Today I brought eight pit bull terrier puppies from Ft Leavenworth Kansas to my home airport where folks from the Boulder Humane Society picked them up. Adorable pups. They were a bit whiny at first but seemed to go to sleep once airborne.
I had three in my large crate in the back of the 6A. The Leavenworth folks had another carrier that went in the passenger seat area that held three (top load!). Note that the seatback and cushions were removed.
My medium crate held one puppy and it sat on top of the crate in the back and finally another smallish crate held the last puppy and it was on top of the larger passenger area crate.
Three hours there. Fifty minutes on the ground and three to 3.1 hours back.
I don't like this summer flying. One hour after I got home rain and lightning covered my airport. Usually I am on the ground by 11 AM.
I had told a friend that they would probably get out during the flight and go for my throat. I probably do harbor a bit of apprehension towards this breed but the pups were great. I assume that if you raise them right they can be as loving as most dogs. Well, maybe not labs.
Here are seven of the pups. The eighth was giving me puppy attention...or trying to gain my graces so he could ride on my lap. My friend just saw the picture and thinks that they are Stratford. I don't know.
As far as the large number of pups, I had never considered stacking the crates. I also have limits on what is possible to get over the side so currently that limit is around 40 pounds. In my plane, I just can't haul large dogs. So I will specialize in puppies and other smaller dogs.