A Windy Day Only a Rescue Dog and Pilot Could Appreciate!
Albert Adams out of Tampa, FL faced some strong winds to get a lucky dog to her new home. The flight was for Florida Boxer Rescue, and Albert shares the story…
I received an email from Laura Sawyer with Florida Boxer Rescue. She had a 3 yr old female down in South Florida who had a forever home waiting for her in Sanford, FL, just north of Orlando. The little girl who was receiving the dog sent out a prayer chain asking for all her friends to pray that someone could fly “Buttercup” (as she pre-named her) to her family. Well, that was all I needed to hear. So, I told Laura that I could do the flight, however, they were looking for a pilot that could do it on Monday. Weather was not in the cards for that and actually didn’t look doable until Thursday.
I departed on a beautiful Tampa morning and headed to Fort Myers – Page Field (KFMY), where the weather wasn’t so pretty…I was met by Laura and a very happy Boxer, who “knew” she was being rescued. You could see it in her eyes. Once we got her harness on and the paperwork complete, we topped off the tanks and Buttercup literally jumped into the backseat, sat up like a good girl, and looked at me like “I’m ready lets get outta here!”
We said our goodbyes and thank yous, got our clearance, and off we went into 34kts winds and turbulence the whole way to Sanford. Buttercup handled it like a champ and didn’t get airsick until we were on final approach into busy Sanford International (KSFB) airport, but of course I was prepared for that scenario and had the backseat lined with absorbent pads and towels. We taxied to Starport FBO where I was greeted by the Stouffer Family and a nice iced coffee from Starbucks that they brought for me.
Buttercup, looked at me with her sad eyes as if to apologize for getting sick. I just smiled and said “It’s OK baby”. She gave me a big lick and hopped out of the plane. She ran to her new Family and was so happy that everyone at the FBO noticed. After answering everyone’s questions about PNP and giving tours of the 172SP equipped with the G1000 system, I said goodbye, got a hug from the Stouffer’s little girl who “prayed” for Buttercup, another big “hug and lick” from Buttercup, as if to say “Thank You” and headed home to Tampa…into a 32 knot headwind for the entire ride home.
Starport at KSFB offered a significant fuel discount for Pilots N Paws flight and they are incredibly nice people. Also, Laura Sawyer with the Boxer rescue was on top of everything, and Base Ops FBO at Fort Myers – Page Field was also very accommodating. Both FBO’s were very Pet Friendly. Thanks to Pilots N Paws sponsors for the great seatbelt harnesses and the clean up wipes. They come in very handy.