Captain, Jack, and Janie Puppy Flight

We were contacted by Eilli of Mr. Bones & Company to do a transport for some puppies. Someone say PUPPIES?!?!?! We love puppies! So we asked one of our favorite volunteers and Patreon supporter, Kathy Phelan to help us with our trip.

Pilot: Steve Rhode
Logistics: Pam Rhode
Volunteer: Kathy Phelan

Rescue: Mr. Bones and Company
Sender: Mary Padavech – Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary
Transporter from Coatesville: Mick Teti-Braudoin

Flight Path

Story

Mary of Faithful Friends Animal Sanctuary, who rescued the pups brought them to us at the Greensboro International Airport. Mary came all the way from Salisbury, North Carolina to bring these three adorable babies.

Jack and Janie are brother and sister, Boston Terrier and Chihuahua mix. They were owner surrendered due to an unwanted litter. Each weighed about 5-6 pounds and were 3 months old.

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Captain is a German Shepherd/Rottweiler mix and at 4 months weights 28 pounds. He’s going to be a BIG dog. Captain was found as a stray, wondering the streets. But he was as sweet as could be and smart.

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How many adults does it take to put 3 small puppies in an airplane? Four and even then we had trouble!!! Jack and Janie were not cooperating with us. It was like an Marx Brothers routine! (For those of you who do not know who they are, Google them.) Every time we tried to put a pup in the back crate they kept crawling out!. We’ve never had that happen before. Jack and Janie were quite the mischievous pair. Kathy and Pam laughed so hard at them for they were so cute, I didn’t think we’d ever take off.

There was a little nipping between Jack and Captain so Captain got the back all to himself. He made himself a little bed and slept the entire way. The pups all calmed down once we were in the air and fell asleep. They were such cute little passengers.

All three dogs were going to Elli in New York City. So we were flying them from Greensboro, NC to Coatesville, Pennsylvania just outside of Philly. We love the crew at Chester County Airport, Ray and Brittany are always to happy to see us. When they saw we were coming in for a landing someone on the radio broadcasted, “We Have Puppies!” They met us on the tarmac and each one held onto their own puppy.

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Mick also met us on the tarmac to greet the pups. She is driving them halfway to New York City and meet up with Elli. She was so excited to be able to come and be a part of the transport. She’d never picked a dog up from the airport before, so this was a first for her. She took Captain who was awesome on a leash and we went through the airport to her car. Everyone stopped what they were doing to see the puppies. One man coming out of an office yelled, PUPPIES! They are such a wonderful group at Signature Aviation, formerly Landmark.

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After we said our goodbyes to Mick and the pups we went back in to have lunch at the airport restaurant with Ray. It’s really nice when you get to meet and be friends with everyone who loves what we do.

After lunch we headed back home and all three of us were exhausted from our puppy outing. All three dogs settled into their foster homes well and Jack has many applications for adoption on him, Janie was to have meet and greet with a family and Captain will probably be adopted by his foster family.

It’s a great feeling to know you were a part of saving these dogs lives. If the had stayed in NC a shelter would probably have put them down. You too can be a part of saving dogs as well. Just click here.

Mission Photos

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