Wow, Pat! Congratulations, you did a great job! Dakota (now "Jackie") is a very lucky dog to be able to fly across the country with just one pilot! Not many PNP rescue flights are "non-stop."
Again, folks there are more than 3 MILLION dogs and cats that are needlessly euthanized each year because owners don't want them, or owners move, or they are part of a nasty divorce, or (fill in the blank). So if you can, volunteer through Pilots N Paws; it's easy. If I can do it, any pilot can. And if you can't fly a dog or cat, be sure and support Spaying and Neutering ordinances in your city or county.
Again, Pat, congratulations on a tremendous first animal rescue flight.
Also, congratulations to Mike for being the "anchor man" on the relay team. What a great positive note for aviation!