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" FOR BOB'S FIRST FLIGHT, I PUT HIS
DOG CAR SEAT INTO THE PLANE. IT
WAS POSITIONED JUST LIKE IN THE
CAR SO BOB COULD SEE ME. THE
SEAT IS HIGH ENOUGH THAT HE CAN
SEE OUT THE WINDOW. "

Retired technical writer Marci Haas has
a good buddy named Bob. He's a 15-yearold Shih Tzu whom she adopted when a
friend discovered him living on his own
at a gas station/barbecue joint near Dallas. Haas flies her Cessna Cardinal for fun
and lunch dates. " When dogs are allowed
at restaurants, Bob comes along, " she
said. " For Bob's first flight, I put his dog
car seat into the plane. It was positioned
just like in the car so Bob could see me.
The seat is high enough that he can see
out the window. "
Haas purchased Mutt Muffs and put
them on Bob for his first flight. He took
them off. After a couple of tries, he kept
the muffs on. She started up and taxied
out with Bob looking around, like he did
in the car. She did the runup and took off.
But when she flew a few miles, she looked
at Bob and he had taken the ear protection off again.

" It was on our third flight when Bob
decided it was better to wear the Mutt
Muffs, and he kept them on, " she said.
Muff Mutts website says this is pretty
standard; dogs initially don't like the
headsets but realize they help with the
noise-hey, dogs are pretty smart! (See
" What Are Mutt Muffs, " page 37.)
Most of Haas's flying is local, but she
and Bob flew a big cross-country from
her home near Dallas to Maine, stopping
in at AOPA headquarters on the way. Bob
was " interviewed " by AOPA Live This
Week co-host Warren Morningstar. " Bob
really likes attention, " she said. " But it's
like flying with a small child. There is
the car seat, the earmuffs, and strapping
him in. Then you have to take along the
supplies, like water and water dish, and
some snacks. For our cross-country trip to
Maine, I also brought along the dog food
that Bob likes, his toys, and a dog bed. "

Shih Tzus are companion dogs, so
Bob is happiest when he's with Haas.
She doesn't think Bob cares one way
or the other about the flying; he simply
wants to be with her. He usually sleeps
during the flight.
" Bob is usually a patient passenger,
but occasionally he becomes a bossy
back-seat co-pilot, " Haas said. " One
time, I stretched my left leg not realizing I was pushing the rudder pedal. The
plane slowly and cooperatively turned
to the left. I realized this and looked
back at Bob who was sitting straight
up, giving me a very offended look that
clearly stated, what did you just do? He
was sleeping and I woke him up. I gently
stretched my right leg and the plane
slowly turned back on course. A look
at Bob confirmed he approved of the
maneuver since he lay down, gave a sigh,
and went back to sleep. "

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