Airline Employees Take Care of Stranded Dog for the Holidays

‘Tis the season for holiday cheer and good deeds like the precious story I’m about to share with you.

It seems that the customer services reps at Continental Airlines are chock full of the holiday spirit this year. When a 4-month puppy, Whopper, was stranded at the airport, the airline’s employees offered to take care of him for the holidays.

It turns out that the puppy was barred from a flight to Spain because his owner hadn’t secured a health certificate from a vet to have him fly out of the country. Without all of his shots it would also be impossible to place him in a shelter or pet hotel.

Where would Whopper go for the holidays?

Quickly two Continental Airlines employees came to the rescue. First Jane Bossi took the puppy home with her, sending daily email updates and photos to his owner in Spain. Then when Bossi took off for a holiday visit to her mother’s, a co-worker took over and welcomed the puppy into her own home.

Thanks to the kind and generous employees of Continental Airlines, Whopper was lucky enough to have a home for the holidays!

What would you have done? Would you have taken in a stranded dog for the holidays?

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149 comments

Erin H.
Erin H.2 years ago

Excellent article, thank you!

Angela Padovani
Angie P.2 years ago

That was nice of the two people to take care of Whopper.

Aileen C.
Aileen C.2 years ago

My Vet is the Area Ministry Vet for the British Government. He knows all the rules and recommends travel people or animal shipping, he helps with all officialdom.
My cats were all crated in special crates with a little food and water in unspillable dishes inside their crates. There were little ring pull cans of food and small water bottles tied up in a clear bag to the crate in case of delays. There were labels in BIG RED LETTERS plastered all over in two languages saying LIVE ANIMALS IN TRANSIT, there was even the phone number of the animal officer of the airline given in case of illness
The airline was Monarch, UK to Spain.

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog3 years ago

That was a great thing that those two employees did :) Yes, I would definitely have helped a stranded dog - in fact if I had my way I would have tons of land and space in order to take care of every animal I possibly could!

Sheri Schongold
Sheri Schongold3 years ago

Wonderful people.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

Wonderful people, and yes, of course, I would have done the same. By the by, Continental is our favorite airline.

Cheryl B.
Cheryl B.4 years ago

great story

Linda G.
Linda G.4 years ago

Continental Airlines has won awards for it's safe handling of animals in flight (Continental's Petsafe program). As an animal rescuer I've successfully flown several dogs to their adopters in U.S.states (from Indianapolis to WA, CA, AZ & PA so far) and have never had a problem. So I guess I'm not too surprised at this beyond the call of duty kindness by some of their employees..thank you both, you rock! :)

Ritva J.
Ritva J.4 years ago

God bless these workers for their kind hearts!!!

M. Diane R.
M. Diane Ryan4 years ago

God bless the Continental Airline people that helped this puppy. He is adorable and they probably could not resist cuddling with him.