Sam Gets Her Flight

This was a special trip that wound up with us flying up the Hudson River in New York City, below the tops of skyscrapers so we could take Same to her new future.

Pilot: Steve Rhode
Co-Pilot: Patrick Allen
Cuddlier: Pam Rhode

Rescue: American Pointer Rescue

Transporter to Richmond Executive Airport: Carol
Transporter from Westchester Regional Airport: Mary

This was a big day. Steve contacted Caroline at the American Pointer Rescue and they had a dog that was found as a stray in Richmond. She’s an orange and white English Pointer about 2 years old named, Sam.

Sam needed to get to Maine and they were going to transport Sam by ground but we were able to really shorten the trip for Sam by flying her up to White Plains, New York to start her ground trip to Maine. Early in the morning we flew to Richmond Executive Airport and Carol from Richmond Animal League brought Sam to us. She is such a happy girl. We soon took off and flew up to New York.

Sam sat on Pam’s lap pretty much the entire flight. She was a little scared but wore her headset like a trooper. She liked to snuggle under her blankets to keep warm. How many dogs do you know that get to fly 1100 feet above the Hudson River right past Manhattan? She didn’t like looking out the window, she kept her head down or under a blanket. But we did manage to get a picture of her with the skyline in the background.

When we landed we were met by Mary who was going to take the first leg of ground transportation. Mary and Sam settled in her car and off they went to meet the next leg in Connecticut.

After Sam was on her way we caught a ride to a nearby place for lunch. After we got back to the airport we loaded up took off to go back down the Hudson Corridor. Again, it was a site to behold. What an experience. If you ever get a chance to do it I would highly recommend it! What a beautiful sight to see.

We were all tired when we go back to Raleigh, North Carolina. It was an extra long day but well worth it. We got to help save a dog and see New York City as few people do. What a day!

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