airline dogsAn Israeli woman paid $32,000 for the entire business section of an El Al flight from Paris to Israel so her dog could be at her side for the four-hour flight, according to a UPI story.

Identified at Rivkah, 60, she told a TV network last week that she couldn't bear leaving her 8-year-old boxer dog in a cage in the cargo hold of the plane.

"I didn't think for a minute to leave Or, my little Orchuk, with the cargo," she said, according to the London Telegraph. "I've been raising him for eight years and four months in France. I also didn't mind having other passengers sit next to us."

"All that mattered to me was to have my baby with me during the flight so that I can take care of him."

A vet also accompanied her on the flight, and the airline had to remove several seats to make room for Or's cage. It's unclear if the dog remained in its cage during the flight, but if it did, couldn't she have saved some cash by just buying one seat instead of the entire business section?


I love my dog, but at $8,000 per hour, you'd think she could find a good kennel to take care of the dog while she's away. Referring to your dog as "my child," as Rivkah did, seems a little too much.

El Al told the Haaretz newspaper in Israel that it had never received such a request before, but after she explained her love for her dog and offered to pay extra, the airline agreed. I bet. Getting $32,000 would change anyone's mind.

Rivka said the pair haven't flown together since 2006, and that in the past the dog suffered severe anxiety flying alone in the cargo section.

I'd suffer severe anxiety paying $32,000 for my dog to join me on a flight.

Aaron Crowe is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Reach him at www.AaronCrowe.net

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