When you travel the world you do see some memorable things. Some sights may strike you as odd, unusual or downright weird. So how about seeing a flying dog that wears nappies?
This unusual (for me at least) event happened earlier this week.
I’d just arrived on a flight to Amsterdam Schiphol airport. As soon as I arrived in the terminal after getting off my flight I head off to the Gents toilets.
Naturally I headed there with one thing on my mind so didn’t take too much notice of my surroundings. I did briefly catch a glimpse of a cute little terrier dog at the toilets but didn’t focus much on him.
It did strike me though as unusual. As someone who flies often the only dogs I ever seem to see in airports are security sniffer dogs.
I even find it very rare to see guide dogs helping blind people around an airport so to see a pet dog was highly unusual.
In all my time flying if I have in the rare instance seen a dog in the cabin it has been in a carry crate. Most of the time animals are placed as special checked baggage items in a designated area for animals. (There was no sign of a carry crate with this dog and its owner.)
I have seen a blind folded bird of prey sat on its owners hand on a short haul flight in the Middle East. I’ve also occasional seen a little dog on a domestic US flight.
Yet when it comes to international flights I’ve not really seen it.
I was also in the non-Schengen flights area of Amsterdam Schiphol airport so this dog and owner were travelling in an area where passports are required.
Once I’d finished at the toilet I headed to the sink to wash my hands. It was at this point that I noticed what the owner was doing.
There he was with what I can only guess were wet wipes and he was wiping clean this little dog’s bottom. It was like a parent with a little child.
The dog was happily stood there, tail wagging and appreciative of the owner’s attention.
Then the owner reached into his rucksack, pulled out a nappy and started fitting it onto the dog. (For Americans, a nappy is known as a “diaper” in the US.)
I know some people put fancy items of clothing on dogs but I’ve never seen a dog with a nappy before. Even more rare to see a dog who flies with a nappy.
I would have loved to have taken a picture of this adorable creature to show you what it looked like. However I was in a busy gents toilets and there is not a chance of me getting my camera out to take a picture in there!
The dog was extremely cute, maybe not quite as cute as Jessie but cute all the same.
Why was the Flying Dog wearing nappies?
So I began wondering why the dog was being fitted with a nappy. Also why was the owner wiping the dog’s bottom clean?
– the dog is still a pup and is in training (admittedly the dog looked old enough to me to be beyond training)
– maybe the dog was going on a very long flight and the owner was taking a precaution (however I’ve never seen a dog on a long haul flight in the main cabin before)
– could this dog be ill and possibly have diarrhoea?
All in all it was rather an odd sight for me. Why did the owner choose not to leave the dog at home in kennels or with a friend?
They could even have opted for pet sitters since this is a great opportunity for fellow travellers and dog lovers.
Also, since they were flying to a non-Schengen country is there not a risk of the dog going into quarantine?
Whatever the reasons I may never know. I will however retain the rather unusual and cute memories of the flying dog that wears nappies.