Doggone Touchie-Feelie Available At Airports

According to Associated Press, several airports have come up with a novel way to help passengers. It involves a pilot program offering friendly dogs trained to snuggle and soothe people as the nervous humans wait for flights and try to endure other airport inconveniences that seem to get more stressful every day.

The service is called PUP: Pets Unstressing Passengers. On leashes held by trained volunteers, and wearing jackets identifying their tasks, the dogs wander through the passenger areas offering friendly paws, bellies and noses to pat.

The dogs are particularly popular with kids, who are often frightened, confused and impatient when being forced to wait for hours in busy, noisy airports. A friendly dog's gentle eyes, muzzle and wagging tail are perfect solutions to calming them down.

So far, PUP is available at airports in San Jose, Los Angeles and Miami, with more expected to offer the doggone good services soon. Considering the growing tensions in just about every airport from flight delays, security lines, ever increasing fare prices and other stresses, the friendly canines are welcome presences.  

Editorial opinion: We like dogs very much, but as cat lovers, we feel they are just as qualified to be airport therapists, and should also be enlisted to provide the same soothing services. We’d call them FRIENDS: Felines Really Into Easing Numbingly Disturbing Situations.

CNN Offers Many Traveler Testimonials For Future Flights PDF Print E-mail

Basically, they all give the same advice. If you want the least stress and the most satisfaction, get to the airport early. The times vary from 30 minutes to two hours, with a basic suggestion added. Be signed up in advance with one or more of the official early boarding permissions, such as Priority Pass. For more info, go to www.cnn.com/travel/article/airport-arrival-time-opinions

USA Today Lists America’s Ten Top Airports PDF Print E-mail

From 10th to best: John Wayne, Burbank CA, Indianapolis IN, San Jose CA, San Francisco CA. Seattle Tacoma WA, Sacramento CA. Atlanta GA, Portland OR, Phoenix AZ and at the top: San Diego CA.

The list puts five of the best 10 in California, which may not agree with those of us who’ve been stuck for hours in super busy LAX and SFO. Of course, it all depends on repairs, strikes, schedules, security and good or bad luck. And just for the record, take-off and landing flights are rarely delayed by Arctic blizzards at tropically sunny California airports.

San Francisco CA: Fido & Fluffy Can Enjoy Hotel Luxury PDF Print E-mail

The historic Fairmont welcomes dogs, cats and other pet guests. For a $75 fee, they’ll enjoy mini-beds, water bowls, toys, tasty meals and other comforts.

During your visit, you and your pet may meet (but not eat) Lilou, a therapy pig who often stays at the hotel for special events. And for exercise, you and your four-footed friend can hike through a great city’s steep streets, parks, and maybe hop on a cable car ride.

Hollywood CA: Leader Escorts Bikers On Famed Streets PDF Print E-mail

Instead of hiking on busy sidewalks during your visit to the movie capital, consider signing up for a bike, e-scooter or bus tour. You’ll see much more of the local scenery as you zip along, and at the same time, get invigorating exercise. When planning your Hollywood and other US and world sightseeing trips, check out the various kinds of local tourist riding tours you can join.

Fido Rides The Speedy Hawg: Good Idea? PDF Print E-mail

Your travel4seniors.com editor caught this candid shot as the strapped-in dog scoots by on the back of a motorcycle. Of course, with all the restraints, it looks somewhat safe. However, any sudden turn or stop in fast traffic could cause the dog to be sent flying helplessly and dangerously.



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