The Lucky Ones

Relax, pup

Although we don’t have many photos of these guys in the plane, they are so cute that when we had to keep them for 2 weeks after picking them up in Raleigh Durham NC, we didn’t mind one bit! We ended up paying for their shots, de-worming and good puppy food since they were in poor shape after being rescued.…

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The Lucky Ones

Oh PLEASE can we keep him?

Here’s Jake. My wife was absolutely smitten with this little guy, after picking him up in Rocky Mount NC for a 90 minute flight to freedom (that would have lasted 4 hours in a car!), an occasional problem when coordinating multi-leg flights is the second pilot doesn’t have weather or capabilities to fly on the same day as we do.…

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The Lucky Ones

Can we keep him?

Not the first time we’d heard that, but this little guy was absolutely adorable and we were sorely tempted to keep him. It was our first rescue in the Twin Cessna, and a very sweet dog both on the flight back from Rock Hill, South Carolina where we rescued him along with other puppies picked up from the same rescue…

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Rides

A new bird for the dogs

In July 2015, Amelia Air bought the ideal rescue airplane, a 1978 Cessna 310R. With 6 seats, two engines and fantastic storage capabilities, this airplane was perfect for family trips including Amelia and all our luggage to fly to Iowa, vacation spots and lots of rescue flights! Little did we know, we’d get our own rescue dog in this plane,…

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People

3 generations of rescuers

When we landed, Lynn (grandmother) said she was interested in possibly taking a bus back home because it was much too bumpy for her liking. And what happened next is absolutely typical in the world of dog rescues – she met the dogs we were to transport back from Charleston WV, fell in love and said she’d absolutely help us…

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The Lucky Ones

A relay flight of 4 dogs

March 2015, we flew the trusty Piper Saratoga down to Blacksburg VA, to pick up 4 dogs from a relay pilot who had flown them up from South Carolina where they had been brought to the shelter with a death sentence unless adopted. Although this dog doesn’t look very happy at all, it’s remarkable how resilient dogs can be when…

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Rides

A litter of wild pups

Our second rescue flight was in the dead of winter, on a quick flight down to Blacksburg, VA (home of Virginia Tech) in a rented Cessna 310N. These 6 puppies were abandoned and a shelter had to get them out of their property or risk being euthanized. Since the Washington DC area has such a large population density, our local…

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Rescues

Our first rescue

In 2014, we began the journey of using airplanes to rescue dogs from far away places, to bring them to more populated areas to be adopted. Pilots N Paws is one of my favorite organizations that has coordinated rescues for pilots that love animals, and obviously Subaru is a big support of animal rescue as well. Patty Wagstaff, a world-famous…

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