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Hi everyone. I'm looking for recs on Sherpas. We're starting to plan for our

next edition now that we have found our breeder.  I will be flying from LAX TO EWR (probably Virgin America).  Also any traveling tips would be greatly appreciated :)


Fatboy aka Stinky :)

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Pet Airline Requirements

are usually provided on their website. They are all pretty standard.

The breeder had puppy vet checked and provided the health cert from the vet, carry with you.

I have a Sherpa that has taken 3 puppies from CA, to WA, to the eastcoast, to Alaska. It is a great bag. I lined it with pee pee pads. You want to take as little baggage for yourself as possible. I took a little water dish, you'll have to buy a bottle of water after check in, papertowels, poop bags, wet ones, squeaky toys, a leash and collar and some treats.

You have to take the puppy out of the carrier and carry it when you go through security, so the bag can go through the scanning machine.

This is from Virgin air, I'm assuming you have already read this.

Virgin America is a pet-friendly airline that accepts cats and dogs in the Main Cabin of the aircraft. Pets checked as baggage are not accepted. Guests with pets cannot be seated in the Main Cabin Select seats (either exit row or row 3) or the First Class cabin. Also on connections with Interline partners, pets are not allowed.

Each animal should be carried in its own kennel (provided by the guest). We allow one pet carrier for each purchased seat, and one pet per kennel. Puppies and kittens must be at least 8 weeks old and weaned. The total weight of the animals and kennel cannot be above 20 pounds. If traveling between the United States and Mexico, click here for additional requirements for International Pet Travel.

Seat dimensions may vary from airline to airline, and on Virgin America, kennel dimensions cannot be more than 18 inches long x 15 inches wide x 8 inches high and must fit directly under the seat in front of the guest. The kennel must have proper ventilation, a floor designed to absorb and retain solids or liquids, proper fabrication to prevent the escape of the pet(s) and prevent any part of the pet(s) from protruding, and plenty of room for the pet(s) to move freely. It is also recommended that a soft sided case is used in lieu of a hard sided case. Pets must stay enclosed in their kennels while onboard and in the airport terminal.

We add a $100.00 fee per segment to the price of your reservation for the transportation of each pet.

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Height on bag

their specs say 8" high...but I'm sure my sherpa is higher then that and it fits easily under the seat. I'll measure it when I get home and post the measurements for you.

They have a weight limit but Cleo was 11 weeks and barely fit in the bag, she had to scrunch her head down, so I know we were over that 20 lbs limit. Just be sure you bring the puppy home around 9 weeks and you should be fine.