It’s not hard to get lost in negative news and forget that there are good people in the world who are displaying kindness on a daily basis. Even if the majority of the news is negative, there are still positive stories out there that give us hope. This is one of them.
The following story depicts what one couple experienced on a JetBlue flight from Florida to Massachusetts. When a flight attendant noticed their dog was in distress, it was his quick-thinking that may have saved the dog’s life…
JetBlue Flight 330
A couple from Massachusetts were on a JetBlue flight headed to Worcester with their three dogs. They live in Boston and were returning home after spending some time at their summer home in Florida.
Traveling With Their Dogs For Many Years
Being that they travel back and forth so much, their dogs know the drill when it comes to airplanes. The husband and wife explained in a Facebook post that they have been traveling for twelve years with their pets…
Always Excited To Travel
Michele Burt said, “The pups are great and know the drill and get excited to travel.” But on this particular flight, one of their dogs appeared to be in distress. Burt explained that on the flight back home, their 3-year-old French Bulldog Darcy started pushing her head against the mesh part of her carrier.
Something Was Wrong
Her husband told Darcy to lay down, as she’s very obedient and would normally just lay her head down upon reassurance. But, she continued, so Michele assumed something else was wrong and maybe Darcy was warm. In response, she loosened the zipper on her carry-on so she could poke her face out. Unfortunately, that didn’t work either…
Her Tongue Was Turning Blue
“I noticed that her tongue was blue and I am aware that is a sign of insufficient oxygen (Hypoxia), so I pulled her out from under the seat and placed her on my lap to cool down and help her relax as she was panicking and breathing frantically,” Michele said in the post.
Politely Explained The Airline Rules
One of the flight attendants noticed and went to Michele and politely told her that regulation is that the pet was to remain under the seat in her carrier. So Michele apologized and explained that her dog appeared to be in medical distress (blue tongue and gums). She gave Darcy some water and just let her sit on her lap hoping she would be okay…
Except, Darcy wasn’t ok. Despite two crew members, Renaud Fenster and Diane Asher bringing ice in bags for her, Darcy was still breathing too fast. She continued to pant heavily and Renau said he had a better idea. Fenster called the captain and said, “I think we need to use some oxygen,” and he responded, “Go ahead.”
Oxygen Tank For Darcy
Fenster brought a small oxygen tank with a mask attached and offered it to Michele for Darcy. He said, “Maybe this will help.” Fenster described the moment that he realized he had to make a quick decision…
Darcy Nearly Passed Out
“I was passing through the cabin to check up on a passenger, and I noticed [another] passenger, who had the dog out of her crate and the dog had an indication that it wasn’t looking too well… And I believe the dog passed out.” He said.
He explains how he knew how serious the situation was because he is also a French Bulldog owner to his dog Penelope. “The dog started panting very rapidly and uncontrollably, and so as a French bulldog owner myself, I knew the dog was overheating and needed some ice. I brought the dog some ice, and that didn’t do anything.” It was at that point that he considered using oxygen to support the animal…
Finally Breathing Normally
Michele placed the mask over Darcy’s face and within a few minutes, she became alert and after a short time, she didn’t want the mask. Fenster noticed that the oxygen had revived the dog like nothing else had. But before he knew the oxygen would wind up helping, he was very scared.
His First Time Giving Oxygen To A Pet
“I have never seen anything like this in my 15 years working for an airline,” Fenster said. It was after a total stranger helped save her dog’s life that inspired Michele to share what happened on Facebook. She continued saying that besides the flight attendants, the family seated behind them also offered to help…
A Kind Family Offering Help
They offered Michele and her husband baby wipes for Darcy, and their young son said, “I am glad they helped her get better.” She raved on Facebook about how incredible their efforts were, and said, “It may have been only a “dog” to some, not a major disaster certainly, but a family member to us.”
They Saved A Life
The flight attendant’s responsiveness in this situation may have saved Darcy’s life. “I believe Renaud and Diane saved a life, some may reduce the value of the life because Darcy is a canine, I do not…Goodness and kindness along with the ability to access a medical crisis, albeit a canine in crisis saved the day.” As far as how Darcy has been since the flight…
Darcy Is Doing Great
Darcy is now home safe and sound and the Burts will check with a veterinarian before taking her on another flight. “She’s home, happy and chasing squirrels. She’s doing great,” Michele said. The Burts are also sharing their story as a warning for dog owners to err on the side of caution when traveling with their French Bulldog.
A Breed Known For Respiratory Issues
French Bulldogs are classified as short-nosed dogs, which makes them more vulnerable to respiratory problems. Some airlines don’t allow them to travel in cargo holds because there is a greater risk for breathing issues…
The respiratory tracts of French Bulldogs are ill-equipped for the free flow of air into and out of the lungs, which is a disease referred to as brachycephalic syndrome. This makes breathing while on an airplane much more difficult for Frenchies than for other breeds.
Less Free-Flowing Air
There’s a much shorter supply of free-flowing air while you’re on a plane and anytime you fly you’re putting your health at a slight risk. Everyone is affected by cabin pressure and oxygen fluctuations, and that includes animals. That’s why you often feel terrible after flying on an airplane…
While you may think you’re imaging feeling tired, agitated and dehydrated after flying, you’re most certainly not. Each time you fly, you’re exposing yourself to a different environment than your body is used to. For some people, this new environment, which has lower oxygen levels than the ground, and little humidity, can result in a bunch of negative symptoms.
Less Oxygen On Airplanes
Despite the amount of air being pumped inside the plane, it doesn’t result in the same amount of oxygen that you’d normally breathe at sea level. Also, the air drawn into the plane to pressurize it comes from dry, high-altitude regions, making the plane itself drying than a desert. It’s no wonder little Darcy was having a tough time, but we’re so glad she’s recovered.