Support For Tough Times
Griffiths, a writer who travels around the world
as she works, and Luna, her sprightly 4-year-old
Schnauzer-Yorkie mix, are nearly
. Luna is certified as an
emotional support animal, a designation under
federal law that allows her
to sit on her
companions lap [on airplane flights],
instead of being in a cage under a seat, where
regular pets must ride.
--The New York Times Nov. 11, 2013
Airplane travel is becoming tougher and more
draining than ever. My flight to Boston was
delayed because of mechanical trouble. We
were further delayed because of the handicapped
passengers who boarded first, followed by women
and babies, then the one percenters in first
When I finally
plopped into my seat a wet tongue licked my cheek.
I cursed in shock since Im a happily
married man. It was a dog giving me wet
kisses! A dog sitting on the
passengers lap in the seat next to me.
mind, Fang, the woman said. Hes
harmless and lovable.
you cant bring a dog on board!
yes, hes a seeing eye dog. Im
were blind youd have a proper guide dog,
something like a retriever. A really big dog. Thats
a Yorkshire terrier!
she shrieked. You mean they gave me a
Yorkie for a guide dog?
Im going to call a cabin attendant if you
dont get that dog out of here. Hes
slobbering all over
you insult my companion! Hes
really an emotional support dog, and
federal law allows him to accompany me everywhere.
you dont. First youre blind and then
youre emotionally unstable. Im
ringing for the attendant.
please. Ill confess. Im a
Buddhist, and we believe in reincarnation. Fang
is my husband who has come back in the form of a
dog because of some spiritual error he made. I
have papers here, she said, pawing through
her purse. Papers to prove
No, thats Fangs drivers license.
attendant appeared over the seat and asked,
Is there a problem?
This woman claimed her dog is a guide dog because
shes blind, and then she insisted its
an emotional attachment animal. Now,
shes blabbering that its the
reincarnation of her dead husband.
yourself, sir. This poor woman has every
right to bring an emotional support animal with
her. Its the law now. I have one
myself, but I only take it on vacations.
kidding me, I snorted. And your
dog or whatever
your pardon! He stood up as tall as
possible. My Philomena is a pot-bellied
pig. And my former mistress when I was an
cant wait to get to Boston, I
can I, the attendant said conspiratorially.
Were getting married there next week.