When PNP Executive Director Kathleen Quinn approached us to see if we wanted to take part in the making of an original film about Pilots N Paws we jumped at the chance! After a few days of coordination between 5 puppies, 3 pilots, and 1 filmmaker we were ready to roll!
The puppies were coming up from North Carolina to their final destination of Maine through the help of New England Lab Rescue. The trip was broken up into three legs—NC to NJ, NJ to CT, and CT to ME. We took the middle shift. After some strategic packing to fit 3 crates, 3 adults, and a few pounds of video equipment in the Cessna 172, we departed from Hartford-Brainard Airport at 8:30am on a Sunday morning. It was a beautiful, smooth flight that included an aerial tour of the NYC skyline.
As we touched down at the Trenton, NJ airport, we saw 5 little dogs running across the tarmac. We met the pups and their PNP volunteer pilot Chris Galuardi from Maryland, inside flight school building where we had some puppy playtime before loading them back up for the flight back to CT.
After a lot of leash untangling and some photo opps they were nestled in their crates and quickly went to sleep. I did the same.
Back in Hartford we met up with friend and fellow pilot Jason Archer who would fly the pups to their final destination of Sanborn, ME. Jason reported high gusts, major turbulence, and sweaty palms all the way from Connecticut to Maine. The puppies, of course, slept through it all. They were well-rested to greet the new families eagerly awaiting their arrival.