Yourself

Inspired by her Frisbee-loving pup, Flinn, photographer Julia Christe set out to photograph the athleticism and freedom of dogs leaping in mid-air. Her book, "Flying Dogs" features 120 airborne dogs of all breeds and sizes — from the tiniest of Chihuahuas to full-grown Siberian Huskies and German Shepherds in a delightful, swooping sensation that will have dog lovers laughing out loud and begging for more! (And never fear: No dogs were harmed in the making of this book.)


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Meet The Amazing Flying Cats From Switzerland

Mausi & Miseli are two adorable and fearless cats from Switzerland who love to fly. Their Instagram Account is taking off and reaching new heights (Over 20K loyal fans worldwide). Mausi is three years old (born 16th of May 2014) and Miseli is almost a half year old (born March 28th, 2017). Mausi is actually the proud mom of Miseli! Their owner, Sara, told the Purrington Post: "As the kittens were super playful and always jumped to get their toys, I just wanted to try and see how it looked in a photo. As their poses were so funny during their flight, I started to take more and more. I took my first photo of a flying kitty back in July of 2015. A year later, I had uploaded around five more flying kitty photos on Instagram. This year I've already uploaded more than 30 flying kitten photos and I think every one of them is super unique." Miseli is a professional jumper and Mausi just jumped once in a while during a photo shoot. Via: The Purrington Post



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