Taking a scared, helpless being and stuffing her in a bag, carrying her out of her home against her will, throwing her onto multiple vehicles, and dragging her across the country is usually considered a crime. But when it's your pet, it's perfectly legal. Cool, right?
When my wife and I recently decided to move from New Jersey to Los Angeles, we figured the cross-country move would be tough on our eigh-year-old long-haired Chihuahua, Chelsea. For one, Chelsea is New York City-born and raised. We knew she'd hate the car culture of LA: not only does she dislike riding in cars; she wouldn't be able to nibble on stray bagels, half-eaten hot dogs and pizza toppings on the sidewalk once we became Angelenos who drive everywhere.
And then there was the flight, which is just like a dreaded ride except that it's six hours long and 30,000 feet in the air.